Tawazun Economic Council (Tawazun) has formed a collaboration with Airbus and the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) from the UAE university, to build and develop a Satellite Assembly, Integration and Testing (AIT) Center with the aim of manufacturing components and assembling, integrating and testing small to medium satellites.
The AIT Satellite Center will develop and build communication, navigation and hyperspectral satellites ranging in size between 50 and 250 Kilograms and it is planned to commence operations at the beginning of 2021.
The Center will be based at the NSSTC facilities in Al Ain, with Airbus supporting NSSTC during the design, outfitting and commissioning of the facility. Airbus will also manage the procurement, installation and operational qualification required for the equipment.
The collaboration was established and facilitated by Tawazun as part of its important role as an industry enabler dedicated to driving a collaborative defence and security ecosystem, securing and progressing technology development, and building national competencies and skills within the UAE.