UAE’s Space Shuttle ‘Hope’ Is Almost 85% Complete

On Monday, the UAE Space Agency and Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) declared that 85% of the spacecraft project ‘Hope’ the space capsule for the Emirates Mars Mission, is almost complete.

In a joint statement, the two organizations affirmed that most of the crucial parts of the project have been finished and are presently undergoing thorough testing with less than 500 days are remaining for the launch. The probe is due to reach Mars by 2021, coexisting with the 50th anniversary of the UAE’s formation.

Several facets related to the design, assembly, cameras and control have been confirmed. Till now, the probe’s systems and components, as well as its capacity to communicate with the ground station have been examined. The space shuttle has cleared all the tests before the five environmental tests, which is going to take place from June to December.

The scientific devices the spacecraft would be using consist of the Emirates eXploration imager (EXI), Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer (EMUS), and the Emirates Mars Infrared Spectrometer (EMIRS). The EMUS has been successfully mounted on the space shuttle.

Dr Ahmad Bel Houl Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills and Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, stated that the Emirates Mars Mission’s Hope Probe is almost complete. The UAE is on the verge of making history, after turning its dream of becoming the first Arabic and Islamic nation to send a space shuttle to Mars into reality. Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, director-general of MBRSC, stated that finishing 85% of the Hope Probe within this short time was a great challenge that the team overcame through the guidance of our wise leadership and the endeavours of the youth.