The United Arab Emirates officially signed on Saturday the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" to be the first Arab and Islamic state to join the charter.
The United Arab
Emirates Space Agency signed the charter after wining voting on its membership
during a periodical meeting of the charter's members in Germany's Darmstadt.
The UAE is the 17th
country to sign the charter at the international level.
Charter aims at providing a unified system of space data acquisition
and delivery to those affected by natural or man-made disaster. Authorized user
can access and request assistance for emergencies in their own country, or in
another country they cooperate with for disaster relief. The United Arab Emirates
has stated its readiness to contribute by sharing images and data collected by
the DubaiSat-2 satellite, which will be joined by KhalifaSat in early 2018.
The UAE Space Agency was established in 2014 to develop the national space sector.