DUBAI, 28th September, 2016 (WAM) – The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) is participating in the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), one of the leading conferences and events on the international space sector calendar.

The IAC is being held from 26th to 30th September, 2016, at Expo Guadalajara in Mexico, under the slogan ‘Making space accessible and affordable to all countries’.

During its participation in this event, the centre will shed light on the developmental and strategic plans of the UAE and Dubai, including the country’s strategy for space technology to become a key economic sector in the coming years.

The centre will also showcase the UAE’s and Dubai’s achievements in technology and space, and the space projects under the umbrella of MBRSC, including the Emirates Mars Mission – Hope, KhalifaSat and DubaiSat-2, in addition to the latest and most advanced space applications, satellite imaging services, ground station services and support services for other satellites, which take the competitive edge of the UAE’s space sector to a new level.

Commenting on the centre’s participation, Yousuf Al Shaibani, Director-General of MBRSC, said, “The International Astronautical Congress serves as a perfect platform for establishing communication between decision makers in the space sector from around the world, discussing the most notable developments in the space field and considering the promising prospects in this industry.”

“MBRSC’s participation is a valuable opportunity for sharing with the world the UAE space programme, space projects, and our integrated approach aimed at achieving economic diversification and sustainable development in the country,” he added.

IAC is an annual conference organised by the International Astronautical Federation, in co-operation with the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law, since 1950.

The 67th session of this year will be hosted by the Mexican Space Agency under the theme ‘Making space accessible and affordable to all countries’, and will be attended by a wide range of senior executives in space agencies, decision makers, researchers, academics and experts in the space industry from 70 countries. The event is expected to attract over 3,500 participants this year.