UAE-Bahraini nanosatellite Light-1 launched on SpaceX rocket


A UAE-Bahraini nanosatellite 'Light-1' has launched into space from Florida's Kennedy Space Centre at 2:07 pm (local time) on Tuesday.

'Light-1' will reach the International Space Station at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, and will begin operations after it's deployed into orbit in January.

SpaceX CRS24 Cargo Dragon is carrying 2,948 kilograms of fresh supplies, experiment hardware, and holiday treats for the astronauts.

The cubesat, built and designed in collaboration between the UAE Space Agency and Bahrain's National Space Science Agency (NSSA), will monitor and study terrestrial gamma ray flashes from thunderstorms and cumulus clouds.

A team of 23 students from Khalifa University and New York University Abu Dhabi have helped develop the research spacecraft.

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