The UAE’s Hope probe reached Mars orbit in February, making the country the fifth nation to reach the Red Planet. The success of the Emirates Mars Mission stands alone as an admirable accomplishment, but Hope is not an end unto itself.
Stéphane Israël, CEO of Arianespace, said Airbus, the satellite’s manufacturer, asked to switch from Vega to Soyuz to avoid further delays getting Falcon Eye 2 into orbit.
The fifteenth launch of a European Vega rocket ended in failure July 10, resulting in the loss of an imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates.
The United Arab Emirates plans to establish its own astronaut corps in the next year, seeking to fly its citizens into space on other nations’ vehicles starting in the early 2020s.
The bloody aftermath of the abhorrent act of terrorism against the LGBTQ community in Orlando, Florida, this past weekend has sadly seen more than its fair share of inappropriate political exploitation.
One has to wonder, in light of Sunday’s events in Orlando, is this a deal non-administration staff at NASA are happy with? How can we correct the public discourse on LGBTQ issues while acquiescing to nations who deplore their advancement?
The centerpiece to the UAE's space strategy, and the one the agency hopes will lure young Emiratis into the space technology business, is the Hope mission to Mars, which the government plans to launch in 2020.