Saudi SSC & US explore bilateral partnerships in space sector

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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Saudi Space Commission’s (SSC) Chairman of the Board of Directors Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha has discussed ways to exchange experiences and enhance the joint capabilities of the space sector with CEOs of US space companies.

The meetings were attended by the acting CEO of the Saudi Space Commission Dr. Mohammed bin Saud Al-Tamimi.

According to the statement, the meetings came within the current official visit of Al-Sawaha to the United States. Eng. Al-Sawaha met with the President, CEO, and Co-Founder of Axiom Space Mr. Michael Suffredini, and the CEO of (Redwire) Mr. Peter Canetto.

The meetings discussed several main themes aimed at exchanging experiences and technologies related to microgravity platforms.

Further, they explore the possibilities of joint cooperation to localize the satellite industry and enhance joint capabilities to discover space debris, and effectively contribute to building advanced navigational systems.

Mr. Al-Sawaha also met with heads of a number of US space companies, including Mr. John Elbon, Chief Operating Officer of United Launch Alliance (ULA), and Founder and CEO of Space Perspective Ms. Jane Poynter.

As per the statement, “The meetings intended to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of spacecraft launch services, build partnerships to contribute to the growth of the space tourism sector, exchange experiences and technologies in the spacecraft industry as well as expand the activities of space perspectives to localize them inside the Kingdom and enhance the vital and important role of the space sector to achieve the goals of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.”

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