HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid reviews designs of UAE’s Mars Mission
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum reviewed the designs of UAE’s ambitious Mars Mission.
Named Hope Probe, this unmanned probe to Mars aims at reaching Mars by 2021 marking the UAE’s 50th National Day.
It began in 2015 and will leave Earth in 2020 travelling more than 60 million kilometres in nine months.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said, “The UAE’s ambition is to explore outer space. We are investing in our national cadres to lead this project and contribute in expanding our knowledge about Mars. The Hope Probe is a qualitative leap for UAE’s scientific efforts, it the first contribution for the Arab world in this regard.”
Sheikh Mohammed’s remarks came during his visit to the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) to opens the 2nd phase of the UAE satellite manufacturing and assembling complex, a multitasking facility capable of handling several space projects at a time.
Sheikh Mohammed also installed the first part of KhalifaSat, the first Arab satellite which is being built purely by Emirati engineering and expertise in the UAE. KhalifaSat is set to launch in 2018.
It is seen as a major boost for UAE’s space programme.
KhalifaSat provides satellite imaging capabilities at an industry competitive Ground Sampling Distance of 0.7m panchromatic and 4m in multispectral bands to governmental and commercial entities and corporations worldwide.
Hailing the engineers for their hard work to build the satellite, he said, “The UAE today has the full capacity to manufacture and build satellites with any foreign technical support. We are planning to become a leading regional hub for space industries and we will continue developing the Emirati workforce highly specialised in space technologies.”
Sheikh Mohammed also opened a complete solar energy run house constructed using same technology for space industries. It has facilities like water cooling systems, heat and air insulations, air filtration and ventilation systems and smart operation system.