Saudi Arabia stressed Thursday that it is exerting great efforts to transfer and localize space sciences and technologies in its belief that international cooperation in the field of space activities is an important means of peaceful exploration of outer space, reported the Saudi Press Agency.
These efforts also include employing sciences to promote education, health, water and natural resources management, urban planning, environmental monitoring and communications and satellite navigation.
Saudi Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Khalid Manzlawi made these remarks before a UN Special Political and Decolonization Committee meeting in New York that was addressing the peaceful uses of outer space.
He stressed that Saudi Arabia is an important member of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and its two subcommittees.
The Kingdom, represented by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, has concluded several agreements in the field of outer space technology and its applications with a number of responsible actors in the United States, China, Russia, Germany and France as part of its efforts to promote the use of space technologies, he continued.
Manzlawi added that Riyadh has developed a sustainable program for satellite technology and applications, including the training of Saudi scientists, engineers and specialists, and the transfer and localization of advanced space technologies.
It has also established an advanced infrastructure to support and sustain a space industry in the Kingdom.
Between 2000 and 2017, the Kingdom succeeded in launching 13 Saudi satellites in low earth orbits. Three others are set to be launched for telecommunications, remote sensing and scientific experiments.
The end of 2018 will witness the launch of the Saudi fixed-line satellite (SGS-1) that is being developed in cooperation with US Lockheed Martin Corp, Manzlawi said.
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