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France to strengthen cooperation with UAE by bringing 13 companies to IAC 2021

IAC 2021 will provide an opportunity for participating organisations to highlight their experience, contributions and innovations in the space sector to attendees and representatives of international agencies.

Business France will organise French Space Days from October 26 to 28 in partnership with the CNES, a French government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France’s space policy, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), the UAE Space Agency and International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

This three-day event aims to strengthen commercial and strategic ties between the United Arab Emirates and France.

France is looking forward to developing a new way of collaboration with the UAE based on technical contributions, sharing of expertise and advanced solutions in the field of space exploration, technologies, and applications through its French Space Days programme.

The programme will start with a French presence at the International Astronautical Congress 2021 (IAC) running from 26 to 28 October. The 13 French companies will then keep-up with three intensive days of business meetings with engineers and technicians from the UAE Space Agency, MBRSC, the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) and Yahsat.

Among the French specialists of the space industry, seven companies have been selected by a local jury to pitch their solutions during the French Global Networking Forum, part of the International Astronautical Congress. This forum’s official opening will be chaired by the UAE Space Agency in presence of H.E Xavier Chatel, French Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, and moderated by Elodie Robin, Founder of Alidade Ventures and President of the French Tech hub in the United Arab Emirates.

After celebrating France day at Expo 2020 with an unprecedented duplex between Dubai and the International Space Station currently commanded by Thomas Pesquet, Ambassador of France at Expo 2020 and the first French astronaut in the history to take command of the ISS, the French Space Agency will showcase during two weeks the cutting-edge technologies that allow astronauts to live in space and to explore Mars.