Emirates SkyCargo has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) to become the preferred logistics partner for the Dubai based space science and advanced technology research and development centre.
The MoU was signed in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president for cargo and Salem Al Marri, assistant director general for scientific and technical affairs, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre during the Dubai Airshow.
Under the MoU, Emirates SkyCargo will be MBRSC’s preferred partner to provide air transport services for satellites and related equipment relating to the organisation’s space projects.
Sultan says: “We are delighted to be working with Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre as a preferred partner for logistics and honoured to play our part in UAE’s National Space Programme.
“Emirates SkyCargo has a long history of securely transporting sensitive equipment and technology on our aircraft. We have sophisticated infrastructure and well trained staff across our network to ensure that delicate cargo is well protected.”
Al Marri adds: “We believe that Emirates SkyCargo can be a valuable partner for us in the transportation of our satellites and other scientific equipment for our National Space Programme. Given the carrier’s expertise and modern infrastructure including state of the art aircraft we have no doubt that our equipment will be in very safe hands.”
Emirates SkyCargo will work with MBRSC to develop bespoke and innovative air transport solutions that have wider applications in the space science and technology industry.
MBRSC will be working with Emirates SkyCargo for the transportation of KhalifaSat, UAE’s most technologically advanced satellite built completely in the UAE by Emirati scientists and engineers. Emirates SkyCargo will help transport the satellite from Dubai to Incheon, South Korea from where it will be prepared for final launch in early 2018.