Cooperation between JAXA and MBRSC in the educational project on the Japanese Experiment Module, KIBO

6 September 2019

Tokyo, Japan – Dubai, UAE- 6 September 2019: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) of the United Arab Emirates and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will cooperatively perform an educational project that uses JAXA’s “Int-Ball”, a camera robot for the International Space Station, when the UAE astronaut gets on board the International Space Station for the first time.

In this project, of which the purpose is human resources development in the space technology field, the UAE astronaut staying on the International Space Station (ISS) from September 25, 2019 (scheduled) will carry out an educational mission to explain the attitude control of a spacecraft by using the Int-Ball on the Kibo on September 30 (scheduled). The mission will be streamed real-time on the Internet. Also on the same day, the UAE astronaut will have a question and answer session with the UAE students in the control room of JAXA’s Tsukuba Space Center and at MBRSC in Dubai.

In addition, in order for the students to further understand the experiment on the Kibo prior to the educational mission in space, MBRSC and JAXA will cooperatively hold seminars on space robot technologies and the attitude control technology of a spacecraft, geared towards UAE students on September 9 and 10 in the University of Dubai and Khalifa University respectively. With this project being the jump-start, we hope that this will lead to future experiments on the Kibo and further cooperation in future of international space exploration space exploration.

Salem AlMarri, Assistant Director General for Science and Technology Sector and Head of UAE Astronaut Programme, said, “Our partnership with JAXA will contribute to the enhancement of the UAE's expertise in the field of space technologies. We are particularly delighted that this partnership will enable us to promote space sciences among students in the UAE and inspire them to take interest in the space industry.” “The space sector is at a very exciting stage in the UAE and worldwide with new technologies emerging to aid human spaceflights and support space exploration. We are happy to see our relationship with JAXA, one of the advanced space agencies in the field of space technologies, is going from strength to strength following the successful launch of KhalifaSat in October 2018,” added AlMarri

“We’re excited to conduct an educational project using JAXA’s “Int-Ball”, a camera robot onboard the International Space Station (ISS), with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), when the UAE astronaut gets on board the ISS for the first time,” said Koichi Wakata, Vice President of JAXA “When we launched the UAE’s satellite KhalifaSat on the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 40 last year, many people from the UAE including H.E. Ahmad bin Abdulla Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi and H.E. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi of the UAE Space Agency (UAESA) as well as H.E. Al Mansoori and H.E. Al Shaibani of the MBRSC came to Tanegashima to witness the launch. I was there to with them, and I felt their strong passion on space exploration.

This will be the first cooperative project to utilize the Japanese “Kibo” module on the ISS since the Cooperation Arrangement between UAESA and JAXA was established in 2016. We hope that this educational experiment with the camera robot will lead to future scientific experiments on “Kibo” during UAE astronauts’ long-duration flight on the ISS and our future cooperation in international space exploration,” he added.

About MBRSC:

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, founded in 2006, is home to the UAE National Space Programme. The Centre builds and operates earth observation satellites, offering imaging and data analysis services to clients around the world. The Centre launched DubaiSat-1, DubaiSat-2, and recently launched KhalifaSat on 29 October 2018 from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. KhalifaSat was developed 100% in the UAE by a team of highly qualified Emirati engineers. The Centre is responsible for the development of the Emirates Mars Mission and the Mars Hope Probe, a mission to reach Mars orbit by 2021 and gather key science data about Mars’ atmosphere, as well as the UAE Astronaut Programme and the development of the Mars 2117 vision to build a human colony on Mars.


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