UAE's Sarah Bint Yousef Al Amiri (R) signing the agreement with Russia's Dmitry Rogozin Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: The UAE and Russia on Tuesday signed an agreement to promote the use of outer space for peaceful purposes and boost their space agencies’ cooperation in priority areas.

Sarah Bint Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology and Chairwoman of UAE Space Agency, signed the ‘Intergovernmental Agreement on Cooperation in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes’ with Dmitry Rogozin, Director-General of Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos).

Key areas

Signed during the ‘72nd International Astronautical Congress’ held in Dubai, the partnership will see UAE Space Agency and Roscosmos collaborate on manned space missions; the use of spacecraft launch services; satellite communications; space biology and medicine; new space equipment and technologies; and legal regulation of space activities.

As part of the agreement, the UAE Space Agency and Roscosmos will cooperate in assisting international efforts aimed at solving scientific, technical and international legal challenges related to exploration and the use of outer space for peaceful purposes. It will also aim to strengthen the legal order in space and further develop and harmonise international space law.

Joint programmes

It sets out the framework for the UAE Space Agency and Roscosmos to implement joint space programmes, conduct collaborative research, and exchange data, scientific and technical information. New projects could be associated with the design, manufacturing, testing, launching, controlling and maintenance of spacecraft and space systems or their components, as well as corresponding ground infrastructure.