Published by Everett Taylor on May 11, 2017

The UAE is Going to Mars with the Hope Spacecraft

Hope Spacecraft

In July 2020, the Hope spacecraft is projected to begin its journey into Mars’ orbit. It will be supervised by an Emirati team divided into 7 groups. This anchor project for a new space technology industry will leave Earth during a brief launch window, or risk missing the chance of taking off.

According to UAE ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba (, the UAE’s Mars Mission “…is a signpost for future generations–both in the UAE and across the region – that says anything is possible.”

Earth and Mars only align at their closest point every two years. Therefore, the rocket from which the probe will gain its momentum must be launched using accurate calculations. The spacecraft is to go up in a cone rocket. From here, it will open up to expose its sun-powered batteries which will supply power to the entire device. It is fittingly called Hope — for the confidence of the UAE and the ambition to make profound achievements and to discover new possibilities.

Hope’s Aspirations for the UAE and the Nation

Plenty depends upon Hope’s success; it is expected to send back 1,000 gigabytes of new data from the red planet. This data will help to uncover how atmospheres work, and how to efficiently ask and answer questions about our own atmosphere on Earth.

Hope will be Mars’ first weather satellite. It will use weather mapping to understand climate tracking and assist in our understanding of the relationship between surface weather and the upper atmosphere. Also, it will build a model of daily and seasonal cycles on Mars.

What Is to be Said?

There is much optimism in this development of aerospace technologies. Professor Bruce Jakosky, a significant team member of the MAVEN probe currently orbiting Mars, commended the UAE for their endeavors. Jakosky noted that Mars missions have a high failure rate in comparison to others. He was “impressed by the UAE for picking a difficult mission rather than taking the easiest thing to do”.

Former astronaut Don Thomas showed his support of the UAE also. Thomas says the UAE “achieves whatever it sets its eyes on.” In addition to this production, Thomas supports larger plans the UAE has for Mars, like the plan to build a mini city within a century. Thomas considers it “achievable”, stating that they may be able to reach their goal “sooner than expected”.