UAE has role in space exploration


The UAE is positioning itself to lead the Middle East into space, lifted by investment in technology, expertise and facilities.

The UAE is positioning itself to lead the Middle East into space, lifted by investment in technology, expertise and facilities.

Abu Dhabi: The UAE will play a role in the next stage of space exploration as the industry moves from being government policy-driven to commercial development-driven, according to former American astronaut, Buzz Aldrin.

Aldrin, who was speaking at the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, was one of the first men to land on the moon, along with Neil Armstrong on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

Aldrin said the UAE is showing a growing commitment to the space industry and that the country will be involved in future projects and industry developments.

Taking the lead

Aldrin reiterated throughout his address that it is time for the commercial sector to take the lead on space exploration, with the goal of reaching mars. He said that NASA might not be the right agency to exploit space exploration. However, other US agencies and the commercial entities could be.

Globally, companies such as Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and American-based SpaceX are investing in commercial space exploration.

Virgin Galactic is due to launch its first commercial spaceflight from Spaceport America in New Mexico later this year.

The US-based company has reportedly raised $80 million from passengers paying around $250,000 for a ticket.

Not just for the elite

On Monday, Virgin Galactic chief executive, George T. Whitesides, said that there have been discussions for Mubadala to supply parts to the commercial spacecraft fleet.

Prospective Emirati astronauts will not be the only UAE presence on board, with the spaceships sporting the logo of Abu Dhabi sponsor Aabar Investments, which has a 35 per cent stake in Virgin Galactic. Abu Dhabi government-backed Mubadala Development Company is looking at opening a spaceport to service the region.

On Monday, Virgin Galactic chief executive, George T. Whitesides, said that there have been discussions for Mubadala to supply parts to the commercial spacecraft fleet.

Earlier, Masood Sharif M. Mahmood, Yahsat chief executive, said that the UAE has nine indigenous satellites including future programmes and three homegrown satellite companies. He said Yahsat connects a billion people across the Middle East, North Africa and South West Asia.

 

Excerpt from : http://gulfnews.com/business/aviation/uae-has-role-in-space-exploration-buzz-aldrin-1.1316737

 

 

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5 Responses to UAE has role in space exploration

  1. lenrosen4 says:

    Buzz Aldrin certainly likes to make predictions and Mars is his focus. I really believe that the commercial interest in space will stay closer to home for a very long time. The infrastructure needed to make Mars appealing is years away and a multi-national-sponsored human mission to Mars will certainly predate anything commercial there. Check out http://www.21stcentech.com/mars/ a piece I wrote questioning the “Mars One” project not on the basis of the dream but from the perspective of survivability of those intended to migrate there.

    Commercial operations in space will begin with sub-orbital and near-Earth ventures and then based on potential profitability move into Deep Space – first the Moon, asteroids and then Mars. I would make an educated guess that Mars remains far in the future for commercial operators in space. But I believe by 2100 we will see as many as 1 million humans permanently living in space largely in self-contained space towns situated at Lagrange Points and some in lunar colonies. The industry they will practice will include mining for H3 and other elements not easily found on Earth. But a good portion of the space economy will be devoted to creating the infrastructure necessary to move even further out, building the way stations that will serve the space highways of the future.

    You may find the following article an interesting read: http://www.21stcentech.com/space-future-21st-century-part-3-space-tourism-town-space/

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