New space centre gives UAE a lift-off

New space centre gives UAE a lift-off

The centre will be affiliated to the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST).



By (Staff Report)

Published: Mon 20 Apr 2015, 12:47 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:22 PM

Dubai — ‘To infinity and beyond’ could soon become the UAE’s new motto as the country is set to see the coming up of a dedicated space centre.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has issued a resolution establishing the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).

Formed to develop research, projects and studies on space, the centre will be affiliated to the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST).

The move further strengthens the UAE’s giant leap towards solidifying its mark on the space sector and the addition of the centre will help build national capabilities related to the space knowledge and science.

According to the resolution, the MBRSC shall oversee preparations and implementation of all phases of the UAE probe exploration mission to Mars.

The mission, which was announced last October by Shaikh Mohammed, aims to send an unmanned spacecraft to the Red Planet by 2021 to coincide with the UAE’s 50th anniversary.

The space journey, expected to be dubbed ‘Zayed Probe’ following a recent Twitter competition launched by Shaikh Mohammed, is set to take seven years and though the craft won’t land on Mars, it will orbit the planet in a bid to collect atmospheric data.

With global space industry revenues reaching more than $300 billion in 2014, the UAE’s presence on the world scene has well and truly lifted-off of late.

Just last month, officials from the US and UAE met in Washington and agreed to work towards greater civil and national security


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