Sheiks on Mars! Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

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02-02-2017

(Photo: Sarah Amiri (R), deputy project manager of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Mars Mission, speaks during a ceremony to unveil the mission on May 6, 2015 in Dubai. The UAE Mars Mission aims to provide a global picture of the Martian atmosphere through a probe named Al Amal to be launched in July 2020 to reach Mars in 2021, according to the engineers involved in the project. AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB)

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Sheiks on Mars! Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

The competition heats up: At a space conference this week in Abu Dhabi, a UAE official said that his country might begin work on a manned space program.

He also said that they plan a follow-up to their Hope Mars mission, which now has a July 2020 launch date.

The UAE’s prime goal right now with their space effort is to promote the development of a new aerospace industry. Thus, I do not expect them to accomplish much in the near future. Even their Mars mission is I think mostly being built and launched by others (India is helping with the spacecraft and Japan is launching it). In the long term, however, this effort is wise, and will eventually produce for them a real industry.

http://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/uae-considers-initiating-its-own-manned-space-program/

Feb 04, 12:00 AM
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