On Monday, the United Arab Emirates announced the launching of the strategic plan for their newly-established space agency.
The framework was launched in Abu Dhabi in the presence of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and the Ruler of Dubai.
The strategic framework aims to establish the parameters of space missions and space industry in the Gulf. It is the first of its kind and it envisions bold goals such as starting up satellite missions or the first Arab unmanned probe for Mars by 2021.
The chairman of the United Arab Emirates Space Agency, Khalifa Mohammed Thani al-Rumaithi stated that in the Gulf, space industry is a responsible for diversifying the country’s economy and creating highly skilled jobs for an increasingly skilled young population. At the same time, the United Arab Emirates looks to harvest the efforts of becoming a spacefaring nation.
The probe that will be sent to Mars by the United Arab Emirates Space Agency, titled Hope, as well as the orbiting satellites are a milestone for development. It was the time for the United Arab Emirates to bring all efforts under one umbrella for further advancement of national capacity.
The first commercial satellite send by the United Arab Emirates in space was launched by Thuraya, UAE-based phone operator back in 2000. It was followed in 2009 by DubaiSat1launched atop the Russian rocket from Kazakhstan. Both DubaiSat1 and DubaiSat2 were collaborations between Emirati engineers and a South Korean satellite firm.
Now, in 2016 it is expected that Abu Dhabi’s in house Al Yah Satellite Communications Company will launch a third satellite into orbit. All good news for the thriving space industry in the United Arab Emirates.
The 2020 mission to Mars entailing that Hope probe is previewed to circle the planet in order to offer the Arab world information about the atmosphere, geological features, and changes over time first hand.
Hope Probe would be the first mission of its kind fostered and launched by an Arab nation. Currently, 75 Emirati engineers are relentlessly developing the Mars project. Official prognosis hope that the number will double by 2020.
With the occasion of announcing the strategic framework of the UAE Space Agnecy, a ceremony was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center. The event introduced the initiatives and programs which are currently being carried following the agency’s four strategic goals.
A “Mini Space Museum” organized in cooperation with the Global Space and Satellite Forum (GSSF) was opened at the Exhibition Center in honor of the efforts to put UAE on the map of leaders in space exploration.
Also, the occasion marked the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Orbital ATK Inc.
The agreement coordinated and overseen by the UAE Space Agency, is a joint venture to introduce a graduate degree program in advanced space science for the first time in the Middle East.
It boasts the support of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and will undoubtedly allow students to earn a master’s degree in engineering with emphasis on space systems and technology.
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