DubaiSat-1 is the first Remote sensing satellite owned totally by a UAE entity. It meets the need of UAE and Dubai in acquiring the technology of satellites and the continuous need for spatial information and earth observation data of the UAE.
The program is an initiative of EIAST, and EIAST owns all the assets of the program including the Ground Segment and the Space Segment. The program started in May 2006, by signing a contract with Satrec Initiative of South Korea to build the satellite. The launch was successful in 2009 and the satellite has been operating successfully ever since. The Project consisted of three segments:
The Space Segment: DubaiSat-1 Satellite.
The Ground Segment: Ground Station and Image Receiving and Processing.
The Launch Segment: Launching of the Satellite.