UK, UAE Increase Collaboration in Space

UK_space_agencySWINDON, England (UKSA PR) — The UK Space Agency and UAE Space Agency today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a strategic space partnership.

Signed by the UK Space Agency Chief Executive, Dr David Parker, and H.E Dr Khalifa Al Romaithi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, the MoU allows for extensive cooperative activities in the field of space between the UK and the UAE, including partnerships in scientific missions and outreach efforts.

Today’s agreement builds upon decades of friendship and strategic partnership between the UK and UAE.

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UAE Space Agency, NASA Discuss Space Cooperation

UAE_Space_Agency_LogoABU DHABI, UAE (UAE Space Agency PR) — The UAE Space Agency announced today that it has discussed future cooperation means with a delegation from The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The meeting held at the Agency’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi, aimed to strengthen partnership and work between the two organizations.

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UAE Space Agency Signs MOU With Italian Space Agency

UAE_Coat_of_ArmsDUBAI, AIE (UAE Space Agency PR) — The UAE Space Agency has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Italian Space Agency (ASI) aimed at strengthening joint strategic cooperation between the two agencies in the short and long terms. The MoU was signed during a visit made this week by a high-level delegation, including representatives from ASI and the Italian Embassy in the UAE, who met with key actors in the UAE space sector.

The visit complemented the terms of the agreement approved by the two sides during a visit made by the UAE Space Agency to ASI last year shortly after the founding of the agency.

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UAE Space Agency Signs MOU With China

UAE_Space_Agency_LogoDUBAI, UAE (UAE Space Agency PR) — The UAE has signed a memorandum of understanding with the People’s Republic of China concerning defining a framework for collaboration in studies and development in space science, as well as the peaceful exploration of outer space. The signing came during the visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, to China. The visit aimed at exploring collaboration opportunities in various sectors, including energy, space, financial services, commerce, transportation and education.

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UAE Space Agency Signs MOU With Roscomos

UAE_Space_Agency_LogoDUBAI (UAE Space Agency PR) — The UAE Space Agency today has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Russian Federal Space Agency “ROSCOSMOS”, to create a strategic space partnership between the two entities.

Signed by HE Khalifa Mohammed Al Rumaithi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, and Igor Komarov, General Director of “ROSCOSMOS”, the MoU allows for extensive cooperation in space policy, human capital development and training, as well as in future development, ground station operations support, and general awareness.

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UAE Space Agency Explores Cooperation with Bahrain

UAE_Space_Agency_LogoABU DHABI, UAE (UAE Space Agency PR) — The UAE Space Agency is looking for opportunities of cooperation with the Bahraini National Space Science Agency to strengthen partnership and work between the two organizations within the space sector. This strategy falls in line with the Agency’s efforts to build strategic partnerships and achieve goals of regional and international cooperation.

This comes off the back of an official Bahraini delegation visit to the UAE Space Agency headquarters in Abu Dhabi. The delegation was led by Dr. Mohammed Al Amer Chairman of the National Space Science Agency of the Kingdom of Bahrain and was welcomed by His Excellency Dr. Khalifa Al Rumaithi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency and HE Dr. Eng. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of the Agency and a number of senior officials from the nation’s space sector.
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UAE Space Agency, Airbus Group Team for STEM Education Initiative

UAE_Space_Agency_LogoABU DHABI, UAE (UAE Space Agency PR) — The UAE Space Agency and Airbus Group, a world leading player in the space industry, join forces to roll-out a first series of Airbus Little Engineer Space workshops for the first time in the Middle East.

The inaugural workshop challenged some 100 students between 15 and 17 years old to carry out a simulation of a launch mission to space. The Airbus Little Engineer Space workshop focuses on introducing students to the world of space exploration and enhancing their understanding of both the benefits and applications of space technology. Over the course of four hours, students assembled and launched a rocket, set up a base and established communications.

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An Overview of UAE Space Agency

UAE_Space_Agency_LogoThe following is an official backgrounder on the UAE Space Agency issued by the UAE government. It includes information about the agency’s strategic objecvtives, its leadership, and the structure and components of the nation’s space industry.

Establishment

The UAE Space Agency was established in 2014 following a decree for federal law No.1 of 2014 issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates. The agency was announced in July 2014.

Vision

Our vision is to proudly craft the future of the United Arab Emirates as a leader in space exploration and inspire the next generations for the benefit of the nation and mankind.

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UAE Space Agency Unveils Strategy, Signs Education Agreement With Orbital ATK

UAE_Space_Agency_LogoHis Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, presided over the launch of the UAE Space Agency’s strategic plan on Monday. Emirates News Agency reports:

“The establishment of a fully-fledged space sector in the UAE, with all necessary human resources, infrastructure and scientific research, is a primary national objective. It requires everyone involved to work as one team to establish the UAE’s leadership in this sector and to build advanced scientific capabilities in the space domain,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said.
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UAE Space Agency to Unveil Strategy, Operational Plan on Monday

UAE_Space_Agency_LogoABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (UAE Space Agency PR) — Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the UAE Space Agency will launch its official strategy and operational plan this week in Abu Dhabi on 25 May. The official launch event will showcase the aims of the strategy and plan, which are to strengthen the foundations of the space sector and work towards creating a developed and integrated industry that will enable the UAE to become one of the leading countries in space science exploration.

The UAE Space Agency launch will include a focus on the Agency’s mission, values and priorities for the future. The event will also introduce a number of initiatives and programs being carried out in line with the Agency’s strategic goals.

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CU Boulder to Partner with UAE on Mars Mission

UAE Mars mission science objectives. (Credit: UAE Space Agency)
UAE Mars mission science objectives. (Credit: UAE Space Agency)

BOULDER, Colo. (CU Boulder PR) — A mission to study dynamic changes in the atmosphere of Mars over days and seasons led by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) involves the University of Colorado Boulder as the leading U.S. scientific-academic partner.

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UAE Video Promoting 2020 Mars Mission

Although the UAE Space Agency is only 10 months, it has certainly reached parity with other agencies in terms of pursuing ambitious missions and producing slick promotional videos for said projects. The proof, as always, is not on YouTube but in the cold reaches of outer space near Mars, where many a spacecraft have failed before.

The video says they’re going to build the spacecraft themselves instead of buying technology abroad, but then it mentions unidentified partners. It’s not clear what that means.

UAE Unveils Plans for Mars Orbiter

Planned UAE Mars orbiter. (Credit: UAE Space Agency)
Planned UAE Mars orbiter. (Credit: UAE Space Agency)

DUBAI, UAE, May 6, 2015 (Press Release) — The blueprints and science goals for the first Arab mission to Mars have been revealed for the first time. The Emirates Mars Mission probe, named “Hope”, will create mankind’s first integrated model of the Red Planet’s atmosphere.

The unmanned probe will leave Earth in 2020 on a mission designed to complement the science work of other missions and fill important gaps in human knowledge. Its unique orbits and instruments produce entirely new types of data on Martian climate dynamics to be shared with the global science community.

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Space Symposium Briefs: Stratolaunch, Falcon 9, CST-100, UAE to Mars & Lunar Bases

Gwynne Shotwell
Gwynne Shotwell

I’ve been monitoring the Twittersphere for news out of the 31st Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. There have been a few interesting items of note:

  • Stratolaunch President Chuck Beames says the company is considering other air-launch rockets in addition to the one being built by Orbital ATK for use with its massive six engine carrier aircraft. The Orbital ATK rocket is for medium payloads but won’t be ready for several years. Stratolaunch is looking at smaller rockets that could be developed more rapidly and help with more near-term revenue.
  • SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell says the company’s next attempt to recover a Falcon 9 first stage may occur over land rather than on a barge at sea. SpaceX is building landing facilities at Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg Air Force Base.
  • Boeing plans to reveal the crew of its first CST-100 flight test this summer. The crew for the planned 2017 test will include one Boeing test pilot and one NASA astronaut.
  • The new United Arab Emirates Space Agency decided to launch a spacecraft to Mars in 2020 because sending an orbiter to the moon is too easy. The space agency, which was formed only last July, has yet to define the mission to the Red Planet or select international partners.
  • Current DLR Chairman Johann-Dietrich Wörner would really like to see the establishment of a base on the far side of the moon to enable radio astronomy. Wörner is set to take over had head of ESA in several months.

UAE Space Agency, CNES Sign MOU for Space Cooperation

CNES_logoABU DHABI (UAESA PR) — Following mutual discussions in France and the UAE, the UAE Space Agency and the Centre National d’EtudesSpatiales, (the National Centre of Space Studies of France) also known as CNES, today has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a strategic space partnership between the two entities.

Signed by HE Khalifa Mohammed Al Rumaithi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency and Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of CNES, the MoU allows for extensive future cooperation activities in the field of space between the UAE and France. It also covers partnerships in scientific missions and outreach efforts.

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