The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) will participate in the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, between September 25-29, 2017. The IAC is one of the leading space conferences worldwide, attended by presidents and CEOs of international space agencies, decision makers, researchers, academics, and professionals in the space sector from 70 countries.
During the Congress, MBRSC will showcase its space projects and programmes either launched by the Centre or delegated to it, under the umbrella of the National Space Programme, which includes the Emirates Mars Mission – Hope mission, National Astronaut Programme, Integrated Satellite Manufacturing Programme, and Mars 2117. The Centre will highlight its plans and strategies for implementation, as well as its vision for the future of the space sector in the UAE and the world.
H.E. Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, said, “For the second year in a row, MBRSC will be participating in the International Astronautical Congress, which we consider an important platform that brings together space professionals from around the world, to enhance the development and growth of space industry and research globally”.
Al Shaibani stressed that, “the Centre is looking forward to highlight the competitive features of the UAE space sector internationally, especially after the announcement of National Space Programme strategy.” He noted that, “the UAE participation in IAC 2017 is distinctive, since the International Astronautical Federation will announce the 71st edition host city, which MBRSC submitted an official bid proposal to host it in Dubai in 2020.”
During the participation, the MBRSC team will present several research papers on Earth observation, space applications, and other aspects related to space exploration and space education initiatives.
Since 1950, the IAF has been holding the International Astronautical Congress annually, in cooperation with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL). This year the Congress will be hosted by the Space Industry Association of Australia.