Dubai’s ‘Hope Mars Probe’ – Plans Human Settlement on Mars
In continuance to our insights based article regarding Settlements and Humans living on Mars, here’s news to be reckoned with.
After Dubai Sat -1 and Dubai Sat -2, the UAE state launched the much-hyped ‘KhalifaSat’ satellite into orbit in 2013. Its initial mission was that of an observatory satellite in sun-synchronous orbit with very high tech cameras and climate and terrain monitoring of Earth.
Five years from its launch today, ‘KhalifaSat’ has collected enough data and is now no more in partnership with South Korea making the project solely an Arab satellite and endeavor in space. Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center in Dubai now with its 200 employees looks after all aspects of the mission.
The UAE state has planned a far ambitious mission now. The UAE state of Dubai is aiming to be the first ever Arab mission to send a probe to mars with a massive craft and payload for which it would need help in projecting and carrying to Mars. It can well do with its new space-craft developed at Mohammed Bin Rashid Center. To carry the payload, however, Mitsubishi (MSBHY) or Musk’s SpaceX will be of support to the project.
HOPE MARS PROBE as the spacecraft is named is set to launch and go in Mars’ orbit by 2020 and begin an orbiting by 2021 in synchronization with the 50th anniversary of Dubai state. A Happy moment indeed.
Like the ‘KhalifaSat’, ‘Hope Mars Probe’ will gather information data and details of Mars’ terrain and all required climatic conditions making a fully workable plan of how to settle humans on Mars by 2117. “We want to create our own missions and develop our own satellites,” said Salem Humaid AlMarri, Assistant Director-General for Science and Technology at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center in Dubai. He also added, “that they would want to make the information public to masses and share their learnings along the way”.
The Hope Mars Probe of Dubai may seem ambitious but with already more than $51 billion invested in the space missions, the UAE state may well become one of the pioneers to settle humans on Mars after a full report and findings mission to the said planet. And once that data is at hand. Partnerships may take this project a very long way.
It now seems possible with the money pouring in and plans becoming rather serious for us to be on Mars in the next 99 years as Dubai plans it in form of habitable cities on the Red Planet.
Dubai space center, at present, is in talks with NASA, Russia’s Roscosmos, European Space Agency and Private sector where training is concerned for its other space-crafts in the pipeline.