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SaudiSat-4 successfully launched into space

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) announces the successful launch of a Saudi satellite from Russia’s Dombarovsky air base

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King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has announced the successful launch of a Saudi satellite from Russia’s Dombarovsky air base.

SaudiSat-4, put into orbit by Ukrainian-designed Dnepr rocket, is the 13th industrial satellite launched by Saudi Arabia. The Saudi satellite was launched Thursday evening.

KACST President Mohammad Al-Suwaiyel said in a press statement on Friday that the satellite was intended for a scientific experiment using ultraviolet radiation in space. The experiment was developed by a joint team from KACST and Stanford University, he said.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Friday, June 20, 2014.