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Oman Partners With SatRevolution and Virgin Orbit for Country’s First Satellite Launch

By Mark Holmes | January 27, 2022

Oman’s signing ceremony. Photo: Sultanate of Oman

Oman is getting ready to launch its first satellites to Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) in a milestone for the country. The Sultanate of Oman has selected Poland’s SatRevolution to deliver and operate its proprietary nanosatellite technologies alongside partners Virgin Orbit, Polish capital group and AI data analytics specialists Tuatara, and Omani-based emerging techn company ETCO to work the space project.

The parties signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding for collaboration on Oman’s first mission to deep space. The same agreement also lays the foundation for the consortium to collaborate on delivering additional small satellites to LEO, including the first in Oman’s history. The deal was announced Jan. 26 and signed in Muscat, Oman.

The plan is to launch a SatRevolution cubesat aboard a Virgin Orbit rocket that will conduct scientific research and capture imagery of deep space. Oman will be a customer on the first-ever Virgin Orbit launch from Spaceport Cornwall in the United Kingdom set for 2022. An additional mission to deep space is targeted for launch in 2024.

“We are honored and delighted to have been selected by the Sultanate of Oman to provide our nanosatellite technologies for both the Low-Earth Orbit and deep space projects. These space projects will contribute to the near-term goals of the Sultanate, which include the modernization of the educational ecosystem, support for scientific research and innovation, and the enhancement of in-country development of cutting-edge technologies. SatRev is proud to be part of that,” SatRev CEO Grzegorz Zwoliński said in a statement.