ACCESS: Above Top Secret
- Jan 21, 2015
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Considering how active the UAE is getting in space I thought I would start a thread for them. Here’s another interplanetary project moving forward.
The UAE’s ambitious mission to explore the asteroid belt and perform a Venusfly-by is making progress, with the design of the spacecraft and science goals now set.
Ibrahim Al Qasim, deputy director-general of the UAE Space Agency, on Tuesday said that it has passed the mission concept review, though a name for the mission has yet to be finalised. These details will be announced to the public “soon".
Last year, the UAE announced its next space endeavour, only months after its Hope spacecraft reached the orbit around Mars in a historic feat.
The country hopes to explore seven space rocks in the main asteroid belt and attempt a landing on the last one. The spacecraft would slingshot around Venus and then Earth using the planets’ gravity to reach the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.