Aman, Oman’s first satellite, set to launch into space

World Monday 09/January/2023 18:03 PM
By: Times News Service
Aman, Oman’s first satellite, set to launch into space
Aman was loaded onto the Boeing 747-400 aircraft carrier - Photo by Virgin Orbit

UK: The first Omani satellite, Aman, is ready and set to launch into low Earth orbit from Spaceport Cornwall, in the UK. The window for mission is opening at 22:16 PM (GMT), Monday, coinciding with 2:16 AM Omani time (GMT+4), Tuesday, with additional back-up dates in mid and late January. The satellite will be set off on its historic mission aboard the LauncherOne rocket, a modified Virgin Boeing 747 jet.

The Sultanate of Oman, represented by ETCO: an Oman-based emerging technology innovator; Virgin Orbit: a leading US-based satellite launch company; SatRev: Polish nanosatellite manufacturer and operator and TUATARA, specialists in advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI), data analytics and cognitive technology solutions, have been working together to launch the first Omani nanosatellite. This project has been ongoing since October 2021, when the document on strategic cooperation, implementing the Middle East space programme, was initially signed.

Alongside other commercial satellites, Aman, the first Omani satellite, was loaded onto the Boeing 747-400 aircraft carrier, and the LauncherOne system, as a part of Virgin Orbit’s “Start Me Up" space mission. Seven separate satellite payloads from multiple countries are included: one from Oman, one from Poland and five from the UK. The “Start Me Up” space mission is a launch of firsts: the first space mission commencing from the United Kingdom; the first international launch for Virgin Orbit; the first ever commercial launch from Western Europe and Oman’s first orbital mission.

Through its space programme, the Sultanate of Oman will be able to conduct ground-breaking research, collecting high-resolution satellite photos, which will be further digitally evaluated utilizing Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and AI technologies created by TUATARA in collaboration with ETCO.

Oman’s space programme does not stop here. The launch of the Aman satellite into low Earth orbit, is a first step in Oman’s space journey. In 2021, the document signed by all participating companies agreed that more satellites would be sent to space in the future, including a first mission into deep space, providing Oman with data and solutions that will enhance the development of the local space market, build data monetization solutions, and fast track the country’s economic growth.

Omani satellite Aman launch into space can be monitored live at