UAE Space Delphi

October 17, 2019


The United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA), in collaboration with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, is conducting the UAE Space Foresight exercise supported by two expert workshops (at the 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2019) in Washington DC on October 23rd and at UAESA Headquaters in Abu Dhabi on November 14th), as well as a Delphi survey. The work will be an input for a bigger foresight exercise led by UAESA.

The overall goal of the UAESA Delphi is to assess a list of critical technology areas, critical issues, critical actions and sustainable development goals (SDGs) that may be shaping (inter)national policy agendas and roadmaps for future deep space missions, such as the UAE’s plan to establish human settlements on Mars by 2117.

Click on the following link to access the survey

The survey has been extended and will remain open until November 14th, 2019. We recommend that you participate from a web browser on a desktop, laptop or tablet. You do not have to complete this survey in one go, instead revisit for a few minutes each day over the course of the next two weeks to participate with comments.

Open Competition and Rewards

In order to encourage you to complete the whole survey, we offer you the possibility to take part in an open competition to win one of three prizes (each worth 1,000 USD) where the project team will be rewarding Insightful and Foresightful Thinking. Thus, for the statements you feel more knowledgeable about or for those you consider highly relevant for Moon and Mars Missions, we would like you to share your insights on important shapers, such as wild cards and weak signals. Additional rewards include:

  • a possibility to feature your winning insight (wild card or weak signal) in the White Paper, as well as some general acknowledgements for your contributions (if you share your contact details), and
  • an open invitation to briefly present your winning wild card or weak signal insight in more details at the final meeting of the project in Abu Dhabi (UAE) in December 2019.

If you have any questions about the Delphi Process or the project, please contact the UAE Space Foresight project coordinators directly:

Dr. Rafael Popper –
Dr. Khaled Al Hashmi –

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