Everything We Know so Far About the UAE’s Mission to Mars!
With less than 500 days till launching, we’re closer than ever to the first space exploration mission by an Arab country!
The Emirates Mars Mission; AKA the Hope Mars Mission, is a space exploration probe mission to Mars built by the United Arab Emirates and it’s set to launch in July 2020. The mission was announced back in July 2014 by the President of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. It is being carried out by a team of Emirati engineers in collaboration with foreign research institutions.
The UAE Space Agency and Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced that 85% of the Hope Probe project has been completed. According to the announcement, most of the main parts of the project have been completed and are currently undergoing intensive testing to ensure every aspect of the Probe is ready for activation a few months before the launch date.
The probe is expected to reach Mars by 2021, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE. It has already entered an intensive testing phase to ensure its readiness before the launch date. The Probe has succeeded at all the tests it has been subject to so far, ahead of the five environmental tests to be conducted on the probe from June to December 2019.