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DEWA launches world’s first nanosatellite

Uses LoRa IoT communications technology

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The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched the DEWA-SAT 1 nanosatellite in collaboration with NanoAvionics, becoming the world’s first utility to use nanosatellites to improve the maintenance and planning of electricity and water networks.

DEWA-SAT 1 was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex (SLC-40) in Florida, USA.

The nanosatellite was designed and developed at DEWA’s R&D center in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. DEWA will launch another U6 nanosatellite in 2022 to promote its flexibility and agility in monitoring, managing, and maintaining its electricity and water networks.

DEWA-SAT 1 uses LoRa IoT communication technology, which is a new wireless protocol designed for long-range communications that consume less energy, to expand the coverage of the existing terrestrial communication network. Using satellite communications, IoT, and AI will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of DEWA’s operations and support the digitalization of energy networks, water distribution, and transmission networks. It also enables the integration of IoT data using DEWA’s private cloud.