UAE, UK Space Agen­cies sign MoUs

The Pak Banker - - BUSINESS -

The UAE Space Agency has signed a sig­nif­i­cant mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the United King­dom Space Agency, aim­ing to fa­cil­i­tate col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two agen­cies in the short and long term.

The MoU was signed in Lon­don dur­ing a visit this week by a high­level del­e­ga­tion, in­clud­ing Dr Khal­ifa Al Ro­maithi, Chair­man of the UAE Space Agency and by Dr. Mo­hammed Nasser Al Ah­babi, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the UAE Space Agency, who met with se­nior of­fi­cials from the UK Space Agency.

The MoU cov­ers col­lab­o­ra­tion in var­i­ous aspects of space ex­plo­ration, in­clud­ing space sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, ap­pli­ca­tions, pol­icy, law, regulation and hu­man cap­i­tal de­vel­op­ment in the space field and re­lated ar­eas. In ad­di­tion to this, the MoU en­cour­ages the es­tab­lish­ment of joint work­ing groups to ex­am­ine and de­fine pro­pos­als for joint pro­grams in the ar­eas de­cided upon by the two agen­cies, which sup­ports the space pro­grams in both coun­tries.

The MoU also cov­ers the pro­mo­tion of ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties in space sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy as well as the pro­mo­tion of the use of prod­ucts and ser­vices de­vel­oped un­der the two agen­cies pro­grams.

Al Ro­maithi added: "We dis­cussed with our English coun­ter­parts op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop aspects of col­lab­o­ra­tion in ar­eas of com­mon in­ter­est and fu­ture prospects. We look for­ward to ex­chang­ing ex­per­tise, par­tic­i­pat­ing in joint stud­ies as well as hold­ing joint con­fer­ences and sym­posia. All of th­ese un­der­tak­ings will ben­e­fit the space agen­cies of both na­tions and strengthen the ties be­tween our peo­ple."

Bri­tish Am­bas­sador to the UAE, Philip Parham said: "With the sign­ing of this MoU, the broad and deep UK and UAE strate­gic part­ner­ship has now reached space. This will open the way for ex­ten­sive co­op­er­a­tion and part­ner­ship in space re­search, sci­en­tific mis­sions and pop­u­lar out­reach. The UK is one of the world lead­ers in space ex­plo­ration and tech­nol­ogy: UK tech­nol­ogy was key to the world's first col­lab­o­ra­tive satel­lite and the most dis­tant probe land­ing ever achieved - Ariel 1 and Huy­gens re­spec­tively. I'm ex­cited to imag­ine the po­ten­tial, the uncharted fron­tiers and the many ben- efits which the UAE and UK can re­alise to­gether in this field."

Al Ah­babi said: "The UAE Space Agency rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of space ex­plo­ration in the greater con­text of ad­vanc­ing hu­man­i­ties legacy. We are firm be­liev­ers in work­ing to­gether with all com­pe­tent en­ti­ties in the field of space to­wards the com­mon goal of fos­ter­ing the well-be­ing of hu­mankind."

David Parker, CEO of the UK Space Agency em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of the MoU when he said, "We are ex­tremely proud of this mem­o­ran­dum. This col­lab­o­ra­tion in the space field is a sign of the strong de­sire of our two coun­tries to work to­gether, and con­firms the com­mit­ment of the UK to be­come a part­ner of the UAE Space Agency."

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