Apollo 15 Command Module pilot Colonel Al Worden has been named as one of the speakers at the inaugural Space Conference, part of the Dubai Airshow in November.
George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic, Dr Mohammed Al Ahbabi, director general of the UAE Space Agency and Omran Sharaf, project manager, Emirates Mars Mission, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) will also speak at the event on November 13-14.
The conference comes as the region is at an exciting point in its advancement within the space sector – with many countries acquiring and developing their own satellites, building their next generation of engineers and embracing technological advancements both in industry and on a personal level.
In addition, the UAE’s investments in space technologies have already exceeded AED20 billion ($5.4 billion) while its ambitions include the Mission to Mars Hope mission planned for 2021.
“I am excited to attend the Dubai Airshow for the first time, to see first-hand how the UAE’s vision for leadership in aerospace and aviation supports this world-class event, and to see how the event creates excitement and support around the world for the UAE’s vision,” said Worden.
“I am especially honoured to be invited to participate in the show’s Space Pavilion Conference as an advocate for STEM education. For explorers of all ages, on earth and across the universe, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are the most vital tools of the trade.”
The Space Conference at the Dubai Airshow is accompanied by a dedicated pavilion within the exhibition hall, where relevant companies including the UAE Space Agency, Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES) and ISS Reshetnev will be exhibiting.
“The addition of the Space Conference and Pavilion is one of the new features for 2017 that is ensuring the Dubai Airshow continues to represent all sectors of the aerospace industry,” said Michele van Akelijen, managing director of show organisers Tarsus F&E Middle East.
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