Saudi plans to unveil partnerships in space sector

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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The Saudi Space Commission’s (SCC) chairman, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said that the agency is preparing to announce a series of preparatory collaborations to further advance the position of the Kingdom in the space sector.

According to the reports, if an integrated project is completed, it will be submitted for approval and implementation to the Saudi government.

The announcement was made at the signing ceremony between the commission and the Local Content and Government Procurement Authority (LCGPA).

Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

“This agreement comes within the partnership and integration methodology adopted between government agencies to enable the space sector to fulfill the directives of King Salman to establish a space-linked integrated industry, which has become a promising sector with economic contributions. The joint agreement will open new horizons for development in scientific research and innovation in the space industry, depending on local capabilities, particularly youth.”

As per the reports, the agency has planned to invest $2.13 million (SR8 million) for the Kingdom space program as part of its Vision 2030 reform program.

Recently, SSC signed an executive program agreement with the International Space University to strengthen cooperation in training and empowering young Saudi men and women in space sciences and improve their research, development, and innovation efforts through academic experience exchange.

Saudi Space Commission (SCC)

The SSC is a Saudi independent government entity founded in late 2018 by a royal decree to promote research and industrial activities related to space. This agency is responsible for all matters relevant to space operations and, also promotes research and industrial activities related to space.