United Arab Emirates launched the Moon mission in December 11 2022. This was the first Moon mission by the Emirates Space Agency. The overall structure of the Moon rover –Rasheed, including carbon fibre reinforced plastics and metallic components, was fabricated by Chennai based SME, ST Composites. The rover was launched on SpaceX rocket Falcon on Hakuto-R lander built by Japan’s Ispace.
ST Advanced Composites, the eight-year-old company founded by Mr. Devendra Thirunavukarasu, has been working with Indian Space Research Organisation and other private companies in aerospace field. According to reports the ground test model was tested in various locations around the world, including France and the United States. The production of the actual flight model was then given the go-ahead.