A delegation led by Badri Younes, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Space Communications and Navigation (SCAN), was welcomed by Dr. Eng. Mohammed Nasser Al-Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, and a number of senior officials from the nation’s space sector.
The two sides discussed knowledge transfer opportunities, technical and training information, cooperating on the Deep Space Network.
They also discussed the development of a ground station, as well as collaborating on the UAE’s “Hope Probe” program, the plan to send a research spaceship to Mars by 2021 for the UAE’s 50th anniversary.
The delegates also discussed the possibility of cooperating on the analysis of the data.
Mohammed Al-Ahbabi said the UAE space agency is keen to develop strong relations with different space agencies around the world.
He added his agency and NASA discussed ways to push forward the development of the “Hope Probe” project, as NASA has a proven record in developing similar programs throughout the years and to other planets in the solar system. Enditem