Emirates Youth Councils View Their Scientific Aspirations in Rashid bin Humaid Council, KhalifaSat and Mars Exploration Convey Emirates Youth Message into Space

Ajman, May 23, 2019

Rashid bin Humaid’s Ramadan Council hosted Emirates Youth Councils members, in the presence of HH Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, a group of youth leaders and youth influencers.

The council fourth session discussed “Emirates and Space” in a lecture titled “Why Mars?”, presented by Omran Sharaf, Project Director for Emirates Mars Mission. The session was hosted by Marwan Alshehhi, Ajman Youth Council member, who praised the efforts of HH Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi to enable youth and include them in Ramadan Council in order to give them the opportunity to engage in discussions that concern their generation.

Omran Sharaf, who manages Emirates Mars Mission- Hope Probe in Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, talked about the importance of Science and Advanced Technology sector and the goals of the Space Program in UAE. He also mentioned details of Emirates Mars Mission and why Mars in particular.

He also spoke about the beginning that started with the state establishing cadres in the fields of electricity, electronics, physics and other scientific fields. Then gathering these Emirati expertise together in an environment that promotes capacity development and nurtured by an atmosphere of scientific passion and patriotism that strives to give Emirati authenticity to our aerospace projects.

He explained to the audience how the Emirati contribution increased from 30% in Dubai Sat-1, which was a great learning experience, to 50% in Dubai Sat-2. He also highlighted the Emirati contribution in the making of main parts of the satellites.

At the end of the lecture, the audience asked questions in many subjects including how to prepare Emirati children to learn future skills in order to become scientists of the future.

Omran Sharaf, who leads the Emirates Mars Mission- Hope Probe in Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, has also led the team assigned to prepare the preliminary vision of the project, contributed in designing and developing Dubai Sat-1 and Dubai Sat-2 and contributed in developing the control systems of the satellites and ground station in Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre. In addition to setting the vision for UAE Space Agency, supporting strategic initiatives for the peaceful use of outer space and contributing in the development of the preliminary stages of KhalifaSat. Furthermore, he has worked on creating Electronic and Electrical Systems team, Projects Management Department, Space Images Processing & Analysis Department and Tech Programs Development Department in Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). Omran holds a Masters of Science in Science & Technology Policy in 2013 from KAIST and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering in 2005 from the University of Virginia. He is also a graduate of Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Leadership Development (MBRCLD).



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