Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) instruments design, operations, and data

S. Al Dhafri, M. Khoory, K. Al Zarooni, A. Al Shehhi, M. Al Shamsi, E. Al Tunaiji, K. Badri, H. Matroushi, F. Lootah, H. Reed, G. Drake, G. Mehall, R. Barrett, G. Holsclaw, A. Jones, C. Edwards, M. Wolff

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has entered the space exploration race with the announcement of the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM), considered to be the first Arabian Mars mission. Throughout this mission, UAE is going to send an unmanned probe called "Hope", which will be launched in summer 2020 to reach Mars by 2021. EMM will explore Mars' atmospheric dynamics on a global and sub-seasonal scale, providing measurements necessary to understand atmospheric properties aligned with the following science objectives: • Characterize the state of Mars' middle and lower atmosphere (<50 km) on global scales and its geographic, diurnal, and seasonal variability. • Correlate rates of thermal photochemical atmospheric escape with conditions in the collisional atmosphere (<200 km). • Characterize the spatial structure and variability of Mars' exosphere. EMM will collect information on Mars' atmospheric layers and circulation through a combination of three independent instruments that take measurements of Mars in the visible, thermal infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths. These instruments are the Emirates Exploration Imager (EXI), the Emirates Mars InfraRed Spectrometer (EMIRS), and the Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer (EMUS). This paper will describe the instruments' current designs, the operation scenarios, and expected results from this mission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication68th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2017
Subtitle of host publicationUnlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation, IAF
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781510855373
StatePublished - 2017
Event68th International Astronautical Congress: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security, IAC 2017 - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: Sep 25 2017Sep 29 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
ISSN (Print)0074-1795


Conference68th International Astronautical Congress: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security, IAC 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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