UNOOSA and MBRSC will carry innovations from Bahrain and Nepal to space on the PHI-1 satellite

UNOOSA and MBRSC will carry innovations from Bahrain and Nepal to space on the PHI-1 satellite

UAE: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), United Arab Emirates, and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) have announced two winning payloads for PHI-1. Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed last year at the 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Dubai, UNOOSA and MBRSC will work together to accelerate and foster the innovation in the space technology sector by extending their support and knowledge to the whole world.

Under this new announcement, PHI-1 will provide a 5U slot in the satellite’s 12U modular configuration to the National Space Science Agency of the Kingdom of Bahrain (NSSA) and Antarikchya Pratisthan Nepal to integrate their new projects and test them. in space with the necessary assistance.

The “AMAN” payload conceptualized by the Bahrain team will test an optimized Advanced Encryption Standard, which aims to secure the communication between the satellite and the ground station. While the “Danfe Space Mission” of Nepal will study the operation of the PX4 autopilot, a middleware for drones in space, with emphasis on the behavior and operation of the system. The two winning payloads will bring hands-on experience, knowledge and skills to teams and contribute to capacity building in space technology.

As part of the UNOOSA “Access to Space for All” initiative, PHI-1 will facilitate the ultimate goal of ensuring that no one is left behind on the path to space exploration and sustainable development on Earth.

HE Salem Humaid AlMarri, Managing Director of MBRSC, said: “We have made tremendous progress over the year since the initial announcement of the payload hosting initiative. Today, we congratulate the entities that have been selected to participate in IHP-1. This joint effort supports capacity building and promotes space science and technology in developing countries and provides an important opportunity for innovation and demonstration of new technologies. It’s really a testament to how, with everyone’s efforts and participation, we can make progress in space exploration.”

UNOOSA Acting Director Niklas Hedman said, “The Access to Space for All initiative has been groundbreaking for building 21st century capacity in space science and technology. We are grateful for the support of our partners, through whom we can make a real difference for teams and institutions around the world. I am already looking forward to seeing the results of the PHI program which is boosting the space industry in Bahrain and Nepal.

PHI as an initiative aims to contribute to the expansion of space activities and its application to advance the development of human resources in accordance with the mission and objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals.

NSSA CEO Mohamed Al-Aseeri said, “We are delighted and honored that the ‘Aman’ project has been selected by UNOOSA and MBRSC in the first round of the PHI initiative. Aman is considered the first Bahraini payload fully designed, integrated and tested by the NSSA. This opportunity is unprecedented in our quest to contribute significantly to the global effort towards the sustainable and peaceful use of outer space and the building of national space capabilities.

Abhas Maskey, Founder of Antarikchya Pratisthan Nepal said, “If Nepal is to progress as a space nation, the country must seize all available opportunities to develop self-reliance, conduct R&D and build capacity for space. . I strongly believe that Nepal’s involvement in PHI-1 will be a small step towards potential future collaboration for Vision 2050, a vision to launch our country’s first astronaut into space by 2050. Space is the new limit, even for Nepal.

This initiative will raise awareness of the use of the space sector as an engine for economic and social development and will see it as a long-term driver for innovation and strengthening international cooperation on an inclusive basis.


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Established in 2006, the Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) began with five engineers, who took it upon themselves to develop their capabilities and expand their knowledge in the field of space, based on a will and strong determination. Since then, the center has continued its journey to become the incubator of the “UAE National Space Program”. The MBRSC undertook to build, develop and operate a number of Earth observation satellites, to provide imagery services, to analyze and study them, as well as to produce data relevant to the scientific communities and research centers around the world. Among the satellites operated by the center are DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2. The MBRSC is also responsible for KhalifaSat, celebrated as the first fully Emirati-built satellite in 2018. Recently, the center unveiled its development plan for the new MBZ-SAT satellite, which is expected to be launched in late 2023 and be the latest in the field of high-resolution imagery from space.


The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) works to promote international cooperation in the peaceful use and exploration of outer space, and in the use of space science and technology for sustainable economic and social development. . The Office assists all United Nations Member States in establishing legal and regulatory frameworks to govern space activities and builds the capacity of developing countries to use space science technologies and applications for development by helping to integrate capabilities space in national development programs.

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