UAE Space Agency participating in astronautical congress

Delegation to showcase Mars mission in Mexico at the end of this month

Staff Report
12:47 September 18, 2016

Abu Dhabi: The UAE Space Agency said it will participate in the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), scheduled from September 26 to 30 at Expo Guadalajara in Mexico.

The Agency will use the platform as an opportunity to share experiences, challenges, and insights in space research, technology, education, and regulation.

Organised by the International Astronautical Federation, and hosted this year by the Mexican Space Agency, IAC is one of the world’s premier space events, attracting more than 3,000 participants every year.

The event covers all space sectors and topics, offering everyone the latest space information and developments in academia and industry, as well as networking and partnership opportunities.

This year IAC is being held under the theme ‘Making space accessible and affordable to all countries’ and will be attended by a wide range of individuals, from space policy-makers and industry representatives to students and the general public. Participants and attendees will discuss scientific and technological breakthroughs, trends in space science and research, and the latest developments in space exploration, regulation, and education.

Dr Khalifa Al Rumaithi, chairman, UAE Space Agency, said: “Through our participation in this event we look forward to raising awareness of our Agency’s role, activities, and main achievements in the international arena. This will include the latest initiatives undertaken in the fields of space science, research, exploration, and other sectors including the Hope Probe mission to Mars. We are also looking forward to meeting various stakeholders from international institutions to firms specialising in the space industry.”

Dr Mohammad Al Ahbabi, director-general, UAE Space Agency, said: “The Agency’s participation in this international space event is a necessity, given the rapidly evolving nature of space science and exploration. Additionally, since the Agency is responsible for funding and supervising the Hope Probe Mars mission, we need to remain informed of all the latest developments in the field of space exploration. This event is a chance to develop an in-depth understanding of the most recent innovations and technologies within the international space sector.”