It appears like a concern of galactic proportions.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) says that despite its space agency only being 3 years old, it remains on the right track to launch a probe to Mars by 2020.
The Expectation probe would touch down on the red planet by 2021, in time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of when seven emirates came together to form the UAE.
Speaking by the Dubai Airshow Tuesday, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, Mohammed Al Ahbabi stated the initial ever Arabic and Islamic space mission was intended to educate and inspire.
“We have national objectives to inspire young persons and provide confidence in our people, to display it’s possible,” Al Ahbabi said.
“But also to synergy with the international science community and gain from a technology transfer.”
The director general said that despite political difficulties in the region the program remains promptly and within budget.
Once launched the probe would travel and leisure about 40 million miles above nine weeks before touching right down to study the Martian atmosphere and climate.
The UAE space agency, which backs the mission, was formed in July 2014 and has secured a reported $5.2 billion in public and private support.
Al Ahbabi said the UAE was dealing with the support of more than 20 space organizations all over the world and he predicted that the sole three outstanding organizations would come on board next year.
“So many persons are coming to the UAE to express admiration for what we are trying to do,” he said.
The Middle East is viewed as an excellent location for a launch pad as it enjoys slight weather, has open desert spaces and being near the equator, requires less thrust to get missiles into orbit.
Al Ahbabi added that the UAE space course would support resurrect a misplaced Arabic trait of understanding the galaxy.
“This region, 600 or 700 years ago was the base of astronomy. Two-thirds of the superstars that we can see with this naked eyes include Arabic or Islamic labels,” he said.
“Unfortunately there was decline however now through this big job you want to send a note to the persons that it is still possible to review space.”