UAE to send first Emirati to space in ‘few years’: Dubai Ruler. Space programme aims to reach Mars in 2021 and build first settlement by 2117. The UAE on Wednesday included an ambitious target of sending its first astronaut to space under a new national space initiative.
The programme was approved by Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, state news agency WAM reported. The two leaders also launched a satellite manufacturing complex as part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), a move that is part of the UAE space programme that aims to reach Mars in 2021 and build first settlement on the Red Planet in 2117.
Unveiled at the World Government Summit in February, the “Mars 2117” project aims to research into exploring means of mobility, housing, energy and food as well as speeding up the time it takes to travel to the planet.
The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) will launch the “Hope” spacecraft in July 2020 on a seven-month journey to the Red Planet.
Sheikh Mohammed said the UAE plans to send the first Emirati astronaut to the space over the next few years.
“Starting from today, we are preparing the first Emirati … astronaut to join scientists at the International Space Station.
“Our national space programme is a solid platform to prepare Emiratis cadres specialised in airspace sciences, and qualify future generations that are able to contribute to humanity knowledge,” he said.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said the UAE is making a new national leading achievement every day on all levels.
“We are very proud of Emirati youth playing a pivotal role in shaping an ambitious future for their own country and pursuing higher educations in the field of science and knowledge,” he said.