The UAE launches “swarm” to develop radar satellites

With the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and the succession of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the UAE launched yesterday the National Program for Radar Satellites (Swarm) to develop a swarm of radar satellites.Which provides radar imaging around the clock and in all weather conditions, while also establishing a national fund worth three billion dirhams to support the space sector in the country announced.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said in a tweet on Twitter yesterday: “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 radar satellites (Swarm). The UAE continues to work to find innovative solutions, environmental sustainability and to qualify its national cadres in this important sector. “

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said in two tweets on Twitter yesterday: “The UAE has launched the (Swarm) project … the first project to develop a swarm of radar satellites that use modern image technology, 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 protect the environment against the factors of climate change.”

His Highness added: “The UAE has also launched the Space Fund with a capital of three billion dirhams, and its aim 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. ».

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 them with incentives, which is an extension of the Economic Space Zones project aimed at consolidating the UAE’s position as a global hub for talent, investment and innovation.

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, especially in the field of “remote sensing and communication, and play” The role of space agencies is to develop capabilities and support 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 satellite development, a space data complex, and the establishment of a business incubator to support small companies with experience and contracts, to ensure their work in projects developed by the fund.

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

She pointed out that the UAE attaches great importance to the development of the space economy, based on its growing role as one of the essential sectors that enable governments to diversify their economies, and the benefit of the technological solutions it provides. in several areas, to improve, paving the way for 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 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 nine 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.


Mohammed bin Zayed:

“The UAE continues to work to find innovative solutions for environmental sustainability, and to qualify its national frameworks in the space sector.”

Mohamed Ben Rached:

“Developing the capabilities of our Emirati engineering cadres in space technology … Only with advanced science can we contribute to the advancement of human development.”

Remote sensing “

The national program for “remote sensing” radar satellites represents one of the quality programs and the first in the Arab world in the space sector, as among its objectives it will contribute to the monitoring of the changes taking place on the planet due to climate change and work to find innovative solutions for environmental sustainability and resources on Earth’s surface, while the system helps satellites meet various economic and environmental needs to support the competitiveness of the UAE and its national economy by adopting advanced space technologies that serve important sectors in the country.

Establishment of a national fund of 3 billion dirhams to support the space sector.

continuous data

The National Radar Satellite Project includes the first Arabian satellite for radar observation. The six-year program within its system will, for the first time, provide the UAE with continuous data from around the clock and in all weather conditions, using advanced technology in which imaging accuracy achieves “up to Less than one meter,” allowing a swarm of commercial radar satellites will be developed to support the economic sectors and a number of key sectors in the country.

Qualifying Emirati cadres and developing national companies contributing to the growth of the space sector.

Establishment of an academy to develop the capabilities of engineers in satellite development.

The project aims to enhance the UAE’s efforts to find solutions to the challenges associated with climate change and environmental sustainability.

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