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UAE announces ‘first Arab spaceship to Mars’ in 2021

17
Jul
2014

The United Arab Emirates is establishing an official space agency with the goal of sending an uncrewed spaceship to Mars by 2021. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE vice president and ruler of Dubai, said in a statement that the space agency would be responsible for organizing the mission, developing the UAEs aerospace sector, and maximizing the contribution of space industries to the national economy.  Al Maktoum says the UAE has already invested 20 billion dirham ($5.4 billion) in space technologies, primarily satellites.

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