Dubai: The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology (EIAST) was voted into the International Astronautical Federation during its General Assembly in Naples, Italy, on October 1, 2012.
The International Astronautical Federation is the world’s leading space advocacy organisation with 226 members in 59 countries, including all leading agencies, space companies, societies, associations and institutes worldwide. Meetings of the General Assemblies, the governing body of the International Astronautical Federation, are held during the annual International Astronautical Congress.
“This is a proud moment for EIAST which has been working to position Dubai and the UAE as a science and technology development hub among advanced nations. EIAST’s entry into the IAF is in recognition of its contributions to space technology and the regional and global applications of its services,” said Ahmad Obaid Almansoori.
“This milestone will encourage us to further promote the culture of advanced scientific research and technology innovation in the Dubai and the UAE. We will continue to focus on our core goals while working with the global community for the welfare of humanity,” added Almansoori.
EIAST’s first satellite mission, DubaiSat-1, has made lasting contributions not only to the region”s overall social and economic development but also to the benefit of humanity globally. Following the successful launch of this project in 2009, in a joint effort with South Korea’s Satrec Initiative, EIAST is now focused on its second mission, DubaiSat-2.