The Saudi Space Commission (SSC) and the UK Space Agency signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the peaceful use of outer space.
The agreement is aimed at providing a framework for cooperation in space activities, reviewing areas of common interest in the peaceful uses of space, and facilitating the exchange of information, technologies, and individuals working in related fields on both sides to boost cooperation in space and its technologies, reported the Saudi Press Agency.
The MoU was signed by Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Space Commission, Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha, and UK Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Member of the British Parliament, Dr. Kwasi Kwarteng.
The MoU also aims to develop bilateral cooperation in building capabilities in space science and engineering and to bolster the role of scientific missions and manned flight programs. It seeks to develop cooperation in Earth observation, space application data, and manufacturing and launching satellites.
The signing of this memorandum is part of the SSC’s efforts to localize technologies and industries and the sustainability of qualitative space systems in the Kingdom in line with the objectives of Vision 2030 and the Kingdom's effort to develop the space sector and its technologies.
The MoU reflects Saudi Arabia and the UK's keenness to continue cooperation in various fields and sectors.