Photos: Sheikh Mohammed reveals historic Arab-made satellite's name
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced the launch of a historic project after establishing the first body for space cooperation on Tuesday.
Addressing the Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi, a charter was signed establishing the first space cooperation body in the Arab world, and with it, the first project was launched too - a satellite made by Arab scientists in the UAE.
Sheikh Mohammed said that the satellite will be called '813' - a date that has historical significance in the Arab world. "'813' which is the date that the House of Wisdom in Baghdad reached prosperity during the reign of Al-Ma'mun. The House brought together scientists, translated knowledge and became a place for region to unleash its scientific energy," he tweeted.
.@HHShkMohd:Today at the Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi, we attended the signing of a charter to establish the first Arab body for space cooperation, bringing together 11 Arab states. Its first project will be a satellite that Arab scientists will work on from here in the UAE pic.twitter.com/4Lci1xJW0e- Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) March 19, 2019
.@HHShkMohd: This satellite will be called "813", which is the date that the House of Wisdom in Baghdad reached prosperity during the reign of Al-Ma'mun. The House brought together scientists, translated knowledge and became a place for region to unleash its scientific energy. pic.twitter.com/KCkPA000fZ- Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) March 19, 2019
The satellite will be built at UAE's National Space Science and Technology Centre.To be mainly built by Emiratis - who earlier launched a satellite last year - 813 will also be built by scientists and engineers from other Arab countries.
'813' will monitor the Earth and help tackle climate change. The data gathered will be shared with other Arab countries and space agencies around the world.
It will be completed within three to four years of time.
Sheikh Mohammed, in a series of tweets, said that he believed in Arab talent. The satellite will be built in UAE:
During the opening of the Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi, we attended the launch of the first Arab space coordination group that includes 11 countries. The group's first project will be a satellite built by Arab scientists in the UAE. I personally believe in Arab talents. pic.twitter.com/mANWNmUwar- HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) March 19, 2019
We called the new satellite "813" in reference to the date that marked the beginning of prosperity for the House of Wisdom in Baghdad under the reign of Al-Ma'mun. Resembling our region, the House embraced scientists, translated notable texts and produced scientific capabilities. pic.twitter.com/n9sSjdCAH0- HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) March 19, 2019
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