The UAE Space Agency (UAESA) and NASA have joined hands to promote joint efforts and cooperation across a range of domains in space technology. The two agencies signed an agreement yesterday that heralded a new phase of efforts targeted at space exploration and human spaceflight. The agreement was signed by Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, and Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, and James Bridenstine, Administrator at NASA.
The agreement between the two agencies which was signed at the venue of the 69th International Astronautical Congress, being held in Bremen, Germany, does not just reflect cooperation in space but also the economic and bilateral ties between the UAE and the US. The new agreement will provide an opportunity to the UAE to make use of the International Space Station (ISS) and also the chance to participate actively in lunar explorations.
Dr. Al Falasi said that the UAE’s ambitions in space technology have reached an unprecedented stage especially in the backdrop of the formation of the first Emirati Astronaut corps. He said that international cooperation space was a further attempt to develop local capacities through cutting-edge technology.