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Bahrain launches National Space Science Agency

Bahrain: Bahrain's National Space Science Agency recently held its inaugural meeting on April 9 to draft regulatory frameworks and determine next steps in its bid to advance the discipline in the kingdom.

In February 2014, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa had issued a decree to establish a first-of-its-type national authority for aerospace sciences.The new agency seeks to establish sound infrastructure for the observation of outer space and the earth, make Bahrain a leader in space science and technology, build a culture and methodology of scientific research within the kingdom and encourage technical innovation, among other goals.

The new agency is interested in satellites to obtain data, to use them for remote sensing, and to conduct advanced space research, so it can be the engine for the state in the use of the latest satellite communication technologies. Experts believe that Bahrain can benefit from the experiences of states such as Algeria, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India, Singapore, Pakistan, Japan and others, which has a long history in space science.

Source: al-shorfa