Saudi Arabia is making major strides in all areas and reaching for the stars – quiet literally.
Saudi scientists have launched a new satellite into space
While this is the 16th Saudi satellite into space, it is the Kingdom’s first ever communications satellite.
It was developed by a team from King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and launched in French Guiana by Arianespace, which provides launch services for all types of satellites.
Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was there for the placement of the final piece of the satellite and even signed it
He left a message “Above the Clouds” on the satellite.
Kingdom launches first Saudi communications satellite (SGS-1) successfully, HRH the Crown Prince signed the final piece to be placed on the satellite with the words, “Above the Clouds”.https://t.co/eBabwc3Trx#SPAGOV pic.twitter.com/FuoXHSnEG2
— SPAENG (@Spa_Eng) February 5, 2019
The satellite will provide telecommunications capabilities, stronger internet connectivity, TV and secure communications in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.