Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), has approved the MBZ-SAT, the most advanced satellite in the region, for launch.

The launch is expected to take place in October this year, marking an important milestone for the UAE's space sector. The launch announcement was made during Al Maktoum's visit to the MBRSC headquarters, where he learned about the latest progress and upcoming phases of MBZ-SAT.

The Crown Prince was accompanied by the Vice President of MBRSC, Talal Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi.

"We are on the brink of a transformative era in space exploration, and the upcoming launch of MBZ-SAT marks a pivotal moment that affirms the UAE's growing influence as a significant global contributor to the field of space technology," Al Maktoum was quoted as saying by WAM.

"Guided by the vision of our wise leadership, an ambitious agenda and strengthened by strategic partnerships, the UAE's space sector is poised to extend its reach and enhance its capabilities further," he added.

Al Maktoum further said that at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, everyone is committed to advancing the UAE's space technology capacity and contributing valuable knowledge and insights that will benefit the wider region and the international community.

The Crown Prince also visited the clean room holding the MBZ-SAT and signed a plaque with the satellite's logo. The video of his visit was shared on his official X (formerly Twitter) handle.

After the successful development of MBZ-SAT, the upcoming phase will be environmental testing to make sure it can work in the harsh conditions of space. Following the environmental testing is done, the final launch preparations will start.

The satellite is scheduled to launch in October on a SpaceX rocket, strengthening the UAE's role in the global space industry and showing the country's commitment to advancing space science and technology.

"This achievement is not just a testament to our technological prowess but also a beacon of the innovative spirit that drives our nation. As we set our sights on new heights, our commitment to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in space exploration continues to grow," Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman of MBRSC, said.

Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director General of MBRSC, credited Al Maktoum's guidance for the success of the MBZ-SAT project.

In March, the UAE and the United States celebrated their growing advanced scientific and technical collaboration in the fields of human space exploration and aeronautics research.