MBRSC Space Programme Activities

Eng. Adnan M. Al Rais

Eng. Adnan M. Al Rais
Manager, Business Development and External Relations, Deputy Project Manager of UAE Mars Mission, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)





Having successfully launched both DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2 in 2009 and 2013 respectively, MBRSC has embarked upon the next phase of its journey. We are now also working on KhalifaSat, scheduled for launch in 2018, when it will become the most advanced satellite the UAE has launched thus far.

The Emirates Mars Mission is also underway, and will see the launch of the historic Hope Probe in 2020, on the 50th anniversary of the union of the emirates. The probe will carry the hopes and dreams of the Arab world as it travels to Red Planet on a voyage of discovery. Through this project, the UAE will provide an enormous amount of scientific information and data, and will share this with research centres and universities from around the world, thus contributing to the support of scientific knowledge worldwide.

In my presentation, I will go through our current space programme activities and introduce our ambitious plans for the future.


Adnan and his team are responsible for the development, design and implementation of the ground segment of the Emirates Mars Mission and also other future deep space missions undertaken by Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre. In addition, Adnan is responsible for the commercialization of MBRSC projects, specifically on the commercialization of DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2 imaging products and services. Adnan was part of the team that built the UAEs first ground station at the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology (EIAST) in 2007 and also worked with the team building the ground segment of the DubaiSat satellite series, introducing commercial ground support services and antenna hosting services at EIAST's Ground Station in Dubai.

Adnan has published and presented a number of papers in the areas of remote sensing and satellite image applications. He holds a Bachelor's in Computer Engineering from Khalifa University, Sharjah..

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Important Dates

Submission of abstracts: 30 September 2015

Notification of acceptance: 15 October 2015

Full papers submission: 31 October 2015

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Early bird registration extended to: 31 October 2015

Registration Deadline: 30 November 2015

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Nov 13, 2015