Muscat – Oman on Wednesday entered the group of countries involved in making satellite components after International Emerging Technology Company (ETCO) and Italian company D-Orbit signed a memorandum of understanding to manufacture satellite parts in the sultanate.
The pact was signed on the sidelines of the sultanate’s participation in the International Space Conference in Dubai.
The project – the first of its kind in Oman – will see the establishment of a national base of competencies for the space industry and greater investments in the sector.
The agreement stipulated the establishment of a facility to manufacture parts for small and medium satellites and space logistics in Oman through knowledge transfer from Italy and development of Omani competen- cies in a three-year plan.
Oman’s National Space Program (NSP), which functions under the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, will be the main force behind this project.
Dr Saud bin Humaid al Shuaili, head of NSP, said that the ministry supports such projects due to “the space sector’s role in developing technical knowhow and innovations, besides fulfilling the objectives of Oman Vision 2040 in creating a competitive, diversified and integrated economy”. This effective partnership between the public and private sectors, Shuaili said “creates a competitive business environment that attracts investment in the space sector”.
Eng Ammar al Rawahi, director general of the Space Technologies Sector at ETCO, lauded this partnership with D-Orbit, which he said would contribute to covering part of the market need in the region for medium and small satellites and finding auxiliary manufacturing lines for associated space technologies.
“Oman’s main gain from this partnership will be qualified national competencies,” Rawahi added.