A host of internationally renowned space experts from the US, Europe and the UAE will descend on
Abu Dhabi this month for the inaugural Global Space Technology Forum.
The forum, which is the first event of its kind in the Middle East, and takes place from 16-18 November at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition
Centre, has attracted the space industry’s top government and private sector figures to join the three day conference programme, and will be
opened by His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research,
Over thirty high calibre speakers will address a wide range of topics including new space technology and commercial markets, research and
development, environment, energy and climate, regional space policy and strategies, defence and security.
On the opening day of the conference, Sir Martin Sweeting, Chairman, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. will deliver a keynote address on the
international benefits of national satellites. Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman and CEO, Arianespace will share his thoughts on gaining access to
CEO and Founder of Space Adventures, Eric Anderson, will outline the importance of space exploration and research, and will be joined in the
same session by Yamin Mustafa, Managing Director, Marsh Limited who will talk about transferring risks for space missions.
The second day of the conference will commence with a keynote address by Professor Dr. Orhan Altan, President of ISPRS, followed by a
speech by Dr Majed Al Mansoori - Secretary General of the Environmental Agency – Abu Dhabi on space technology for environment monitoring
and emergency response.
President of the International Space University, Dr Michael Simpson, will discuss niche opportunities for space entrepreneurs and Major Dr.
Mohammed Alahbabi of the UAE Armed Forces will highlight the UAE’s Yahsat Satellite program and its advantages in times of disaster or crisis.
H.E. Ahmed Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology, UAE will provide a vision for
the space sector in the UAE on the third day of the conference and Dr Burton Lee, Principal of Space Angels Network, Silicon Valley, US will give
a keynote address on financing early stage space adventures.
Organised by Streamline Marketing Group and sponsored by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, Space Adventures, Marsh Limited and
Arianespace, the Global Space Technology Forum will draw senior representatives from space agencies and national space
programmes, government officials, policy makers, entrepreneurs, investors and scientists, in addition to aviation and aerospace representatives.
The Global Space Technology Exhibition will run alongside the conference, providing a unique opportunity for worldwide space industry
organisations to highlight their products, services, technologies and capabilities.
This year’s exhibitor line up includes the UAE Space Reconnaissance Centre, Virgin Galactic, Thales Alenia Space, Geo Eye, International Space
University, Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, LSE Space Middle East and Global Scan
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