The UAE announced a new mission in the field of space, which includes building an Emirati spacecraft, covering a journey of 3.6 billion km, during which it will reach the planet Venus and seven asteroids within the solar system, and it will make a historic landing on the last asteroid, as part of its five-year journey.
This came during an event attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, during which the government announced The UAE, among the fifty projects, for the unprecedented space project to explore Venus and the asteroid belt within the solar system, which marks the beginning of a scientific space journey in deep space, to reach Venus and the asteroid belt within the solar system, and to achieve the first Arab landing on an asteroid far from Planet Earth is 560 million km, making the UAE the first Arab country, and the fourth country in the world, to send a space mission to Venus and the asteroid belt in the solar system.
The new Emirati space project, which enhances the scientific development process and consolidates the UAE’s position in the field of planetary and deep space exploration, explores the secrets of the formation of the solar system, after the UAE succeeded in February 2021 in achieving a historic achievement by sending the first Arab probe to Mars orbit last February, and it was the fifth A country in the world reaches the red planet.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum stressed that “the UAE’s space journey is still in its infancy, and our flights continue, and our explorations will not stop, and the ambitions of our youth have no ceiling.”
His Highness added: “We are not less than others, and we have projects to graduate astronauts and astronauts and build space vehicles.. A third of the stars in the sky bear Arab names, because the Arabs were pioneers of astronomy.. Our mission is to resume our Arab civilization.. If we do not act today, when?”
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said: “The Emirates project to explore the planet Venus and the asteroid belt is a new test of the capabilities of the Emirati youth to achieve Zayed’s ambition in space.” His Highness added: “Our national cadres and talents, and our academic and research institutions, which have achieved qualitative achievements in the space sector, are able to take on the task of the new space project.”
The event to announce the new Emirati space project, which was held at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, was attended by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, and His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Vice Chairman of the Council Ministers and Minister of Finance, Lt. General H.H. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and a number of ministers and state officials.
The “UAE mission to explore Venus and the asteroid belt” contributes to the development of advanced technologies and technological innovations that humanity has not known before, in various sectors, disciplines and space sciences, to achieve this historical scientific leap of human knowledge.
The mission of the new Emirati spacecraft contributes to the development of distinguished Emirati and Arab engineering, technology and research competencies over the years preceding and following the historical moment of the launch of the spacecraft in 2028.
The mission also benefits from the experiences gained by Emirati national cadres working in the Emirates Mars Exploration Project, “Probe of Hope”, which qualifies them to lead such an ambitious space project, based on what they have accumulated of scientific knowledge and experience over the past years.
The unprecedented scientific space mission enhances the UAE’s position as an international knowledge reference in space sciences, an open laboratory for its advanced programs, projects and technologies, and a global center for specialized data and information, providing the outcome of its space missions and knowledge products in this vital space sector for the future of humanity, and placing it at the service of the global scientific community.
The Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Muhammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, said that the UAE project to explore Venus and the asteroid belt in the solar system is a new future station among the fifty projects, confirming that the UAE has always worked with ambition that does not know the impossible and an unstoppable determination to achieve a better future, and it establishes a new era. in space sciences, and constitutes a huge leap of knowledge in the field of space exploration and the development of its technologies and sciences, stressing that the strategic project announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as part of the “50 projects”, will achieve scientific and technological achievements. .
He added: “The scientific space flight of the Emirati spacecraft towards Venus and the asteroid belt, will carry with it ambitions, innovations, science and efforts of integrated scientific, engineering and research teams, who will work continuously from now until the launch date, to ensure that the UAE space mission is the first in the Arab world, and the fourth globally, towards Venus. And the asteroid belt to its scientific goals, to record a new chapter in the book of human knowledge.”
Minister of State for Advanced Technology and President of the Emirates Space Agency, Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, confirmed that the UAE project to explore the planet Venus and the asteroid belt within the solar system, thanks to the support of the leadership and the efforts of the sons of Zayed, will chart a bright future full of achievements in the field of space science, as a new initiative in the march of the UAE scientific, and its journey to explore space.
She added, “This is a new historic space mission for the UAE, to be the fourth country in the world to send a mission to Venus and the asteroid belt.”
She indicated that the importance of the new Emirati space mission lies in its contributions to the collection of unprecedented scientific data on the formation of planets in the solar system, so that the UAE contributes to revealing this scientific information that allows humanity to have a deeper understanding of the universe and the solar system. The Emirati space project constitutes a new historical stage on the path of resuming the contribution of the Arab region to scientific discoveries and human civilization, to support the global scientific community, and to enrich human knowledge with unprecedented scientific information, data and data from the deep space and the solar system.
The billionth journey that the mission of the UAE-Arab space project travels, the first of its kind, represents seven times the journey of the Emirates Mars exploration project, the “Hope Probe”, which succeeded in traveling 493 million kilometers in deep space, to reach the orbit of the red planet.
• The new Emirati space project consolidates the UAE’s position in the exploration of planets and deep space.
• The mission of “Exploring Venus” contributes to the development of advanced technologies and technological innovations that were not known to mankind before.
Mohamed Ben Rached:
• “We are not less than others.. The Arabs were the pioneers of astronomy.. Our mission is to resume our Arab civilization.. If we do not act today, when?”
• “The UAE’s journey into space is still in its infancy, and our journeys continue, and the aspirations of our youth have no ceiling.”
Mohammed bin Zayed:
• “The Emirates Project to Exploration of Venus is a new test of the capabilities of the Emirati youth to achieve Zayed’s ambition in space.”
• “Our national cadres and talents, and our academic and research institutions are able to take on the task of the new space project.”
There are a set of factors that will be taken into account when designing the Emirati spacecraft for the new mission, which will last five years, due to its nature and the conditions surrounding the asteroid belt, including providing the spacecraft with different thermal and mechanical packaging, due to its direct exposure to solar radiation and high temperatures. The closest point of the spacecraft from the sun is at a distance of 109 million kilometers, in addition to providing the spacecraft with special navigation, guidance and control systems, due to its passage through a nebula of celestial bodies, with special techniques to operate the spacecraft with very little solar energy when it is away on its journey from the sun by a distance of 440 million kilometres.
Supportive national programs and projects
In conjunction with the launch of the new mission, a number of national initiatives were announced that support the space sector and its industries in the country, and contribute to the development of a new generation of entrepreneurs specialized in the sector. The initiatives include announcing an integrated program to support the establishment of Emirati companies in the space sector, specializing in industries Space and its sciences. The initiatives accompanying the new Emirati space project also include ensuring that Emirati companies specialized in advanced technological industries obtain contracts within the project to explore the planet Venus and the asteroid belt within the solar system. The Emirates project to explore the planet Venus and the asteroid belt is accompanied by the announcement of an integrated national training program to develop the professional industries of the citizens.
The asteroid belt, which the new Emirati space project aims to explore, extends within the solar system between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, and contains asteroids and astronomical bodies made up of stones and minerals. Jupiter’s gravity plays a major role in the formation of this belt. The asteroid belt is a rotating stellar disk located between Mars and Jupiter, 300 to 450 million kilometers from the sun, which is two to three times the distance between the Earth and the sun, and the size of the asteroid belt is 50 trillion trillion cubic kilometers, and includes billions of bodies and bodies. .
7 years working on the spacecraft
The new space project includes sending a spacecraft to explore Venus and the asteroid belt within the solar system, and the development of the vehicle will take seven years, provided that it is ready to launch its space journey, within a launch window set for the beginning of 2028. The duration of the scientific mission of the Emirates project to explore Venus and the asteroid belt Five years, from 2028 to 2033.