Salem Humaid al-Marri, director general of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, said the center was developing its strategic plans in line with the wise vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of the United Arab Emirates. Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saeed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, seeks to build the knowledge-based United Arab Emirates economy, as well as achieve sustainable goals.
He said the vision reflects a seed planted nearly two decades ago to support technological breakthroughs in the aerospace sector and in the country, and that a special group “Exchange of Knowledge Program” was sent to South Korea 17 years ago. Today Seed has developed the United Arab Emirates space program in its current form and in the construction of manual satellites. He explained that national Emirati companies are working on international projects: “The MBZ-SAT satellite will be launched at the end of next year, and we are proud to be building one Emirati satellite, and the second Emirati satellite to be built. Plays a key role in supporting, being the most advanced satellite in the region in the field of high-resolution and high-definition aerial imaging, and we are actively collaborating with regional and international organizations in the effort to create a local hub for aerospace-related industries and the provision of satellite components / MBZ-SAT.
Advantages of the space economy
He pointed out that the development of human minds in new and complex jobs, in terms of the income of the aerospace economy, was the first benefit of these projects, and that these projects would inspire not only the Emirati but also the Arabs as a whole. Predicting the future with missions to Mars and traveling to the surface of the moon and inspiring young people with national models are based on knowledge within the framework of this national goal.
Coordinating the position of the United Arab Emirates
Adnan al-Rays, director of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center’s remote sensing department and director of the Mars 2117 project, explained that for its part, the center’s work on space programs is carried out within four main projects in line with the state’s strategy. , The first of which: the Emirates Satellite Project, which is responsible for designing, building and operating satellites, and the second, the Mars Exploration Program – Hope Probe, the first Arab project to explore red. Planet, Third UAE Astronaut Project, up to Mars 2117 Project.
He pointed out that these projects would coordinate the status of the United Arab Emirates as a global partner in human space exploration, train and qualify Emirati astronauts, and prepare them to join specialized scientific missions at the International Space Station. Development of knowledge and robotics, which will inevitably inspire and motivate the younger generation to innovate in science and pursue scientific research.
Al-Rice added: “Investing in space has a huge economic return because space technologies are widely incorporated into our daily lives, including: the development of communication and imaging technologies, science and health and therapy, through space travel, for example, 30 satellites in space. We use. GPS and map reading on our trip. ”
Founded in 2006, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center is home to the Emirates National Space Program, which builds and operates Earth observation satellites and provides image and data analysis services to various clients around the world. The center-owned satellites include DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2. Khalifasat, the first 100% Emirati satellite, was successfully launched from the Tanakashima Space Center in Japan on October 29, 2018, and the Center is developing the Emirates program. Mars and Hope Probe study.
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