Space http://www.timesaerospace.aero/ en Emirates Mars Mission discovers new kind of ‘Patchy’ Mars Proton Aurora http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/space/emirates-mars-mission-discovers-new-kind-of-patchy-mars-proton-aurora <div property="schema:text"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The spatially variable ‘patchy’ proton aurora potentially triggers new insights into unexpected behaviours in the Martian atmosphere. The EMM team has worked together with NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN) mission to fully characterise these observations. The combination of EMM’s unprecedented global aurora images with MAVEN’s simultaneous local plasma observations opens up new avenues for understanding the drivers of Mars’ enigmatic aurora.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">“Our discovery of these patchy proton aurora adds a new kind of event to the long list of those currently studied by EMM and challenges our existing views of how the proton aurora on Mars’ dayside are formed,” said Hessa Al Matroushi, EMM’s Science Lead. “The EMM Hope probe has so far uncovered many unexpected phenomena that extend our understanding of Mars’ atmospheric and magnetospheric dynamics. These new observations, combined with MAVEN data, have lifted the lid on entirely new possibilities for scientific research.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">This new patchy type of proton aurora is formed when the solar wind directly impacts Mars’ dayside upper atmosphere and emits ultraviolet light as it slows down. It was discovered in snapshots of the dayside disk obtained by the Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer (EMUS), which observes the planet’s upper atmosphere and exosphere, scanning for variability in atmospheric composition and atmospheric escape to space. The aurora manifests as bright regions scattered across the dayside of the planet in two ultraviolet wavelengths associated with the Hydrogen atom, Lyman beta at 102.6 nm and Lyman alpha at 121.6 nm. Under normal conditions, the dayside disk of the planet at these wavelengths is uniform, and the planetary brightness results from Hydrogen atoms scattering sunlight. When the aurora occurs, small regions of the planet become much brighter at these wavelengths, signifying intense localized energy deposition in the atmosphere.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">“We’ve seen emissions at these wavelengths before, thanks to proton aurora studies by NASA’s MAVEN mission, but these EMM EMUS images represent the first time we’ve had a global view of spatial variability in proton aurora at Mars, and the first time we’ve been able to unambiguously observe this patchy structure,” said EMM science team member and lead author of a newly submitted paper on the proton aurora, Mike Chaffin. “We know that these wavelengths are only emitted by the Hydrogen atom, which tells us that super energetic Hydrogen atoms must be present in the atmosphere in order to produce the auroral emission.” </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">A data sharing agreement between EMM and MAVEN has enabled analysis of the new EMM images using plasma observations made by MAVEN, which has been characterizing the Mars ionosphere and magnetosphere since 2014. MAVEN carries a full suite of plasma instruments, including a magnetometer and two ion electrostatic analysers that measured the Martian plasma and fields environment during EMM’s observations of patchy proton aurora events. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">“Multi-vantage point measurements of the Martian atmosphere tell us about the real time response of the atmosphere to the Sun. These types of simultaneous observations probe the fundamental physics of atmospheric dynamics and evolution”, said MAVEN Principal Investigator Shannon Curry.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">“Access to MAVEN data has been essential for placing these new observations into a wider context. Together, we’re pushing the boundaries of our existing knowledge not only of Mars, but of planetary interactions with the solar wind,” said Al Matroushi. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Martian proton auroras were originally discovered by MAVEN and subsequently found in data from ESA’s Mars Express mission, but most of these previous observations show uniform auroral emission across the dayside of the planet. By contrast, the EMUS observations are able to unambiguously reveal small-scale spatial structure. Scientists from both teams now believe the patchy aurora can only be produced by plasma turbulence in the space surrounding Mars. “Because of the size scales involved in the solar wind and extended hydrogen atmosphere of Mars, there’s no way the standard proton aurora formation mechanism could produce the aurora we’re observing with EMUS,” said Chaffin. “In the August 11 observations the aurora is so widespread and so disorganized that the plasma environment around Mars must have been truly disturbed. Thanks to MAVEN measurements of the Mars plasma environment simultaneous with the aurora, we can confidently say that the solar wind is directly impacting the upper atmosphere wherever we’re seeing auroral emission,” he added. “What we’re seeing is essentially a map of where the solar wind is raining down onto the planet.” </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The simultaneous observations of patchy proton aurora by Hope and measurements of plasma conditions by MAVEN are therefore a window into rare circumstances, when the interaction between Mars and the solar wind is unusually chaotic. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Hope has observed patchy aurora multiple times over the course of its mission so far, and the shape of the aurora is not always the same. On 2021 August 30, for example, the patchy proton aurora was confined to a much smaller portion of the disk than on August 11, suggesting a different mechanism may be at work. Plasma turbulence at Mars can occur under a variety of conditions, and different shapes of patchy proton aurora may reveal different plasma conditions.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">As of June 2022, Mars is about a month away from the peak of its Southern Summer, when proton aurora are known to be at their most active. “Whether we’ll see anything as spectacular as what we’ve already got is anyone’s guess, but I’m hopeful. Hope continues to far exceed our expectations for scientific discovery, and I can’t wait to see what we learn next.” said Chaffin.</span></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div>Posted date</div> <div><time datetime="2022-09-01T12:00:00Z">Thu, 01/09/2022 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div> <div>First paragraph</div> <div><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The Emirates Mars Mission, the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation, has made first observations of a new type of proton aurora around Mars. </span></span></span></p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Regions</div> <div> <div><a href="/middle-east-and-north-africa" hreflang="en">Middle East and North Africa</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Other topics</div> <div> <div><a href="/space" hreflang="en">Space</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Rate</div> <div><form class="fivestar-form-1" id="vote" data-drupal-selector="fivestar-form-1" action="/taxonomy/term/7/feed" method="post" accept-charset="UTF-8"> <div class="clearfix fivestar-average-text fivestar-average-stars fivestar-form-item fivestar-basic"><div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-fivestar form-item-vote js-form-item-vote form-no-label"> <div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-select form-item-vote js-form-item-vote form-no-label"> <select class="vote form-select" data-drupal-selector="edit-vote" aria-describedby="edit-vote--2--description" id="edit-vote--2" name="vote"><option value="-">Select rating</option><option value="20">Give it 1/5</option><option value="40">Give it 2/5</option><option value="60">Give it 3/5</option><option value="80">Give it 4/5</option><option value="100">Give it 5/5</option><option value="0">Cancel rating</option></select> <div id="edit-vote--2--description" class="description"> <div class="fivestar-summary fivestar-summary-average-count"><span class="empty">No votes yet</span></div> </div> </div> </div> </div><input style="display:none" data-drupal-selector="edit-submit" type="submit" id="edit-submit" name="op" value="Rate" class="button js-form-submit form-submit" /> <input autocomplete="off" data-drupal-selector="form-zwhwh6zqauybge38d2zpfxrj60a6hogq7kdqjhmaeyo" type="hidden" name="form_build_id" value="form-zwhWH6zqauybGe38d2zpfxRj60a6Hogq7KdqjHMAEyo" /> <input data-drupal-selector="edit-fivestar-form-1" type="hidden" name="form_id" value="fivestar_form_1" /> </form> </div> </div> <div> <div>Top story</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Article main topic</div> <div><a href="/space" hreflang="en">Space</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Redirected</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Moved to features</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Lead image:</div> <div> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2022-09/Photo%201.png" width="950" height="975" alt="" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div> <div>New batch</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Thu, 01 Sep 2022 11:05:14 +0000 eNethersole 65490 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero Suppliers Complex at Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace hub nears completion http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/space/suppliers-complex-at-mohammed-bin-rashid-aerospace-hub-nears-completion <div property="schema:text"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The facility aims to attract SMEs and start-ups by offering solutions which are designed for multipurpose activities.</span></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The Suppliers Complex, which is located in the Supply Chain Cluster, is a G+3 development offering over 12,000m2 of light industrial space, enabling aerospace companies to easily and quickly set-up their facilities. The facility offers 86 leasable units with three levels for companies providing maintenance services, aircraft parts trading, aerospace and drone companies.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Tahnoon Saif, CEO of Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub, said: “The new facility is in line with our mandate to provide the aviation industry with the required infrastructure and facilities to set up their businesses as part of the overall ecosystem that we have at MBRAH. We are also offering exclusive incentives to companies, mainly start-ups and SMEs, and we will spare no effort to cement Dubai’s position on the world aviation map.” </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">MBRAH offers global aerospace players high-level connectivity and is a free-zone destination for the world’s leading airlines, private jet companies, and associated industries. Located in and developed by Dubai South, MBRAH is also home to maintenance centres and training and education campuses. It seeks to strengthen engineering industries to foster the emirate’s vision of becoming a leading aviation hub.</span></span></span></p> </div> <div> <div>Posted date</div> <div><time datetime="2022-08-18T12:00:00Z">Thu, 18/08/2022 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div> <div>First paragraph</div> <div><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub at Dubai South has said its Suppliers Complex, the first vertical aerospace complex in the region, is scheduled to be completed in September. </span></span></span></p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Regions</div> <div> <div><a href="/middle-east-and-north-africa" hreflang="en">Middle East and North Africa</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Other topics</div> <div> <div><a href="/airports" hreflang="en">Airports</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Rate</div> <div><form class="fivestar-form-2" id="vote--2" 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</div> </div> <div> <div>New batch</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Thu, 18 Aug 2022 08:29:47 +0000 eNethersole 65436 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero Ghana station is a platform for growth http://www.timesaerospace.aero/features/space/ghana-station-is-a-platform-for-growth <article class="flow post"> <header class="post-header grid twelve"> <span class="post-category" > <a href="/space" hreflang="en">Space</a></span> <time class="post-date" > 04 August 2022</time> <h1> Ghana station is a platform for growth </h1> </header> <div > <figure class="post__lead-image" > <img src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2022-08/Ghana_Viasat_180522%20copy.jpg" width="1152" height="720" alt="Ghana Viasat" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> <div class="post__content grid twelve"> <div class="flow"> <div class="dropcap" > <p>Global communications company, Viasat, has launched its first real-time Earth (RTE) facility in Africa, located in Accra, Ghana.</p> </div> <p>Viasat worked in partnership with the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI), a government-based institution, focused on coordinating all space, science, technology and related activities in Ghana.</p> <p>It aims to bring new space opportunities and jobs to the region, while expanding Viasat’s ability to deliver critical Earth observation and remote sensing data on-demand around the world.</p> <p>With this new station, Viasat’s RTE global network is now active in five continents.</p> <p>Viasat RTE provides ground-station-as-a-service (GSaaS) capabilities in support of environmental, insurance, shipping, energy and government operations.</p> <p>It is a fully managed, affordable ground network that supports next-generation and legacy geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO), medium Earth orbit (MEO) and low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites using the S-, X-, and Ka-bands, enabling operators to meet current and future data requirements.</p> <p>Viasat’s RTE satellite ground station facility is located at the Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory, Kuntunse.</p> <p>It includes a Viasat full-motion 7.3M S/X/Ka-band antenna and associated infrastructure. The antenna is currently ready to provide global satellite operators with the ability to perform telemetry, tracking and command (TT&amp;C) capabilities, as well as rapidly download, stream and/or disseminate valuable satellite-based data in a timely and secure manner.</p> <p>John Williams, Viasat vice president, real-time Earth, said: “The new ground station is part of our strategic growth plan for a global RTE ground-service network, with prior operations already located in North America, South America, Australia and Europe.</p> <p>“By working in partnership with GSSTI, we have opened a state-of-the-art facility, bringing jobs and economic growth to the region, while further differentiating Viasat’s service through our ability to provide satellite operators with access to world-class antenna systems for high-speed RTE connectivity of payload data across a secure network.”</p> <p>Eric Aggrey, research scientist and project manager of Ghana Radio Astronomy Project, GSSTI added: “The development of Viasat’s new antenna site has been an extremely positive opportunity for the people and economy of Ghana.</p> <p>“We have positively grown our presence in the global space and technology sector and look forward to expanding our relationship with Viasat to bring additional new space opportunities, technologies and skill sets to Africa.”</p> <p>This is an important step for Viasat as it increases its global footprint. The company announced in November that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Inmarsat in a transaction valued at $7.3 billion.</p> <p>It said then: “The combination will create a leading global communications innovator with enhanced scale and scope to affordably, securely and reliably connect the world.”</p> <p>The complementary assets and resources of the new organisation will enable the availability of advanced new services in mobile and fixed segments, driving greater customer choice in broadband communications and narrowband services (including the Internet of Things – IoT).</p> <p>The combined company intends to integrate the spectrum, satellite and terrestrial assets of both organisations into a global high-capacity hybrid space and terrestrial network in fast-growing commercial and government sectors.</p> <p>Viasat said the aim is to deliver higher speeds, more bandwidth, greater density of bandwidth at high-demand locations like airport and shipping hubs, and lower latency at lower cost than either company could provide alone.</p> <p>It is believed that the ground station in Ghana will not be used for in-flight connectivity connections at this time, but it is part of a roadmap to put more capacity around the world for future developments.</p> <p>Viasat’s next-generation satellite constellation, Viasat-3, will extend high-capacity coverage around the world, with more than 1Tbps of capacity available per satellite.</p> <p>Now well established in the United States on Delta, JetBlue, Virgin America, and United Airlines, other Viasat in-flight connectivity customers worldwide include Azul, Aeromexico, SAS, El Al, Finnair, Icelandair, KLM, Neos, La Compagnie, and Qantas.</p> </div> <div class="post__aside"> <div class="author-teaser" > <figure > <a href="/node/146" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2021-08/steve-nichols.jpg" width="250" height="250" alt="Steve Nichols" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </figure> <div class="author-teaser__inner"> <h3> <a href="/node/146" hreflang="en">Steve Nichols</a> </h3> <p > Steve (BSc Hons, FIIC) is a journalist and communicator with more than 35 years&#039; experience. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="tags"> <span>Article Also Filed in: </span> <ul class="l-rs tags__list"> <li class="tag" > <a href="/africa" hreflang="en">Africa</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="subscribe-block bg-grey-light flow" > <h2>Stay up to date</h2> <p>Subscribe to the free Times Aerospace newsletter and receive the latest content every week. 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and</p> <p>• Training solutions in HF radio systems, geophysical exploration and satellite, spacecraft and airline operations.</p> <p>SANSA is also the national authority on magnetic technology applications for the defence, aviation and aerospace industry.</p> <p>These applications contribute significantly to the work of private aviation companies, national airports, the South African Navy, and the South African Air Force.</p> <p>With more than 80 years of experience in magnetic operations, SANSA’s Hermanus facility offers state-of-the-art equipment and services. It operates a magnetically clean facility that enables the perfect calibration of landing compasses, which are used to calibrate aircraft compasses and need regular calibration and maintenance.</p> <p>SANSA hosts regular training courses on how to execute a compass swing procedure, including background on space weather, geomagnetism, and Fourier analysis (the mathematics behind the procedure).</p> <p>Calibrating aircraft compass needs to be done in a magnetically clean environment and SANSA assists its clients in surveying an appropriate magnetically clean site on their own premises.</p> <p>The organisation also offers the calibration of magnetometers or electronic compasses used for navigation and orientation in uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) and satellites.</p> <p>SANSA has designed and built a magnetic test bench to test an aircraft standby compass before it is installed into an aircraft, thus ensuring that it is equipped with a working compass before executing an expensive compass swing procedure.</p> <p>A high-resolution local geomagnetic field is modelled across southern Africa using SANSA observatory and repeat survey data. The output of this model is used for navigational purposes by SANSA clients.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="post__aside"> <div class="author-teaser" > <figure > <a href="/profile/guy-leitch" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2021-08/guy-leitch.jpg" width="250" height="250" alt="Guy Leitch" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </figure> <div class="author-teaser__inner"> <h3> <a href="/profile/guy-leitch" hreflang="en">Guy Leitch</a> </h3> <p > Guy is an aviation analyst in demand by South African TV, radio and print publications. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="tags"> <span>Article Also Filed in: </span> <ul class="l-rs tags__list"> <li class="tag" > <a href="/africa" hreflang="en">Africa</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="subscribe-block bg-grey-light flow" > <h2>Stay up to date</h2> <p>Subscribe to the free Times Aerospace newsletter and receive the latest content every week. We'll never share your email address.</p> <script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/iframe-resizer/4.1.1/iframeResizer.min.js"> </script><script src="https://www.labelexpo-europe.com/pardot/forms/js/v2/tarsus.iframe-resizer.iframe-window.js"></script> <div class="width-100" id="parent-wrapper"> <iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" id="pardotframemulti2" scrolling="no" src="https://go.timesaerospace.aero/l/715553/2021-08-20/lbxy7" style="border: 0; width: 1px;min-width: 100%; min-height:0px;" type="text/html" width="100%"></iframe> </div> <script> iFrameResize({ log: true}, '#pardotframemulti2'); </script> </div> </div> </div> </article> <div> <div>Top story</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Related magazine Issue</div> <div><a href="/magazine/african-aerospace-july-september-2022" hreflang="en">African Aerospace: July-September 2022</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Redirected</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Wed, 27 Jul 2022 08:57:18 +0000 pIvanova 65351 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero Excitement grows over Mars data http://www.timesaerospace.aero/features/space/excitement-grows-over-mars-data <article class="flow post"> <header class="post-header grid twelve"> <span class="post-category" > <a href="/space" hreflang="en">Space</a></span> <time class="post-date" > 01 July 2022</time> <h1> Excitement grows over Mars data </h1> </header> <div > <figure class="post__lead-image" > <img src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2022-07/Mars_%20Hope%20_Update_Fotor%20copy.jpg" width="960" height="720" alt="Mars Hope" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> <div class="post__content grid twelve"> <div class="flow"> <div class="dropcap" > <p>The Emirates Mars Mission Hope probe has now been in space for nearly two years focusing on the atmosphere and climate of the Red Planet.</p> </div> <p>Scientists are increasingly excited by the data they are receiving from the UAE’s Mars Hope spaceship.</p> <p>The probe successfully entered orbit around Mars on February 9 2021, having been launched from Tanegashima, Japan, on July 19 2020.</p> <p>The mission is exploring the atmospheric processes that drive daily variations, how energy is transferred from the lower-middle atmosphere to the upper atmosphere, and how lower atmosphere conditions are connected to the escape of atmospheric particles from the planet.</p> <p>It is looking at the Martian atmosphere in visible, ultraviolet, and infrared wavelengths using its three separate imaging systems.</p> <p>The spacecraft is now about half way through its primary mission.</p> <p>Hessa Al Matroushi, science lead for the mission, told a virtual meeting of the Mars exploration programme analysis group, a NASA advisory board: “We’re very excited about the science that we’re getting from this mission.”</p> <p>Hope’s primary mission is planned to last one Martian year (687 Earth days). Scientists want to understand how weather and climate work across the entire planet, both throughout a day and throughout a year.</p> <p>Al Matroushi said that the team has been studying water cloud features that appear to grow at the beginning and end of the day and shrink in the middle.</p> <p>The mission releases new data every three months, with the last batch posted in January 2022, Al Matroushi noted. There is also the possibility of the start of an extended mission beginning next year.</p> <p>The probe has been beaming back stunning images of the planet that have revealed its geographical features and atmospheric conditions.</p> <p>Scientists around the world have also been benefiting from the vast amount of data the mission has released so far, including images of the planet’s aurora and abundance of oxygen.</p> <p>Mars’ aurorae are unlike the type we have on Earth, which are concentrated at the north and south magnetic poles. Known as a “discrete aurora” on the night-time side of the Red Planet, the phenomenon is caused by solar energy interacting with crustal formations that still bear traces of the planet’s long-gone magnetic field.</p> <p>In January, the second set of data released focused on some of the planet’s key geographical features, such as Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system, and Valles Marineris, a canyon network that is 4,000km long and reaches depths of up to 7km.</p> <p>Hope has also provided new data on how dust storms develop and evolve over time, using its camera and infrared spectrometer.</p> <p>Scientists were able to watch one storm develop, spread out to 2,500 miles across, obscure features including mountains and craters, and then thin out to nothing in two weeks.</p> <p>Having access to this type of data could one day help humans living on the Red Planet know whether it is safe to venture outside, or if they needed to cover solar panels.</p> <p>The team has also produced a unique Mars Atlas, highlighting features and views of the Red Planet, along with seasonal changes that Hope has witnessed.</p> <p>So far, more than 300Gb of Hope’s data has been released, which is being made freely available to scientists around the world.</p> <p>Hope’s early results were revealed at the 53rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, a hybrid (in-person/remote) event held near Houston, Texas, USA, from March 7-11 this year.</p> <p>The Emirates News Agency (WAM) has also produced a 12-minute documentary entitled The Story of Hope to mark the first anniversary of the successful orbital launch of the probe around Mars.</p> <p>The UAE’s next major space mission, which will be launched in 2028, will involve a fly-by of Venus, as well as a tour of seven different asteroids, ending with a landing on the last of them. If the mission is successful, this will make the UAE just the fourth country in the world to achieve such a feat.</p> </div> <div class="post__aside"> <div class="author-teaser" > <figure > <a href="/node/146" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2021-08/steve-nichols.jpg" width="250" height="250" alt="Steve Nichols" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </figure> <div class="author-teaser__inner"> <h3> <a href="/node/146" hreflang="en">Steve Nichols</a> </h3> <p > Steve (BSc Hons, FIIC) is a journalist and communicator with more than 35 years&#039; experience. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="tags"> <span>Article Also Filed in: </span> <ul class="l-rs tags__list"> <li class="tag" > <a href="/middle-east-and-north-africa" hreflang="en">Middle East and North Africa</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="subscribe-block bg-grey-light flow" > <h2>Stay up to date</h2> <p>Subscribe to the free Times Aerospace newsletter and receive the latest content every week. 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The EMUS was also able successfully observe the solar energetic particles and galactic cosmic rays through a detector background monitoring. Also, as part of a detector characterisation experiment, the EMUS observed the ability to operate on higher gain, giving more sensitivity to observations.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Special high cadence imagery observation took place using the Emirates Exploration Imager (EXI) camera. Designed to capture motion and evolution in the atmosphere, high cadence&nbsp; dust was observed on 9 January, 29 January, and 23 February. The EXI also observed high cadence clouds on 24 December, 7 January, and 25 January.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">The fourth batch of information and data was shared with the scientific community and astronomy enthusiasts from around the world via the data centre on the project’s website, where data is released every three months after the data captured by Probe’s instruments is catalogued and processed by the project’s team. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">The first, second and third batches of data received considerable interest by scientists, researchers, experts, and astronomy enthusiasts from around the world. To date, 1.7 terabytes of this data has been downloaded.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Omran Sharaf, project director of Emirates Mars Mission, said: “These new observations are a testament to the quality of the Hope Probe in driving key research and insights on Mars and its atmosphere, and we are thrilled to share the latest observations with the global scientific community. As the Probe continues its planned mission to orbit around Mars, we will continue to identify ways in which we can enrich our discoveries and observations to deliver above and beyond our mission, to further enhance the international community’s knowledge and understanding of the Red Planet, and to bolster the UAE’s position in the global space domain.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Hessa Al Matroushi, Emirates Mars Mission Science Lead, said: “The recent coverage from the Mars Hope Probe is a tremendous feat and is evidence of the boundless potential that our instruments have in achieving science beyond what it was design for. The latest insights on Mars and its atmosphere reaffirm that there is much to discover, and we are looking forward to seeing the mission’s objectives of providing useful scientific data, enhancing national capabilities, and fostering global collaboration come to fruition with every new data collected.”</span></span></p> </div> <div> <div>Posted date</div> <div><time datetime="2022-07-01T12:00:00Z">Fri, 01/07/2022 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div> <div>Short summary</div> <div><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">The Emirates Mars Mission ‘Hope Probe’ has identified new observations about Mars’ atmosphere in its fourth batch of scientific data.</span></span></p> </div> </div> <div> <div>First paragraph</div> <div><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">The Emirates Mars Mission ‘Hope Probe’ has identified new observations, in addition to its nominal set of observations, about Mars’ atmosphere in its fourth batch of scientific data. </span></span></p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Regions</div> <div> <div><a href="/middle-east-and-north-africa" hreflang="en">Middle East and North Africa</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Other topics</div> <div> <div><a href="/space" hreflang="en">Space</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Rate</div> <div><form class="fivestar-form-3" id="vote--3" data-drupal-selector="fivestar-form-3" action="/taxonomy/term/7/feed" method="post" accept-charset="UTF-8"> <div class="clearfix fivestar-average-text fivestar-average-stars fivestar-form-item fivestar-basic"><div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-fivestar form-item-vote js-form-item-vote form-no-label"> <div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-select form-item-vote js-form-item-vote form-no-label"> <select class="vote form-select" data-drupal-selector="edit-vote" aria-describedby="edit-vote--6--description" id="edit-vote--6" name="vote"><option value="-">Select rating</option><option value="20">Give it 1/5</option><option value="40">Give it 2/5</option><option value="60">Give it 3/5</option><option value="80">Give it 4/5</option><option value="100">Give it 5/5</option><option value="0">Cancel rating</option></select> <div id="edit-vote--6--description" class="description"> <div class="fivestar-summary fivestar-summary-average-count"><span class="empty">No votes yet</span></div> </div> </div> </div> </div><input style="display:none" data-drupal-selector="edit-submit" type="submit" id="edit-submit--3" name="op" value="Rate" class="button js-form-submit form-submit" /> <input autocomplete="off" data-drupal-selector="form-deqwvjjcthxuzuehw-d36cnqqidc7nrfxqz4eeszglk" type="hidden" name="form_build_id" value="form-dEqWvJJCThXuzUeHw-D36cNqQidc7nrFxQz4eeSzGLk" /> <input data-drupal-selector="edit-fivestar-form-3" type="hidden" name="form_id" value="fivestar_form_3" /> </form> </div> </div> <div> <div>Top story</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Article main topic</div> <div><a href="/space" hreflang="en">Space</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Redirected</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Moved to features</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Lead image:</div> <div> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2022-07/images.jpg" width="950" height="785" alt="" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div> <div>New batch</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:46:35 +0000 eNethersole 65236 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero ASECNA and CNES sign cooperation agreement on operational SBAS in Africa http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/space/asecna-and-cnes-sign-cooperation-agreement-on-operational-sbas-in-africa <div property="schema:text"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">The seven-year agreement sets out the terms and provisions for providing oversight assistance in systems engineering for the ground segment, the space segment and system performance.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">CNES has been working with ASECNA to design its SBAS since 2011, notably on research and development to improve ionospheric disturbance processing algorithms. From 2017 to 2021, CNES assisted ASECNA with oversight of the system definition and design phase. This phase also demonstrated with real test signals in 2020 and 2021 the fitness of technical choices and the quality of services targeted for the expected service zone, while conducting field demonstrations to promote the system’s benefits to users.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">This implementation of SBAS in Africa, affording a common capability developed by a large number of nations, marks a further step towards the construct ion of a single sky for managing the continent’s air traffic, thereby supporting the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) and the African Union Agenda 2063.</span></span></p> </div> <div> <div>Posted date</div> <div><time datetime="2022-06-20T12:00:00Z">Mon, 20/06/2022 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div> <div>First paragraph</div> <div><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) and the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), have have signed a new agreement concerning the project to develop, deploy and commission ASECNA’s Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS).</span></span></p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Regions</div> <div> <div><a href="/africa" hreflang="en">Africa</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Other topics</div> <div> <div><a href="/space" hreflang="en">Space</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Rate</div> <div><form class="fivestar-form-4" id="vote--4" data-drupal-selector="fivestar-form-4" action="/taxonomy/term/7/feed" method="post" accept-charset="UTF-8"> <div class="clearfix fivestar-average-text fivestar-average-stars fivestar-form-item fivestar-basic"><div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-fivestar form-item-vote js-form-item-vote form-no-label"> <div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-select form-item-vote js-form-item-vote form-no-label"> <select class="vote form-select" data-drupal-selector="edit-vote" 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part of the airline’s ‘Sustainable50’ programme to drive operational efficiencies and reduce aviation’s impact on the environment.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div>Posted date</div> <div><time datetime="2022-05-30T12:00:00Z">Mon, 30/05/2022 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div> <div>First paragraph</div> <div><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Etihad Airways has announced its new Airbus A350 aircraft is available to book on the London Heathrow-Abu Dhabi route for flights from 30 October 2022.</span></span></p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Regions</div> <div> <div><a href="/middle-east-and-north-africa" hreflang="en">Middle East and North Africa</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Other topics</div> <div> <div><a href="/space" hreflang="en">Space</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Rate</div> <div><form class="fivestar-form-5" id="vote--5" data-drupal-selector="fivestar-form-5" action="/taxonomy/term/7/feed" method="post" 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<div>New batch</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Mon, 30 May 2022 12:06:18 +0000 eNethersole 65066 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero Global Aerospace Summit skills focus http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/people/global-aerospace-summit-skills-focus <div property="schema:text"><p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="line-height:22px"><span style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif">Increasingly, there is an urgent need for developing talent in areas of STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) amid a global skills gap, which will hinder the evolution and growth of industries and sectors including aerospace, space and defence unless governments and corporates work together to address the issue, the organisers said. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="line-height:22px"><span style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif">The issue is drawing global attention.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="line-height:22px"><span style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif">Young people’s inability to identify and acquire the skills needed for today’s job market have contributed to a 12% drop in youth employment over the past two decades,&nbsp;according to a report by Generation Unlimited, PwC and UNICEF. With the employment market requiring more complex and diverse skills than ever before, governments and businesses need to come together to give youth the skills and opportunities they need to access meaningful employment. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="line-height:22px"><span style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif">Aerospace and space companies plan to hire a lot more people in the coming decade, creating several STEM career opportunities. However, a massive skills gap faces companies that need to fill these jobs. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="line-height:22px"><span style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif">In an aerospace outlook on talent survey results report, Ernst &amp; Young,&nbsp;said corporate respondents indicated that the skills they anticipate to value most from university hires in the next four to five years are engineering skills (81% of respondents), data science and analytics skills (41%), and digital skill sets (28%). To obtain these skill sets, workforce planning is critical to the future of the industry.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="line-height:22px"><span style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif">To prepare the space and aerospace industry for future growth and development, the Global Aerospace Summit will see the return of the NextGen Leaders programme, with a renewed focus on building workforce capacity and skills. The high-level forum, hosted by Mubadala, is set to take place at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi from 24 -26 May 2022.&nbsp; </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="line-height:22px"><span style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif">Focused on students, graduates and young professionals, the NextGen Leaders programme is spread out across the three days of the Summit and includes panel discussions, networking opportunities, mentorship activities, workshops, and university showcasing. The programme is designed to enable stakeholders to help develop talent in the aerospace sector and acts as a platform to highlight the best young people to potential employers for building or further developing their careers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="line-height:22px"><span style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif">One of the NextGen sessions, titled ‘<i>The new face of manufacturing’, </i>will focus on the aerospace industry’s capabilities of attracting talent effectively. A panel will discuss whether promotional boosts of relevant product development and manufacturing helps and if virtual prototyping, artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing and robotics, are the new face of manufacturing processes to support talent attraction. The panellists include Hala Al-Zargani, manager, Lockheed Martin Center for Innovation and Security Solutions, Noura Al Braiki, production manager, Strata Manufacturing and Fatema Ali Al Hajri - EVP - products &amp; solutions engineering, technical, Yahsat. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="line-height:22px"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif">“Future generations need the right skillset to continue competing in today’s high-tech global economy,” said Al-Zargani.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="line-height:22px"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif">“To date, over 100 talented Emirati students have attended Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation and Security Solutions in Abu Dhabi and received specialist STEM training on real-world aerospace and defense projects. With the support of our partners, we aim to further grow our strong pipeline of capable young engineers and scientists, preparing them for critical and important work in the country’s defense and national security industries.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="line-height:22px"><span style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif">Managing director of Tarsus, Middle East, Tim Hawes, said: “The NextGen Leaders programme returns this year with a renewed focus on preparing the workforce of tomorrow in areas of space and aerospace. We’re delighted that several industry professionals will lend their expertise to steer discussions towards solutions and also participate in activities like mentorships and workshops for the benefit of students, graduates and young professionals within these industries. Through this programme, we hope to bridge the skills gap and ensure the efficiency and sustainability of the sectors for the future.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="line-height:22px"><span style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif">Additionally, NextGen Leaders, in partnership with the Space Generation Advisory Council and supported by Safran, will provide a mentorship platform for students and young professionals to receive practical guidance from industry leaders on how to kick start or advance their careers. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="line-height:22px"><span style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif">There will also be a leaders’ panel and networking opportunity in collaboration with AmCham, where the C-level executives’ panel will discuss the benefits of working in the aerospace industry. The discussion will follow a Q&amp;A session and an informal networking opportunity. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="line-height:22px"><span style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif">The Summit has an exceptional three-day agenda of panel discussions and speeches on the wider aerospace, defence, aviation and space industry. In addition, the 2022 event will also include new elements such as a dedicated start-up mentorship clinic lead by Aerospace Xelerated, and technology leadership briefings, focused on implementation of technology in the aerospace sector. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div style="text-align:start">&nbsp; <hr align="left" size="1" width="33%" /> <div id="ftn1"> <p class="MsoFootnoteText"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><a href="applewebdata://28DFB0A9-8D4D-4A7E-8930-6086310261F9#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline" title=""><span class="MsoFootnoteReference" style="vertical-align:super"><span class="MsoFootnoteReference" style="vertical-align:super"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif">[1]</span></span></span></span></a> <a href="https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/news-room/press-releases/2021/pwc-generation-unlimited-unicef-report-reaching-yes.html" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline">Generation Unlimited, PwC and UNICEF</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div id="ftn2"> <p class="MsoFootnoteText"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><a href="applewebdata://28DFB0A9-8D4D-4A7E-8930-6086310261F9#_ftnref2" name="_ftn2" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline" title=""><span class="MsoFootnoteReference" style="vertical-align:super"><span class="MsoFootnoteReference" style="vertical-align:super"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif">[2]</span></span></span></span></a> <a href="https://www.ey.com/en_us/aerospace-defense/2021-a-d-workforce-study" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline">2021 A&amp;D Workforce Study: how to prepare now for the work of the future, Ernst &amp; Young</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Posted date</div> <div><time datetime="2022-05-11T12:00:00Z">Wed, 11/05/2022 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div> <div>Short title</div> <div>Skills gap focus at GAS 22</div> </div> <div> <div>Short summary</div> <div><p>This month's Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi will have a focus on the skills gap and how the aerospace industry must address it</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>First paragraph</div> <div><p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="line-height:22px"><span style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif">A massive skills gap facing industries including aerospace and space needs urgent attention from governments and corporations according to the advisory board for the Global Aerospace Summit which takes place in Abu Dhabi this month.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Regions</div> <div> <div><a href="/middle-east-and-north-africa" hreflang="en">Middle East and North Africa</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Other topics</div> <div> <div><a href="/events" hreflang="en">Events</a></div> <div><a href="/manufacturing" hreflang="en">Manufacturing</a></div> <div><a href="/space" hreflang="en">Space</a></div> <div><a href="/technology" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> <div><a href="/training" hreflang="en">Training</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Rate</div> <div><form class="fivestar-form-6" id="vote--6" data-drupal-selector="fivestar-form-6" action="/taxonomy/term/7/feed" method="post" accept-charset="UTF-8"> <div class="clearfix fivestar-average-text fivestar-average-stars fivestar-form-item fivestar-basic"><div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-fivestar form-item-vote js-form-item-vote form-no-label"> <div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-select form-item-vote js-form-item-vote form-no-label"> <select class="vote form-select" data-drupal-selector="edit-vote" aria-describedby="edit-vote--12--description" id="edit-vote--12" name="vote"><option value="-">Select rating</option><option value="20">Give it 1/5</option><option value="40">Give it 2/5</option><option value="60">Give it 3/5</option><option value="80">Give it 4/5</option><option value="100">Give it 5/5</option><option value="0">Cancel rating</option></select> <div id="edit-vote--12--description" class="description"> <div class="fivestar-summary fivestar-summary-average-count"><span class="empty">No votes yet</span></div> </div> </div> </div> </div><input style="display:none" data-drupal-selector="edit-submit" type="submit" id="edit-submit--6" name="op" value="Rate" class="button js-form-submit form-submit" /> <input autocomplete="off" data-drupal-selector="form-e8i8pnoeoiiayv6xymz42dbcbj4g6dlcwidtto8vqy" type="hidden" name="form_build_id" value="form--e8I8PnoeoIiayv6xYMz42DbcBj4G6dlcwIdTto8VqY" /> <input data-drupal-selector="edit-fivestar-form-6" type="hidden" name="form_id" value="fivestar_form_6" /> </form> </div> </div> <div> <div>Top story</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Article main topic</div> <div><a href="/people" hreflang="en">People</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Redirected</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Moved to features</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Lead image:</div> <div> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2022-05/GAS%20skills.jpg" width="1600" height="888" alt="" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div> <div>New batch</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Wed, 11 May 2022 09:21:57 +0000 aPeaford 64966 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero UAE and Scotland to connect with space activities http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/space/uae-and-scotland-to-connect-with-space-activities <div property="schema:text"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Globally focused strategic space marketing firm AstroAgency, headquartered in Edinburgh, has announced it will team up with a Dubai-based space investment and advisory company AzurX, to support space businesses in both regions, access new development opportunities and forge collaborative partnerships.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">The two organisations boast a global space client base, with AzurX acting as the trusted advisor and counsellor to a growing number of the world's most influential aerospace and space companies including Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Satellite Imaging Company HySpecIQ backed by venture capitalist Peter Thiel. AstroAgency’s international team has a proven track record of working with a range of government entities including the UK Space Agency, European Space Agency Business Incubation Centres in the UK, RAL Space and Science and Technology Facilities Council, as well as close to 40 private sector companies such as Astroscale, Euroconsult and Astrosat. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">AzurX and AstroAgency previously collaborated on a strategic project to support the Scottish Government and its agencies, delivering the Scottish Space Day at Expo 2020 Dubai. The firms recognised an opportunity to build upon the foundations created by the event, which benefitted a host of Scottish space stakeholders, including Prestwick Spaceport, Trade in Space and Skyrora, that took part in a delegation to meet with potential partners and investors in the UAE.The event served as the stage to announce the ambitious new Scottish Space Strategy, illustrating the growing importance of the sector for the Scottish economy which led to significant media attention from CNN and a plethora of Emirati media platforms. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Thw announcement outlines immediate plans to support the World Space Sustainability Association (WSSA), founded by elseco, the leading space insurance entity, Herbert Smith Freehill law firm and the prestigious Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai, with key players behind sustainability initiatives from Space Scotland’s Environmental Task Force, including the Sustainable Space Challenges and recent Sustainability and Net Zero Roadmap for Space. Moreover, another initial project is being discussed to support Scottish and wider UK space companies to establish a presence in the UAE to access new market opportunities, customers and funding channels and play a role in the local private space ecosystem. Discussions are taking place with dedicated industrial and innovation zones&nbsp; across the UAE in close coordination with the UAE Space Agency. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">On the announced Teaming Agreement between AstroAgency and AzurX, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise Ivan McKee stated, “Six months on from the launch of Scotland’s space strategy at our Space Day at Expo 2020 Dubai and we are seeing tangible positive results coming to fruition. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">“It is great to see dynamic innovative Space sector strategy experts AstroAgency and AzurX coming together to bridge fast-growing commercial space activities between Scotland and the United Arab Emirates. The Space industry in Scotland and indeed globally is seeing exponential growth and international business partnerships such as this will become even more important to allow exchange of talent, ideas and business connections. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">“Both AstroAgency and AzurX played a significant role in showcasing Scotland’s space strengths at Expo 2020 Dubai and I am delighted that they are formalising plans to work together and I am in no doubt that this partnership will go on to achieve even greater results.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">The new partnership is poised to help the Scottish space community build on this momentum by facilitating their access to new opportunities for investment and business development in the UAE. The Scottish space sector is the leading manufacturer of small satellites in Europe and has developed a diverse range of capabilities, from launch services to strong data analysis and research services. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">The UAE’s&nbsp; thought-leadership around space sustainability was welcomed by Laurent Lemaire, CEO of elseco, who said “The sustainable use of outer space is as much a global objective as it is a responsibility for all actors involved. As the Scottish space sector matures, its progress to develop a roadmap to a sustainable space ecosystem becomes more crucial and will serve as an example to others. The partnership between AzurX and AstroAgency is thus a positive development that holds the potential to unite the Scottish and UAE space communities within the global space sustainability community supported by the World Space Sustainability Association.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">The two companies plan to focus on the UAE and Scotland initially, with a view to expanding activity to support space firms across the UK to build connections and collaborate with the UAE and wider Middle East region.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Founder of AzurX, Anna Hazlett, said: “Our&nbsp; partnership with AstroAgency has been in the works for some time, AzurX and AstroAgency are both fast-growing private space companies with unparalleled industry connections and experience in our respective regions. We are confident our collaboration will&nbsp; deliver value to business stakeholders, as well as helping to support government space ambitions on both sides.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Space entrepreneur Daniel Smith, who founded AstroAgency in 2019 and is also a founding Director of not-for-profit group Space Scotland, concluded “We’re excited to explore further collaboration opportunities around space between the UAE and Scotland, building upon strong foundations from Expo 2020’s Space Week in Dubai.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">The UK space sector employs over 45,000 people in highly skilled jobs – from space scientists and researchers to engineers and satellite manufacturers. The country aims to add space launch capability with five developing spaceports in Scotland alone, to already established satellite manufacturing and downstream data analysis sectors. Meanwhile, The UAE has rapidly emerged as a serious player in the space world, launching its first satellites, astronaut, and interplanetary missions in quick succession.&nbsp; Both regions are well positioned to capture a significant share of the global space market, recently estimated to be worth $490 billion by the end of the decade.</span></span></p> </div> <div> <div>Posted date</div> <div><time datetime="2022-05-10T12:00:00Z">Tue, 10/05/2022 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div> <div>First paragraph</div> <div><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Space sector strategy experts AstroAgency and AzurX announce intention to bridge fast-growing commercial space activities between Scotland and the United Arab Emirates.</span></span></p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Regions</div> <div> <div><a href="/middle-east-and-north-africa" hreflang="en">Middle East and North Africa</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Other topics</div> <div> <div><a href="/space" hreflang="en">Space</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Rate</div> <div><form class="fivestar-form-7" id="vote--7" data-drupal-selector="fivestar-form-7" action="/taxonomy/term/7/feed" method="post" accept-charset="UTF-8"> <div class="clearfix fivestar-average-text fivestar-average-stars fivestar-form-item fivestar-basic"><div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-fivestar form-item-vote js-form-item-vote form-no-label"> <div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-select form-item-vote js-form-item-vote form-no-label"> <select class="vote form-select" data-drupal-selector="edit-vote" aria-describedby="edit-vote--14--description" id="edit-vote--14" name="vote"><option value="-">Select rating</option><option value="20">Give it 1/5</option><option value="40">Give it 2/5</option><option value="60">Give it 3/5</option><option value="80">Give it 4/5</option><option value="100">Give it 5/5</option><option value="0">Cancel rating</option></select> <div id="edit-vote--14--description" class="description"> <div class="fivestar-summary fivestar-summary-average-count"><span class="empty">No votes yet</span></div> </div> </div> </div> </div><input style="display:none" data-drupal-selector="edit-submit" type="submit" id="edit-submit--7" name="op" value="Rate" class="button js-form-submit form-submit" /> <input autocomplete="off" data-drupal-selector="form-l4l7p0ysl66ztnihxndve9gvxnsyhsm7rujxbdrpwj4" type="hidden" name="form_build_id" value="form-l4L7P0YsL66zTNihXndVe9gvxNsyHsm7RujxbDrpWJ4" /> <input data-drupal-selector="edit-fivestar-form-7" type="hidden" name="form_id" value="fivestar_form_7" /> </form> </div> </div> <div> <div>Top story</div> <div>On</div> </div> <div> <div>Article main topic</div> <div><a href="/space" hreflang="en">Space</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Redirected</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Moved to features</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Lead image:</div> <div> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2022-05/Scottish_Space_Day_Expo2020.jpeg" width="2048" height="1153" alt="" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div> <div>New batch</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Tue, 10 May 2022 07:19:35 +0000 eNethersole 64955 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero