India’s space missions over the past decade have impressed the world. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has been breaking records year after year. The recent Mangalyaan and Chandrayaan missions were highly successful – two of ISRO’s highlights over the past decades. Over the years, India is gaining many new partners to collaborate with over space tech. The UAE is the latest name which is interested in teaming up with India over space missions.

India and UAE have a good relationship which has been maintained well over the years. Space is a new frontier for co-operation between the two nations. India’s ISRO and UAE’s UAESA are now working on some joint goals. Last year, India launched UAE’s Nayif-1 nanosatellite to space from Sriharikota.

While not particularly known for their space programmes, UAE is all set to celebrate 50 years of the nation’s formation by launching a Mars Orbiter Mission in July 2020 which will reach Mars in 2021. It is expected that India will be helping the UAESE scientists develop this technology after the massive success of India’s Mangalyaan – which was a scientific as well as an economic marvel.

While ISRO assists the UAESE, they are also working on some of their own missions. India’s next big space mission, the Chandrayaan-II is all set to launch in March 2018. This will be the first space mission to land on the South Pole of the moon. Chandrayaan-I which launched in 2008 found ‘magnetic water’ in a pit on the moon and it is expected that Chandrayaan-II will provide even bigger breakthroughs.

India and the UAE have worked together in a number of other partnerships in the past in sectors such as investments, security, defence, energy and technology among others. However, this is the first time that the two nations are teaming up over space programmes. It would be interesting to see how this partnership helps accelerate space exploration in both these nations.

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