Gulf-Chinese satellite partnership (4-5) – Saudi News


One of the economies that is moving quickly, especially in the twenty-first century, is the space economy, as the volume of investment in this type of economy in the year 2020 amounted to more than 80 billion dollars, with an annual growth of more than 15%. It is likely to cross the $1 trillion mark by 2040 cumulatively. In the past, space was restricted to certain countries, led by the United States of America and Russia, especially in the seventies and eighties of the last century.Today, China is a leading and giant country in this field and one of the countries that many countries are racing to. At the forefront of these countries are the Gulf states (Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) to create partnerships with them in this aspect, due to the cumulative experiences they enjoy, as it is the second country to land on Mars, superior to many of the countries that preceded it in this field, and perhaps The latest Chinese achievement in this aspect is the docking of the Chinese cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-2 with the basic unit of Tianhe Station.

China’s space program is one of the most prominent in the world, and has a proven track record since its inception. What distinguishes China from the rest of the Western countries that own space technology is that when it sells technological products, it sells with it how those devices work, KNOW HOW, and this is what motivates many countries to enter into partnerships with China, especially in the technological aspects, for example, when China signed agreements And partnerships with some Gulf countries to cooperate in the field of research and development of satellites, satellite control systems and space launch services. These agreements have been accompanied by a joint committee that oversees joint space projects to transfer Chinese expertise in this field to the Gulf countries. Moreover, China is the first to introduce the concept of cost reduction. And enhancing efficiency in the space industry, which had a positive role in the entry of many countries in this field.

There is a Chinese-Gulf consensus regarding space economies. Both sides believe that space is a very important engine for growth and competitiveness. Therefore, some Gulf countries have established space authorities, anticipating a more innovative future and looking forward to the latest technologies and opportunities in the space sector, and to create a more quality and important life with what it offers. Services that contribute to the interests of national security to protect it from space-related risks, and also to promote growth and progress, and in this sense the Gulf countries have made initial investments in launchers, satellites and other space-related infrastructure, which are increasingly trying to measure the impact of space programs and the application of space technologies on the economy and society.


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