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International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
El-Shawa, S, 2020, Jordan and the United Nations Space2030 Agenda: A Roadmap for Space and Sustainable Development
Jordan has a large youth population, and interest in space is growing in the region. Jordanians with an interest in space currently have to work overseas in order to pursue careers in the space industry, but with the growing space presence in the Middle East, Jordan is in a prime position to invest in the space sector and retain young talent. Jordan is slowly beginning to gain momentum in space, with the first Jordanian satellite recently funded by the Crown Prince Foundation and designed by university students. This paper investigates Jordan’s national strategies and priorities, as well as its role in carrying out the United Nations Space2030 agenda, which aims to use space as a driver for peace. In 2017, Jordan took part in a voluntary review for the UN’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, outlining its commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Additionally, the Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education for Western Asia, which is based in Jordan, partnered with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs last year to host a workshop aimed at developing global partnership in space exploration and innovation, which resulted in recommendations for the region. The role of the regional groups such as the newly formed Arab Space Cooperation Group is also investigated, in terms of fostering collaborations between Jordan and other emerging space countries in the Middle East, such as the United Arab Emirates. This work also includes an analysis of Jordan's current status pertaining to the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as existing infrastructure and initiatives that may be leveraged to establish Jordan as an emerging space country. Finally, recommendations and a preliminary roadmap linking the objectives of the UN Space2030 Agenda, the SDGs, and Jordan’s national priorities is presented in four categories: Jobs, Economy, and Public Private Partnerships; Education, Science, and Technology; Culture and Society; and Regional and Global Cooperation.
El-Shawa, S, Alzurikat, M, Alsaadi, J, Al Sona, G, Abu Sha'ar, Z, 2021, Valley of the Moon: Societal Benefits of Lunar Exploration in Jordan
Jordan’s political stability has aided in the country’s notable rapid growth these past few years, despite its limited natural and financial resources. Jordan is currently taking the lead in multiple sectors in the region, such as Education, Medicine, Information and Communications Technology, and more. The advancement of these industries has encouraged the progress and development of the Jordanian community as well. Similarly, space can contribute societal benefits in an emerging space country like Jordan. Under the Moon Village – Participation of Emerging Space Countries (MV-PESC) program, a roadmap for Jordan’s contribution to lunar exploration and the Jordan Space Research Initiative (JSRI) were created. This 20-year roadmap focuses on establishing an analog R&D facility for Moon and Mars in the Jordanian desert of Wadi Rum, locally known as the Valley of the Moon. This roadmap aims to support the following building blocks: Water Resource Management, Renewable Energy, In-situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) and Robotics, Dust Mitigation, Agriculture, Smart City Infrastructure, and Women’s Health. These building blocks will advance research required for the Moon Village, while simultaneously contributing to sustainable development in Jordan. Due to the national importance which Wadi Rum holds, for being a tourist attraction site, a naturally protected area, and a homeland for the local nomadic tribes (The Bedouins), community engagement is a crucial aspect of this roadmap. Finding an appropriate way of approaching the local community in Wadi Rum, the general public in Jordan, local authorities and the government, is crucial to its success. This paper investigates how the implementation of the Moon Village PESC project in Jordan, as embodied by JSRI, will contribute to solving some of its most pressing societal and economic issues, such as water scarcity, while highlighting how the incorporation of space technology and research will play a major role in advancing Jordan’s existing research goals and initiatives. By linking the roadmap developed by JSRI to the preliminary Roadmap for Space and Sustainable Development (RSSD), which was introduced in a previous IAC paper titled “Jordan and the United Nations Space2030 Agenda: A Roadmap for Space and Sustainable Development” (2020), this paper also identifies ways in which the implementation of the Moon Village in Jordan will contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the UN Space2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Symposium on Space Educational Activities (SSEA)
El-Shawa, S, Alzurikat, M, Abu Sha'ar, Z, Ashhab, M, 2022, The Importance of Outreach and Education for Emerging Space Countries