Emirates SkyCargo transports KhalifaSat space satellite
A Monitor Report 05 Mar, 2018 | 1201 Views | -+
Dubai: Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has transported KhalifaSat- the first satellite developed and built by Emirati engineers in the UAE at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) recently. As the first step in its journey to space, KhalifaSat was flown from Dubai to Incheon International Airport in South Korea on an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter .Following its launch in 2018, the remote sensing satellite will provide images of earth for practical application in a variety of industries.
“Over the years Emirates SkyCargo has transported a wide variety of unusual cargo but being able to transport the first satellite manufactured in the UAE is a unique honour. We are delighted to bring our expertise in air transportation to the table on this historic and momentous occasion,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.
Given the extremely sensitive nature of the shipment, teams from Emirates SkyCargo and MBRSC worked together from November 2017 to prepare and plan all the steps in the movement of the satellite from Dubai to Incheon airport. The satellite was first moved from MBRSC’s manufacturing facility in Dubai to the Emirates SkyCentral DWC freighter cargo terminal at Dubai World Central airport on a dedicated remotely monitored Emirates SkyCargo truck travelling on a geo-fenced route with a police escort for maximum security. A number of trial loading exercises were also conducted by Emirates SkyCargo and MBRSC to ensure that operations went smoothly during the actual transportation of the satellite.
Between January and December 2017, Emirates SkyCargo’s fleet of 14 freighter aircraft have carried out over 370 charter flights to 140 destinations. This is over and above Emirates SkyCargo’s scheduled freighter operations to over 40 global destinations every week. A wide variety of cargo- from equipment for music concerts to outsized machinery and components for construction and manufacturing industries; from aircraft engines to yachts were transported by charter flights through Emirates SkyCargo.