Saudi Space Agency strikes MoU with US firm Sierra Space

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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SSA-Sierra Space Partnership
Officials during the meeting.

The Saudi Space Agency (SSA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sierra Space, a US leading company in the field of space technologies, to exchange knowledge, skills, and experiences and develop national capabilities and competencies in the space sector and its technologies.

The MoU affirms the Agency’s commitment to expanding its global partnerships in the area of space, according to the statement.

The deal was signed by SSA CEO Dr. Mohammed bin Saud Al-Tamimi, and Sierra Space CEO, Mr. Tom Vice. The signing ceremony was attended by the Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SSA, Mr. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha, who heads the delegation of the digital economy, space, and innovation system on an official visit to the US to deepen and enhance partnerships in various areas of technology, space and innovation.

As per the statement, “With this MoU and other memorandums and agreements concluded with US parties specialized in space and its exploration, the SSA seeks to share its aspirations, develop and create specialized training programs for students and employees, which contributes to the growth of the local and global space sector, and to build a sustainable future driven by innovation.”

Recently, SSA signed a memorandum of understanding with Axiom Space, an American privately funded space infrastructure developer, to develop Saudi national capabilities in various areas of the space sector.

Under the MoU, Axiom Space will provide several opportunities for Saudi student training and on-the-job staff training, as well as the exchange of knowledge, skills, and experiences in the field of manned spaceflights.

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