Subscribe Free
in Space

NASA and UAE Space Agency sign historic implementing arrangement

Posted 3 October 2018 · Add Comment

NASA and the UAE Space Agency (UAESA) today signed an Implementing Arrangement (IA) that outlines cooperation across a range of areas related to space exploration and human spaceflight.

The document was signed by H.E. Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, and Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, and The Honourable James Bridenstine, Administrator at NASA during a ceremony at the 69th International Astronautical Congress, being held in Bremen, Germany between 1–5 October.

The IA falls under the overarching Framework Agreement signed between the UAESA and NASA in June 2016, which established a framework for areas of cooperation in ground-based research; sub-orbital research; research and flight activities in low-Earth orbit (LEO); and human and robotic exploration in the vicinity of the moon, on the lunar surface, and beyond.

The new IA enables the training arrangements for UAE astronauts to be discussed. It also provides further opportunities for the UAE to utilise the International Space Station (ISS), and for the UAE Space Agency to contribute to lunar exploration.

Al Falasi said: “This significant agreement builds on our bilateral relationship with NASA and the US space sector. It also reflects the deep economic, cultural and diplomatic ties shared between the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates. The global space sector is built on international collaboration, and we welcome these substantial opportunities to work closer than ever before with our counterparts at NASA.”

He added: “Our national space sector has reached a highly advanced stage, particularly with regards to the opportunities and expertise prevalent throughout. By advancing our international cooperation in space, we aim to further develop these local capacities through more sophisticated space missions and drive the growth of the national space sector.

“The signing of this agreement reflects the UAE Space Agency’s commitment to further strengthening partnerships with the most important space agencies around the world, with a shared aspiration to launch space exploration projects that benefit humanity in its entirety. It is also in line with the UAE’s objectives of bolstering its presence within the global space sector.”

Bridenstine said: “As NASA builds cooperation for the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization, we welcome the opportunity to expand our partnership with the UAE Space Agency as it builds its significant capabilities on Earth, in low-Earth orbit, and beyond. UAE is currently working with US Universities to build an orbiter “Hope”, to launch in 2020 and reach Mars in 2021.I’m delighted to sign this agreement signifying our deepening relationship as we move forward into the next phase of exploration.”

The IA also outlines opportunities for ground based research projects at the UAE’s Mars Scientific City in collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), a landmark research and development facility that aims to simulate conditions on the Red Planet and is set to launch in 2020.

As part of the agreement, and in collaboration with MBRSC, the UAE Space Agency and NASA will explore the feasibility of conducting field studies and research in space biology, physical sciences and human research at the City. The projects will aim to make use of Mars Scientific City and the NASA Human Research Analog, a unique facility dedicated to investigating the effects of spaceflight on human beings.

H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, said: “The document we have signed today represents another major milestone in our vision to become a leading spacefaring nation, offering the opportunity for knowledge sharing and close collaboration with NASA in regards to our astronaut program. With the first Emirati astronaut set to board the ISS in April 2019, this agreement with NASA will allow MBRSC and the UAE Space Agency to further build on our human spaceflight experiences.”

H.E. Yousuf Al Shaibani, Director General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), said: “The UAE — represented by UAESA — is taking another significant step by signing this strategic partnership with one of the world’s leading space institutions. I would like to thank and congratulate the UAE Space Agency for their continuous efforts in developing the national space sector. This collaboration agreement with NASA reflects our limitless ambition to build on global partnerships and launch initiatives that benefit both UAE and the globe.”

Al Shaibani added: “This agreement is particularly notable for MBRSC as it is an introduction to future collaborations across a range of MBRSC programmes — from the UAE Astronaut Program to Mars 2117 project.”

The International Astronautical Congress 2018 runs from October 1 to October 5, and is being held under the theme of ‘involving everyone’. The next IAC will be held in Washington, DC in 2019, and last year, the UAE was selected to host IAC 2020 in Dubai, coinciding with the launch of the region’s first interplanetary mission, the Mars “Hope” Probe.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Satcom Direct names Evgeniy Pashkov regional director EEMEA

Satcom Direct, the business aviation solutions provider, has appointed Evgeniy Pashkov as regional director for EEMEA.

USD 1.8 trillion global investment needed for aviation infrastructure modernisation by 2030

The required modernisation of aviation infrastructure expansion, development, and modernisation to cater to anticipated increase in passenger and freight air traffic demand will reach USD 1.8 trillion by 2030.

Jetex now the exclusive dealer in the region for hi-tech new HondaJet

Jetex is bringing the next-generation in advanced private jets to the Middle East after striking an agreement with Honda Aircraft Company to become the exclusive authorized dealer for the region.

Five Middle East States to share aviation security info

Following their presentation of a working paper entitled 'Sharing of Aviation Security Information Between States' at the Second High-level Conference on Aviation Security (HLCAS/2-WP/2), Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan

Somon cracks the EU code

Somon Air and AtlasGlobal are forging deeper ties in a bid to help the Tajik airline grow sustainably. Martin Rivers reports.

Static display at MEBAA Show 2018 announced

When the MEBAA Show 2018 opens on 10 December, the static display area will showcase some of the industry’s newest and most eye catching private jets for attendees to view and visit across the three days of the event.

TAA SK0902311218
See us at
MEBAA BT1004121218AIME19BTA3005120219SaudiAirshowBT0711140319Aviation Africa BT0607280219