UNOOSA and MBRSC will bring innovations from Bahrain and Nepal into space on the PHI-1 satellite

United Arab Emirates: Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), United Arab Emirates and the United Nations Office for Space Affairs (UNOOSA) have announced two winning payloads for PHI-1. Under the memorandum of understanding signed last year at the 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) held in Dubai, UNOOSA and MBRSC together will work to accelerate and promote innovation in the space technology sector by extending their support and knowledge. in the world.

As part of the new announcement, PHI-1 will provide a 5U slot within the satellite’s 12U modular configuration to the National Space Science Agency of the Kingdom of Bahrain (NSSA) and Antarikchya Pratisthan Nepal to board their new projects and test them in the space with the necessary assistance.

The “AMAN” payload conceptualized by the Bahrain team will test an optimized advanced encryption standard, which aims to secure the communication between the satellite and the ground station. While the “Danfe Space Mission” of Nepal will study the operation of the PX4 Autopilot, a middleware for drones in space, with particular attention to the behavior and functioning of the system. Both winning payloads will provide hands-on experience, knowledge and skills to 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 of space exploration and sustainable development on Earth.

HE Salem Humaid AlMarri, General Manager of MBRSC, 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 PHI-Mission 1. . This joint effort supports capacity building and promotes space science and technology in developing countries and is an important opportunity for innovation and demonstration of new technologies. This really testifies how, with effort and participation of all, we can advance in space exploration “.

UNOOSA Interim Director Niklas Hedman said, “The Access to Space for All initiative has been groundbreaking for 21st century capacity building in space science and technology. We are grateful for the support of our partners. , thanks to which we can make a real difference for teams and institutions around the world. I look forward to seeing the results of the PHI program that promotes the space industry in Bahrain and Nepal. “

PHI as an initiative aims to contribute to the expansion of space activities and its application to advance human resource development in line with the mission and objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals.

NSSA CEO Mohamed Al-Aseeri commented: “We are delighted and honored that the” Aman “project has been selected by UNOOSA and MBRSC in the first round of the PHI initiative. Aman is regarded as Bahrain’s first fully designed, integrated payload and tested by the NSA. This opportunity is unprecedented in our quest to contribute significantly to the global effort towards sustainable and peaceful use of space and the building of national space capabilities. “

Abhas Maskey, the founder of Antarikchya Pratisthan Nepal, said: “If Nepal is to progress as a space-traveling nation, the country must seize every available opportunity to develop self-sufficiency, carry out research and development and build capacity for the space. I strongly believe that Nepal’s involvement in PHI-1 will be a small step towards the future potential collaboration for Vision 2050, a vision to launch our nation’s first astronaut into space by 2050. Space is the new limit, even for the Nepal”.

This initiative will further raise awareness of using the space sector as an engine for economic and social development and will see it as a long-term engine for innovation and strengthening international cooperation on an inclusive basis.


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Established in 2006, the Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) started with five engineers, who are committed to developing their skills and expanding their knowledge in the space field, relying on strong will and solid determination. Since then, the center has continued its journey to be the incubator of the “National Space Program of the United Arab Emirates”. The MBRSC has been tasked with building, developing and operating a series of Earth observation satellites, providing imaging services, analyzing and studying them, as well as producing relevant data for scientific communities and research centers around the world. Among the satellites operated by the center are DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2. The MBRSC is also responsible for KhalifaSat, celebrated as the first fully built satellite by the Emirates in 2018. Recently, the center revealed its plan to develop the new MBZ-SAT satellite, which is expected to launch in late 2023 and be the l latest in high resolution imaging from space.


The United Nations Office for Space Affairs (UNOOSA) works to promote international cooperation in the peaceful use and exploration of space and the use of space science and technology for sustainable economic and social development. The Office assists all UN member states in establishing legal and regulatory frameworks to govern space activities and strengthens the capacity of developing countries to use space science technology and applications for development, helping to integrate space capabilities in national development programs.


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