The UAE Space Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of South Australia to set up a framework for joint cooperation in the exploration and utilization of outer space and the exchange of information, expertise, scientific research and space technology. The official signing ceremony took place at the Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi.
The MoU was signed by H.E Dr. Eng. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency and retired Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston, Chairman of the Defense South Australia Advisory Board.
The memorandum sets out the framework for future cooperation between both parties in the promotion of international cooperation in space sciences, technologies and applications for sustainable development and specialized capacity building. It also includes a framework for the exchange of information and experience and joint research and development. Finally, the MoU also establishes channels for academic exchanges and industrial cooperation in the exploration of outer space.
H.E. Dr. Eng. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi said: “This MoU complements the UAE Space Agency’s efforts in enhancing cooperation with various countries and international space organizations in order to promote the growth of our national space sector through scientific, technical and specialized expertise in various space fields.”
“The Australian space sector is one of the most advanced sectors in the world. Cooperation is key for the global space industry, and this MoU will contribute to the improvement of the capabilities of both parties through joint projects and initiatives,” he added.
The UAE Space Agency has signed more than 25 MoUs and cooperation agreements with major global and regional players in the space sector. Additionally, it has signed joint cooperation agreements in space policy, legislation, space science, technology and applications. The UAE Space Agency is committed to developing the UAE’s human capital and to the exchange of expertise and research.
The UAE Space Agency, the first national space agency in the region, was established in 2014, and is responsible for organizing, regulating and supporting the national space sector under federal law. This includes the complete oversight and funding of space missions such as the Mars Hope Probe, the UAE’s unmanned mission to Mars.
The primary goals of the UAE Space Agency are to contribute significantly to diversification of the national economy, prepare the upcoming generation of Emiratis for leadership in the space sector through a range of capacity building programs, and raise awareness about space sciences and STEM fields among the general public. In addition, it is responsible for expanding and enhancing the UAE’s international standing in space-related fields, and for issuing policy and laws for the space sector.