Saudi Space Commission Signs Agreement for Science Mission on Chinese Space Station

Artist’s conception of China’s Tianhe-1 space station. (Credit: China Manned Space Engineering)

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, March 18, 2021 (SPA PR) — Saudi Space Commission signed today an executive program with China Manned Space Agency to implement a Saudi scientific mission on board the Chinese Space Station (CSS) in 2022.

Saudi Space Commission CEO Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh represented the Commission in signing the executive program, which will also be signed by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and the Chinese Manned Space Agency.

This cooperation is based on an invitation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Chinese Manned Space Agency to participate in scientific experiments that will be carried out on board the CSS. The Saudi scientific experiment focuses on studying the effect of cosmic rays on the performance of the high efficiency solar cells, used in satellites, by taking advantage of the space environmental conditions to conduct those studies and experiments.

The experiment aims to design solar cells capable of working with high efficiency for long periods to ensure the continuity of providing the energy required for the operation of satellites and spacecraft, which helps reduce the cost of space missions.