On April 12, thrilling news was announced from the UAE as the National Space Programme was launched and the programme strategy was approved. If that was not exciting enough, training has begun for the first Emirati astronaut
to be sent to the International Space Station.
“Our national space programme is a solid platform to prepare Emirati cadres specialized in aerospace sciences, and qualify future generations that are able to contribute to humanity’s knowledge,” Mohammed bin Rashid said. “We plan to send the first Emirati astronaut to space over the next few years, and starting from today, we are preparing the first Emirati and Arab astronaut to join scientists at the International Space Station.”
These milestone announcements demonstrate that the UAE is absolutely serious about contending in space on a global level. The programme will create a new generation of young engineers and astronauts that will shape the future of the UAE in space.
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Finally, there have been some significant developments in Turkey’s nascent space industry
and we have been reporting on them. The country has spent over $1 billion on space programmes, and is now ready to establish itself as a major player in the global space industry, despite the current political instability. With plans afoot for the launch of an indigenous satellite by 2019 and the creation of a national space agency seemingly moving ahead, Turkey is planning to become a self-sufficient space nation that is able to compete on an international level. We hope you enjoy this special focus on Turkey.
Over the past week SpaceWatch Middle East
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