UAE Space Agency inks deal to set up meteor monitoring network

Monitoring stations will be established in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region as part of partnership with Int'l Astronomy Centre
UAE Space Agency inks deal to set up meteor monitoring network
A multiple exposure picture shows a Perseids meteor shower in the sky. (AFP/Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Sat 14 Nov 2015 10:34 AM

The UAE Space Agency has announced a deal with the International Astronomy Centre to set up a meteor monitoring and filming network, which will include a number of stations in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region.

The Agency said that the joint project will provide substantial astronomical reports and data around meteor and satellite movements in space, including determining and tracking their coordinates.

As part of the agreement, at least three monitoring stations will be built by next year with the exact locations of each to be confirmed.

Each station will contain special technology dedicated to space monitoring and there will be command and control centres set up that will receive information and analysis including mechanisms for the presentation of results.

The agreement states that the UAE Space Agency will be the representative for the UAE Government with regards to issues of funding and supervision of the project, which was proposed by the International Astronomy Centre in Abu Dhabi.

Both parties hope that, through this agreement, the project will help raise awareness on space matters and meteor monitoring amongst students and citizens. 

The agreement was signed by Dr Khalifa Al Rumaithi, chairman of the UAE Space Agency and Khalfan Al Nuaimi, general manager of the International Astronomy Centre in Abu Dhabi.

The agreement also provided for the establishment of a special website dedicated to the stations space monitoring stations. It will allow observers to see the pictures and scientific results arising from the project.

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