Emirates space diplomacy is a “passport” to national projects

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In confirmation of the approach that reflects the significant positive impact of “space diplomacy”, the Emirates Space Agency and the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, in recent years, have concluded many agreements, partnerships and memoranda of understanding, numbering more than hundreds. , as the agency alone has entered into more than 50 partnerships with regional and international space agencies, and more than 30 memoranda of understanding and agreements with foreign and domestic parties, within 6 years of its establishment in 2104, led by the US Agency for International Development of Space ”. NASA ”, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency“ JAXA ”and the Russian Agency“ Roskosmos ”, up to Indian, European and others, in support of projects that the state is working on, as well as in strengthening international cooperation, with the aim of developing of a future methodology and strategy for building a promising and ambitious national spatial sector.

Space exploration projects, in all their details, depend on international cooperation between international research agencies and institutions, which overcomes many challenges faced by this specific sector, the main of which is the reduction of high costs that required for the implementation of these projects, as well as the main importance of maximizing scientific exchanges and experiences between workers in this sector, as the benefits of space exploration are integrated, and positive results are achieved thanks to this, as no country can do this i only, and hence the term “spatial diplomacy”, which enhances cooperation between the 105 countries of the World Space Club. , shares his partnerships, experiences and achievements to serve humanity.

The UAE was able, thanks to the great success achieved by their projects in recent years, to leave its mark globally and become an ideal destination for many countries, international space agencies and scientific institutions, to strengthen the partnership. with the state in this sector, at all its levels of economics, knowledge and research, which the UAE has achieved, as a direct result of the strength of its policies and international relations, which opened up the way to maximize the influence of the UAE ”. spatial diplomacy ”, which has borne fruit in reducing the cost of national projects, as well as in attracting international companies specialized in the industries of this sector, to start their work from the state and then to benefit from the sector and staff national, as a result of this cooperation, to benefit the national economy, whose indicators and capabilities are growing day by day in this regard.

global trust

Salem Al Marri, General Manager of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, says that the UAE, after its extraordinary successes in the space sector in recent years, enjoys the trust of the world and advanced countries in the field of space, as everyone understands. now that the UAE space sector, despite its recent formation, is alone He is continuing with accelerated, systematic and deliberately programmed steps and with precise plans, to achieve historic projects of which he is proud all working in the space sector. The importance of this approach stems from the fact that it aims to unite the interests of countries in the space sector and increase cooperation between them.

He added that international space agencies and countries that have quality programs and projects, are always moving forward in their scientific and knowledge cooperation with countries that can add new knowledge and new discoveries, which open new horizons towards the exploration of depths of space, adding that. The UAE is currently, thanks to a variety of projects and its successes, such as the Hope Probe, and the Emirates Project for Moon Exploration, its advanced satellites, its space simulation programs, the discovery of Mars and others , has become characterized by great capabilities, as it introduces new information to the world, as national projects do not replicate in their goals those issued by international space agencies, on the contrary, it adds and develops it, which we see today from the information of new offered. by Sonda Hope, and explains many of the Red Planet’s climate phenomena, as well as the Emirates project to explore the moon, which is looking for something new to add to the knowledge and global scientific community, through its quality mission to discover new areas on its surface. .

New information

He added that the center’s planning and strategy in implementing projects is based on the principle of providing information and new discoveries, which makes the world and the members of the World Space Club see the state as an important contributor with which they seek to cooperate, especially as Spatial Discoveries are characterized by inevitable integration and cooperation. Given the high cost of these countries, which confirms the importance of spatial diplomacy in bringing people together, stimulating cooperation, narrowing differences and highlighting knowledge in service to humanity.

He stressed that the leadership and diplomacy of the Emirates have done and still do much to enable the space sector of the UAE, strengthening its relations with all countries of the world, with which it has strong relations, which is reflected in the development fare. levels through which cooperation with the state takes place, setting an example With the power of the Emirates passport and its globally advanced ranking, which enabled them freedom of travel and movement easily, unlike previous years, during which they had need for travel and entry permit. for some countries, noting that strong political relations with the world made it much easier for the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center and the Emirates Space agency, in support of its plans and programs.

French Partnership

Al-Marri noted one of the most important examples of cooperation, which reflects the real impact of “space diplomacy”, which is the signing of a partnership with the National Center for Spatial Studies in France to collaborate on the Emirates project to explore moon. The CASPEX spacecraft will be installed on the Rashid Explorer to provide high-definition images, reflecting the French side’s belief in our capabilities, especially as both cameras have advanced technology and their cost is high. , which reflects the world’s belief in the Emirates’ capabilities.

For his part, Adnan Al Rayes, Director of the Mars 2117 Program at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, said that all the Emirates projects witnessed a great exchange of knowledge and cooperation, with many space agencies and scientific academies in recent years, highlighting the Hope Probe project, which proved many forms of cooperation and strategic partnerships, whether with US and international universities or academic bodies, or launching tonight through a launch pad at the Japanese space station, where the Hope Probe team designed and developed all the technologies related to the project, with the contribution of knowledge transfer partners namely the University of Colorado In Boulder, the Laboratory for Space and Atmospheric Physics, the University of California at Berkeley, the Space Science Laboratories, Arizona State University and Tok Aux College Space, which was reflected in the development of technical knowledge needed for the team, and resulted in the development and production of probe components locally, rather than providing technology from specialized global space agencies and companies.

global opening

He added that what distinguishes the Emirates space projects is that they are very open to the world and their counterparts in terms of information exchange and cooperation between us and that the good returns of the results of these projects have opened big doors for communication with others. , as they are aware of the degree of benefit offered by our projects, showing that Space diplomacy has significantly reduced the costs of implementing Emirates projects, due to the integration of knowledge and exchange of experiences and information between countries, within the World Space . Club, especially at the level of Mars and Moon exploration projects and others, as we are taking advantage of the other, whether at the technical or knowledge level, and benefiting from the progress made in their projects for our use, which significantly affects in reducing the economic cost of UAE space projects.

Withdrawal of companies

He added that “spatial diplomacy” has led the UAE to attract the best companies specializing in this sector globally and start their projects and plans in the country, emphasizing that we find this clear and evident in satellite project (MBZ-SAT) and lunar exploration project and stressed that this would maximize the profitability of national companies, increase their expertise and cooperate with these international companies located here, the number of which is growing day by day . He stressed that if it were not for the country good relations at the global level and its impact, it would not have had a positive impact on the development of plans and objectives of the UAE space program.

He referred to the scientific cooperation with academies and research centers of international agencies, which are more than 200, as well as the increase of cooperation with them between our institutions and them.

mutual benefit

He explained that the world deals with the UAE and its projects in the space sector, in terms of strengthening partnerships and exchanging benefits and experiences, due to the good reputation of the country and its open space program. , who helped attract large investments to work here in the country.

And he showed that the UAE institutions dealing with the space sector are gaining a lot through positive returns from their international partnerships and currently the biggest projects on the ground, be they space exploration projects, like the Hope Probe project, or those. are satellite communication projects or imaging satellites, such as KhalifaSat, MBZ-SAT, Yahsat, Thuraya and other educational projects and small satellites, all of which come from partnerships, trust between cooperating countries and the extension of their positive outlook on The UAE and its ambitious and promising space sector.

important communication

He stressed that the Emirates project to explore Mars, “Hope Probe”, is one of the most important national programs, which required an important and continuous communication with specialized authorities around the world, led by global transfer partners of scientific knowledge, where there was great collaboration regarding the design and development of the probe with the University of Colorado.In Boulder, Arizona State University and UC Berkeley, where the Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics and Space at the University of Colorado at Boulder served as a partner knowledge transfer specializing in the development of space missions, UV spectrophotometer instruments, exploration camera, scientific team development, operations and Arizona State University has also been a knowledge transfer partner in the development of infrared spectrophotometer instruments and science development and operations team.

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