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Mars Hope

Mission type Mars orbiter
Operator Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre
Mission duration From 2021 to 2023 (at least).[1]
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre
Launch mass 1500 kg
Dimensions 2.37 m x 2.9 m
Power 3 600 W Solar Panels
Start of mission
Launch date July 2020[2]
Rocket Undecided
Launch site Undecided
Contractor Undecided
Orbital parameters
Periareon 22,000 km [3]
Apoareon 44,000 km [3]
Period 55h [3]
Epoch Planned
Mars orbiter
Orbital insertion 2021[2]
EXI (Emirates eXploration Imager), EMIRS (Emirates Mars InfaRed Spectrometer), EMUS (Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer)

The Hope (Arabic: مسبار الأمل‎) spacecraft orbiter is a planned 2020 unmanned mission to Mars by the United Arab Emirates to study the Martian atmosphere and climate.[1][4][5] The robotic space probe is expected to be launched in the summer of 2020 and to take seven to nine months to arrive at Mars.[1] In designing the orbiter, the Emirates Mars Mission deputy project manager and science lead, Sarah Amiri, is expected to collaborate with the University of Colorado, the University of California, Berkeley and the Arizona State University. [4][5][6]


  • Concept 1
  • Proposed scientific instruments 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The name "Hope" (Arabic: al-Amal) was chosen because "it sends a message of optimism to millions of young Arabs", according to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of the emirate of Dubai for whom the lead space center, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), of the United Arab Emirates, is named.[5] The project manager is Omran Sharaf.[5] The resulting mission data will be shared freely with more than 200 institutions worldwide.[7]

The rocket launcher will be contracted by an unnamed international manufacturer.[4]

Proposed scientific instruments

As of 2015, the conceptual instrument payload is: [3]

  • Emirates Exploration Imager (EXI), to measure properties of water ice, dust aerosols and quantify ozone (O3) in the atmosphere.
  • Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer (EMUS), to measure global characteristics and variability of the thermosphere, and hydrogen and oxygen coronae.
  • Emirates Mars Infrared Spectrometer (EMIRS), to measure global thermal structure and abundance of water ice, water vapor and dust in the atmosphere.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Shreck, Adam (May 6, 2015). "'"UAE to explore Mars' atmosphere with probe named 'Hope.  
  2. ^ a b Staff (May 6, 2015). "Emirates Mars Mission - Video (05:51)". Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC). Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d Staff (May 7, 2015). "UAE Unveils Mission Plan for the First Arab Space Probe to Mars". Ministry of Cabinet Affairs (SpaceRef). Retrieved May 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Jones, Rory; Parasie, Nicolas (May 7, 2015). "U.A.E. Plans to Launch Mars Probe - Scientists behind Emirati orbiter ‘Hope’ aim to collect data on the Red Planet".  
  5. ^ a b c d Berger, Brian (May 6, 2015). "UAE Unveils Science Goals for ‘Hope’ Mars Probe".  
  6. ^ Bell, Jennifer (April 9, 2015). "UAE and France join hands on space".  
  7. ^ Staff (May 7, 2015). "UAE unveils mission plan 'Hope’ for first Arab space probe to Mars".  

External links

  • Official website
  • Official video (05:51) - Emirate Mars Mission on YouTube
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