Oman’s first satellite, “Aman-1,” was successfully launched into space on November 11. The satellite was deployed into orbit onboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from a launch base in California. This launch comes after an earlier failed attempt earlier this year.
ETCO Space, the Omani Space company, released a statement confirming the successful deployment of the satellite. Abdulaziz Jaafar, the CEO of ETCO Space, expressed excitement about the data and images that Aman-1 will provide and emphasized the company’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of their space program.
The initial launch of Aman-1 was scheduled for January as part of a mission by Virgin Orbit. However, technical mishaps led to the failure of the launch. Virgin Orbit later suspended operations and filed for bankruptcy.
Labeling the launching failure as an anticipated risk in the space industry, ETCO reassured stakeholders about the mission’s comprehensive insurance plan. The company also activated a response plan to ensure the continuity of the mission’s operations.
Aman-1 is a collaborative effort between ETCO, data analysis and solutions provider TUATARA, and nanosatellite manufacturer SatRevolution. The satellite, also known as a CubeSat, will collect images and data that will be transmitted to ETCO’s ground station in Oman.
This satellite launch is part of Oman’s recent space ambitions, as the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology unveiled a space sector program earlier this year. The program aims to position Oman as a regional hub for space applications.
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