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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed an agreement with NanoAvionics, manufacturer and mission integrator company to design, build, test and manage the launching of two nanosatellites 3U and 6U
The services supplied by Nanoavionics also include operation, knowledge transfer and training. This is part of DEWA’s ‘space-D’ programme that seeks to enhance operational efficiency and reliability and promote preventive maintenance for the planning, generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and water networks. Space-D is in line with DEWA’s grid digitalisation programme by using IoT and remote sensing technologies.
With Space-D, DEWA expects to reduce costs, improve its asset utilisation and provide sustainable, efficient and reliable power and water services to its customers.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, said, “The programme aims to build DEWA’s capabilities and train Emirati professionals to use space technologies to enhance its electricity and water networks. DEWA’s space programme will contribute to enhancing the UAE’s global competitiveness and strategic partnerships in the national space sector as well as paving the way for a new phase of Emirati capabilities in space exploration, technology and related industries that will be used to strengthen electricity and water networks in Dubai.”
“The project also supports the National Space Strategy 2030, which aims to realise the leadership’s vision by using space sciences, technologies, applications and related services to enhance development,” he added.
In line with its digital transformation, DEWA will use a 3U satellite with an Internet of Things (IoT) payload as well as a 6U satellite with an Earth Observation (EO) payload from Nanoavionics. The agreement with NanoAvionics also includes launch management, construction of the ground station and an extensive training programme for Emirati professionals to facilitate know-how transfer and support in expanding DEWA’s future space capabilities.
Vytenis J Buzas, co-founder and CEO of NanoAvionics said, “This is a fantastic project for NanoAvionics to be involved in and a great example of how satellite technology improves our lives and helps us to become more sustainable. The knowledge transfer, in addition to satellite integration and mission operations for DEWA, also shows the capabilities and value that our expert team can bring to our customers. Our team has been part of more than 90 missions, including four successfully launched missions this year, and has previous experience in sharing its skills and knowledge through programmes with other international customers.” said
DEWA’s Space-D project includes the launch of a satellite constellation to support its primary satellite. These will be manufactured by Emiratis at the Research and Development (R&D) centre of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The system features a ground station at the solar park as well as IoT and AI technologies to support ground communication transmission stations in electricity and water networks.
According to DEWA, multi-spectrum, high-resolution thermal imaging devices such as those used onboard spacecraft, specifically designed for use in electricity and water networks, will be deployed to detect thermal fingerprints in high voltage transmission lines, substations, buildings and solar power stations.