The Space Generations Program (Ajyal) launched by the Saudi Space Commission will contribute towards establishing a national base for human capital in the space sector, said Abdul Aziz Al Al-Sheikh, CEO of the Saudi Space Commission.
The programme, he said, will encourage interest in scientific research and learning various sciences in the areas of innovation: science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM).
Al-Sheikh added that the programme is striving to cooperate with academia to achieve further progress in research related to space science and its applications.
The programme also aims to create a prosperous educational environment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by establishing a stimulating and enabling environment for the space sector to be a platform that launches economic and scientific development.
“We derive our inspiration from the experience of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission, and his team, who were passionate, creative and determined to reach space,” said Al-Sheikh.
He added that the scientific team that supported the prince’s journey to space included a group of scientists as well as the most skilled technicians, designers, and creative thinkers who contributed to achieving this dream.
The CEO said that the success of the trip was a result of the efforts of the entire team. “The Saudi Space Commission seeks to form a similar dream team that contributes to achieving our ambitious vision for the future of the space sector in the Kingdom,” he added.
Director general of the Space Generations Program, Ilham Al-Harbi, explained that the programme had a comprehensive set of goals and strategic vision that aims to instill inspiration in Saudi Arabia’s younger generation to achieve leadership in space science.
She said that the programme also aimed to build and develop future generations of Saudi space scientists and turn their dreams into a reality.