Dubai, UAE: The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology (EIAST) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) to further strengthen cooperation in the fields of space technology and application.
Ahmed Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of EIAST, and Dr Somchet Thinaphong, Chairman of GISTDA, signed the agreement. The two organisations will work together on various areas including remote sensing, space sciences, satellite communications, satellite navigation, satellite technology development and application and ground infrastructure development and its utilisation.
Al Mansoori said, “The MOU with GISTDA underscores the global collaborations fostered by EIAST in knowledge sharing and building our competencies. GISTDA has strong accomplishments in the space technology sector and through our joint efforts we can leverage each other’s strengths for space technology applications that benefit people all over the world.” Dr Thinaphong said, “We are honoured to partner with EIAST, which has demonstrated its competencies in space technology and research. The MOU will help us to address key areas in space technologies through collaboration and mutual sharing of knowledge.”
As per the MOU, the cooperation will extend towards implementation of joint research and development activities; exchange of related data; participating in production, development and launch of satellites; training of scientific specialists; preparation of joint conferences; exchange of scientists and formation of technical collaborative projects.
EIAST is currently preparing to launch DubaiSat-2 and preparations have now reached the Critical Design Review (CDR) stage after completing preliminary design reviews. The second mission will be a totally new design developed by EIAST and Satrec Initiative of South Korea and it is expected to produce higher and better quality image data.