The Emirates were filled with joy and pride when the United Arab Emirates made history on Monday by successfully launching the “Al Amal” spacecraft to Mars from a Japanese launch center, marking the media as the world’s first interplanetary mission Arabic. The Al Amal, or Hope Probe, weighing 1.3 tonnes, was launched from the H-2A rocket from the remote Tanegashima space port in Japan at 1.58 am local time.
The spacecraft’s telecommunications system was set up and issued its first signal after it was successfully disconnected from the launch vehicle and the solar panels deployed with clock accuracy an hour after launch, confirmed Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Launch Services, the launch operator. The signals were received by the Mission Control team in Al Khawaneej, Dubai, the Khaleej Times reported. The solar panels will charge the spacecraft’s batteries for its 495 million kilometer journey to Mars, he said.
Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Digital Economy, Artificial Intelligence and Remote Work System, said that COVID-19 is the “biggest” obstacle that the Emirates Mars Mission team needs to overcome. “The team had to work backwards to ensure that everything arrived in Japan before the launch period, so that COVID-19 and the closure of the borders would not affect the launch and the mission itself,” said Al Olama in the report.
The Dh735 million (US $ 200 million) project, the first interplanetary mission by an Arab nation, took six years to be completed by a team of 135 engineers, scientists and researchers from the Emirates. Hope’s arrival in February 2021 coincides with the 50th anniversary of the formation of the United Arab Emirates. Gulf News said the spacecraft will reach Mars orbit in about 200 days and begin its mission to study the atmosphere of the Red Planet.
Thanks to good planning and “countless sleepless nights,” Hope is now on her way to Mars, said the minister, praising the contributions of team members. “It’s like a triple race to Mars this year and the UAE is about to be the first country to reach Mars before the US and China,” said Gulf Commissioner Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, president of the Emirates Space Agency. United Arabs. News.
Most Mars missions revolve around a single local time that allows the atmosphere to be measured just one hour a day, but the Hope Probe will circle Mars during the Martian year, which is equivalent to almost two Earth years, according to the report . Dubai’s ground control room burst with joy after its successful launch.
“As citizens and residents, we are proud to be part of this visionary and innovative era of growth in the UAE. This will undoubtedly open a new chapter in the glorious history of the United Arab Emirates, where new frontiers in space will be explored, ”said an emirate of Mustafa Al Husseiny by the Khaleej Times. Al Husseiny, general manager of Golden Loaf, said he is particularly looking forward to the countdown of the launch in Arabic.
“It is a matter of honor that, for the first time in history, Arabic numerals have been used for this countdown,” he said. Shaneer Nusrat Siddiqui, former project coordinator at the Al Thuraya Astronomy Center, said: “With the United Arab Emirates moving towards space science, the country will become an important player in the space industry in the coming years. Especially from the point of view of education, commerce and business, it is an entirely new industry and, certainly, the United Arab Emirates will have a leading role in this industry. “This Hope mission will be a nudge with space-related technology,” said Siddiquie in the Khaleej Times report.