MBRSC showcases UAE space programme at World Space Risk Forum 2016
The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has participated in the World Space Risk Forum (WSRF) 2016, the global event that brings together a large number of international experts and specialists in the field of space industry from around the world.
MBRSC’s participation, Yousuf Al Shaibani, Director General of MBRSC, said: “Hosting the World Space Risk Forum in the UAE contributes to reinforcing our country’s position in the global space industry. The forum offers a platform to exchange experiences and practices, promote knowledge transfer, and create cooperation channels between decision makers involved in the space sector from around the world.”
Al Shaibani also thanked the forum for granting MBRSC the Inspiration Award, stating that he believes the centre’s accomplishments in space to be admired by many countries around the world. “In a short period of time, we’ve managed to achieve a great deal, including the launch of two satellites into space, building the first Remote Sensing Earth Observation Satellite using only Emirati expertise – KhalifaSat, and beginning work on the first Arab mission to explore outer space — with the Hope probe.
"The UAE’s space sector has a very ambitious strategy based on innovation, creativity, excellence and investment in human resources. We’re fully confident and hopeful that we will make qualitative development and advancement in the UAE space projects in line with the Centre's strategic plans, which aim to fulfill the aspirations of our leadership to make the UAE one of the leading countries in the space science industry by 2021,” Al Shaibani concluded.
In his speech, Al Marri highlighted the achievements made by the UAE space programme across the past 10 years. He also addressed the risks associated with space missions, and emphasised the need for proactive and operational plans to assess and mitigate risks by government institutions and agencies launching space projects and missions.
Al Marri said: “By giving all countries and organisations equal opportunities to participate in the space industry, we can contribute to the growth of space technology. MBRSC continues to promote cooperation and coordination with the global space community in order to develop international frameworks to regulate space activities, with a view to building a sustainable space sector.”