Pan-Arab Space Agency
The agency has been pushed for by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2008. It would be a civilian project (like the ESA). Dr Omar al Emam, of the Arab Science and Technology Foundation, said an agency for the Middle East and –North Africa already had unofficial support from some governments and hoped that a regional organisation for disseminating satellite images could form an early foundation. The agency could monitor security and environmental changes with equatorial satellites. It wouldn't develop its own launch capability though as that is commercially available.
A regional agency would reduce the cost of putting satellites into orbit and pool talent and research. Plans were submitted to the region's governments and pushed for at the Global Space Technology Forum in December 2009. The UAE had already launched a satellite and established an Earth Observation Space Center in Abu Dhabi.
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- UAE develops space industry, itweb 15 Apr 2009
- UAE pioneering pan Arab space agency, The Hindu 17 April 2009
- Abu Dhabi Forum Could Boost Plans for Pan-Arab Space Agency, Khaleej Times 5 December 2009