Blast off! Jordan launches its first nanosatellite with the support of FRV

Partnership with the Crown Prince Foundation delivers successful mission

Jordan’s first nanosatellite was successfully launched in December 2018 after receiving financial support from Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), a key part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy.

The launch took place in Vandenberg, California. The satellite – called JY1-SAT – will gather images of Jordanian tourism and the country’s cultural spaces and is part of the Masar Initiative.

Through a collaboration agreement with the Crown Prince Foundation (CPF), FRV has played a significant role in progressing one of Jordan’s most innovative projects.

Nicolas Fasquelle, Managing Director of FRV (MEA), said: “The promotion of research and educational projects in the countries where we operate is one of FRV’s key values. We are proud to support initiatives like this, which will contribute to the recognition of  the enormous talent and research work carried out by young Jordanians.”

Eighteen young engineering students, working with other academics and consultants, have built on the knowledge of Jordan’s first interns at NASA to successfully develop the JY1-SAT satellite.

Dr. Tamam Mango, CEO of the Crown Prince Foundation, said: “We appreciate this strategic alliance we have built with FRV, as such partnerships support us in making big progress in achieving CPF’s development objectives as well as fulfilling our mission in supporting Jordanian youth.”

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