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Space Projects UAE Earth Observation Satellites- KhalifaSat

KhalifaSat is the first satellite fully manufactured in the UAE by a team of highly qualified Emirati Engineers

KhalifaSat is one the most technologically advanced remote sensing observation satellites. With five patents, this technological icon was manufactured by a team of Emirati engineers from MBRSC. It is the first satellite to be manufactured in the clean rooms at MBRSC space technology labs in Dubai. KhalifaSat will become the third UAE observation satellite to enter orbit when launched in 2018. Upon completion of its manufacturing, the satellite will be transported to Japan for launch aboard the rocket H-IIA. Once in orbit, KhalifaSat will provide high-quality detailed imagery for a variety of uses. It will send that imagery back to the ground station at MBRSC. The images will meet the needs of government organisations and private sector enterprises locally and globally.

KhalifaSat: A Source of Inspiration to Future Emirati Generations

KhalifaSat is a source of inspiration for Emirati generations because it is the first satellite to be fully manufactured in the UAE. It is considered one of the first productions of the advanced technology industry in the UAE. This satellite was designed and manufactured by a large team of qualified Emirati engineers. It represents the plans of MBRSC aimed at developing a generation of Emirati scientists and engineers who will contribute to ambitious space projects over the next decade. This project is also a reflection of MBRSC's strategy to encourage innovation and stimulate technological progress in the UAE.

KhalifaSat Services

KhalifaSat will provide high-quality detailed imagery enabling the UAE to provide competitive services all over the world in the satellite imagery sector. The images provided will be used in urban planning and management, which ensures effective optimisation of land use and realistic infrastructure proposals. Images will be used in developing detailed maps of targeted areas and monitoring major engineering and construction projects. In the field of environmental protection, KhalifaSat will monitor environmental changes locally and internationally to support global efforts exerted to preserve the environment. Therefore, KhalifaSat is expected to provide detailed imagery of the ice caps in the North and South Poles, helping to detect the effects of global warming. It will also provide detailed images of the areas that require close monitoring such as the ice caps in the North and South Poles.

Launch Date – 2018

KhalifaSat is Ready for Launch

MBRSC is looking forward to launching KhalifaSat, which is currently at its final stages of manufacturing, in 2018. It will be launched from the ground station in Japan aboard the rocket H-IIA. With the launch of KhalifaSat, the UAE will strengthen its position among the world’s leading countries in space technology manufacturing.

Mars 2117 Project

A scientific project that looks forward to a hundred years of scientific renaissance in the UAE, and to the exploration and settlement of Mars

Mars 2117 Project Objectives

The UAE's leadership has launched the Mars 2117 project in preparation of hundred years of scientific renaissance to serve as a quantum leap in civilisation. Through this project, the UAE aims to have a leading role in contributing to the development of life support systems on other planets by examining life conditions on Mars and developing the best solutions to build the first human settlement on it. The project also aims to harness scientific research to address the challenges related to food, water, and energy security on planet Earth. The project focuses on preparing Emirati generations who are passionate about scientific exploration to contribute to the human settlement of space efforts.


Mars 2117 reflects the ambition and vision of the UAE’s leadership and supports the developmental path of the UAE economy in the next century. It also confirms the keen interest of the UAE to join the global space exploration race. At the Mars 2117 launch, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced: "Space science has played a major role in improving people’s lives on Earth. It has contributed to the development of innovative solutions to many challenges that have long been regarded as impossible to address.”

The Mars 2117 project was launched during a visit by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Director General of MBRSC, to MBRSC in 2017. This visit witnessed the launch of the National Space Programme, which included Mars 2117 project along with other ambitious future projects.

The announcement of building the first science city in the UAE, consisting of laboratories for conducting zero-gravity experiments and international scientific conferences

The Mars 2117 project consists of several main pillars, including the Mars Science City, which will be built to be the largest scientific city in the UAE. The announcement of building the Mars Science City was made during the annual meetings of the UAE government held on September 26 and 27, 2017 in Abu Dhabi. The AED 500 million project will cover an area of 1.9 million square feet, making it the world's largest science space city that will simulate conditions for human settlement on the Red Planet. The domed-structure city will also stimulate the Red Planet’s terrain and harsh environment through 3D printing technology and heat and radiation insulation. "The Mars Scientific City project is yet another evidence that proves the capacity of our youth in achieving national aspirations,” said HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

A Platform for Arab and International Cooperation in Scientific Fields

The project aims at joining the efforts of Arab scientists, sharing experiences in space science with the most brilliant Arab minds and establishing a platform for Arab space scientists and experts to provide an opportunity for scientists and those working in the space sector to share experiences with younger generations. It also aims to establish a council for those interested in space colonisation, consisting of the best space scientists and experts in the space field.