UAE Space Agency Forges Bilateral Space Cooperation Deal with U.S.

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WASHINGTON (State Department PR) — Officials from several departments and agencies of the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency met in Washington, D.C., during the week of March 16-20, 2015, to review a broad list of potential areas of space cooperation.

The United States and the United Arab Emirates officials discussed strengthening civil and national security space collaboration. They agreed on developing a strategic approach that would focus on building mutual confidence and understanding of space systems on which both countries rely for economic, environmental, security, and social well-being. Initial discussions focused on space policy and regulatory developments, long term sustainability of space activities, space security, space exploration, bilateral space science cooperation, weather monitoring, the use of satellite-based applications, and exchanges of best practices.

Areas of future conversations and collaboration may focus on important uses of satellite-based data and value-added applications such as: land and sea resource management; space situational awareness; earth observation; climate change research; meteorology; positioning, navigation, and timing; satellite communications; early warning; earth observation; space weather monitoring and opportunities for early discussions on new systems and future space-related missions. Additionally, discussions may explore opportunities for fair and open global trade and commerce for commercial space systems, ground-based capabilities, and managing the space environment to contribute to space flight safety by reducing the risks of collisions and damage by space debris.

Relevant agencies from the United States and United Arab Emirates will consult periodically to continue discussions on current and future space cooperation.

  • Nernst

    UAE has a lot of money so that must be more important than anything else, such as equal rights and tolerance of other or no religion

  • Hug Doug

    Awesome! Great news ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Terry Rawnsley

    You seem to have a low threshold for awesome, Doug. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Terry Rawnsley

    If we refuse to cooperate with anybody different than us, we’re going to have very few partners. Not that I’m a big fan of the UAE’s space program. It seems more “purchased” than home grown.

  • Hug Doug

    In this case I think it’s really good news, though. I’ve long thought that the wealthy nations of the Middle East could afford a kick-ass space program.

    Also in that region would be an ideal location for another node of the Deep Space Network, being between Madrid in Spain and Canberra in Australia

  • Terry Rawnsley

    Both of your points are valid. I wonder what the UAE would do with their kick-ass space program. Maybe they could convince ISIS that Venus is in desperate need of liberation from the infidels. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tonya

    UAE is tolerant of just about anyone as long as they bring money. There are so many Europeans buying property in and around Dubai, that the population is about 10% Christian.

  • Malatrope

    Oh, I dunno, I think it’s just awesome that we’re gonna teach them how to design and build ICBMs. That will really help out the situation with the difficult neighborhood, I should think.

  • Kapitalist

    An arab building an ICBM? No, that is not possible. Even if we do everything we can to teach it how to do it. Arabs don’t manufacture anything. They only murder, pick stuff up (like oranges and stones) and scream like maniacs. That is the only thing arabs ever do. Don’t worry about them “getting hitech”. Won’t happen.

  • Kapitalist

    The UAE will become a scene of war any day now. At the same time as the ethnically deeply divided Saudi suddenly ceases to exist and becomes a new Syria/Libya/Afghanistan, the same “arab spring” will come to the UAE. The sheiks, who already live in Switzerland, won’t care much, but when oil production becomes impossible they might cut down some of their fringe spendings.

  • Malatrope

    They are capable of figuring out which buttons to push on the systems that they buy from the Germans or wherever, especially if we pay them to take courses.

  • Kapitalist

    I see no signs of that being possible. You can teach them as much as you want, they don’t get it. Arabs are anti-nature to manufactured items. It is just magic to them. Something which other people create.

    Kalashnikov is pedagogical enough, I think you can train chimps to use them, and they do good use in the arab world today. But only randomly since arabs don’t understand that they have to aim at the intended target, instead of trusting that their imagined allah will guide the bullet.

  • Malatrope

    It would be nice to put some of their money into something useful, instead of the Clinton foundation.

  • Geobram

    The comments in here are a good reason to leave this site. Some first class discrimination and in here. Doug I love your articles, I think they are really insightful, but what’s been said here is enough reason to leave the site, sorry.

  • JimNobles

    I am sorry but I agree. Not about leaving the site but about the overt racism. It’s disgusting.

  • Tonya

    There are some really ugly views on the fringes of European politics. I’ve encountered them when I’ve worked in some countries and I’m disappointed to see them here.

    The disqus platform offers no ability for me to block individual users, and like you I have no desire to share a forum with them.

  • Geobram

    Dutch bluntness might be observed here. I just hope that a lot of people are against this and that maybe some moderation can be done.

  • Tonya

    Doug appears to be a reluctant moderator. Although that’s often based on principle, my long term experience with the web is that sites with weak moderation offer the worst experience. Freedom of speech is not a right to be published.

    Possibly to be provocative, one of the bigots here has replied to me on another story. I seem to remember him doing that once before when I made it clear I didn’t want to talk with him.

    As I can’t block him or remove his comment from mine, that probably means I won’t be using the comments section of this site. That’s unfortunate, but I have a zero tolerance towards such views, those that express them and any site that would tolerate them.

  • windbourne

    Wow.
    A few of you really need to rethink your character and morals, or lack thereof.
    UAE, like most other nations in the world, want to help their nation. They are rich from oil today and know that it will not last. As such, they want to develop a future for their citizens. I applaud them for it.
    Hopefully, these agreements lead to UAE and others jumping on Bigelows coming space station.

  • windbourne

    I am glad that he does not moderate much. I think it is important for ppl to be held responsible for their words and deeds.
    And from there, we can decide whom to interact with.