NASA partners with UAE on Lunar Gateway construction – DNyuz

NASA partners with UAE on Lunar Gateway construction

NASA is tapping the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to help with the ongoing construction of the Lunar Gateway. Set to act as an ever-moving station in orbit around our planet’s satellite, the UAE has now been tapped to design the airlock module on the Lunar Gateway.

This move further solidifies the partnership between NASA and its international partners, including the AUE. The agency shared the news that the UAE will contribute to constructing the Crew and Science Airlock for Gateway earlier this week.

This module’s construction is crucial because it allows the Lunar Gateway crew to conduct spacewalks while they retrieve and install external payloads. No exact date has been shared for the module’s construction, but the crown prince of Dubai said in a social media post that they are targeting 2030 for the project’s completion.

We congratulate our leadership, our people, and the Arab world as the UAE joins the development of the Gateway Lunar Space Station, alongside the USA, Japan, Canada, and the European Union. This project stands out as one of the most significant international endeavours in space…

— Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) January 7, 2024

On top of solidifying NASA’s international partnerships, this project will also guarantee the UAE a spot on a future Artemis mission, allowing one of their astronauts to travel to the moon aboard the historic missions that kicked off last year with Artemis I.

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The Lunar Gateway’s construction will see the station being built in a rectilinear halo orbit around the moon, where it will support landings at the lunar south polar region. These landings will be part of future Artemis missions and attempts by NASA and others to set up long-term bases on the Moon.

It’s really great to see NASA expanding its international partnerships, and the UAE has done some really great things with its space agency in the past year. Most of the UAE missions are not well known because the agency is small. With partnerships like this, though, we’ll likely see even more from the UAE going forward.

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