MUSCAT: The Sultanate of Oman’s maiden foray into the earth’s orbit is nearing fruition.
The exact announcement of the launch of the historic journey will be known in a couple of days, according to the reports from the space station Corwell in the United Kingdom.
The first satellites were loaded onto Cosmic Girl aircraft which will launch the satellite into orbit and the rocket LauncherOne. The first launch has been prepared at Spaceport Cornwall.
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With the completion of merging payloads of satellites from seven countries including the Sultanate onto rocket LauncherOne in preparation for the Start Me Up mission, the launch is expected to be announced within days. Among the seven is the first satellite in the history of the Sultanate called Aman.
Last week, the equipment and supplies arrived in Newquay at Cornwall Spaceport, including Cosmic Girl aircraft which will launch the satellite into orbit and rocket LauncherOne from California.
The Cosmic Girl, is expected to place eight more spacecraft above the Earth’s orbit in the next few weeks. Aman, the Omani satellite, will enter its first mission into the orbit.
The launch is highly choreographed with various departments based in several countries including the UK, the US, and the Sultanate and the sequence of actions needs to happen at an exact time or within a tight launch window. The countdown puts the control team into a rhythm so that they perform as planned.
According to reports reaching here, a launch window for the first launch from Spaceport Cornwall opens at the end of this month.
Aman is supported by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, Emerging Global Technologies Company (ETCO) in partnership with SatRev, the Polish satellite manufacturer, and Tuatara, which specializes in artificial intelligence, and Virgin Orbit, which will carry the satellite on the latest launch rocket, Launcher One.