On October 3, the Aerospace Engineering students at Amity University Dubai live-streamed the return of Soyuz MS-12 from International Space Station (ISS) at their on-campus Satellite Ground Station. The event that commenced 10 am and tracked first UAE astronaut Hazzaa Al Mansoori’s journey until touchdown at 2:59 pm.
Having closely tracked the 3.3 million-mile space expedition of Hazzaa, American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin, Amity staff and students were proud to welcome the astronauts back to earth.
Amity Education Middle East CEO Dr Vajahat Hussain said, “This is a monumental moment for the UAE and a large step towards building a sustainable aerospace and space industry. It is an honour to be part of a country that recognises the importance of space technology and its contribution to the region.”
Amity University Dubai established their Satellite Ground Station this summer to train Aerospace Engineering students on how to track satellites by understanding their orbits. At the station, students are trained on learn how to analyse data, predict weather, locate water reservoirs, monitor and track pollution and population levels. This initiative aims to prepare students for the region’s future space endeavours, giving them the resources they need to positively impact aerospace research and pursue careers in the space industry.
The global aerospace industry contributes hundreds of billions of dollars to the world economy. According to media reports, the UAE intends to spend US$136 billion on the aviation industry over the next decade with plans to become one of the global aerospace hubs. The technologies developed by aerospace engineers are used in aviation, defense, and space exploration; providing for various career paths to choose from.
The B.Tech Aerospace Engineering degree programme at Amity University Dubai gives students an understanding of the design, construction, and study of the science behind the forces and physical properties of aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) rockets and flying crafts. With access to one of the most advanced high-tech aerospace labs equipped with a turbojet engine, wind tunnel, and fully functional scaled models of aircraft reciprocating engines, students at Amity University Dubai gain first-hand experience of what they can expect in their careers.