UAE’s most important space missions and Mars probe 2021
The world celebrated the 50th anniversaryof the first Apollo moon landings last weekand I thought this might be a good time togive you a quick update on what’s happeningwith the UAE’s space mission. Just another 60 odd days remain until HazzaAl Mansouri blasts off from earth and plantsthe UAE flag on the International Space StationThat’s not it. The UAE is also planning a Mars probe, aptlynamed Hope. In just two years, which is also going tobe the country’s 50th anniversary, the UAEwill land a probe on Mars. The ultimate goal is to establish the firsthuman colony on the Red Planet by 2117. The Hope Probe is scheduled to lift off fromJapan in July 2020 and reach Mars by 2021The total value of Emirati investments inthe space sector increased from AED20 billionin 2015 to over AED22 billion during the firstpart of 2018The number of space-related establishmentsin the UAE reached 57, which provided over1,500 job opportunitiesThere’s also going to be a new UAE spacelaunched very soon with 50 Emirati companies,institutions and establishmentsI had spoken to Sunil Tacker from STA Lawfirm to learn more about this law. Let ‘s hear what he has to stayApart from the Emirates Mars Mission and the UAE Space Agency,there are other key players in all of theseinitiatives. The Khalifa University lab, which is believedto be the region’s first space lab. Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Research Centre,which was founded by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashidis A SCIENTIFIC CENTRE SPECIALISED IN SPACESCIENCE and is ONE OF THE PILLARS OF KNOWLEDGEECONOMYKhalifaSat – which blasted off into orbitfrom Japan last year – was the first satellitedesigned and made by Emirati engineers. Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments, now under Mubadala,acquired a 31. 8 percent stake in Richard Branson’sVirgin Galactic and they are in talks withthe UAE space agency are talks of space tourismflights from Al Ain Airport. But over the years there have been a few roadblock too. Earlier this month the UAE’s fourth reconnaissancesatellite, FalconEye1, was lost when the Vegarocket carrying it developed a fault. Despite the loss, preparations to launch asecond satellite, FalconEye2, are under way. The UAE recently even formed a committee responsiblefor detecting astronomical bodies hurtlingtowards Earth. These could include meteors or the remainsof spaceships or other “space junk”. Basically all I’m trying to say is the UAEis taking the space sector very seriouslyand why not?According to the UAE Space Agency, in 2017,the total global space economy value amountedto $348 billion, 79 percent of which werecommercial revenues while 21 percent werefor government budgets and manned spaceflight. Private investments in space grew by 30. 5percent in 2017, as comparedto 2016.