Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

To better forecast and track climate change, the UAE is creating a number of extremely precise satellites. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will establish an $820 million (3 billion dirham) fund to build satellites and support an ambitious space program that has already launched a rover to Mars and has objectives to explore Venus.

First satellite to launch in three years as part of a six-year development program, according to the state-run WAM news agency. As part of the UAE Space Agency’s Space Economic Zones Program, the fund will encourage international collaborations to establish themselves in the nation and offer incentives.

The ‘Sirb’ project’s development would be facilitated by the Dh3 billion National Space Fund, which was announced earlier this year. With a broad range of research and commercial uses, the constellation of SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellites can produce incredibly precise radar images of land usage, ice cover, and surface changes.

According to a government statement, scientists can utilize the data to identify oil spills, locate ships, and track crop yields. The initiative was launched by Vice President Sheikh Mohammed and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. The President claimed that the fund will “extend our increasing skills in this critical sector while boosting innovation in environmental sustainability.”

The satellites would transmit images “with a precision of one meter” both during the day and at night, according to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. According to Sarah Al Amiri, the UAE Space Agency’s chairwoman and minister of state for advanced technology and public education, the fund would encourage research, produce new tech leaders, and create new jobs.

“A long-term plan and roadmap for the growth of the Emirates’ space sector is in place to create economic possibilities, new jobs, and help support global alliances and new leaders in technology, space sciences, and engineering here in the United Arab Emirates,” the minister added.

“We are preparing for a bright future for our young people, one that is full of fresh prospects and challenges, and this fund is specifically aimed at creating opportunities for global collaboration in the development of Emirati firms.” According to a release, as part of the UAE Space Agency’s Space Economic Zones Programme, the fund would stimulate collaborations between global and local businesses by offering incentives to them.

The first satellite will be launched after a six-year development program, which is a lot quicker than what would have been achievable if conventional earth observation satellite design principles had been followed. The Sirb satellites—Sirb is Arabic for “flock of birds”—will be constructed through a multitude of collaborations involving the Emirati public and corporate sectors and other parties.

As a component of the constellation construction, launch, operation, and commercialization strategy, submissions will be offered for a variety of development and construction options.

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