FP Trends06 October 2021 17:11:40
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Space Agency, after becoming the first Arab country to reach Mars, announced that by the end of this decade it will explore the planet Venus and ultimately aim to land on an asteroid.
To give wings to its dreams, the UAE will build a spacecraft for the mission, which will take seven years to build and will be launched temporarily by 2028. The UAE hopes that the spacecraft will land on an asteroid in 2033.
Using gravity assist maneuvers, the spacecraft will orbit first Venus, then Earth, then observe seven main belt asteroids, before landing on an asteroid 560 million kilometers from Earth in 2033.
This mission is seen as an ambitious goal by the UAE since it founded the space agency a few years ago, in 2014. If this mission is successful, it will join the UAE Space Agency NASA, Japan’s space agency JAXA and the European Space Agency (ESA). ) when a vehicle is landing on a planet.
This mission of the United Arab Emirates will be developed in accordance with the Atmospheric and Space Physics Laboratory at the University of Colorado, Boulder. It aims to embark on a 3.6 billion-kilometer journey, seven times longer than the UAE’s Hope probe, which reached Mars in February 2021.
The oil-rich country is known for its grand pursuits, home to the world’s tallest buildings, major shopping malls, and pools. This UAE project focuses on strengthening the interior space sector as the country will give Emirati companies priority access to contracts and supplies.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, said that the UAE has its eyes on the stars and its journey of development and progress is limitless. The ruler said that the UAE plans to make new developments in space and create opportunities for people on Earth.