Subscribe Free
in Space

UAE Space Agency and MBRSC launch Kibo-RPC

Posted 24 March 2020 · Add Comment

The UAE Space Agency, in collaboration with Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), has launched the Kibo Robot Programming Challenge (Kibo-RPC), an educational competition about creating a programme to operate free-flying robots in the International Space Station (ISS).


Courtesy UAE Space Agency


The UAE Space Agency, in collaboration with Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), has launched the Kibo Robot Programming Challenge (Kibo-RPC), an educational competition about creating a programme to operate free-flying robots in the International Space Station (ISS).

Students from all over the UAE are invited to take part in this international challenge, organized by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The UAE Space Agency is accepting submissions until 19th April on https://ishuttle.space.gov.ae/idea?ch_id=20.

This comes as part of the Agency’s efforts to develop the skills of the youth skills in science and technology and inspire them to get involved in the space sector.

Participating teams in Kibo-RPC will be asked to create a program to operate NASA’s free-flying robot Astrobee to stop air leakage in JAXA’s Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) at the ISS, known as "Kibo". The UAE Space Agency and MBRSC will then be holding the preliminary round of the competition in June 2020, where all participants will run their codes using a virtual simulator provided by JAXA and NASA, to select the winning team who will be representing the UAE in the final round of the competition in Japan, in September 2020.

His Excellency Dr. Eng. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, said: “One of the main objectives of the UAE Space Agency is to raise students’ awareness of  the importance of space technology and encourage them to pursue STEM education. The Kibo Robot Programming Challenge gives participants the chance to develop great problem solving skills, preparing them to lead the space sector in the future.”

“We look forward to receiving the biggest number of applications for this challenge, and develop a new generation capable of generating creative and innovative ideas. Competitions like Kibo-RPC play a significant role in inspiring the next generation to get involved the space sector and enhancing our national capabilities,” His Excellency added.

HE Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director General of Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, said: “We have made giant leaps in space research over the years and our continued success is a culmination of our investment in human capital. Developing the capabilities of our future generations is key to the sustainable growth of the UAE’s space sector.

Under the vision of the UAE’s wise leadership, we are always looking for new ways to engage the nation’s youth through initiatives and programmes that help channel their aspirations for space science and other STEM-related fields.

The Kibo Robot Programming Challenge is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their innovative ideas and critical thinking to solve real-life problems on the International space station.”

Kibo-RPC initiative is part of Asian Beneficial Collaboration through Kibo Utilisation (Kibo-ABC) membership, which is a collaborative program aiming to promote ISS/Kibo utilisation in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Wizz Air outlines ambitious GCC plans at the ATM Virtual event

Hungarian low cost carrier Wizz Air has ambitions to become a major force in the GCC once it begins operations from Abu Dhabi this year.

Cargo operator presents PPE to Dubai as a thank you for police efforts

The regional office for the Gulf US cargo operator National Air Cargo has been so impressed with the support of Dubai Police during the coronavirus pandemic that it has donated 100,000 masks and gloves for distribution to the frontline

Why bigger may not be better

The future for air transport? Perhaps a very different format from today’s that will require joined-up thinking from politicians, airports and airlines, suggests Dubai Airports’ CEO, Paul Griffiths. Alan Dron reports.

New flights offered by Emirates as well as resuming transits through its Dubai hub

Following the UAE Federal Government's announcement to lift restrictions on transit passengers services, from 15th June Emirates will offer passenger services to 16 more cities on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Pegasus relaunches domestic flights

Following the temporary suspension of flights on 28 March 2020 as part of the restrictions to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, Pegasus Airlines has relaunched domestic flights on 1 June 2020 and as of today, 4 June 2020, will be operating 39

Etihad Airways to offer special transfer flights

Etihad Airways will link 20 cities in Europe, Asia and Australia via Abu Dhabi.

AVMENA20 SK14191020
See us at
AVMENA20 BT1309100620MAPS2020 BT1102171120SaudiAirshow21BT2011180221