SpaceChain forays into UAE to explore ME’s space-as-a-service capabilities

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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SpaceChain, a community-based platform in outer space with blockchain technology, has opened its UAE office in Abu Dhabi to mark its foray into the expanding space sector in the Middle East.

Incorporated and operated under the legal entity of SpaceChain MENA, the new office is located at Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem, where the company will spearhead the planning and development of integrated space-blockchain projects and initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The establishment of the UAE office is a milestone forward in advancing SpaceChain’s decentralized satellite infrastructure (DSI) for business and fintech applications, and extending its space-as-a-service capabilities to enterprises and communities across the MENA region to create a next-generation infrastructure for the blockchain industry in outer space. SpaceChain has successfully launched six blockchain-enabled satellite payloads into space to realize its DSI vision.

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“Being part of the Hub71 community places SpaceChain at the gateway to the burgeoning space industry in the MENA region. Our presence alongside other high-growth tech companies will allow us to share expertise and collaborate with leading influential players in Abu Dhabi’s growing innovation ecosystem that are interested in capitalizing on the New Space Economy. The space industry in the Middle East is rapidly growing with strong support from the UAE government and its planned economic diversification from oil.”  

SpaceChain MENA will collaborate closely with startups and organizations in the space, blockchain and fintech arenas within the region to uncover business and growth opportunities across multiple service offerings, including e-wallets, space commodities exchange, micro-geoservices that connect Earth observation service providers with user communities, and decentralized finance (DeFi) applications.

The UAE government has lent strong support in developing a vibrant space industry across the region. The National Space Strategy 2030 aims to enhance the space sector’s contribution to the national economy and promote the UAE’s regional and international presence in the space industry

The UAE was also among the first to launch a mission to Mars. Launched in July 2020, the Hope Probe (aka Emirates Mars Mission) was the first uncrewed space exploration mission to Mars to study weather events in the lower atmosphere of the red planet.

Mr. Nick Trudgen, Chief Commercial Officer and Co-Founder of SpaceChain MENA, will be responsible for charting the company’s overall growth across the region. He joined SpaceChain in 2017 and currently heads both SpaceChain’s UK and UAE offices.

“The UAE has laid a strong foundation in establishing its space industry as a sustainable economic enabler to benefit future generations and is executing on a comprehensive action plan to develop specialized capabilities in this field. SpaceChain is proud to be contributing to the growth of the UAE’s space sector by fueling growth in commercial activities, and working in collaboration with organizations and startups on harnessing space-as-a-service as a platform for innovation,” said Mr. Trudgen.

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