UAE considers initiating its own manned space program


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The competition heats up: At a space conference this week in Abu Dhabi, a UAE official said that his country might begin work on a manned space program.

He also said that they plan a follow-up to their Hope Mars mission, which now has a July 2020 launch date.

The UAE’s prime goal right now with their space effort is to promote the development of a new aerospace industry. Thus, I do not expect them to accomplish much in the near future. Even their Mars mission is I think mostly being built and launched by others (India is helping with the spacecraft and Japan is launching it). In the long term, however, this effort is wise, and will eventually produce for them a real industry.

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  • wodun

    Thus, I do not expect them to accomplish much in the near future. Even their Mars mission is I think mostly being built and launched by others

    But what will their industry look like?

    Purchasing services and products from others is exactly how a free market in space should operate. They don’t need to reinvent the wheel, just buy the wheel and use it for their own purposes. Operating like this means their capabilities will increase as the market’s capabilities increase.

  • LocalFluff

    The UAE has smart leaders. I wish all arape countries did the same. They only oppress their own population but invites peacefully the rest of the world to invest there tax free. That’s how people can co-exist with the arapes. Of course they won’t be able to manufacture any rocket, but they pay for others to do it, and that’s good.

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