On the 7th April 2020, the National Space Science Agency (NSSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bahrain Telecommunications Company (BATELCO), the leading digital solutions provider in the Kingdom, that outlines a framework to facilitate further discussions between the two entities by outlining the intentions of both.

The memo was concluded by NSSA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Mohamed Al Aseeri and Chief Global Business Officer Batelco Global, Mr. Adel Al Daylami.

Signing the memorandum paves the way for Batelco to support in further developing the NSSA’s infrastructure and engaging with external parties where possible, supporting the Kingdom’s vision and plan in the space science. As a result of the agreement, Batelco and NSSA can also identify and work within any area of potential development and on projects with a common interest.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Adel Daylami, Chief Global Business Officer at Batelco said “It is our pleasure to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Space Science Agency, and we look forward to contributing towards the enhancement of the Kingdom’s position in the field of space science, which reaffirms our continuous efforts to support all official authorities in the Kingdom. With that being said, we look forward to working closely with the Agency to ensure that we achieve joint success.”

Dr. Al Aseeri said, “One of the main initiatives of NSSA is to establish a ground station that allows tracking LEO and MEO satellites and a series of meetings took place with Batelco along with site visits to Batelco’s Earth Station to examine existing facilities and to benefit from their expertise in satellite operations. We appreciate Batelco’s support as it will ensure that we will choose the proper infrastructure and operation procedures to meet our requirements.”

In this regard, Dr Al Aseeri highlighted that the main objective of this MoU is to support NSSA while developing the Ground Station infrastructure and help engage with external parties in such regard.
Dr Mohamed Jasim Al-Othman, added, “A series of meetings took place with BATELCO technical team and site visits to the earth station, to learn from their expertise and to ensure NSSA choose the proper infrastructure equipment for establishing its Space Ground Station with quality services, learn more about monitoring and control systems, LAN, Network Operations Center (NOC), power supply requirements, antenna requirements and coverage and much more.”

NSSA have started during Q1 2020 meeting leading companies in Bahrain and the United Kingdom for initiating the project of establishing a ground station that allow tracking LEO and MEO satellites in earth observation and remote sensing applications, supporting a range of antenna sizes in the future.

Additionally, NSSA have also conducted a stakeholder workshop for an overview of ground station models, components, infrastructure requirements, major divisions, human resource requirements, operations and examples of earth observation ground stations in the region.

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