Special Feature: United Arab Emirates Space Agency
In common with many nations now engaging in space-related activities, the United Arab Emirates is deeply committed to a space-business related future. From the establishment of the UAE Space Agency in 2014, the country has embarked on developing satellites and has had its first astronaut on the International Space Station. National ambitions in space extend to Mars exploration and space tourism. In 2018 the first UAE satellite to be designed, built and tested in the country entirely by Emirati scientists and engineers at Dubai’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) was launched from Japan. The payload featured a digital camera that rivals some of the most advanced remote-sensing observation capabilities today. This session will provide a further exploration of how access to space and applications using space is undergoing change; change prompting more governments to establish their own space agencies.