The mission director said on Monday that the United Arab Emirates will launch its first lunar module in November.
Hamad Al-Marzouqi told The National, a newspaper linked to the state, that the “Rashid” rover, named after Dubai’s ruling family, will launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida sometime between November 9 and November 15. Announced next month, he said.
The rover will be launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and deposited on the Moon by a Japanese lander sometime in March.
“We have finished testing the rover and we are happy with the results,” Marzouki was quoted as saying. The rover is integrated with the probe and is ready for launch.
The moon mission It is part of the UAE’s broader strategy to become a major player in space exploration. If the lunar mission succeeds, the United Arab Emirates and Japan will join the ranks of only the United States, Russia and China as countries that have placed spacecraft on the lunar surface.
Already, an Emirati satellite is orbiting Mars to study the atmosphere of the red planet. The UAE has partnered with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to launch this probe, which launched into Mars orbit in February 2021.
She is expected to study Rashid’s rover The surface of the moon, Navigation on the Moon’s surface and how different surfaces interact with lunar particles. The 10-kg (22-pound) vehicle will carry two high-resolution cameras, a microscope camera, a thermal imaging camera, a probe and other equipment.
The United Arab Emirates plans to develop the most advanced commercial satellite in the Middle East to produce high-resolution satellite images. It also set an ambitious goal of building a human colony on Mars by 2117.
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