A delegation from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, led by Director General, Salem Al Marri, visited Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) in Jebel Ali to explore potential collaboration in research and the use of EGA’s UAE-made aluminium in space.
The two parties discussed potential future synergies including the use of EGA metal by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre in the construction of its next spacecraft, the sharing of laboratory capabilities, high-end machinery, fabrication facilities, and material sourcing.
Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer of EGA, said: “We look forward to close cooperation with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre as the UAE’s aluminium industry contributes to our nation’s space ambitions. Aluminium is lightweight, strong, and infinitely recyclable, and has been a key material in the aerospace sector since the dawn of flight. I look forward to EGA’s UAE-made low carbon metal leaving our planet as part of UAE-made spacecraft.”
Salem Al Marri, Director General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, said: “Through EGA, the UAE has been a major global producer of aluminium, a metal essential for the exploration of space. We look forward to potential future opportunities of collaboration with EGA, and to preparing new generations of Emirati engineers, experts, and researchers on the future strategic, sustainable, and scientific achievements of the UAE’s space sector.”
EGA and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre have, earlier, worked closely together in hosting a series of webinar talks, focusing on the role of innovation in space exploration and the aluminium industry.