About EMM


The UAE’s first planetary exploration undertaking, Emirates Mars Mission aims to stimulate the science and technology-driven sectors of the economy and to deliver critical scientific understandings that will contribute to humanity’s vision of life on the Red Planet.

The historic mission was launched by the country’s leadership, represented by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, in July 2014 and is funded by the UAE Space Agency. MBRSC is responsible for the development of the Emirates Mars Mission and the EMM Hope Probe, which will be the first weather satellite to orbit Mars when it arrives in 2021.  Currently under development for a mid-2020 launch, Hope will provide valuable data about the planet’s dynamic atmospheric and weather forces.

Tech Spec

Compact, hexagonal spacecraft; stiff, light, strong

Dimensions: 2.37 m x 2.9 m

Manufactured from aluminium; strong honeycomb panels

Weight: approximately 1,500 kg (similar to a mid-sized car)

Three solar panels, 600 W, folded flat against the spacecraft during launch and unfolding once Hope is in orbit

High-gain (directional) antenna with a 1.5-m wide dish will communicate with MBRSC Mission Control on Earth

Ultraviolet spectrometer will study the upper atmosphere and traces of oxygen and hydrogen further into space

Data bandwidth: 1.6 MBPS at Mars’s closest point to Earth

Sophisticated onboard computer software will manoeuvre Hope into Martian orbit


Autonomous digital camera will capture and send high-resolution colour images


Infrared spectrometer will examine temperature patterns, ice, water vapour and dust in the atmosphere


Primarily, EMM aims to draw a clear and comprehensive picture of the Martian climate, which will give scientists deeper insight into the past and future of our own planet as well as the potential of life for humans on Mars and on other distant planets.
The UAE’s EMM - Hope Probe team will:
  • Integrate with the global Mars science community on key questions that no other mission has addressed
  • Study why Mars is losing its upper atmosphere to space by tracking the behavior and escape of hydrogen and oxygen, the building blocks of water
  • Investigate the connection between the lower and upper levels of the Martian atmosphere
  • Create the first global picture of how the Martian atmosphere changes through the day and between the seasons
  • Observe weather phenomena, such as dust storms, changes in temperature, and how the atmosphere interacts with the topography
  • Reveal the causes of Martian surface corrosion
  • Search for connections between today’s weather and the ancient climate of the red planet


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