Nasser Al Jabri (Abu Dhabi)
The UAE is preparing to consolidate its leading position in the global space sector, through 6 basic pillars on which it is based in future plans and programs for space projects and missions, especially with the increasing growth in the volume of uses for space applications and international expectations of continued growth levels during the coming period, which will lead to enhancing competitiveness and the involvement of countries. in the sector.
The main pillars of the UAE include qualifying a qualified national human cadre capable of leading future space projects and dealing with and adapting to the variables of the sector, through the educational program of the Emirates Space Agency, which includes a set of axes, including those related to students in the basic stages of study to focus on raising the level of space awareness. They have, and other axes, related to university students to enhance their desire to engage in science and technology, stimulate their ideas, and involve them in space projects that simulate major space projects.
The second pillar is based on the preparation and implementation of long-term plans, the most important of which is the National Space Sector Strategy 2030, which includes a plan up to 2030, through several initiatives aimed at ensuring the consolidation of the UAE’s position in the sector and its continued sustainability and continuity of its projects and tasks, through programs and visions carried out with the participation of a number of of the actors in the sector.
The third pillar is to engage and attract companies from the private sector to invest in the space industries. The new strategy of the Emirates Space Agency, which is expected to be launched in the near future, will include stimulating the growth of the national space sector, in line with the vision of the wise leadership and its directions to build a space sector that contributes to sustainable growth of the economy. National, as one of the promising sectors of the future economy for the next fifty years.
The fourth pillar is to strengthen cooperation with international partners, especially from international space agencies, and to engage in joint space treaties and agreements, as the UAE is an active element in the Artemis Agreement that was announced last year, and is a member of a number of international organizations, and is preparing to host The World Space Conference during the last quarter of this year, which will enhance the participation of the UAE and benefit from the concepts of knowledge transfer and exchange of experiences.
The fifth pillar is the development of space research and analytical capabilities of scientific data, as the national space sector system focuses on 4 current projects on space research, which are satellite data processing, Earth mapping using satellites, low-energy radiation detection devices, and a “catalog” project. data” using spectroscopic frequency.
The UAE’s competitive qualifications in the sector continue through the sixth pillar, which includes diversifying space missions, including outer space exploration projects such as the Hope Probe, lunar exploration projects such as “Explorer Rashid”, space missions for satellites, and missions for miniature satellites that target Training and qualifying university students for future mega space projects.
According to the national space strategy, the new space sector will include a set of concepts and applications, including space tourism, debris prevention and removal, and space manufacturing, while there are factors to determine the trends of the space sector, including the boom in space uses, the increase of countries participating in the sector and the presence of greater international cooperation in sector.