The Dubai Air Show has announced some of the speakers and presenters at the Space Conference, a new feature for 2017 taking place 13-14 November. Among them are Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot Col. Al Worden, USAF-Ret; George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic; H.E Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency and Omran Sharaf, Project Manager, Emirates Mars Mission, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).
The region is at an exciting point in its advancement within the space sector – many countries are acquiring and developing their own satellites, building their next generation of engineers and embracing technological advancements both in industry and on a personal level. In addition, the UAE’s investments in space technologies have already exceeded AED 20 billion (USD 5.4 billion) while its ambitions include the Mission to Mars Hope mission planned for 2021.
“I am excited to attend the Dubai Airshow for the first time, to see first-hand how the UAE’s vision for leadership in aerospace and aviation supports this world-class event, and to see how the event creates excitement and support around the world for the UAE’s vision,” noted Colonel Worden.
“I am especially honored to be invited to participate in the show’s Space Pavilion Conference as an advocate for STEM education. For explorers of all ages, on earth and across the universe, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are the most vital tools of the trade,” he continued.
“The addition of the Space Conference and Pavilion is one of the new features for 2017 that is ensuring the Dubai Airshow continues to represent all sectors of the aerospace industry. We are proud to be able to include Col. Worden in the event and look forward to hearing about his unique experiences as the UAE Space Agency leads the country towards an exciting future.” said Michele van Akelijen, Managing Director of show organizers Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East.
The Space Conference at the Dubai Airshow is accompanied by a dedicated pavilion within the show hall supported by industry leaders Orbital ATK and the Boeing Company, where relevant companies including the UAE Space Agency, Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES) and ISS Reshetnev will be exhibiting side-by-side for the whole five days.