Nasa-UAE discuss knowledge transfer

Nasa-UAE discuss knowledge transfer

Abu Dhabi - The two sides discussed knowledge transfer opportunities, technical and training information.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Tue 16 Feb 2016, 3:31 PM

Last updated: Tue 16 Feb 2016, 5:33 PM

The UAE Space Agency has discussed future cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa).
 At a meeting with a visiting delegation from Nasa, held at the agency's headquarters in Abu Dhabi, both sides discussed ways to strengthen their partnership and work with the two organisations.
The two sides discussed knowledge transfer opportunities, technical and training information, cooperating on the Deep Space Network and the development of a ground station, as well as collaborating on the "Hope Probe" programme.
The delegation led by Badri Younes, Nasa deputy associate administrator for the office of space communications and navigation (Scan), was welcomed by Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, director-general of the UAE Space Agency and a number of senior officials from the nation's space sector. The meeting was also attended by Sami Asmar, IND/DSN Strategic and International Planning Office Manager at JPL.The delegates also discussed the possibility of cooperating on the analysis of the data provided by the probe and allowing other governmental and scientific entities in the country to benefit from the results by enhancing operations and business.
Commenting on the meeting, Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi said: "The UAE space agency is keen to develop strong relations with different space agencies around the world, with the aim to support the agency's current and future programmes and reach its strategic plans and goals in developing the space sector in the UAE."
He added: "We discussed ways to push forward the development of the "Hope Probe" project, as Nasa has a proven record in developing similar programmes throughout the years and to other planets in the solar system."
The agency representatives who attended the meeting included, Khaled Al Hashmi, director of space mission management; Mubarak Al Ahbabi, senior specialist system and program; Dr. Muthanna Al Mahmoud, engineering and design manager; and Dr. Omar Al Emam, space technology advisor.
NASA's delegation meeting agenda also included visits to Thuraya - Mobile Satellite Communications Company, Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre to witness the latest developments at these entities.

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