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UAE sets vision for space travel to be shared with the world

The UAE presented its vision for space travel to share with the world after leading its first session of a long-running United Nations gathering.

The Emirates were recently selected to lead the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, with Omran Sharaf, the Emirati engineer who guided its successful Mars mission, as director for 2022 and the next year.

At the 65th session of the meeting, which ended on Friday in Vienna, Austria, Sharaf stressed the need for the international community to join in developing strategies for the long-term sustainability of space projects. .

In his inaugural speech, he spoke of the central role of the UN body in regulating security in space.

Sharaf welcomed Angola, Bangladesh, Panama, Slovenia and Kuwait to the committee, which now has 100 members, as well as the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, the Square Kilometer Array Observatory and the Lunar Open Corporation, which have been granted observer status.

Mr. Sharaf previously represented the UAE on the Outer Space Committee and the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems.

The Peaceful Uses Committee has been operational since 1959 and is one of the largest in the UN. It plays an important role in encouraging international cooperation and recommending laws and policies that support space exploration.

Members approved the draft report of the working group on space and global health.

The UAE was praised for its “positive and moderating role” in bringing together members’ different opinions, state news agency Wam reported.

Salem Al Qubaisi, Director of the UAE Space Agency, delivered a speech on behalf of the Emirati delegation in which he highlighted the UAE’s commitment to equal international access to outer space -atmospheric.

He said the Emirates aimed to encourage private sector support for space and attract local and international investment to develop their plans for the future.

The United Arab Emirates became the first Arab country to travel to Mars with the Hope probe in February 2021.

The craft returns data from its orbit around the red planet.

The UAE’s space program continues to expand its horizons, with the goal of landing a rover on the Moon in October and other planned astronaut missions.

Updated: June 11, 2022, 07:01

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