Oman-based International Emerging Technologies Co. inks deal with US-based Virgin Orbit

Oman-based International Emerging Technologies Co. signed an agreement with the US-based Virgin Orbit to prepare satellite launch platforms in the Gulf country, Arab News reports.
Per the agreement, the establishment of satellites in low Earth orbit will be studied to conduct scientific research, capture high-resolution images of space, and use the latest solutions to digitally analyze data and images collected from orbit, the media notes citing a statement by the Omani Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology.
Equally, the deal will empower local talents and open investment opportunities for universities through academic exchange programs.
The ministry has backed the agreement as part of the Gulf country’s efforts to reinforce its interests in the space science sector and related logistics services.
In November last year, the sultanate announced plans to launch the first satellite into orbit this year.
The launch will propel the sultanate among countries in the region namely Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar who have already launched their own locally made satellites.

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