The goals of United Arab Emirates are setting up a settlement on Mars by 2117 and building a Mars orbiter.
The 2117 project was unveiled at the 5th World Government Summit by the UAE vice president Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
“The landing of people on other planets has been a longtime dream for humans. Our aim is that the UAE will spearhead international efforts to make this dream a reality,” said Al Maktoum.
The beginning phase of the project according to the Government of Dubai Media Office website is to develop the skills and technology needed to sent people to Mars.
The project also want to make a international consortium along with Emirates scientists to speed up the research project.
“The project will start with an Emiratis scientific team and will be extended to include international scientists and researchers, in addition to streamline the human efforts in term of exploring and settlement of the Red Planet.”- from the website.
The project also focused on how to develop faster methods of transportation to and from the Red Planet, and also on how life there will be sustained in terms of food,energy supplies and transport.
A plan on the website shows how Emiratis engineers, scientists and researchers, have sketched out the first human city on Mars. It will be build by robots.
This plan highlighted how expected life on Mars will be in terms of transport, food, energy and the building of the human settlement.
Mars “Hope” orbiter
UAE engineers are currently building the Mars “Hope” orbiter, the first object to be sent from UAE to the Red planet. It will be launched in 2020 using Japan’s H-2A booster.
The orbiter arrival is going to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the creation of UAE. It’s going to gather data about current and ancient Mars climate.
The first operations of this craft are scheduled to mid 2021 and its mission is expected to last 2 years, with a possibility of another 2 year extension.
“The Hope mission to Mars is on track and on time.” said Mohammed Al Ahbabi, director general of UAE Space Agency.