Oman is expected to launch the country’s first space satellite in 2024, Times of Oman has reported. The country’s Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology Said bin Hamoud Al Mawali announced the date while speaking ahead of the country’s 50th National Day on ’50 Golden Years’ radio show run by Shabiba FM.
Al Mawali said plans for Oman to join the world’s spacefaring countries had begun in 2006. He also said a key indicator for his ministry was the Sultanate’s space programme, which is to be announced in 2021.
“We have to address the role of the private sector to this effect, and establish a company to launch the first satellite in 2024,” he said. “There are practical advantages here for our national space programme, advanced technology, and artificial intelligence.”