His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s National Security Advisor, Royal Guard Commander and Secretary General of the Supreme Defence Council, announced that the first fully Bahraini satellite will be named “Al Munther”.
His Highness also unveiled the official logo of this Bahraini space mission, which comes to implement the vision of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the directives of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalfia, Crown Prince, and Prime Minister.
Thirty five percent of the satellite project has been completed, HH Shaikh Nasser said, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
This project is a new milestone for the Kingdom of Bahrain in the space sector, and towards the goal of utilising space technology to serve sustainable development efforts in the Kingdom, HH Shaikh Nasser added.
Al Munther’s design and construction is currently underway in Bahraini by a fully Bahraini team, HH said.
HH Shaikh Nasser said Al Munther project follows the success of the launch of the first satellite Light 1, and aims at optimizing national capacity in designing, constructing, testing and operating satellites.
HH added that the project will create a boost to scientific research in the areas of Space, Artificial Intelligence, and Cyber Security in Bahrain.
Al Munther will provide space data on the Kingdom of Bahrain that will be analysed using a line-up of Bahraini innovations that will part of the satellite’s load.
The mission of the satellite will include capturing images of the Kingdom of Bahrain and its regional waters and collecting data that will feed into several sectors.
Bahraini innovations will be tested in outer space as part of this project, to further improve them before using them in upcoming projects.
HH Shaikh Nasser commended the continuous efforts of the National Space Science Agency (NSSA) team in projects, engagement, and scientific research, which improves the positioning of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the global space sector.
HH also expressed appreciation for NSSA’s work in building national capacity, fostering creativity and innovation and its endeavors to fulfill the requirements of building the future.
HH Shaikh Nasser also valued the contributions of the Bahrain Space Team, whose work has demonstrated the true mettle of Bahraini youth and their determination to serve the kingdom through achieving further scientific and technological advancement.