Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA) has announced that, through a partnership with Gulf Extrusions and the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), EGA’s CelestiAL solar aluminum will be sent into space.
Metal from EGA has been formed at Jebel Ali as part of MBRSC’s MBZ-SAT, the most advanced commercial satellite for high-resolution satellite imagery in the region, due for launch in 2024.
The partnership is a milestone in the space sector for Make it in the Emirates, supporting the UAE’s 300 billion action plan to more than double the size of its industrial sector by 2031, and the UAE’s aim to become a leader in space exploration.
Made in UAE Parts
The first fully UAE-made components have been delivered to the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center in Al Khawaneej, Dubai.
Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, said: “At MBRSC, our mission is not only to explore the vast potential of space, but also to drive the diversification of the UAE economy. We recognize that joining forces with different partners to leverage their Great value for unique expertise and capabilities.
“Through strategic partnerships with innovative entities such as Emirates Global Aluminum and Gulf Extrusions, we are able to broaden the horizons of the UAE’s aerospace sector. Together, we will aim to push the boundaries of innovation and advance the growth of this important industry.”
beyond the sky
Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Global Aluminum, said: “At EGA we have been manufacturing in the UAE since 1979. We are now proud to supply CelestiAL Solar Aluminum and Gulf Extrusions to another UAE champion, which will represent us with The country of the UAE goes beyond the skies. Aluminum is an essential material for modern life, including space travel, and the UAE’s production of aluminum through EGA is a global contribution to human progress.”
Omar Shegem, CEO of Gulf Extrusions, said: “Our parts are manufactured in the UAE from EGA’s aluminum and have been used in everything from cars to skyscrapers around the world. We are now honored that our work will be – Part of the SAT leaving Earth’s atmosphere for the first time. Together we succeed in the UAE for the world and beyond.”
MBRSC has always been committed to advancing space science, technology and exploration and plays a pivotal role in the UAE’s space ambitions. The center’s main activities include the UAE Satellite Programme, the UAE Astronaut Programme, the UAE Mars Mission and the Mars 2117 program including the UAE Moon Mission and Space Adventures. Recognizing the importance of collaboration, MBRSC actively forges partnerships with private entities to foster innovation and advance the space sector.
Since the first satellite was launched in 1957, aluminum has been a staple material in space exploration for its light weight, strength and corrosion resistance.
Last year, EGA hosted Emirati astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori for a virtual discussion with staff on the use of aluminum in space. — trade arab news agency