The UAE Space Agency and Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced that a major fraction of the Hope Probe Project has now been completed. The centre said that 85% of the project has been successfully completed, thus accelerating plans for the Emirates Mars Mission.
The two organisations made a joint statement and affirmed that the main components of the project have been completed and are now being put under a series of rigorous tests. With less than 500 days remaining for the much awaited launch, it is expected that the Hope project will soon get its final finishing touches.
According to schedule, the probe is supposed to land on mars by the year 2021, an event that will fall at the same time that the UAE celebrates its 50th anniversary. The assembly, design, control and cameras of the project have so far been deployed and verified, in addition to its ability to communicate with earth centre being established.
From June to December, five environmental tests will be conducted on the probe. The probe banks upon the use of advanced scientific devices such as Emirates eXploration imager (EXI), Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer (EMUS), and the Emirates Mars Infrared Spectrometer (EMIRS).