Established in 2006, the Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) started out with five engineers, who took it upon themselves to develop their capabilities and expand their knowledge in the field of space, relying on strong will and solid determination. Since then, the centre has continued its journey to be the incubator of the “UAE National Space Programme”. The MBRSC has undertaken the tasks of building, developing, and operating a number of Earth observation satellites, providing imaging services, analysing and studying them, as well as producing relevant data to scientific communities and research centres around the world. Among the satellites that the centre operates are DubaiSat-1 & DubaiSat-2. The MBRSC is also responsible for KhalifaSat, celebrated as the first satellite that was fully built by Emiratis in 2018. Recently, the centre revealed its plan to develop the new satellite MBZ-SAT, which is expected to be launched at the end of 2023 and to be the latest in the field of high-resolution imaging from outer space.
Launched by Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre
Among the MBRSC’s initiatives is the Emirates Mars Mission, “Hope Probe”, which became the first Arab mission to reach the Martian orbit in 2021. The mission aims to collect basic scientific data about the Martian atmosphere, gathering that vital scientific data enabling the planet’s atmosphere to be quantified and analysed. The Emirates Mars Mission frames the development of the “Mars 2117” programme, which will lead to the construction of the first human settlement on the Red planet. The centre also launched the Emirates Lunar Mission, “Rashid rover”, making the UAE the first Arab country, and the fourth globally, to mandate projects of this kind, and it is expected to be launched before the end of 2022.
To provide these projects with qualified national skills, the MBRSC launched the “UAE Astronaut Programme”, which was established in 2017. The first Emirati astronaut, Hazzaa AlMansoori, who undertook a scientific mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2019, was a graduate of the programme. Other Emirati astronauts that have graduated from the “UAE Astronaut Programme” are Sultan AlNeyadi, Mohammed AlMulla, and Nora AlMatrooshi, the first Arab female astronaut. The centre has also recently announced the first long-duration mission, that will send an Arab astronaut to the ISS for 6 months, occurring this year.
The MBRSC hosted the 72nd edition of the International Space Conference in 2021, the first time the region has hosted this event since its launch. The centre will host the 17th edition of the International Space Operations Conference 2023 (SpaceOps) in Dubai next year.
Establishment of MBRSC
Establishment of MBRSCAugust 1, 2006
Dubai Sat 1 launch
Dubai Sat 1 launchAugust 1, 2009
Dubai Sat 2 launch
Dubai Sat 2 launchAugust 1, 2013
Nayif LaunchAugust 1, 2017
KhalifaSat launchAugust 1, 2018
Astronaut launchAugust 1, 2019
EMM launchAugust 1, 2020
EMM ArrivalAugust 1, 2021
DMSAT LaunchAugust 1, 2021
Analog MissionAugust 1, 2021
Q4 Rover Launch
Q4 Rover LaunchAugust 1, 2022
Phi LaunchAugust 1, 2023
Q1 Astro launch
Q1 Astro launchAugust 1, 2023
Q1 Rover landing
Q1 Rover landingAugust 1, 2023
Q4 or 2024 Q1 MBZ Sat launch
Q4 or 2024 Q1 MBZ Sat launchJanuary 8, 2024