ABOU DHABI, July 6, 2020 (WAM) – The United Arab Emirates is progressing towards more global space achievements, since the Mars Emirates mission, “Hope Probe”, will be launched in nine days.
The Hope probe, the first Arab project to explore other planets, is a message of hope addressed to all the peoples of the region to revive the rich history of Arab and Islamic scientific achievements. It also reflects the ambitious and ongoing efforts of the United Arab Emirates to challenge the impossible.
Members of the spacecraft launch team, currently in Japan, gave a remote media interview via videoconference, during which they expressed their pride in participating in this pioneering project.
Deputy project leader of the probe development team, Sohail Al Dhafari Al Muhairi, said that more than 30 Emirati engineers of various specializations participated in the development process, and that members of the Emirati team played a leading role in the design and manufacturing process, producing and installing around sixty mechanical parts.
The Mars mission integration and testing manager for the Emirates mission, Omar Al Chehhi, explained his role within the project team, specifying that at the start of the project, he designed the ground electrical and mechanics used in the probe, and tested scientific devices and performed other tests simulating the space environment.
Thermal systems engineer Youssef Al Chehhi said their tasks were to design and manufacture the probe’s thermal insulation system, in addition to performing several tests, such as simulating the space environment.
Mechanical systems engineer Mahmoud Al Awadhi said he was responsible for designing the external structure of the probe, after receiving the requirements for the scientific equipment and the rocket, adding that his job was to power the probe in fuel, which is a six-hour process, and noting that he has performed numerous tests to make sure there are no leaks.
Mechanical system manufacturing engineer Ahmed Al Yammahi expressed his pride in being with the team in Japan and stressed that his job is to support mechanical operations and the safe transfer of the UAE probe to Japan.
The person in charge of the probe’s electrical systems, Essa Al Mehairi, said that he joined the project in 2015 and was entrusted with estimating the size of the solar panels necessary to charge the probe’s battery, saying that he had performed tests to verify the safety of the panels and evaluated all energy systems to test their performance.
Mechanical engineer Mohamed Al Amri explained that he designed the ground support mechanical equipment for the probe and that he participated in the design of scientific equipment, mechanical support equipment and other equipment that facilitates integration, as well as various electronic devices used by the probe.
He added that he participated in environmental tests and tests of solar panels to verify the ability of the probe to operate safely in space.
The director general of the UAE Space Agency, Mohamed Nasser Al Ahbabi, thanked the young Emirati employees and the project work teams.
In his statement to the UAE news agency, WAM, Al Ahbabi said: “Our youth have proven themselves worthy of representing the Emirates and have reached a stature which many people can only dream of, strengthening the position Emirates who have become a model for science, knowledge, innovation and sustainability. “
The UAE is determined to achieve its space ambitions and is just days away from the launch of the Hope for the Red Planet probe.
Translated by: Gihane Fawzi.