United Nations/Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre Cooperation Programme on Payload Hosting Initiative "PHI"

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  • "Payload Hosting Initiative (PHI) Webinar - Deep dive into the opportunity" was held on 21 February. See the recording from here.
  • PHI 1st round is closed for applications - Check out in rounds and materials
  • The 1st round Announcement of Opportunity Detail Webinar was held on 25 January 2022, click here to watch the event.
  • UNOOSA and MBRSC signed a Memorandum of Understanding for satellite payload hosting, read the press release .



The United Nations/Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) Cooperation programme on Payload Hosting Initiative "PHI", is a joint programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in collaboration with MBRSC. The programme started in 2022. Through this opportunity, UNOOSA and MBRSC undertake to provide the opportunity of hosting a payload on the PHI mission and to select the hosted payloads. MBRSC will provide a 12U spacecraft platform, launch and ground station for the PHI mission, and the selected entities will provide tested payloads.

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PHI is a brand-new opportunity provided by UNOOSA and MBRSC starting from 2022, everyone could be the first awardee in this opportunity!


This opportunity is in collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), a research institute in the United Arab Emirates and home to the UAE National Space Programme. MBRSC builds and operates earth observation satellites, offering imaging and data analysis services to clients around the world. It has launched the DubaiSat-1, DubaiSat-2 and the KhalifaSat, which was developed 100% in the UAE by a team of highly qualified Emirati engineers. The Centre also launched the Emirates Mars Mission "Hope Probe", which became the first Arab interplanetary mission to reach the Martian orbit on 9 February 2021.

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