The UAE Space Agency announced today its participation in the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which will take place at the Expo Guadalajara in Mexico, from 26 to 30 September 2016. The UAE Space Agency will use the platform as an opportunity to share experiences, challenges, and insights in space research, technology, education, and regulation.
Organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and hosted this year by the Mexican Space Agency (AEM), IAC is one of the world’s premier space events. Attracting more than 3,000 participants every year, IAC covers all space sectors and topics, offering everyone the latest space information and developments in academia and industry, as well as excellent networking and partnership opportunities.
This year IAC is being held under the theme of “Making space accessible and affordable to all countries” and will be attended by a wide range of individuals from space policy-makers and industry representatives to students and the general public. Participants and attendees will discuss scientific and technological breakthroughs, trends in space science and research, and the latest developments in space exploration, regulation, and education. The event also encourages dialogue that can contribute to the formation of international partnerships between entities in developed and emerging countries.
His Excellency Dr. Khalifa Mohammed Al Romaithi, Chairman of UAE Space Agency, emphasized the importance of participating in such events, as they come within the framework of understanding how significant innovations and new technologies create an impetus for the development of the international space sector and space exploration.
Al Romaithi said: “Through our participation in this event we look forward to raising awareness of our Agency’s role, activities, and main achievements in the international arena. This will include the latest initiatives undertaken in the fields of space science, research, exploration, and other sectors including the ‘Hope Probe’ mission to Mars. We are also looking forward to meeting with various stakeholders from international institutions to firms specializing in the space industry.”
“Being among this international gathering is consistent with the Agency’s plan to continuously develop partnerships and strengthen relations with major international bodies. We aim to support the space sector in the UAE with the latest international developments, which will be reflected on existing and future projects in accordance with the Agency’s strategic plans,” added Al Romaithi.
His Excellency Dr. Eng. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of UAE Space Agency, said: “The Agency’s participation in this international space event is a necessity, given the rapidly evolving nature of space science and exploration. Additionally, since the Agency is responsible for funding and supervising the ‘Hope Probe’ Mars mission, we need to remain informed of all the latest developments in the field of space exploration. This event is a chance to develop an in-depth understanding of the most recent innovations and technologies within the international space sector.”