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11 Arab Countries Take On NASA, Launch Own Space Program

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  1. ArabianEmpires&Caliphates

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    An event in KSA tied to the Saudi Arabia vision 2030 concerning jobs and education where various native successful people (speakers) talked about their careers and life to inspire the youth.

    https://www.cyc-sa.com

    She is working for NASA so I don't think that she can be involved directly as long as she is working for NASA contractually. Hopefully people working for the Space Agency of KSA are contacting her (if needed) though. BTW you know how it is in this world. Sometimes there are rule in place that are broken, lol, besides KSA's ballistic missile production (in the past 30 years with help from China and Pakistan) is a deep secret (few information out there) and similarly with the Saudi Arabian Space Agency for now although the latter is for obvious reasons much more public.

    BTW, I hope that KSA and other Arab countries will work with our Indonesian brothers and sisters in the space field.

    NASA Partners with Saudi Arabia on Moon and Asteroid Research

    NASA and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) have signed a joint statement that allows for collaboration in lunar and asteroid science research. The partnership recognizes the Saudi Lunar and Near-Earth Object Science Center as an affiliate partner with the NASA Lunar Science Institute at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.

    “This collaboration is within the scope of the Memorandum of Understanding on Science and Technology signed between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America last year and later ratified by the Council of Ministers,” said H.H. Dr. Turki Bin Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Saud, vice president for Research Institutes, KACST. “The international interest in lunar science and, more recently, near Earth objects led to the establishment of the Saudi Lunar and Near Earth Object Science Center as a focal point for lunar science and NEO studies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, we are looking forward to our expanding collaboration with NASA for the benefit of both countries.”

    “NASA’s Lunar Science Institute exists to conduct cutting-edge lunar science and train the next generation of lunar scientists and explorers,” said Greg Schmidt, institute deputy director at Ames. “Our international partnerships are critical for meeting these objectives, and we are very excited by the important science, training and education that our new Saudi colleagues bring to the NASA Lunar Science Institute.”

    “This is an important advance in our growing program of bilateral science and technology cooperation,” said U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia James Smith. “It will help realize President Obama’s goal, expressed in his June 4 speech to the Muslim world, of increasing our cooperation on science and technology, which we believe closely corresponds to King Abdullah’s vision.”

    The Saudi science center’s proposal brings technical and engineering expertise to advance the broad goals of lunar science at the institute. Specific areas of lunar study of both scientific and cultural importance include radar and infrared imaging, laser ranging and imaging, and topographical studies. The center’s studies in near-Earth object science also offer important contributions to an area of importance to NASA.

    “The Saudi Lunar and Near Earth Object Science Center’s primary mission is to direct all lunar and near Earth object related research within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Dr. Haithem Altwaijry, deputy director of the National Satellite Technology Program at KACST. “It will reach out to students in addition to researchers and present fertile ground for scientific research.”

    “NASA welcomes international cooperation for mutual benefit with organizations large and small in all regions of the world,” said Michael O’Brien, assistant administrator for external relations at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Our continuing discussions with Saudi Arabian officials may lead to future joint scientific collaboration in other areas of mutual interest.”

    Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff
    Source: NASA

    https://sservi.nasa.gov/articles/nasa-partners-with-saudi-arabia-on-moon-and-asteroid-research/
     
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  2. ArabianEmpires&Caliphates

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    By Gavin Gibbon
    Tue 23 Jul 2019 02:08 PM

    UAE Space Agency boss upbeat over Mars probe despite Falcon Eye failure

    Arab world's first mission to Mars, Hope Probe, is set to launch next July

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    Dr Ahmad Al Falasi, chairman of the UAE Space Agency, has expressed cautious optimism ahead of the launch of the Hope Probe to Mars next July.

    The unmanned probe – the Arab world’s first mission to Mars - will be launched from Japan, traveling more than 60 million kilometres in nine months before reaching the red planet in December 2021, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the UAE.

    On Tuesday, the agency confirmed launch plans for mid-July 2020, with it expected to reach Mars orbit in the first quarter of 2021, the year of the Golden Jubilee of the UAE.

    Referring to the Mars mission, he said: “If you look at all the missions before, the attempts and the successful ones, 50 percent fail. It’s a very high risk mission and we do have buffers as well, so fingers crossed we will be this time next year celebrating the launch. But I always say our biggest achievement is not the probe itself, it’s the human capital behind it and the impact we’ve had on the sector.”

    Dr Al Falasi was speaking on the sidelines of the fifth anniversary of the UAE Space Agency and just a week after the failure of the Falcon Eye 1 mission.

    The European Vega rocket, which was carrying the satellite, took off from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana shortly before 6am UAE time.

    Flight VV15 was due to last 57 minutes from lift-off to separation. But Arianespace of Evry, France, which markets the Vega rocket, announced the rocket deviated from its orbit two minutes after blast-off, with the satellite subsequently lost in space.

    Dr Al Falasi revealed that investment in the UAE space sector currently stands at $6 billion. This includes tie-ups with Khalifa University and the American University of Sharjah, among others, and a AED100 million investment in the space centre and UAE university in Al Ain.

    He added: “We do have a highly qualified, skilled Emirati workforce but that’s limited. We’re looking right now at how to expand that core team and make a bigger, more sustainable human capital that is very well equipped.”

    The Hope Probe will be launched with a carrier rocket similar to that used for the launch of satellites, and it will take from 7-9 months to reach Mars.

    In its journey to Mars, the probe would need to change its position from time to time to point its solar panels at the sun to charge its batteries, and to point its antenna back at Earth to maintain contact with mission control.

    The Hope Probe is expected to collect more than 1,000 GB of new data on the red planet including information on Mars' meteorological layers. It will study the causes of loss of hydrogen and oxygen gases, the two main constituents of water, from the upper layer of the Martian atmosphere and for the first time, a space exploration mission will be able to take a global picture of the Martian atmosphere.

    In April, the UAE Space Agency and Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) said that 85 percent of the Hope Probe project had been completed.

    https://www.arabianbusiness.com/tec...n-cautious-ahead-of-uae-space-mission-to-mars
     
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    We need the Arab Grank alliance
     
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    Just took a quick look at the world's largest economies as measured by GDP (nominal). As of 2019, the GCC alone has a larger economy than Russia. The Arab world combined would have an economy almost the size of Germany (4 trillion USD), only behind USA, EU, China and Japan.

    The Arab world is one of the regions of the world with the largest potential for rapid economic growth. One of the fastest growing populations in the world and one of the highest percentages of youth, thus no lack of workforce.

    The money is there, the resources (minerals needed), the talent and the know-how is increasing each day. As I wrote earlier in the thread, there should really be zero excuses for a joint Arab Space Agency to emerge where all Arab countries participate in it. If just 1% of the overall GDP was spent on the space industry, the combined annual budget of such an Arab Space Agency would be huge.

    KSA's newly created space agency has 10% of the annual budget of NASA which is by far the biggest and most successful space agency in the world and also operated by the by far richest economy in the world (USA). NASA's annual budget is some 20+ billion USD. Some 20.000 employees as well.

    If the GCC alone was very ambitious, 50% of that budget could be spend on said space agency annually as part of the ongoing industrialization process. Rather think big, then small. We need to spread the pace of the ongoing industrialization in the Arab world but obviously peace and stability is needed for that and that can only be achieved by Arab-Arab cooperation as written many times before. Outsiders are not contributing positively as modern history has proven time and time again. It all comes back to the key words = mutually beneficial cooperation. No excuses for the leaderships nor the common people but plain and simple common logic and interests.
     
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    I think the first Arab astronaut will be going to the ISS later this year in a Russian mission...

    I forget the details, but I think he is an Emirati and it was part of a programme launched by Sheikh Maktoum.
     
  6. ArabianEmpires&Caliphates

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    The first Arab, Muslim and royal in space (astronaut) was Sultan bin Salman Al Saud (one of the sons of King Salman and the current president of the Saudi Arabian space agency).



    Many other Arabs have since been to space and many more will in the future.
     
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    You are right, I meant first Arab to visit the ISS (Hazza Al Mansoori):

    https://www.khaleejtimes.com/intern...ut-waiting-to-see-his-4-kids-before-blast-off
    https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/20/...ronaut-international-space-station/index.html
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_International_Space_Station_visitors
     
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    SpaceX carries out first commercial launch: a successful Saudi satellite deployment
    • Rocket carried a telecoms probe operated by Arabsat and for the first time, three boosters returned to Earth safely
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    Agence France-Presse

    Published: 10:12am, 12 Apr, 2019

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    A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying the Arabsat 6A communications satellite, lifts off from the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida on April 11, 2019. Photo: Reuters

    SpaceX carried out its first commercial launch on Thursday with its Falcon Heavy rocket sending a Saudi telecoms satellite into orbit.

    The bright white rocket rose with a roar and spewed thick grey smoke on the ground as it made its way up into clear blue skies over Cape Canaveral, Florida, trailing a long plume of orange fire.

    About 34 minutes after lift-off, the shiny silver satellite was successfully deployed. Staff in the control room cheered and clapped.

    Earlier, boisterous spectators chanted along with the launch announcer who counted down the final 10 seconds before lift-off.

    The Falcon Heavy rocket exerts 2.3 million kilos (5.1 million pounds) of thrust – that of more than a dozen jetliners, SpaceX said.

    The rocket carried a Saudi Arabian satellite operated by Arabsat, a year after sending SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s
    slick red Tesla roadster into orbit as a test.
    The Falcon Heavy was supposed to lift off from the Kennedy Space Centre on Wednesday but was delayed because of strong winds in the upper atmosphere.

    The job was to place the six-ton Arabsat-6A satellite into geostationary orbit about 36,000km (22,500 miles) above Earth. It went off without a hitch.

    The satellite is designed to provide television, internet, telephone, and secure communications to customers in the Middle East.

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    The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from Kennedy Space Centre, Florida on April 11, 2019. Photo: TNS
    Less than 10 minutes into the flight, the rocket’s three boosters detached from the Falcon Heavy on schedule.

    Two of them, as planned, landed safely back on pads at Cape Canaveral, to a roar of approval from the crowd. It was quite a spectacle, with the boosters coming down gently, and vertically, fiery end first.

    A third landed, also as planned, on a barge out in the Atlantic.

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    Spectators watch from Jetty Park as the booster rocket engines approach their landing pads. Photo: Reuters
    “Three for three boosters today,” a SpaceX webcast commentator said.

    SpaceX has two operational rockets: the Falcon 9, which with 21 launches in 2018 dominates the US market, and the Falcon Heavy, which as its name suggests is designed to lift much heavier payloads into more distant orbits.

    It consists of the equivalent of three Falcon 9 rockets combined, tripling its thrust.

    In Falcon Heavy’s first launch, in February 2018, a dummy dubbed Starman was placed behind the wheel of Musk’s roadster, which is currently orbiting the Sun somewhere between Earth and Mars.

    Since then, the US military and private clients have signed contracts for Falcon Heavy launches, and Nasa has raised the possibility it may use the rocket for its planned missions to the Moon.

    This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as: SpaceX launches Saudi satellite


    https://www.scmp.com/news/world/uni...06/spacex-carries-out-first-commercial-launch
     
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    All states in program are dumb dont have any manpower technology to run it
     
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    Prove this fool wrong...
     
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    Dont show old achievements of muslims plz talk what are they achieved today nonthing

    And u r the biiggest fool who mix the things here what i was saying u were taking it personally fact wont change
     
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    ISRO has launched many satellites for arab nations. I think ISRO can easily collaborate and help the Arab space program as its technology is cheap and effective.
     
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    Why was @Philip the Arab banned again? What is going on?

    I think that there is a degree of cooperation already. At least with UAE. ISRO would definitely be one of the possible options and future partners.
     
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    http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/average-iq-by-country/

    UAE and KSA average IQ 84....... Qatar 78.......... Filthy rich Arab countries have 3rd world extremely low IQ..... Pak is extremely poor country but KSA/UAE/QATAR have all the wealth in the world to educate their population yet still "dumb", its insane ....