Every year on July 20, Space Exploration Day is celebrated throughout the globe. This is because, on this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin became the first people to land on the surface of the Moon. Space Exploration Day aims to motivate and inspire young people to pursue careers in space exploration and to learn more about space exploration, unmanned spacecraft, and space theory. In the Middle East, countries like the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have established a booming space industry with new projects and initiatives.
UAE establishes $817 million fund for space sector
A new project to create radar satellites and a 3 billion UAE dirham ($816.84 million) fund were both unveiled by the UAE last week. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed, the ruler of Dubai, stated that the fund aims to encourage the creation of domestic enterprises in the space sector and advance domestic strategic and research projects.
UAE announces plans for radar satellite constellation
A constellation of sophisticated remote sensing satellites using radar technologies will be the Fund’s first project to be sent into orbit and will offer unmatched imaging capabilities. After the Arabic word for a flock of birds, the constellation will be called Sirb. The “Sirb” initiative, according to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, intends to increase the nation’s competitiveness in the space industry. According to Arab News, the planned satellites will be able to produce extremely intricate and detailed radar “pictures” of land usage, ice cover, surface changes, and characterization, with a variety of scientific, civil, and commercial applications.
Turkey & UAE continue to mend ties with the space agreement
Back on July 12, the two countries signed a memorandum to share expertise in space research and technology. They will also carry out joint studies on suborbital flights, launches, rockets, and satellite systems. This is extremely important because Turkey-UAE relations were strained for years over disagreements on different issues. Economic and technological cooperation is playing a large role in Turkish-Emirati reconciliation.
It’s interesting to learn that the UAE Mini-Satellite Challenge, one of the key goals of the UAE Space Agency, allows students to construct satellites. The plan intends to make the UAE a center for space education. The organization established the UAE Mini-Satellite Challenge, which gives undergraduate and graduate students the chance to design, build, and test satellites, in collaboration with Khalifa University and Boeing.
The ambitious space programs of the UAE have made it possible for it to create cutting-edge technologies in the area. According to the UAE Space Agency, in 2024, it hopes to become the fourth country on Earth to set down a spacecraft on the moon. A successful lunar trip would be a significant step toward a space economy for the oil-dependent economy. The UAE has also set a deadline of 2117 for establishing a human colony on Mars.