Housing Development Corporation (HDC) has revealed that the Maldives’ first space mission will be named ‘Azum’.
After receiving 85 entries after opening for public suggestions for a name that would suit the Maldivian space mission, HDC selected ‘Azum’ submitted by Saudulla Idrees.
HDC noted that the name is the most relevant name for such a project. As such they noted that the factors that were considered during the naming were; being in Native Maldivian language, easy to pronounce for foreigners, and it being “a name that inspires a determination within the space team and our youngsters to reach new heights”.
The corporation added that “this space mission is for our youngsters, inspiration to take their ideas to the moon and the determination to make every dream of theirs alive”.
Institute for Global Success (IGS) launched the first-ever space program in the Maldives in November 2020, in partnership with the KSF Space Foundation of the United Kingdom (UK).
HDC signed as the main partner of the project in February 2022.
IGS previously revealed that the first target of the mission is to produce and test the first prototype satellite of the Maldives. The satellite is to be used to gather data on climate change and global warming.