UAE on track to launch first lunar rover Rashid to moon between November 9-15

Rashid Rover
Rashid Rover’s core scientific mission is to better understand how lunar dust and rocks vary across the moon.
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Dubai: The UAE is on track to launch its lunar rover Rashid to moon in about 30 days, the chief of the country’s space agency revealed at Dubai Future Forum on Wednesday.

Speaking to Gulf News after a panel discussion at the forum, Salem Al Marri, director general, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, said the launch will happen between the window of November 9 and 15.

He confirmed that there is no change in the launch of Rashid Rover despite the deadly wrath of Hurricane Ian in Florida. The launch is scheduled to take place from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Floria. “Nothing has changed as of now,” said Al Marri.

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai has also tweeted to congrulate the team for their efforts in develping the Rashid Rover. “We thank the team at @MBRSpaceCentre for their efforts in developing the Rashid Rover, the UAE’s first mission to the Moon. The rover has officially cleared all required tests, bringing the first Arab mission to the lunar surface one step closer. Our next stop: the Moon,” he tweeted.

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Final integration

Meanwhile, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre also confirmed that Rashid rover, the UAE’s first mission to the lunar surface, has officially cleared all required tests, pushing the mission one step closer to its launch pad rollout and liftoff. Rashid Rover is now ready for the final integration process with the launch vehicle before its launch window, MBRSC announced.

Designed and developed fully by an Emirati team, the Rashid rover is the ‘world’s most compact rover’ to land on the moon.