Dubai Crown Prince reveals new space missions at MBRSC board meeting.
Two new space missions were announced by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai and Chairman of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) during a MBRSC board meeting, which he chaired on October 2, 2023.
By 2024, Mohammed Al Mulla and Nora Al Matroushi will embark on trailblazing space missions, Sheikh Hamdan posted on his social media account on X (formerly Twitter).
He also shared updates on the launch of a satellite and a moon exploration project.
“The next phase of our journey will see ground-breaking Emirati space ventures… Next year, we will launch MBZ-Sat, the Arab world’s most advanced satellite to date. The Rashid Rover 2 project will continue on, as our determination to explore the moon remains.”
Sheikh Hamdan reiterated the Centre’s commitment to realising the UAE’s vision to raise the Arab region’s profile as a prominent player in the global space industry by undertaking ambitious projects that will bring enduring benefits to humanity.
“In the next phase of our journey, we are set to implement exceptional projects that will open new horizons for space exploration. The UAE’s rapidly advancing space sector is poised to evolve into a significant global contributor in the field, drawing from the rich expertise, knowledge and strategic partnerships we have acquired through unique initiatives and missions, Sheikh Hamdan said.
“The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre is a pivotal contributor to the UAE’s space programme, and we remain committed to enhancing the nation’s stature as a key player in shaping the future of space exploration in line with the leadership’s vision. Our goal is to unearth new data and gain knowledge and insights that will bring benefits not just for our nation but also for the region and the global community.”
He continued: “The UAE has set high standards for space excellence and will continue to launch ambitious missions that resonate with our leadership’s vision to advance our nation’s role as an innovator and trailblazer in the region and the world.”
The board meeting also discussed the satellite Payload Hosting Initiative, a joint effort by MBRSC and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to advance capacity-building and promote space science and technology in developing countries.