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Space technology and capability is a key part of national defence strategy, a vital topic for international discussion and collaboration, and a dedicated section of World Defense Show 2024, which is being held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from 4-8 February 2024.

The domain of space takes centre stage at World Defense Show 2024 with the introduction of the dedicated Defense Space Arena, highlighting the vital role that space technology will play in shaping the future of national defence strategy globally.

The Defense Space Arena, incorporating the Defense Space Domain and the Space Theatre, is a hub where countries can work together, sharing expertise, experience, and ideas. Leading space companies from all over the world will come together to showcase their latest technologies and collaborate on projects.

Andrew Pearcey, World Defense Show CEO, said: “We are very excited about the possibilities presented by the Defense Space Arena, which go far beyond the five days of our event.”Representatives from various international private- and public-sector entities involved in the evolution of space technology will be actively participating in the Space Theatre discussions and presentations.

“The Defense Space Arena is more than just showcasing the latest technology and innovation in the domain; it facilitates high-level communications between countries and is a hub for discussions and development,” Pearcey added. “It also showcases the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s plans for the future and creates opportunities for them and other countries to work together to use space’s potential to make our nations safer and more successful.”

Andrew Pearcey, CEO of World Defense Show 2024, has highlighted the domain of space taking centre stage at the exhibition with its Defense Space Arena, Space Theatre and Defense Space Domain. (Photo: WDS)

The Space Theatre will run throughout the visitor open days of the event (5-8 February 2024) and will feature global leaders and influencers from industry, military and academia discussing the challenges and potential of space from the point of view of governance, technological development, interoperability, inclusivity, future talent, and cross-disciplinary collaboration, among others.

The Defense Space Domain, sponsored by the Saudi Ministry of Defense, will be open throughout the show, offering an engaging and interactive introduction to space defence development. The vast potential of space capabilities, technologies, and solutions will be highlighted on video screens, with exciting digital content from major industry players including BAE Systems, Boeing Space, Leo Labs, and Lockheed Martin. Physical and digital space assets from both industry and institutions will also be on display, demonstrating the evolution of the technology. Visitors can also enjoy a walkthrough of a Space Station simulation, where digital screens provide information on the role and importance of the space domain.

“At the WDS Defense Space Arena the world witnesses the culmination of international collaboration as leading space entities converge, exchange knowledge, and foster partnerships,” said Pearcey. “This unique platform showcases cutting-edge space capabilities and technologies, offering a glimpse into the forefront of space advancements.

Entry to the Defense Space Arena, Space Theatre, and Defense Space Domain is part of the WDS general entry ticket. Places for the event are now limited but still available.

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