The Saudi Space Authority participated in the virtual exhibition of the 71st International Astronautics Conference (IAC2020), which concluded its work on Wednesday, under the slogan “Cyberspace”. The conference was organized during the period from 12 to 14 October 2020 (3 days) in order to provide the opportunity for space authorities to introduce their programs, products and activities, through scientific and technical sessions and workshops, and to provide an opportunity to interact with key decision-makers in government space agencies and potential partners. The Authority’s participation – in the virtual exhibition in which more than 34 virtual pavilions from international space agencies, universities and private companies – visited its pages by nearly (16,000) visitors – focused on designing their own pages, placing their logo, and displaying a number of video clips on screens. It was devoted to it to introduce the space sector in the Kingdom, and its future directions, and to open a virtual meeting room that was supervised by its management and to respond to questions received from visitors to the exhibition, specialists from the authority.
Earlier, the President of the International Astronautical Federation, Pascal Ehrenfreund, emphasized that “the activities of the IAC conference were supposed to be held this year in Dubai, but they were postponed to next year due to the circumstances related to the Corona pandemic.” The CEO of the Saudi Space Authority, Dr. Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh, explained that the Authority was keen to participate in this virtual version of the exhibition to introduce the Kingdom’s long history in the space field, explaining that the Kingdom attached great importance to the space sector for a period of more than forty years, and it had precedence in spaceflight And its uses in the Arab region because of the continuous scientific and technical progress that it has enjoyed for decades, its interaction with the vital and healthy movement witnessed by the space sector in the world, and its keenness to strengthen its international partnership with the main players in the space sector, international organizations and global unions, both governmental and civil, in order to exchange knowledge and experience. .