Will debris from China space station fall on UAE?

By Angel Chan

Chances of country being affected by crash almost none

ABU DHABI 2 April 2018: The joint work team to monitor the crash of satellites and respond to them has announced that the chances of the country being affected due to the falling to Earth of the Chinese space station “Tiangong-1” are extremely small and do not exceed 0.023 per cent.

As the latest incoming reports to the team point out, it will fall far from the country, despite there being a small chance to be able to view it from the UAE.

The team said that it is following up on updates, in co-operation with the International Astronomical Centre and a number of international space agencies and control centres, in implementation of previous memorandums of understanding signed by the UAE Space Agency, said Wam.

This took place during the 6th meeting of the team, held yesterday at the headquarters of the UAE Space Agency, with the attendance of the representatives of the agency, the Ministry of Interior, the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority, NCEMA, the National Media Council, and the National Centre of Meteorology, NCM.

There is an integrated mechanism in place to respond, in case of the fall of a space object to Earth, which includes six possible scenarios, while confirming that the possibility of it happening is extremely low.

Nasser Ahmed Al Rashidi, Director of the Space Policy and Legislation Department in the UAE Space Agency, said that the committee took all precautionary measures and determined the expected scenarios and the plans of dealing with falling debris, in view of its complete readiness to handle such events.

China launches 3 High Resolution Earth Observation Satellites

SHANGHAI: Meanwhile, China on Saturday launched three Gaofen-1 imaging satellites as part of the country’s high-definition earth observation project, the Xinhua News Agency has reported.

The satellites was launched off on the back of a Long March 4C rocket at 11:22 a.m. Beijing time from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in northern Shanxi Province. It was the 270th flight mission by a Long March carrier rocket.

As high resolution imaging satellites that are accurate to two meters in distance, they will be used for fields including disaster warning, ecological protection, infrastructure construction, transportation and emergency response.

The satellites, designed by China Spacesat, have a lifespan of six years. They will work together with another previously launched Gaofen-1 satellite.