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Abu Dhabi to host Global Space Congress

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The UAE Space Agency will exhibit a range of cutting edge innovations and state of the art technology at the Global Space Congress – the region’s premier space event, which runs at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi on January 31 and February 1.
The stand will include a 3D printing station which will print models of the Mars Hope Probe on site. It will also include a virtual reality Mars experience and displays of the final Hope Probe design. The UAE Space Agency exhibition area will also tell the historical aspect of the UAE’s story in space by showcasing space-designed stamps from the seventies and eighties.
The Hope Mars Probe will leave Earth in 2020 traveling more than 60 million kilometres in nine months and will be launched to coincide with the UAE’s 50th anniversary. HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum approved the final designs of the UAE’s Mars Hope probe which is scheduled to reach the Red Planet in 2021. The project places the UAE with the nine countries that aim to explore Mars.
The Hope Probe will be the first to study changes in the Martian atmosphere throughout its daily and seasonal cycles. It will reach a speed of 126,000 kilometres per hour for the 600 million km journey around the sun to Mars, which will take around 200 days.
HE Dr Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency commented: “The Global Space Congress will provide us with an incredible opportunity as an industry to achieve significant outcomes. We will debate the latest innovations and advances in space technology. These next two days are a chance to define the space sector’s policies and evaluate our global space strategies for the future.
“The programme we have in store is rich in content. We will focus on visions of new technology applications, worldwide trends in new technology as well as a deep look at game changing launch systems. We will debate how we can finance space missions as well as debate amongst us what does the future in space mean for
Chief Innovation Officer at the UAE Space Agency, Sheikha Al Maskari added: “The UAE Space Agency stand will display a mixture of the latest modern technologies and future space plans as well as a look back at how far we have come. A fine balance between history, present and future will be part of the theme as we learn from our past and build for what is to come.
“We have made tremendous progress in the past few years in strengthening the space sector. The Hope Probe Mars mission will be a major contribution to science and a landmark achievement for the Arab Islamic world. The mission will unify scientific efforts, boost innovation, and contribute towards diversifying the country’s economy. It will put the UAE on the international space map,” concluded Sheikha.
The Congress will welcome a global audience of over 600 space experts, including space agency leaders, C-suite space and aerospace executives, government ministers, top researchers and academics.
Organized by Streamline Marketing Group, the event is being held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and in association with the UAE Space Agency.

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