Innovative in space

From global space agencies to emerging private sector players and even the general public, each of us has a role to play in guiding global space travel.

By Salem Humaid AlMarri, Managing Director of MBRSC

In the space realm, we keep thinking about the next big thing. Since the advent of the space race, humanity has gone beyond its capabilities to reveal more, gain knowledge and share more about our universe, our galaxies and the cosmos in general. The recent launch of the James Webb Space Telescope is another milestone for humanity on its journey to better understand the vast unknown. In addition, the launch was made possible thanks to the unwavering partnership between the US space agency NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.

Partnerships in the spotlight

These unifying moments of collaboration are what defines the space sector. It is not only a triumph of the scientists, engineers and people behind this project, but an inspiration to the multitude of space nations who aim to contribute to the space sector. It nurtures the ambition of future generations to mark the annals of scientific history.

The future of space exploration is the responsibility of multiple stakeholders. From global space agencies to emerging private sector players and even the general public, each of us has a role to play in guiding global space travel. It will not only push and inspire technological innovations, but will rely more on the ecosystem to encourage transparent collaboration between science and universities, large companies and SMEs to NGOs and institutions, among others.

United Arab Emirates space travel

As a young space nation celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year, the UAE has made significant strides in space science and exploration, pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve in this area. Since building our first satellite in 2007, it has taken us less than a decade and a half to go from there to sending a mission to Mars – a first interplanetary mission from the Arab world. This mission has already collected more than 100 GB of data on weather and climate conditions on Mars, which has been made available to the scientific community through our data centers.

But we don’t stop there. This year, we also announced the Emirates lunar mission to land the Rashid rover on the moon and study a region never explored before. The results of this mission will be crucial for future space travel and the creation of space suits and vehicles for interplanetary missions.

Beyond that, we also rely on our astronaut corps and aim to establish a human settlement on Mars by 2117. Our projects and ambitions today are geared towards the vision of the future.

The future is collaborative

We have always believed in the power of collaboration and our scientific milestones could not have been achieved without our partners. MBRSC’s latest satellite project – the MBZ-SAT, which when completed will be the region’s most advanced satellite in high-resolution satellite imagery, has been instrumental in supporting the industry local space, with 90% of the mechanical structure and 50% of the electronic modules under construction in the United Arab Emirates. In addition, we have partnered with agencies and universities around the world to collaborate on the mission.

Likewise, the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Program is currently training with the 2021 NASA Astronaut Candidate Class, while the UAE Analog Astronauts are currently undertaking the UAE Analog Mission # 1, in the United Arab Emirates. as part of international scientific research on the Single Earth Station (SIRIUS-21), as part of an 8-month project in Moscow, Russia.

The MBRSC has always encouraged collaborations with the scientific community in order to continue to encourage scientific programs aimed at exploring new research activities and application possibilities in the field of STEM. Our work with our collaborators will enable scalability, resilience and, most importantly, provide unprecedented observations of space, research and technology for the betterment of humanity.

2022 and beyond will be even better and bigger for the Next Frontier, as the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope has signaled. Understanding the advantages of the space industry, the UAE has also, as part of its diversification, explored and established itself as a leader in the field in the Arab region through its space missions and programs. As a country, we are not only celebrating the past 50 years, but we also envision a future of growth, prosperity and unity for the “next 50”.

By Salem Humaid AlMarri, Managing Director of MBRSC

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