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Next-Gen Space Technologies Conference to be launched in Abu Dhabi

Supported by UAE Space Agency, the conference, which will take place in October, will look at space commercialisation and how it is driving space tourism, asteroid mining and Mars voyages.

The Next-Gen  Space Technologies Conference, an initiative supported by UAE Space Agency, Khalifa University, European Space Foundation, and Space Generation Advisory Council, will be held from October 22-24, 2018 at Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi. The event aims to see how spatial data can be leveraged to rm governments, city planners, technologies and investors to create smart and safe cities.

As the UAE is determined to position itself as a regional space commerce powerhouse that can take full advantage of the trends starting to emerge in commercial space exploration and human spaceflight, this event is a step forward to encourage innovations in space technologies and its related applications. The UAE is also playing a growing role in international space diplomacy by assuming prominent roles in the UN’s Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. With 2018 declared as the “Year of Zayed”, the three-day event aims to resonate and celebrate the principles of the founding father of the UAE as a year of innovations and felicitate achievers.

Next-generation space technologies like small satellites, nanosats, cubesats, commercial space launch vehicles, robotic servicing technologies, sensors and space robotics software are all bringing financial realism to space missions.

Organised by the International Quality & Productivity Center (IQPC) Middle East, attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of space technologies, shaped by the combined perspectives from within the industry both regional and international. It will feature a conference with plenary sessions, roundtable discussions, awards for top Emirati achievers, case study presentations, innovator sessions, technical theatres and workshops on the next generation space technology deployment and commercialisation.

Speakers and attendees at the event include senior leadership from UAE Space Agency, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, Khalifa University, European Space Foundation, Space Generation Advisory Council, Polish Space Agency, Netherlands Aerospace Centre, Dubai Future Foundation, UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE Ministry of Health, Oman Astronomical Society, German Armed Forces, Fujairah Municipality, Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority, Space Watch Middle East, Space 24 from Poland, Saudi Arabian Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture as well as from the private sector.

Case studies to be presented include global best practices of leveraging spatial data in city management, traffic control, urban planning, remote sensing along with a special session on the growing space tourism sector in the Middle East. With the UAE now selecting two astronauts to be sent to space, the ambitious Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Settlement challenge just got one step closer.

Enthusiasts will benefit from a workshop organised by Space Generation Advisory Council on how to prepare the next generation of emerging space nations.

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