The nano-satellite MYSAT-1 built by Khalifa University of Science and Technology students at the Yahsat Space Lab is on board a Cygnus rocket after successful launch in Virginia
First satellite built at Abu Dhabi lab heads to International Space Station
The UAE's involvement in space is about to reach another milestone with the launch of a nano-satellite onboard a Cygnus spacecraft in Virginia.
A team of 20 students from Khalifa University of Science and Technology saw three years of hard work sent into space on Saturday when their MYSAT-1 nano-satellite heads to the International Space Station.
The spacecraft took off on time at 04:01am Eastern Time (13:01pm UAE) at Nasa's Wallops facility.
You can watch a recap of the launch below:
MYSAT-1 is a type of "CubeSat" that weighs 1.3kg and has been developed by students enrolled in the Space Systems and Technology Masters in Engineering degree at the university.
It has a camera that will take pictures of Earth, and will also be used to test a lithium-ion battery created at Khalifa University.
This is what it looks like:
It's the first to be built at the Yahsat Space Lab in Masdar City.