Drone mounted telescope. (The Daily Star/HO)
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Lebanon hopes to launch its first nanosatellite into orbit by 2022, provided funding for the project is secured, said Louay Abdallah, general coordinator of the "CubeSat Technology Toward Developing the first Lebanese Nanosatellite" project.Abdallah spoke to a group of space enthusiasts, eager students and astrophysicists at the closing ceremony of World Space Week held at Antwork Qantari last Thursday.Described as "a satellite in a shoebox," a nanosatellite has many educational and commercial applications, like remote sensing, terrain photography and monitoring atmospheric pollution. It would weigh roughly 1.3 kg and cost as little as $80,000 to launch, Abdallah said.Abdallah said the first satellite would be for educational and capacity-building purposes, but a planned second satellite would have serious commercial applications.Another World Space Week event was also held Thursday at the Lebanese University's faculty of science in Hadath, comprising a public exhibition and space fair.Chaalan is also national coordinator for the Lebanese committee for naming an exoplanet and its star that was set up by the CNRS.Lebanon, along with many other countries, gets to name one exoplanet and one star.
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