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MBRSC extends collaboration with Thales and ALTEC for space exploration

The collaborative efforts will encompass the advancement of interplanetary missions, the design and integration of rover systems, and the implementation of terrestrial analogous systems.

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the extension of its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Thales Alenia Space and ALTEC, the Aerospace Logistics Technology Engineering Company. The extension, signed on 26 October 2021, solidifies the partnership for an additional two years, focusing on identifying opportunities and developing solutions for space and planetary exploration systems.

The amendment agreement was formally signed by Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director General of MBRSC, Hervé Derrey, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space, and Vincenzo Giorgio, CEO of ALTEC, at MBRSC’s booth during the Dubai Airshow 2023 at Dubai World Central (DWC).

Speaking about the agreement, Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director General of MBRSC, said: “This extended collaboration with Thales Alenia Space and ALTEC is more than a continuation of our shared journey; it is a strategic acceleration in furthering collaborative achievements in space exploration. As we look to the future, our combined efforts will focus on groundbreaking initiatives, including missions, advanced systems, and cutting-edge space technology. This partnership not only reinforces our commitment to space innovation but also exemplifies the UAE’s role as a key player in the global space arena.”

Hervé Derrey, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space, added: “The extension of the MoU with MBRSC provides new opportunities to cooperate on space exploration projects. Thales Alenia Space has a unique expertise, recognised on a global scale, in Low Earth Orbit to Moon, Mars and beyond to reveal the universe’s secrets.”

Under the extended MoU, collaboration areas include the development of interplanetary missions, rover system design and integration, and the implementation of advanced terrestrial analogous systems. Additionally, the partnership will continue to support higher education activities and the development of sophisticated exploration systems, contributing significantly to global space exploration efforts.