UAE to build satellites, land on asteroids, explore Venus and more
With plans to explore Venus within seven years and land on an asteroid, in addition to launching spacecraft into Mars orbit, the UAE has the most ambitious space program in the Middle East.
The United Arab Emirates will set up a fund of 3 billion dirhams ($820 million) to develop satellites, as well as advance an ambitious space program that has put a probe into Mars orbit and including plans to explore Venus.
Six-year development program will see for the first time satellite The state news agency WAM reports it will launch in three years. The Foundation will encourage global partnerships to establish themselves in the country and provide incentives as part of the UAE Space Agency’s Space Economic Zones Program.
“The project will contribute to the UAE’s efforts in developing solutions to climate change, environmental sustainability and improved disaster management,” said the country’s media office. Applications will include oil spill detection, ship monitoring, as well as search and rescue.
The Gulf nation said the move would make it the first Arab country to develop a constellation of Synthetic Aperture Radar Satellites. The satellites – called Sirb in the Arabic term for a flock of birds – will be built through a partnership between the public and private sectors along with international companies, WAM said.
With a discovery plan Venus within seven years and landed on a small planetIn addition to launching spacecraft into Mars orbit, the UAE has the most ambitious space program in the Middle East.
The country established a Space Agency in 2014, sent astronaut go international Space station Five years later, and plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024.