H.E. Talal Humaid Belhoul reviews developments at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre

Management provides update on the Hope Probe and future strategic plans of the Centre


Dubai, UAE: The Board of Directors of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) held a meeting chaired by H.E. Talal Humaid Belhoul, Vice President, MBRSC to discuss developments related to future projects at the Centre, aligned with the strategic plan of the UAE’s National Space Programme.

The meeting was attended by H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman, MBRSC, H.E. Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director-General, MBRSC along with the members of the Board of Directors, Mohammad Abdullah Alzaffin, Mansoor Juma Buosaiba, Mohamed Saif Al Meqbaali, and others.

During the meeting, H.E. Talal Humaid Belhoul was briefed on the reports of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre’s current projects, strategy and future plans that endeavours to support the country's strategy in the space sector and its contributions to other sectors in the UAE, within the UAE’s National Space Programme.

H.E. Talal Humaid Belhoul appreciated the efforts of the work done by the team at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, and the support they provided to government agencies and vital sectors in the UAE. Stressing on the importance of the Centre’s role in actively contributing to the promotion of space exploration in the UAE, he said:

“Space is a competitive arena for scientific knowledge, and we are proud that the UAE is one of nine countries in the world that has an active space programme. We have achieved a lot in this short span, but we have much more to accomplish. We will work towards achieving the vision of the wise leadership of the UAE to be one of the leading countries in terms of knowledge and scientific achievements.”

He added: “The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre is run by a team of industrious and creative minds who are constantly aiming to scale new heights. We also have Emirati youth who are eager to join the space sector and contribute to its ambitious efforts. That is why I am fully confident that we are today living in an era of knowledge, creative ideas, and innovation. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre along with other organisations in the UAE’s space sector is proud to be part of the first 50 years of our glorious Union. We are also ready to contribute towards a future centred around sustainability, prosperity, development and scientific advancements.”

The Board meeting with His Excellency shed light on the latest developments regarding the Centre’s projects and emphasized on the strategic objectives of the Centre’s programmes, as well as their scientific and development goals. His Excellency reviewed the programmes and projects with the Centre’s engineers and was briefed about the progress of the testing and evaluation process for the applicants of the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme.

His Excellency also visited the ground control centre for the Emirates Mars Mission “Hope Probe”, and met with the team to review the progress of the Mission’s control operations, and was updated on the first successful trajectory correction manoeuvre of the Probe. Additionally, reports were also presented on the services provided by the Centre through its satellites KhalifaSat and DubaiSat-2 along with the satellite imagery service “Mosaic” offered to government and non-government institutions.

During the meeting, His Excellency stressed on the importance of the strategy of the UAE’s National Space Program and achieving its objectives along with focussing on the strategic direction for all projects at the Centre. His Excellency further discussed the future plans of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre in the space sector, and the Centre’s strategy to empower national cadres within the UAE’s National Space Programme, stressing on the importance of motivating future generations to move towards science in various fields, as it is the basis for scientific advancement.


About MBRSC:

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, founded in 2006, is home to the UAE National Space Programme. The Centre builds and operates earth observation satellites, offering imaging and data analysis services to clients around the world. The Centre launched DubaiSat-1, DubaiSat-2, and recently launched KhalifaSat on 29 October 2018 from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. KhalifaSat was developed 100% in the UAE by a team of highly qualified Emirati engineers. The Centre is responsible for the development of the Emirates Mars Mission and the Mars Hope Probe, a mission to reach Mars orbit by 2021 and gather key science data about Mars’ atmosphere, as well as the UAE Astronaut Programme and the development of the Mars 2117 vision to build a human colony on Mars.  

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