UNOOSA and MBRSC to transfer innovations from Bahrain and Nepal into space on the PHI-1 satellite

United Arab Emirates: The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), the United Arab Emirates, and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) announced two payloads of PHI-1 missiles. Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed last year at the 72nd International Astronautical Conference (IAC) held in Dubai, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center will jointly strive to accelerate and promote innovation in the space technology sector by expanding their support and knowledge to the world.

As part of the new announcement, PHI-1 will provide a 5U slot within the 12U modular setup of the National Space Science Agency of the Kingdom of Bahrain (NSSA) and Antarctica Pratistan Nepal aboard their new projects and test them in space with the necessary assistance.

The “Aman” payload developed by a team from Bahrain will test the Enhanced Advanced Encryption Standard, which is intended to secure communication between the satellite and the ground station. While the Danfe Space Mission in Nepal will study the operation of the PX4 Autopilot, an intermediary program for drones in space, focusing on how the system behaves and operates. Both winning payloads will provide hands-on experience, knowledge and skills to the teams and contribute to capacity building in space technology.

As part of the UNOOSA “Access to Space for All” initiative, PHI-1 will facilitate the ultimate goal of ensuring that no one is left behind on the path to space exploration and sustainable development on Earth.

His Excellency Salem Humaid Al Marri, Director General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center said on this occasion: “We have made tremendous progress in the year since the initial announcement of the Payload Hosting initiative. Today we congratulate the entities that have been selected to participate in the Personal Data Hosting Initiative-1 – Mission- supports this The joint effort builds capabilities and advances space science and technology in developing countries and represents an important opportunity to innovate and showcase new technology. This really testifies to how everyone’s efforts and participation can advance in space exploration.”

Niklas Hedman, Acting Director of UNOOSA, said: “The Access to Space for All initiative has been a pioneer in building 21st century capacity in space science and technology. We are grateful for the support of our partners, thanks to which we can make a real difference to teams and organizations around the world. I am already looking forward to To see the results of the PHI program that boosts the space industry in Bahrain and Nepal.”

PHI aims as an initiative to contribute to the expansion of space activities, and to apply it to the advancement of human resource development in line with the mission and objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals.

NSSA CEO Mohammed Al-Asiri commented: “We are pleased and honored that the AMAN project has been selected by UNOOSA and MBRSC in the first round of the PHI initiative. AMAN is the first fully designed, integrated and tested Bahraini payload designed and tested by NSSA. This opportunity is unprecedented. In our quest to contribute meaningfully to the global effort towards the sustainable and peaceful use of outer space and to build national space capabilities.”

Abhas Maski, founder of Antarikchya Pratisthan Nepal said: “If Nepal is to advance as a space-faring nation, the country must seize every opportunity available to develop self-reliance, perform research and development and build capacity in space. I strongly believe that Nepal’s participation in PHI-1 will be A small step towards potential future cooperation for Vision 2050, a vision of launching our country’s first astronaut into space by 2050. Space is the new frontier, even for Nepal.”

This initiative will raise awareness of the use of the space sector as an engine of economic and social development and view it as a long-term driver of innovation and promote international cooperation on a comprehensive basis.

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About the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center was established in 2006, and its work began with five engineers who took it upon themselves to develop their capabilities and expand their knowledge in the field of space, relying on a strong will and firm determination. Since then, the center has continued its journey to be the incubator of the “Emirates National Space Programme”. The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center has undertaken the tasks of building, developing and operating a number of Earth observation satellites, providing imaging, analysis and study services, as well as producing relevant data for scientific communities and research centers around the world. Among the satellites occupied by the center are DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2. The MBRSC is also responsible for KhalifaSat, which was celebrated as the first satellite to be entirely built by Emiratis in 2018. The center recently revealed its plan to develop the new MBZ-SAT satellite, which is expected to be launched at the end of the year. 2023 to be the latest in high-resolution imaging from outer space.


The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) promotes international cooperation in the peaceful use and exploration of space, and in the use of space science and technology for sustainable economic and social development. The Office assists any Member State of the United Nations in establishing legal and regulatory frameworks to regulate space activities and enhances the ability of developing countries to use space science technology and applications for development by helping to integrate space capabilities into national development programmes.

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