Bahrain starts its own space program

 

Bahrain has set up a “space team” with the aim of launching the kingdom’s first satellite into orbit in the next two years, according to the country’s state-run Bahrain News Agency (BNA).

According to Kamal bin Ahmad, Bahrain’s transportation and telecommunications minister who is also in charge of the National Space Science Agency (NSSA), the plan forms part of a larger effort to breathe life into the country’s space programme, local gulf media reported

“The kingdom is planning to optimize the use of space sciences within five years to serve national development and keep abreast of global strides,” he said.

According to Bahraini authorities, 15 companies have so far expressed a willingness to support and fund the programme.

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