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EPI, the precision engineering backbone of the UAE’s aerospace and defence industry, is joining forces with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), home to the UAE National Space Programme, to manufacture key components for its new satellite project MBZ-SAT. The six month long project will see EPI producing 147 machined parts for MBRSC in addition to carrying out surface treatment and inspection services.

Named after Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, MBZ-SAT will be the most advanced commercial satellite in the region in the field of high-resolution satellite imagery and is expected to be launched in 2023.

The synergy with EPI is well aligned with MBRSC’s mandate to engage companies in the UAE in building a local hub for space-related manufacturers and to enhance the sustainability of the national space sector in the country. In 2018, EPI was involved with MBRSC in the industrialisation phase of machining metallic components for Emirates Mars Mission project.

EPI manufactures high-quality complex engineering components for the defence, aerospace, and Oil & Gas (O&G) sectors. The company is equipped with advanced capabilities and cutting tools to carry out manufacturing engineering, machining, surface treatment, coating, repairing, and assemblies. It is part of the Mission Support cluster within EDGE, an advanced technology group for defence and beyond.

Jack Richardson