Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) will be supplying Gulf Extrusions and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) with its CelestiAL solar-powered low-carbon aluminium for MBRSC’s next satellite.
EGA said MBRSC will use CelestiAL on its MBZ-SAT, which will be a highly advanced commercial satellite. The satellite, which will be launched in 2024, will return to Earth high-resolution imagery.
Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, said in a press release that the deal is important for many reasons.
“At MBRSC, our mission is not only to explore the vast potential of space but also to drive the diversification of the UAE’s economy. We recognise the immense value of joining forces with diverse partners to leverage their unique expertise and capabilities. By forging strategic partnerships with innovative entities such as Emirates Global Aluminium and Gulf Extrusions, we are able to expand the horizons of the UAE’s space sector. Together, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of innovation and fuelling the growth of this vital industry.”
Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Global Aluminium, said his firm is excited to send its products into space.
“At EGA, we have been making it in the Emirates since 1979. We are proud to now provide CelestiAL solar aluminium, together with Gulf Extrusions, to another UAE champion which will use it to reach beyond the sky on behalf of our nation. Aluminium is an essential material for modern life, including space travel, and the UAE’s production through EGA is a global contribution to human progress.”
“Our parts, made in the UAE with EGA’s aluminium, are already found in everything from cars to skyscrapers around the world,” noted Omar Shegem, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Extrusions. “We are now honoured that our work will leave the Earth’s atmosphere for the first time as part of MBZ-SAT. Together we are making it in the Emirates for the world and beyond.”