The UAE is seeking ambitious steps to consolidate its position in the field of space

With unlimited ambition, the UAE continues its exceptional journey to consolidate its position in the space field.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, confirmed that the UAE is pursuing aggressive and ambitious steps to consolidate its position in the field of space with the will of his sons, their determination and ambition, which does not know the impossible.

They pointed out that the Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi represents an honorable model for the UAE youth and the Arab youth, who carries their hopes and ambitions to record new achievements for the Arabs to achieve their balance in this important field to contribute.

This came on the occasion of the announcement by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center that the Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi has been selected to participate in the first long-term mission aboard the International Space Station as part of the American space agency “NASA” and SpaceX “Crew-6” mission, which will be launched in the spring of 2023. Al Neyadi will be the first Arab astronaut on a long-term mission to the International Space Station.

“We congratulate the people of the UAE on the selection of Sultan Al Neyadi for this long-term scientific mission in space,” said Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, noting that the UAE was the 11th country in the history has become to take part in a long-term mission in space.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan added: “Al Neyadi is a role model for the UAE youth, of whom we are proud, and he will be an ambassador for all Arabs in the scientific space race that we have with great confidence and firm belief entered into. the abilities of our children.”

He said that the UAE continues to lay the foundation for this important sector by providing it with qualified national competencies and continue to launch more qualitative scientific projects to contribute to space exploration programs and support related industries to help humanity serve and benefit its present and future.

For his part, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said: “Among a group of Emirati astronauts at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, Sultan Al Neyadi was chosen to be the first be. Arab astronaut who will spend a long mission lasting 6 months. Months on the International Space Station next year, God willing .. our youth raised our heads to the sky .. where the deserved place and position of the UAE.”

Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi will spend six months aboard the International Space Station, during which he will conduct many in-depth and advanced scientific experiments, as part of the “UAE Astronaut Program” to train and advance a team of Emirati astronauts prepare, and send them into space to carry out various scientific missions.

Al Neyadi’s mission came after the signing of a strategic partnership agreement last April between the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center and Axiom Space, the company specialized in manned space flights and the development of space infrastructure in the United States for space exploration.

Historic Emirati imprint

Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, emphasized that the Emirates National Space Program is based on the vision of the wise, pioneering leadership to envision the future, and the great support it provides to the development of the space sector, which contributed to the strengthening of the regional and international presence of the UAE in the space sector and the confirmation of its position among the prominent countries in the field of space science and exploration, in addition to the consolidation of the pillars of the sector in the UAE by launching many and varied projects, training expertise, training talents and supporting industries related to space science.

He added: “The manned and unmanned space exploration programs reflect the sustainable nature of the various space projects that are constantly being launched, to achieve unified goals that achieve a better future for humanity, strengthened by exceptional scientific discoveries in this sector. Sultan Al Neyadi will leave a historic Emirati imprint on the pages of international achievements in this field.” sector”.

In-depth and advanced science experiments

Salem Humaid Al Marri, Director General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, for his part, said: “Astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi underwent intensive training as an alternate astronaut during the (Zayed Ambition) mission in 2018, where he worked hard and underwent extensive training until he received the astronaut badge from the Center Johnson Space Agency, which is affiliated with NASA, excelled and shone to represent the UAE in this historic mission.

Al Marri added: “The first long-term mission for Arab astronauts is a major step for the national space program as it will make the UAE the 11th country in the world to complete a 6-month mission aboard the International Space Station, and it will enable us to carry out long-term experiments with valuable results and high precision.”.

Al-Marri touched on the important role of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center in enhancing the successes of the space sector in the UAE, with its multiple projects, which has become the talk of the world in terms of what it offers to humanity to serve and the availability of new information about this sector, which points to the importance of knowledge exchange and cooperation with international partners to continue the development of Our space program, and the strengthening of the UAE’s position as a country in the world of space exploration.

mission team

With the signing of an agreement by the UAE in April 2022 with Axiom Space, the company specialized in manned space flights and the development of space infrastructure in the United States for space exploration, Sultan Al Neyadi was chosen to embark on a journey of 6 months to participate. to the International Space Station.

Al Neyadi will embark on his long-term journey to the International Space Station with a team of 4 lead astronauts, including Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoburg, with the aim of conducting a series of experiments and research and achieving important scientific results about outer space.

intense workouts

Sultan Al Neyadi spent 5 years preparing for long-term human spaceflight, during which he underwent extensive training until receiving the astronaut badge from NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Al Neyadi and fellow astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri are the pioneers of the first batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme, which was launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president of the UAE. UAE, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in 2017. To train and prepare a team of Emirati astronauts, and send them into space to carry out various scientific missions.

Al-Niyadi, accompanied by Al-Mansoori, underwent a wide range of exercises, specifically designed to meet the requirements and duration of the mission. He began his training at the “Yuri Gagarin” Astronaut Training Center in the Star City in Moscow; He also received training in Houston, Texas, and Cologne in Germany, as part of partnership agreements with major space agencies, namely NASA, the European Agency “ESA” and the Japanese “JAXA”.

The two astronauts underwent a training program in all divisions and units of the International Space Station, to be trained on how to use the devices and equipment inside, and training on emergency situations, which may occur on board the International Space Station, including fire , low pressure and ammonia gas leakage. They also underwent survival training in the event of an emergency landing of the capsule in a very cold forest. They also trained in a space suit weighing up to 10 kilograms and how to wear it in a zero-gravity environment. also the training in the neutral propulsion laboratory, and an evaluation on the use of the EMU spacewalk suit And maintenance of the International Space Station, and rescue of astronauts in emergency ICR, while they theoretical classes and practical training on the T-38 aircraft have completed. astronauts wear the badge from NASA’s Johnson Space Center after completing their nearly 20 months of public training.

space program

The Emirates Astronaut Programme, launched by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, aimed to establish the infrastructure of the UAE space sector as it is one of the most inspiring programs that meet the aspirations of young people with unique capabilities at the scientific level and personal It is also one of the projects managed by the Emirates National Space Programme. It is funded by the Information and Communication Technology Fund of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Authority (TDRA), which aims to support research and development in the information and communication technology. sector in the United Arab Emirates, as well as to improve the integration of the Emirates at the global level.

The UAE’s preparation for astronauts embodies the vision of the UAE’s leadership by empowering the youth to design the next 50 years, leading to the UAE Centenary 2071, and building a knowledge economy in a smart future society based on innovation, technology and scientific research.

This step comes with the aim of developing the skills and abilities of Emirati astronauts to become “operators” of the International Space Station. The selection of astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi as part of a qualitative new mission for which they have been intensively prepared at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Sultan Al Neyadi

Sultan Al Neyadi was born in 1981 in the Umm Ghafa area of ​​Al Ain, where he received his primary and secondary education, while he excelled in his education and excelled among his colleagues to join the UAE Army, which sent him to study communication engineering, and began his higher scientific career in the United Kingdom, specifically at the University of Brighton and obtained a certificate Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Information Technology Engineering, and in 2008 he ‘ Received a Master’s degree in Information Security from Griffith University, Australia.

He also obtained a doctorate in information leak prevention, during which he published 6 research papers on specialized international websites.

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