Saudi Space Commission

 

The Saudi Space Commission (SSC) was established by the royal order in December of 2018 (Rabi II 1440).

This bold step serves a future that is innovative and looks forward to the latest technologies and opportunities in the Saudi Space Industry.

With the Kingdom moving towards a progressive quality of life, SSC demonstrates the aligned vision of creating better, secure environments for its citizens while actively enabling prospects of lucrative economic and monetary inventions.

The Saudi Space Commission (SSC) has strategized to create primary objectives that serve national security interests against space related risks and encourage cumulative growth and advancement.

  • Saudi Space Comission
  • SSC Responsibilities
  • Mission
  • Space Policy
  • Guiding Principles for Space Strategy
  • Board of directors

SSC Responsibilities

  • Leading the sector by setting out national policies and strategies.
  • Overseeing the implementation of national policies and strategies.
  • Regulating commercial activities related to space by formulating rules and regulations that govern the functioning of the sector, issuing licenses and ensuring compliance.
  • Coordinating work with stakeholders.
  • Empowering national space sector by providing necessary enablement in coordination with stakeholders.
  • Representing the sector internationally.
  • Planning, managing and financing research and development projects with the aim of developing space technology and building national capacity in Saudi Arabia.
  • Leading the implementation of strategic activities by financing, managing and implementing strategic programs.
  • Abstaining from competition with the private sector unless for reasonable strategic purposes.

Mission

1. Devising plans and policies for the national space sector.
2. Implementing national space strategy.
3. Regulating and developing all the activities related to space.
4. Promoting research and industrial activities in the field of space.
5. Regulating and developing the national satellite industry.
6. Regulating and developing satellite navigation systems.
7. Developing technology for the launch of space vehicles and associated services.
8. Enhancing national space security through space observation and debris detection activities.
9. Developing the national space infrastructure.
10. Regulating all activities related to space missions and exploration.
11.  Developing national cadres in the fields of space science and technology.
12. Working with government agencies and related parties in pursuit of common goals.
13. Representing Saudi Arabia in international forums and events.

Identified KSA space policy objectives

Catalyzing economic development and innovation

Increasing the percentage of local content along the space supply chain in fulfilment of economic diversification goals, Enhancing research and development (R&D) activities to create new social, economic and scientific opportunities and Raising the participation of the private sector in space activities.

Enhancing national security

Embracing modern technology to meet the strategic needs of the Kingdom and manage risks.

Promoting international cooperation

Enhancing the Kingdom’s position on the local arena in face of common challenges.

Developing national human capital

Inspiring future generations of scientists and engineers, Building a national network of space experts and Increasing women participation in the space sector.

Guiding Principles for Space Strategy

Ambition

Forward looking – encouraging innovation and development The Space Sector in Saudi Arabia: Overview

Comprehensiveness

Managing the space sector at the levels of technologies and supply chain in the public and private sectors

Realism

Taking into account the current and future capabilities of the Kingdom

Alignment

Achieving the alignment with Vision 2030 and seeking to realize the vision on the ground

Peacefulness

Abiding by peacefulness considerations in such a manner that enhances the livelihood of citizens in Saudi Arabia and achieves the good of humanity at large

Compliance

Ensuring compliance with international regulations and treaties to which Saudi Arabia is signatory

Engagement

Adopting a proactive approach in inspiring young generations to be bold, creative and forward looking in business practices.

Board of directors

The Board of Directors is the ultimate authority over the managing of the SSC and making decisions necessary for serving its strategic goals

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Space Commission (SSC)

H.H. Dr. Turki Saud Mohammad AL Saud

Member

H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel

Member

H.E. Mr. Abdullah bin Abdulkareem bin Abdulaziz Aleisa

Assistant Chief of State Security

H.E. Mr. Abdulhadi Ahmed Al Mansouri

President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA)

H.E. Dr. Khaled Hussin Biyari

Assistant Minister of Defense for Executive Affairs

H.E. Mr. Khalid Saud Al Shonaifi

Assistant Minister of Economy & Planning

H.E. Dr. Mohammed Ahmed ALsudairy

Deputy Minister of Education for Universities, Research and Innovation

H.E. Dr. Mohammed Saud Al Tamimi

Governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)

Mr. Saud Nassar Al Hazmi

CEO of the General Commission for Audiovisual Media

Mr. Thalib Ali Al Shamarani

Assistant Minister of Finance for Financial Affairs

Anas Faris Alfaris, PhD

President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)

Mrs. Rania Mahmoud Al-Nashar

Member

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