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At the World Space Week… the royal vision for investment in space and future sciences for sustainable development

Manama, October 03 (BNA) The Kingdom of Bahrain is participating with the United Nations in its celebration of World Space Week, which will start on the fourth of October, within the framework of the lofty development vision of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of the country, regarding strengthening the position of the Kingdom of Bahrain among Developed countries in the field of space and investment in future sciences to serve the comprehensive and sustainable development process.

This celebration comes in response to General Assembly Resolution No. 54/68 of December 6, 1999, to highlight the contributions of space science and technology to improving the human condition, and to promoting international cooperation in raising awareness of the use of space science and technologies. This year, it focuses on the theme of “Women in Space.” And its role in space science, technology, innovation and exploration.

The Kingdom of Bahrain is proud of the World Space Week, the largest annual space-related event in the world, for the pioneering achievements and rapid developments in this field since the establishment and organization of the National Space Science Authority under Royal Decree No. (11) of 2014 and its amendments, and to continue its role in partnership with national institutions. And space agencies and international research in working to advance space science, establish an infrastructure for space and Earth observation, develop scientific research and innovative capabilities in satellite technology, and develop national human resources and specialized scientific competencies, in line with the process of scientific and technical development in achieving sustainable development.

His Majesty’s vision focused on keeping pace with modern global trends by adopting and employing artificial intelligence techniques in the production and service sectors and dealing with the requirements of the digital economy, and His Majesty’s directives in his lofty speech at the opening of the third session of the fifth legislative term of the Shura and Representatives Councils on October 11, 2020 “Towards Acquiring and owning the knowledge and technologies of future sciences… and excelling in many advanced sciences, such as space science with its scientific and environmental benefits, and atomic energy science with its peaceful uses to serve humanity, in order to enable our generations to make their renaissance with precedence and scientific and knowledge professionalism.”

Thanks to the royal directives, and the support of the esteemed government headed by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, the National Space Science Authority (NSSA), in partnership with national governmental, academic and research bodies, has been able to accomplish many scientific and technical programmes, initiatives and projects towards Establishing a sustainable national space sector, starting with the establishment of the “Bahrain Space Team”, which includes a distinguished elite of young and qualified national scientific and academic cadres of both sexes, and integrating them into many training and scientific courses specialized in the fields of image analysis, space data and satellite manufacturing, many of whom obtained a degree Master’s in space engineering and sciences and first places in international forums.

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The National Space Science Authority continued to implement many scientific and research initiatives and projects, according to its strategic plan (2019-2023), the most prominent of which are; The “Capacity Building and Awareness” project to promote space science, technology and applications, equipping and implementing a “laboratory for processing and analyzing space images and data”, and achieving high-resolution images and data across more than 19 satellites passing through the space of the Kingdom of Bahrain, working on building and launching micro-satellites, and building and launching a satellite Medium for remote sensing, and a feasibility study for launching a satellite for telecommunication and television broadcasting purposes, knowing that Bahrain is a member and partner of the Arab Satellite Communications Corporation (Arabsat), since its founding in 1976 under the umbrella of the League of Arab States.

The National Space Science Authority is keen to consolidate the bonds of local and global partnership to spread awareness, build national capacities, stimulate innovation and creativity, exchange experiences and information, and implement joint projects in the field of space, by activating memoranda of understanding signed with ten national authorities (Information and e-Government Authority, Supreme Council for the Environment, and Agriculture Agency). Marine Resources, the National Initiative for the Development of the Agricultural Sector, the Arab Gulf University, the University of Bahrain, Bahrain Polytechnic, Tamkeen, Batelco, and Tatweer Petroleum Company) and nine Arab and international bodies (Emirates Space Agency, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, Khalifa University, Orbital Space, Kalman, And the British, Italian and Russian space agencies and the Indian Space Research Organization), and its cooperation with the Saudi Space Authority, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, and the Japanese Space Agency, in addition to its membership in the Arab Group for Space Cooperation, the United Nations Office for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and the approval of the Council of Ministers for its joining the Union International Astronautical Council, as well as a member of the Space Committee of the Economic Forum global, and many national committees.

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Cooperation is underway between the authority and the Emirates Space Agency in building and testing the first satellite with Bahraini arms to launch by the end of this year, and work on building a mini-space ground station, establishing a space laboratory in coordination with the University of Bahrain and a laboratory for building satellites, and cooperation within the Arab Group for Space Cooperation in the “moon” project. Arab Artificial Intelligence 813”, and other scientific and research projects and initiatives in cooperation with the Higher Education Council, local and regional universities, and the Ministry of Education, which contribute to enriching scientific and training programs and building, enhancing and refining national capabilities in the field of space and future sciences, and enhancing remote sensing applications and their benefits in The fields of agriculture, urban planning, natural resource management, marine and coastal monitoring, disaster management, and the environment, which will reflect positively on achieving comprehensive and sustainable development.

The National Space Science Authority has prepared a draft space law, which coincides with the Kingdom’s accession to the Convention on the Maritime Satellite Organization (Inmarsat), the Convention of the International Organization for Satellite Communications, and its accession to the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Field of Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies. In 2019, the Convention on the Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space in 2021, and other international agreements.

The Kingdom of Bahrain has been able to accomplish many initiatives to develop the creative and innovative capabilities of young people in the fields of science and scientific research, in accordance with the government’s work program and the Economic Vision 2030 with its principles based on competitiveness, justice and sustainability, most notably: the launch of the Hope Fund to support youth projects and initiatives by royal decree in 2020 and under the supervision of From His Highness Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty the King for Humanitarian Works and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, and the launch of the “Khalid bin Hamad Innovation Competition in Artificial Intelligence” and the Artificial Intelligence Academy of Bahrain Polytechnic (Bahrain Polytechnic), with the support of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Sports Authority, Chairman of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, and other global initiatives, most notably: the launch of the “King Hamad Award for Empowering Youth to Achieving Sustainable Development Goals”, and choosing the Kingdom in September 2021 A headquarters for the establishment of a new regional data center to promote digital transformation in the Arab world in cooperation with the League of Arab States.

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When the Kingdom of Bahrain celebrates the World Space Week, the Bahraini woman is proud of what Bahraini women have achieved with the support of the Supreme Council for Women headed by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, consort of His Majesty the King, of a distinguished position and an honorable presence in the fields of education and scientific and technological progress, and her assumption of high executive positions in various institutions. Scientific and technical, including the National Space Science Authority, amidst the Council’s interest in developing skills and talents to move towards creativity and innovation within the “Gender Balance in the Field of Future Science” initiative, in support of national efforts in the areas of financial technology, smart cities, cyber security, renewable energy, and space science, Artificial intelligence, food security, and others.

The Kingdom of Bahrain, under the leadership of His Majesty the King and the support of His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince and the Prime Minister, is continuing to enhance its scientific and technological achievements by investing in space and future sciences, discovering talents and developing national innovative capabilities, in line with its prestigious position among the countries with very high human development and advanced in Human capital, keen to enhance the role of the National Space Science Authority and its distinguished partnership with national institutions, space agencies, Arab and international technical and research institutions, which will reflect positively on its success in the peaceful exploitation of space and its role in diversifying the national economy and supporting sustainable development.

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