Saudi Arabia launches first communications satellite

  • The satellite SGS-1 will offer multiple applications including secure communications for remote and disaster-stricken areas
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RIYADH – Saudi Arabia has launched its first satellite for communications from the French Guiana Space Centre, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The satellite aims to enable space communications at ultra-fast speeds, as part of the national strategic plan to fulfill the Kingdom’s domestic requirements.

The satellite SGS-1 will offer multiple applications including secure communications for remote and disaster-stricken areas.

Khaled bin Abdulaziz Al Falih, minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, said the launch aims at localising strategic technologies and enabling Saudi young people to work with state-of-the-art technologies in the field of satellite development and manufacturing.