UAE - Mubasher: The UAE Space Agency has announced a new Emirati interplanetary mission to explore the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, the source of most meteorites that impact the earth.
Set to be launched in 2028, the new mission will be built with the participation of Emirati private sector companies, in partnership with the Laboratory for Atmospheric Science and Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado in Boulder, according to a press release on Tuesday.
The spacecraft will undertake a 3.6 billion-kilometre, five-year journey, during which it will orbit first Venus, then Earth in order to build the velocity required to reach the main asteroid belt.
To use the heritage and intellectual property (IP) acquired during the development of the Emirates Mars Mission and its Hope Probe, the mission will study seven main belt asteroids.
The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said: "We have set our eyes to the stars because our journey to development and progress has no boundaries, no borders and no limitations. Today we are investing in the generations to come."
Meanwhile, the Chair of the UAE Space Agency, Sarah Al Amiri, commented: "Our goal is clear: to accelerate the development of innovation and knowledge-based enterprises in the Emirates. This can’t be done by going steady-state, this requires leaps in imagination, in faith and the pursuit of goals that go beyond prudent or methodical."