According to Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed, the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications and responsible for NSSA, the agency will be a major participant at the Bahrain International Airshow 2018 taking place from November 14 to 16, 2018.

With NSSA’s second participation this year, will be larger than its presence at the previous air show in 2016, said NSSA CEO Dr Mohamed Ebrahim Al Aseeri.  He further added “This year we will have a number of different activities, as well as showcase our cooperation with different international space agencies, and provide a learning platform for visitors of our booth to learn more about the agency’s work and achievements since its establishment.

“Our participation at BIAS 2018 will contribute to spreading awareness about space science, technology and applications and the great impact it has on our lives as individuals and societies, and how it is an integral part of building sustainable development for the Kingdom.  We will have a dedicated booth inside the Exhibition Hall at BIAS, as well as a special tent in the public area, and are cooperating with different local entities that use space applications in their work to spread awareness”.

Dr Al Aseeri emphasized the importance of implementing a series of awareness programs to explain the NSSA’s role to the general public, and to promote the different services provided by the agency and how these services can be tied to different development projects.  Such services include providing space information, space data and high resolution earth images, when analyzed, can contribute to elevating service excellence across different fields.

As part of the awareness program, a series of workshops is being held targeting Bahraini youth to familiarize them with space science and the impact of space on the future, as well as arranging practical workshops to younger children that will help teach them about space and encourage them to learn more about the field.

Other activities include a practical presentation about nano-satellites, their components, communication systems and controls, as well as electronic presentations related to education curricula and research in the kingdom.

“I extend the invitation to the Bahraini public to visit us at our tent in the public area at BIAS 2018, which will be open from November 14-17 so they can see for themselves the exciting developments in this new field and learn more about NSSA’s work and how we are working with different government agencies to move Bahrain forward,” concluded Dr Al Aseeri.