Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre concludes participation in Global Space Congress
Dubai, UAE, 23 March 2019: Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), concluded its participation as the foundation partner of the second edition of the Global Space Congress, which took place over three days at St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, from 19 to 21 March.
This partnership comes as a result of MBRSC’s specialisation in space science and advanced technologies, which contributes to the establishment of the national space sector, as a pillar of the UAE’s knowledge-based economy. The conference highlighted advantages of the global space economy and opportunities for its development and growth.
MBRSC discussed key developments of the space sector in the UAE. Eng. Salem Humaid AlMarri, Assistant Director General for Scientific and Technical Affairs at MBRSC, highlighted that the UAE is the first Arab country to host the International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2020), the largest specialised conference in the space sector worldwide.
MBRSC’s speakers took part in sessions discussing a range of topics related to space. The topics included policies and strategies, major space projects, the latest technologies in space exploration, ways to prepare qualified Emiratis to lead the sector, promoting the development of space technology, as well as analysing and developing commercial space strategies.
In the first session of Day 1, Speaking at the first session of the conference, Amer AlSayegh, AlGhafri, Senior Director of Space Engineering Department at MBRSC, spoke about the possibility of developing multidisciplinary models to expand the space ecosystem and opportunities for the transfer of space technology.
In the second session of Day 1, Omran Sharaf, Project Director of Emirates Mars Mission (EMM), discussed the real challenges facing the future of mankind in space, as well as space technologies and innovations that will have a real impact on earth and ways to use them effectively.
Day 2 included a panel discussion by Adnan AlRais, Director of Remote Sensing Department and Mars 2117 Programme Manager, where he discussed innovation in the space sector through cooperation between satellite operators and governments.
Mohammed AlHarmi, Director of Space Operations, stressed MBRSC’s efforts in building national capacities and developing their skills to enhance the space sector, ensuring the preparation of graduate students with the necessary skills, and the role of MBRSC’s partnerships with public and private educational institutions.
Day 2 ended with a session by Saeed AlMansoori, Head of the Applications Development and Analysis Section (ADAS), who discussed the importance of satellite ground station monitoring and control, and major applications related to space technology.
On Day 3, Ayesha AlMulla, Corporate Communications Officer, focused on inspiring youth and encouraging them to enter the field of space, by highlighting scientific and educational initiatives and projects by MBRSC that contribute to raising awareness about the importance of space in achieving a knowledge-based economy, through various media channels.
MBRSC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Space Science Agency of the Kingdom of Bahrain (NSSA), on the first day of the conference, to exchange information and data in satellite imagery, space research, and capacity building.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, founded in 2006, is home to the UAE National Space Programme. The Centre builds and operates earth observation satellites, offering imaging and data analysis services to clients around the world. The Centre launched DubaiSat-1, DubaiSat-2, and recently launched KhalifaSat on 29 October 2018 from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. KhalifaSat was developed 100% in the UAE by a team of highly qualified Emirati engineers. The Centre is responsible for the development of the Emirates Mars Mission and the Mars Hope Probe, a mission to reach Mars orbit by 2021 and gather key science data about Mars’ atmosphere, as well as the UAE Astronaut Programme and the development of the Mars 2117 vision to build a human colony on Mars.