About 40 per cent of the engineers working on the UAE’s ambitious plan to land a rover on the Moon by 2024 are women. The ‘Rashid Rover’ – named after the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum – will ultimately become part of a global exploration programme, the Emirates Lunar Mission team said on Sunday.
If successful, the UAE will become the first Arab country and the fourth in the world to land on the lunar surface after the United States, Soviet Union, and China.
Multiple teams are working towards completing the design of the rover by 2021. It is set to be manufactured in 2022, while preliminary experiments and tests of the prototype are expected to start in 2023.