The 72nd International Astronautical Congress - IAC 2021

The 72nd International Astronautical Congress - IAC 2021

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Organised By: Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center

For the very first time, the International Astranautical Congress (IAC) will open its doors to the global space community in the United Arab Emirates, the first Arab nation to welcome the IAC since its establishment back in 1950. The Congress' official hosts - the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) - has been a member of the IAC since 2012 and was established by the Dubai Government to drive the nation's knowledge economy and sustainable future development.

The IAC 2021 comes to the UAE at a fortuitous juncture, following the launch of the Emirates Mars Mission (Hope Probe), the Arab's first space exploration craft to Mars. It will also mark the anniversary of the return of the first Emirati astronaut from the International Space Station, and the second anniversary of the launch of KhalifaSat - the first Earth-observation satellite to be produced wholly by Emiratis. These achievements are symbolic of the beginning of a new era in the region; the IAC 2021 will be an opportunity to shed light on how space science and technology can contribute to a nation's progress.

With the theme “Inspire, Innovate & Discover for the Benefit of Humankind", the IAC 2021 Congress aims to contribute to humanity and science by strengthening and enhancing cooperation between all countries in the space sector.