The solar panels will charge the batteries of the spacecraft for its 495,000,000 kms journey to Mars, it said.
"This Hope mission will be a push to the business with space-related technology", Siddiquie was quoted as saying in the Khaleej Times report. There's a high-resolution camera known as the Emirates eXploration Imager, a UV imager known as the Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer, and a scanning infrared imager dubbed the Emirates Mars InfraRed Spectrometer.
"The Emirates' Mars mission is a message of hope to the Arab youth", Omar Sharaf, head of the Emirates Mars mission said in a video posted to Twitter on Sunday. Mitsubishi said the probe has been successfully separated from the rocket and is now on its solo journey.
The Dh735-million (USD 200 million) project, which is the first interplanetary mission by any Arab nation, took six years by a team of 135 Emirati engineers, scientists and researchers.
A successful Hope mission to Mars would be a major step for the oil-dependent economy seeking a future in space, coming less than a year after the launch of the first UAE astronaut, Hazzaa Ali Almansoori.
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A newcomer in space development, the UAE has so far successfully launched three observation satellites, but has not gone beyond the Earth's orbit. He spent over a week at the International Space Station last fall.
Amal, about the size of a small auto, carries three instruments to study the upper atmosphere and monitor climate change while circling the red planet for at least two years. The Emirates have also pledged to build the first human settlement on Mars by 2117.
"Hope" - or Al-Amal in Arabic - has been a source of great pride in the UAE, a newcomer to the world of space. "It was, for us, more of an internal reinforcement of what the UAE is about".
The UAE, which has a population of around 9.4 million, announced plans for the mission in 2014 and launched its National Space Programme three years later. - Reuters An H-2A rocket carrying the Hope Probe, rises into the air after blasting off from the launching pad at Tanegashima Space Center on the southwestern island of Tanegashima, Japan. It consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover and aims to study Martian topography and geology and determine the composition of the surface material, climate and environment. All Mars missions this year have a small launch window which opens on 15 July and closes on 3 August.
Unlike the two other Mars ventures scheduled for this year, it will not land on the Red Planet but will instead orbit it for a whole Martian year, or 687 days. Japan has its own Martian moon mission planned for 2024.