Drones Search - Feb. 17, 2018
Agency, in cooperation with the University of Sharjah, the Sharjah Center for
Astronomy and Astronomy and the Japan Chiba Institute of Technology, has
organized a scientific initiative on the search for meteorites using drones,
the first of its kind in the country, which comes within the framework of
memorandums of understanding signed by the Agency for cooperation in space and
scientific research with Japan.
initiative included the participation of more than 100 students from the
University of Sharjah in the exploration of the remains of meteorites through
new techniques using drones, surveyors, and robots in the desert of
In this regard, Dr. Eng.
Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, said:
"This initiative is organized in cooperation with the University of
Sharjah to activate memorandums of understanding signed by the UAE Space Agency
with the Space Exploration Agency and some
Japanese research, academic and scientific institutions. Scientific and space
joint aims to improve the capabilities of the national space sector and the
development of skills and the
construction of specialized cadres in the sciences of space and astronomy.
Dr. Mohamed Al-Ahbabi added: "The extensive student interaction with this
initiative is a testament to the broad interest of young people in identifying
the various areas of the space sector and the increasing desire of students to
study the scientific materials for future work in the sector. This is in line with the various government
policies and strategic plans to develop capabilities In this sector in
cooperation with international partners. "
Dr. Ilias Fernini, Deputy General
Director of the Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences, emphasized on
the importance of the program with the Japanese because of their experience in
space exploration using advanced technology in monitoring meteorites and
meteors from space.
The drones search consisted of
using two drones and a flat wing small airplane to locate the thermal signature
of meteorites. A sample meteorite was used to check if the drones can be used
to efficiently recognize such a signature within a hot desert environment. The
Japanese researchers along with the Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space
Sciences experts discussed the method for future use and came up with a
research methodology to be applied for future field research trips.