NASA, UAE partner on aeronautics research, space exploration, aerospace technology, more

WASHINGTON, 17 June 2016. United States and United Arab Emirates (UAE) aerospace officials have entered into an agreement to cooperate in aeronautics research, and the exploration and use of airspace and outer space for peaceful purposes – working together in the peaceful use of outer space for the benefit of humanity.

NASA, UAE partner on aeronautics research, space exploration, aerospace technology, more
NASA, UAE partner on aeronautics research, space exploration, aerospace technology, more

WASHINGTON, 17 June 2016. United States and United Arab Emirates (UAE) aerospace officials have entered into an agreement to cooperate in aeronautics research, and the exploration and use of airspace and outer space for peaceful purposes – working together in the peaceful use of outer space for the benefit of humanity.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and UAE Space Agency Chairman Dr. Khalifa Al Romaithi formalized and signed the agreement at a meeting in Abu Dhabi.

NASA, UAE partner on aeronautics research, space exploration, aerospace technology, moreNASA, UAE partner on aeronautics research, space exploration, aerospace technology, moreSpace exploration image courtesy Shutterstock.

"NASA is leading an ambitious journey to Mars that includes partnerships with the private sector and many international partners," Bolden says. "I am confident this new framework agreement with the UAE Space Agency will help advance this journey, as well as other endeavors in the peaceful exploration of outer space.

Already, technical experts from our two countries are engaged in discussions on several areas of mutual interest, and I believe our two agencies will collaborate for years to come through a common interest in aeronautics, exploration, and discovery."

Both parties recognize the mutual benefit to be gained from working together in the exploration and peaceful use of outer space, and this

agreement facilitates and strengthens the long-standing relationship between the United States and UAE.

The agreement covers cooperation and collaboration in space science, operational Earth observation and Earth science, aeronautics, space operations and exploration, education, technology, safety and mission assurance, and other areas with potential benefits to all nations.

The two countries will continue to identify additional areas of mutual interest for possible future cooperative programs or joint activities on Earth, in airspace, or in outer space. These activities may include:

  • the joint use of aircraft,
  • scientific instruments aboard spacecraft,
  • ground-based research facilities,
  • spacecraft and space research platforms, as well as
  • ground-based antennas for tracking, telemetry, and data acquisition.

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Additionally, the two countries will aim to collaborate on the creation and implementation of education and public outreach programs and joint workshops, with the goal of facilitating the exchange of scientific data, scientists, engineers, and views and experiences on relevant regulatory frameworks and standards.

"The United Arab Emirates and the United States of America are long-standing allies and have deep economic, cultural, and diplomatic ties," Al Romaithi adds. "We at the UAE Space Agency genuinely welcome the opportunity to collaborate and work with the USA and NASA in the fields of aeronautics, space science, and the peaceful exploration of outer space toward the common goal of fostering the well-being of humankind.

"Since its founding, the UAE Space Agency has been emphasizing the importance of cooperating and collaborating with international partners in the fields of space science and the peaceful exploration of outer space,” Al Romaithi says. “This agreement opens the door to the creation of a wide range of mutually beneficial programs and activities involving numerous organizations within the UAE and the USA.

"The reason why cooperation and collaboration are important to the UAESA is because we believe that working alongside international partners is the best way to accelerate thedevelopment of space technologies and the space sector within the UAE. The space sector serves as a catalysts for economic development and diversification, creating job opportunities and enabling scientists and engineers to become leaders of an industry that can bring huge benefits to our daily lives," Al Romaithi continues.

NASA and the UAE Space Agency also formalized cooperation in the exploration of Mars as the first field of collaboration between the agencies by signing an Implementing Arrangement under the Framework. The Implementing Arrangement establishes a joint steering group to guide discussions about potential future projects that contribute to exploring the Red Planet.


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