The United Arab Emirates and Dubai, which are part of this Gulf federation, announced in September 2020 their intention to launch Rashid by 2024 on Earth’s natural satellite.
It will be transported by iSpace machine During a mission in 2022, the Japanese company said.
ISpace, founded in 2010, intends to use SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket by billionaire Elon Musk, which will be the first mission to the moon, which should take off from Florida in the United States.
The oil-rich UAE is a newcomer in the space race as it seeks to impose itself.
The country sent the first Emirati into space in September 2019 as part of a three-person crew that took off on a Russian Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan on an eight-day mission to the International Space Station.
Hope probe It was successfully placed in orbit around Mars in February To try to uncover the secrets of Mars weather, the first interplanetary mission in the Arab world.
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum recently said that the Emirati rover would cover
Areas (on the moon) not yet reached during previous exploration missions.
He added that this machine is part of the country’s strategy to develop new scientific capabilities.
This project is another precedent for the United Arab Emirates, as it will be the first mission by an Arab country to the moon.
According to the Dubai Media Office, the 10-kilogram spacecraft will be an integral part of the effort to install the first colony on Mars in the year 2117, one of the most ambitious projects in the UAE.
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