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UAE aims to land probe on asteroid between Mars and Jupiter
The United Arab Emirates project, which aims to collect data on the origins of the universe, will launch in 2028.


5 Oct 2021
The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday announced plans to send a probe to land on an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter to collect data on the origins of the universe, the latest project in the oil-rich federation’s ambitious space programme.

The project targets a 2028 launch with a landing in 2033, a five-year journey in which the spacecraft will travel some 3.6 billion kilometres (2.2 billion miles). The spacecraft would need to slingshot first around Venus and then the Earth to gather enough speed to reach an asteroid some 560 million kilometres (350 million miles) away.

It is still under discussion what data the Emirates will collect but the mission will be an even greater challenge than previous ones, given the spacecraft will travel both near the sun and far from it, said Sarah al-Amiri, the chair of the UAE Space Agency and a minister of state for advanced technology.

“Because this comes on the back of the Emirates Mars mission, it is several factors harder, rather than exponentially harder,” al-Amiri told The Associated Press. “If we went to get this mission done from the get-go, without having the background that we currently have from the Emirates Mars mission, it will be very difficult to achieve.”

Some 1.1 million known asteroids circulate in the solar system, the remnants of its formation, according to NASA. Most orbit the sun in the area between Mars and Jupiter targeted by the planned Emirati mission. Their composition includes the building blocks of worlds like the Earth.

The UAE’s Space Agency said it will partner with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado on the project. It declined to immediately offer a cost for the effort or describe what particular features of the asteroid it wanted to study. Al-Amiri said discussions are ongoing about what equipment the spacecraft will carry, which will, in turn, affect what features it can observe.

The project comes after the Emirates successfully put its Amal, or “Hope,” probe in orbit around Mars in February. The car-size Amal cost $200m to build and launch, excluding operating costs at Mars. The asteroid mission likely would be more expensive, given its challenges.

The Emirates plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024. The country, which is home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, also has set the ambitious goal to build a human colony on Mars by 2117 — but its more immediate goal is building out both a private and state-backed space economy with its projects.

“It is difficult. It is challenging,” al-Amiri said of the asteroid project. “We fully understand and comprehend that, but we understand the benefits of taking on such large, challenging programmes and projects.”


 

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UAE aims to land probe on asteroid between Mars and Jupiter
The United Arab Emirates project, which aims to collect data on the origins of the universe, will launch in 2028.


5 Oct 2021
The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday announced plans to send a probe to land on an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter to collect data on the origins of the universe, the latest project in the oil-rich federation’s ambitious space programme.

The project targets a 2028 launch with a landing in 2033, a five-year journey in which the spacecraft will travel some 3.6 billion kilometres (2.2 billion miles). The spacecraft would need to slingshot first around Venus and then the Earth to gather enough speed to reach an asteroid some 560 million kilometres (350 million miles) away.

It is still under discussion what data the Emirates will collect but the mission will be an even greater challenge than previous ones, given the spacecraft will travel both near the sun and far from it, said Sarah al-Amiri, the chair of the UAE Space Agency and a minister of state for advanced technology.

“Because this comes on the back of the Emirates Mars mission, it is several factors harder, rather than exponentially harder,” al-Amiri told The Associated Press. “If we went to get this mission done from the get-go, without having the background that we currently have from the Emirates Mars mission, it will be very difficult to achieve.”

Some 1.1 million known asteroids circulate in the solar system, the remnants of its formation, according to NASA. Most orbit the sun in the area between Mars and Jupiter targeted by the planned Emirati mission. Their composition includes the building blocks of worlds like the Earth.

The UAE’s Space Agency said it will partner with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado on the project. It declined to immediately offer a cost for the effort or describe what particular features of the asteroid it wanted to study. Al-Amiri said discussions are ongoing about what equipment the spacecraft will carry, which will, in turn, affect what features it can observe.

The project comes after the Emirates successfully put its Amal, or “Hope,” probe in orbit around Mars in February. The car-size Amal cost $200m to build and launch, excluding operating costs at Mars. The asteroid mission likely would be more expensive, given its challenges.

The Emirates plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024. The country, which is home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, also has set the ambitious goal to build a human colony on Mars by 2117 — but its more immediate goal is building out both a private and state-backed space economy with its projects.

“It is difficult. It is challenging,” al-Amiri said of the asteroid project. “We fully understand and comprehend that, but we understand the benefits of taking on such large, challenging programmes and projects.”


It certainly very challenging.. but might be worth it..
 

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So will they (again) do what they did last time when they went to the Japanese and the Americans and paid them money in exchange for just getting to put the UAE flag when in reality all equipment used is Japanese and American?
The only thing Emarati about the Emarati space programme is the flag, every thing else is Foreign.
It certainly very challenging.. but might be worth it..
Don't worry all the work will be done by the Japanese or some other country, the only thing the Emaratis will handle will be just the press conferences.
The Japanese are competent so it will work.
 

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So will they (again) do what they did last time when they went to the Japanese and the Americans and paid them money in exchange for just getting to put the UAE flag when in reality all equipment used is Japanese and American?
The only thing Emarati about the Emarati space programme is the flag, every thing else is Foreign.

Don't worry all the work will be done by the Japanese or some other country, the only thing the Emaratis will handle will be just the press conferences.
The Japanese are competent so it will work.
"The UAE’s Space Agency said it will partner with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado on the project. It declined to immediately offer a cost for the effort or describe what particular features of the asteroid it wanted to study. "

They don't know what to study until the University of Colorado tells them.
 

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So will they (again) do what they did last time when they went to the Japanese and the Americans and paid them money in exchange for just getting to put the UAE flag when in reality all equipment used is Japanese and American?
The only thing Emarati about the Emarati space programme is the flag, every thing else is Foreign.

Don't worry all the work will be done by the Japanese or some other country, the only thing the Emaratis will handle will be just the press conferences.
The Japanese are competent so it will work.
Lmao.. The joke is on you my mann. What if I told you in a plot-twist scenario that this is not as hard as you envision sending objects to the moon, mars or even landing on a freaking asteroid but you think this is the end of the world kind of sci-fi thing? :lol: Welcome to the year 2021 and the 2020s and beyond. If Iraq itself had avoided the uncle Sam-Saddam debable period that set it back 20-30 years back they could have send similar objects to the sky at this point in time at will bearing the economy was there like UAE who has the infrastructure and money etc etc.

Meh.. Honestly this is not even a chellenge and the reason they are doing this is only for exercises but the real chellenge for them is in other sectors and development projects they are working on in the defense industry sector they have alot of ambitious projects and this is not even ambitious it is more like publicity stunt slush exercises nothing ground breaking just a routine
 
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"The UAE’s Space Agency said it will partner with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado on the project. It declined to immediately offer a cost for the effort or describe what particular features of the asteroid it wanted to study. "

They don't know what to study until the University of Colorado tells them.
Yeah pretty much the Emaratis have no idea what to do or how to do it so they pay the Japanese and the Americans to plan everything and do it for them, previously I said the only thing Emarati about the Emarati space programme is the flag, well there is another thing that is Emarati and that is the clapping, once the Japanese successfully launch the rocket a bunch of Emarati sheikhs will start clapping as if they were the ones who did it and not the Japanese.
 

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I'm just going to walk away from this joke. UAE must be sucking up to much imported Indian Kool-Aid.
 

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Yeah it is not gonna be a challenge since the Americans and the Japanese will handle everything while the Emaratis do the clapping and the press conferences once the Japs are successful.
This is an interesting case..if you buy a 747 jumbo airliner and place your flag on it does that mean you are now an aviation power....same goes with any space vehicle..if you buy one are you now considered a space capable country...out of fairness to them ..it buys them some valuable technical knowledge in terms of how to manage such projects and an enormous amount of PR...instead of paying for tourist ads they buy an asteroid lander to attract attention..it may work.
 

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