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The UAE and Israel sign an agreement to enhance cooperation in the field of space

The UAE and Israel sign an agreement to enhance cooperation in the field of space

The memorandum of understanding was signed on the sidelines of the activities of the Space Week hosted by “Expo 2020 Dubai”, where it was signed by the UAE Minister of State for Advanced Technology and Chairperson of the Emirates Space Agency, Sarah Al-Amiri, and from the Israeli side by Orit Farkash-Hacohen, Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology. .

The agreement defines “a framework for a strategic partnership to exchange knowledge and experiences in the fields of space data collection and analysis, as it lays the ideal foundations for a long-term partnership between the two sides, in the service of science, knowledge and humanity,” according to WAM.

Under the agreement, the two countries will work to enhance bilateral cooperation in a wide range of priority space fields, including exploration, scientific and technological research, data analysis, spaceflight, education and others.

The agreement also provides for the participation of two companies from the Emirati private sector in submitting a proposal to develop scientific equipment for the Israeli “Beresheet 2” mission to the moon, which aims to land a spacecraft on the moon by 2024, which constitutes an additional qualitative leap for the Emirati private sector’s contribution to space exploration and investment efforts. In his sciences, research and equipment.

The agreement also included cooperation in a joint research project between universities in the UAE and Israel, on space applications, including the detection of red palm weevil, aerosol mapping, in addition to monitoring the phenomenon of red tide on the coast.

This will be done through space data that will be shared by the Israeli side of the mini-satellite project to monitor vegetation and the environment, a joint project between the Israel Space Agency and the French Space Agency.

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Al Amiri said: “Exchange of knowledge and expertise in the field of space is an essential part of the UAE’s vision to create a competitive and sustainable national space sector that achieves future growth and consolidates our path for the next fifty years, as we believe that cooperation and partnerships throughout history have been the key to the most successful space programs in the world. the world throughout history.

And the Emirates News Agency quoted Sarah Al-Amiri, “Israel has an active and developed space sector, while the UAE entered history from its widest gates by joining the list of countries exploring space, and possessing an insightful vision in creating the future. Within the framework of this strategic partnership, we are pleased to unite our efforts to serve the global march in Space Science”.

For her part, Hacohen said: “Governments sign agreements, but it is the people and the cooperation among them that truly make peace. Israel is an international leader in the fields of research, space, science and advanced technology. Today, on behalf of the Government of Israel, I am pleased to sign a series of cooperation agreements between the Israeli and Emirati space agencies in important and pioneering areas.

She added, “We are already launching advanced initiatives in the interest of our children’s education and joint research. We share the vision with Al-Amiri to harness science and space, not only as an economic incentive, but also to unite hearts and build a high culture in future generations.”