Launch of a “swarm” of radar satellites and a 3 billion national fund to support the space sector

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With the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, may God protect him, and with the succession of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, may God protected, the UAE launched the National Radar Satellite Program (SRP) yesterday.To develop a swarm of radar satellites, which provide radar imaging 24 hours a day, and the establishment of a national fund of 3 billion dirhams to to support the space sector in the country has also been announced.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, may God protect him, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him, confirmed that the UAE continues to work to find innovative solutions for environmental sustainability and to develop the capabilities of our engineering cadres. UAE in space technology.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God protect him, said in a blog post through his official account on Twitter: “With the establishment of a national fund to support the space sector with a capital of three billion dirhams, and the launch of a national program for the development of modern “Swarm” radar satellites. UAE It continues to work to find innovative solutions for environmental sustainability and to qualify its national cadres in this important sector. “

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, may God protect him, said in a blog post on his official Twitter account: “The Emirates today (yesterday) launched the” Swarm “project … the first project to develop a swarm of radar satellites using imaging technology Modern day and night, in all weather conditions, with an accuracy of one meter .. The new satellite swarm aims to develop our competitiveness in the space sector and preserve the environment against the factors of climate change. “

His Highness added: “The UAE also today launched the Space Fund with a capital of 3 billion dirhams, and its goal is to support the establishment of national companies in the space sector, support new national strategic and research projects and the capabilities of our Emirati engineering cadres in space technology. Only with advanced science can we contribute to the advancement of human development. “

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This qualitative step comes within the framework of supporting the strategic directions of space science and technology policy, which provides a frame of reference for translating the UAE’s efforts and ongoing efforts to consolidate its excellence in the space sector and its advanced industries. , to qualify Emirati cadres and develop national companies that contribute to the sector’s growth and consolidation of its pillars.

The project aims to achieve a wide range of objectives that will enhance the UAE’s efforts to find solutions to challenges related to climate change and environmental sustainability and contribute to urban development, work to integrate efforts and provide disaster relief and face food security challenges, inter alia, by relying on qualified national cadres and Emirati companies, in addition to encouraging partnerships with international institutions and providing incentives to them, which is an extension of the Economic Space Zones project aimed at consolidating the UAE’s position as a global center for talent, investment and innovation.

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The UAE has announced the establishment of a specialized strategic fund to support the space sector in the country, which works to provide financial resources and management of its management in line with the country’s orientation to find alternative and innovative solutions to projects. finance and develop the sector. of dirhams in promoting investments of interested entrepreneurs and private companies, and working to finance and facilitate the development of future space activities and projects, as the space sector in the UAE sees a major development and a trend towards the private sector engage in space activities, particularly in the field of remote sensing and communications, and agencies play Space plays the role of developing capabilities and supporting the sector by increasing its readiness and creating investment opportunities.

The Space Fund aims to sustain capacity development in the space sector, qualify Emirati cadres to lead the sector of national priority, increase the UAE space sector’s contribution to the diversification of the national economy, encourage the private sector and attract global specialized companies to develop their projects and activities in the UAE and make it an important center for work and investment in space.The fund will foster and build partnerships between national companies and global advanced technology companies.

The fund includes within its plans and projects the establishment of an academy to develop the capabilities of engineers in the development of satellites, a space data complex, and the establishment of a business incubator to support small companies with experience and contracts, which their work in projects developed by the fund.


Her Excellency Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Space Agency, confirmed that the UAE’s launch of the “Sarab” project is the country’s ambitious strategic vision in the reflects the space sector and is an important qualitative step that improves the UAE’s position in the field of launching and developing satellites with technological complexity.

Al Amiri has indicated that the UAE attaches great importance to the development of the space economy, based on its growing role as one of the essential sectors enabling governments to diversify their economies, and the benefit of the technological solutions it provides. in several areas offers, to improve, which opens. the road to unprecedented economic, scientific and investment opportunities.

Al Amiri added: “The UAE’s efforts to consolidate the space sector continue within the country’s diversified economic system, and the UAE is keen to provide a stimulating environment for local companies operating in the field, in addition to strengthening “Global partnerships with many scientific and research bodies and specialized economic institutions. Programs in the sector provide incentives for companies and investors to enter this field and take advantage of the opportunities it offers.”

The National Radar Satellite Program for Remote Sensing is one of the quality programs and the first in the Arab world in the space sector, as it will contribute among its objectives to monitoring and working to change the changes taking place on the planet due to climate change. innovative solutions for environmental sustainability and resources on the surface of the earth, while the satellite system helps to meet various economic and environmental needs, in order to support the competitiveness of the UAE and its national economy by adopting advanced space technology that serves essential sectors the country.

The qualitative national project for radar satellites includes the first Arabic satellite for radar observation, and the program, which extends over 6 years, will provide continuous data from space around the clock and in all weather to the UAE within its system. conditions, using advanced technology that achieves accuracy Imaging (up to less than 1 meter), and through which a swarm of commercial radar satellites will be developed to support the economic sectors and a number of key sectors in the country.

The program will also include the conclusion of contracts for national companies to develop radar satellite systems and process their data using the same approach followed in the UAE mission to explore the asteroid belt, where the door will be opened for applications for national start-ups in the field of space to participate in the development of the radar satellite swarm, as well as to involve workers in engineering.And open the door for employment for them to develop their expertise in the field of space and support them to enter the private sector through companies in the same field, and according to the project’s schedule, the first satellite will be launched within the swarm of satellites within three years.

It is noteworthy that the value of commercial spending in the UAE space sector over the past few years amounted to 9 billion, while the contribution of the private sector amounted to 50% of the total expenditure on the UAE space sector in 2019, which the participation of government and private sectors to contribute to investment and development of this sector.


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