UAE-Russia sign agreement to promote peaceful space exploration, boost cooperation

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Intergovernmental agreement signed at Expo 2020 Dubai designed to enhance cooperation between UAE Space Agency and Roscosmos and strengthen legal order in space

Dubai, UAE:The UAE and Russia today signed an intergovernmental agreement pledging to promote the use of outer space for peaceful purposes and tighten both space agencies’ cooperation in priority areas.

Her Excellency Sarah Bint Yousef Al Amiri Minister of State for Advanced Technology and the Chairwomen of the UAE Space Agency, signed the Intergovernmental Agreement on Cooperation in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes with Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos).

Signed during the 72nd  International Astronautical Congress, the partnership will see the UAE Space Agency and Roscosmos collaborate on: manned space missions; the use of spacecraft launch services; satellite communications; space biology and medicine; new space equipment and technologies; and legal regulation of space activities.

As part of the agreement, the UAE Space Agency and Roscosmos will cooperate in assisting international efforts aimed at solving scientific, technical and international legal challenges related to exploration and the use of outer space for peaceful purposes. It will also aim to strengthen the legal order in space and further develop and harmonize international space law.

It sets out the framework for the UAE Space Agency and Roscosmos to implement joint space programs, conduct collaborative research, and exchange data, scientific and technical information. New projects could be associated with the design, manufacturing, testing, launching, controlling and maintenance of spacecraft and space systems or their components, as well as corresponding ground infrastructure.    

The UAE Space Agency is reinforcing the UAE’s position as a responsible global space stakeholder by leveraging its relationships, global presence, and space prowess to help tackle global challenges.