71st International Astronautical Congress to take place in Dubai
Earlier this month, the International Astronautical Federation and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) signed a contract to host 71st International Astronautical Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from Oct. 12-16, 2020.
This is the first time an Arab and Muslim country is set to host the conference, which was established in 1950. According to MBRSC, it will host the IAC in coordination with the UAE Space Agency.
“The year 2020 is a year of symbolic significance for the United Arab Emirates, where the holding of the conference will be preceded by the launching of the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM)—Hope mission into space,” said Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, director general of MBRSC, in a press release. “This mission confirms the strong presence of the UAE in the field of space globally. We have entered the sector strongly with sustainable programmes including the EMM, the National Astronaut Programme, The Integrated Satellite Manufacturing Programme and Mars 2117 Programme.”
In a statement on the Feb. 11 signing, the International Astronautical Federation said it is proud to have the MBRSC host the conference because of the “substantial investments done in the Arab region” regarding space activities and the creation of space-related organizations.
According to the organization’s announcement: “The Federation looks forward to welcoming many more Arabic members in the years to come and surely hopes the IAC2020 will work as a catalyst in this respect.”
Derek Richardson has a degree in mass media, with an emphasis in contemporary journalism, from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. While at Washburn, he was the managing editor of the student run newspaper, the Washburn Review. He also has a blog about the International Space Station, called Orbital Velocity. He met with members of the SpaceFlight Insider team during the flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket with the MUOS-4 satellite. Richardson joined our team shortly thereafter. His passion for space ignited when he watched Space Shuttle Discovery launch into space Oct. 29, 1998. Today, this fervor has accelerated toward orbit and shows no signs of slowing down. After dabbling in math and engineering courses in college, he soon realized his true calling was communicating to others about space. Since joining SpaceFlight Insider in 2015, Richardson has worked to increase the quality of our content, eventually becoming our managing editor. @TheSpaceWriter