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Palestine-1 inventor: limitations will only help with coming up with cost-effective solutions

Mechanical engineer Bayan Abu Salameh is taking her Palestinian project to the next step of making it to space

Jerusalme24 – Inventor of cube-sat Palestine-1, Palestinian mechanical engineer, Bayan Abu Salameh (25-year-old), shares with Jerusalem24 updates of her thesis and project. Bayan, who with her passion and ambition is taking the next step with Palestine-1, got accepted at one of the top universities in the world, Imperial College London, and now is working on crowdfunding her campaign to support the project.

“The cubic satellite industry is taking a major step and role in observing the earth and gathering data about earth, to help with the problem of urban growth, water resources, and climate change. We are asking more countries to find solutions to join help find solutions for this industry”.

Bayan’s Palestine-1 cube-sat will be studying the MENA region and the problems that affect it in general, by coming up with data to design scientific solutions. In her thesis, she will be studying the cub-sat in general, and work on building a cost-effective, and efficient one, to launch it into space.

“Usually, people think that developing countries are far away from the space industry, I don’t think this is the case, Cuba is taking a major role in the space industry, and creating solutions within their resources and limitations” he adds.

Bayan trusts that Palestinians with have great minds, great academics can have great innovations in this industry, and that the limitations that face them, will only help with coming up with cost-effective solutions. “Palestinians have great minds that can contribute to science”.

“Having such progress with Palestine-1 will set a milestone for Palestinian space enthusiasts to contribute to the space industry, it can start with something small, like studying the problems the space industry is facing and outsourcing it.  I think the future for the Palestine space industry, will be either helping space institutes find solutions, or coming up with small projects that use the limitations in the Palestinian society and come up with cost-effective projects”.

And like in her case, Bayan is asking students who are trying to make a career in the industry, to not listen to what is said about not having much in the job market, she says “if you’re passionate about this field you will be able to accomplish whatever you set your mind to.  I strongly encourage fellow female students to take the steps because we need more women in science”.

For more details follow the link to the full interview!

Nadeen Alshaer

Alshaer is a Palestinian journalist, a Birzeit University graduate with a B.A. in TV and Radio Broadcasting Journalism. Alshaer has 6 years of experience in journalism. She currently works as a reporter, editor and presenter/producer for PBC-Palestine TV and Jerusalem24 radio. She’s a UN and Kelley School of Business alumna.

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