UAE's Hope Probe: Everything you need to know

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As the UAE gears up for the historic launch of the Hope Probe on July 15, we've put together everything you need to know about the Emirates Mars Mission.

  • The mission was announced in 2014 following a feasibility study in 2013
  • It is the first uncrewed, interplanetary satellite spearheaded by the UAE
  • The Probe's name is "Al-Amal" - Arabic for "hope" - sending a message of optimism to millions of young Arabs
  • The team of Emirati youth includes 150 engineers and researchers
  • Women make up 34 per cent of the team
  • The control room is located in Al Khawaneej
  • A team of Emirati cadres are at the Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan ahead of the launch on July 15 at 00:51:27 UAE time
  • The countdown will be in Arabic for the first time in history
  • The launch window will run between July 15 and August 3 based on scientific calculations of the Earth and Mars orbit
  • The Probe will be propelled into space at a speed of 39,600 kmph when it blasts of
  • It consists of a compact, hexagonal-section spacecraft, built from aluminium and weighs approximately 1,500 kg and measures 2.37 metres wide and 2.9 metres tall.
  • About an hour after the launch, the Probe will separate from the launch rocket and begin the seven-month journey towards the Red Planet using a propulsion system
  • The Hope Probe is anticipated to enter Mars orbit in February 2021, coinciding with the UAE's Golden Jubilee celebrations to mark the historic union of the Emirates
  • It will provide a complete picture of the Martian atmosphere and its relationship to atmospheric erosion 
  • The cost of the probe is estimated at $200 million

 

 

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