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UAE Space Agency, Mubadala and Lockheed Martin launch comprehensive space-based workforce development programme

Emirati members of the Generation Space workforce development programme. Photo courtesy of the UAE Space Agency.
Emirati members of the Generation Space workforce development programme. Photo courtesy of the UAE Space Agency.

On 8 August 2016 global technology leader Lockheed Martin, the UAE Space Agency and Mubadala launched a space-based workforce training programme to develop emerging leaders in the UAE space industry.

Generation Space: The Space Fundamentals Training Program for early career professionals across the UAE aerospace industry will run for the next four months and includes training in the UAE and the United States. The programme begins in the UAE with training in “space foundations” and moves into more technical topics, covering more than 200 hours of course work. Participants will also complete mentor-guided research projects.

Dr Khalifa Al Romaithi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, said: “This latest initiative represents and realizes the long-term strategic vision of the UAE Space Agency, which seeks to bring together Emirati stakeholders as well as maximizing international cooperation in the space sector. Furthermore, we are committed to instilling a sound scientific understanding among up-and-coming Emiratis as part of our efforts to develop a knowledge-based economy.”

Homaid Al Shimmari, Chief Executive Officer of Aerospace and Engineering Services at Mubadala said: “Mubadala is proud to be a part of Generation Space, which will provide the UAE’s next generation with hands-on experience across the UAE and US space industries. The future strength of the UAE’s aerospace industry depends on the development and innovation of the young professionals who will lead our country into space for the benefit of the people of the Emirates.”

Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of Yahsat said: “It is essential for us to focus on the development of our human capital to ensure the sustained development of the UAE’s space sector. We are proud to be associated with an initiative that provides our youth with a platform to learn, develop and attain their full potential. ‘Generation Space’ is a programme that will not only equip young engineers with the skills needed to excel in the aerospace industry but also help them chalk out a path for their long-term career growth.”

“We are excited to be a part of the UAE’s journey into space,” said Nabil Azar, Regional Director of Lockheed Martin’s Space System’s Company. “This programme brings together emerging Emirati leaders to support their training and development to literally reach beyond the stars. But much more than a training opportunity, ‘Generation Space’ supports the growth of a generation dedicated to the UAE’s space industry and the country’s dynamic vision towards a diversified knowledge-based economy.”

In September, the early career professionals will complete a US space industry immersion programme hosted by Lockheed Martin. This segment of the programme will include attendance at the OSIRIS-REx launch along with job shadowing, touring Lockheed Martin’s virtual reality facility, and seeing satellite production facilities.

The headquarters for all classroom training, guest lectures, and other major events with leadership from all participating agencies with be at the Lockheed Martin Center for Innovation and Security Solutions in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.

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