Sultan Al Neyadi became the first Arab astronaut to spend a long 6-month mission on the International Space Station next year.
The above came after Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced the selection of Al Neyadi to be the first Arab astronaut to fulfill the aforementioned mission.
Emirati Sultan Al Neyadi on a 6-month space mission… the first in the Arab world
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum wrote through his official account on Twitter: “Among a group of Emirati astronauts at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, Sultan Al Neyadi was selected to be the first Arab astronaut to complete a long mission of 6 months at the International Space Station in the year In the future, God willing, our youth raised our heads to the sky, where the deserved place and position of the UAE is.”
In 2021, astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi successfully completed the first year of training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and is now ready to serve as an operator aboard the International Space Station.
“Al Neyadi” has completed training in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, an assessment on the use of the EMU spacewalk, maintenance of the International Space Station, and emergency astronaut rescue ICR, and has theoretical classes and practical training on the T-38- plane completed.
Al Neyadi received the astronaut badge from NASA’s Johnson Space Center, after completing their general training, which lasted about 20 months.
Who is Sultan Al Neyadi?
Emirati astronaut, who was in reserve for Hazza Al Mansouri on the first manned scientific mission to space for the United Arab Emirates, aboard the International Space Station on September 25, 2019 under the slogan “Zayed’s Ambition”.
Al Neyadi was born on 23 May 1981 in the Umm Ghafa area (30 km southeast of the city of Al Ain in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi), where he received his primary and secondary education, excelled in his education and excelled under his peers. . Following in the footsteps of his father, a military man, Al Neyadi joined the armed forces, which sent him to study communications engineering.
He started his higher scientific career in the United Kingdom, specifically at the University of Brighton, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Information Technology Engineering.
After that, “Al Neyadi” returned to the UAE and started working in the armed forces, to call his passion for education again and go to Australia, this time to receive a master’s degree in 2008 in information security from Australia’s Griffith University .
Then Al-Niyadi returned as a network security engineer to the armed forces, visiting more than 20 countries around the world based on his work.
At the beginning of 2012, passion called him again to study to complete his knowledge in the same field of information security, and he returned to Australia for 5 years, at the end of which he obtained a doctorate in the specialty of information leak prevention . , during which he published 6 research articles on specialized international websites.
UAE Astronaut Program
Sultan Al Neyadi is one of the pioneers of the first batch of the UAE Astronaut Program, launched by 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 was sent. and Ruler of Dubai, in 2017, to train and prepare a team of Emirati astronauts, sending them into space to carry out various scientific missions.
Al Neyadi was selected from more than 4,000 applicants for the program, following a series of mental and physical tests in the United Arab Emirates and abroad.
His educational achievements, a doctorate in information technology (information prevention), and his love and passion for sports in general and jiu-jitsu in particular, helped him to be at the forefront of the candidates, and he passed the tests of the Emirates Astronaut passed. Program with distinction, as he was able to combine high mental abilities and fitness required physically.
Within the framework of the agreement of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center and the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos in the Russian Federation to train Emirati astronauts, Al Neyadi flew to Russia in September 2018, with the aim of providing the necessary training received for the September 25, 2019 mission.
Sultan Al Neyadi training
In preparation for the mission, “Al Neyadi” underwent a set of exercises, specifically designed to suit the mission’s requirements and duration. He began his training on September 3 at the “Yuri Gagarin” Cosmonaut Training Center in the Star City in Moscow, based on an agreement with the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos.
Al Neyadi also received training in Houston, Texas and Cologne in Germany, as part of partnership agreements with major space agencies, namely NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and Japan (JAXA).
The training program included all divisions and units of the International Space Station, and how to use the devices and equipment in it. Al Neyadi also received training on emergency situations that may occur aboard the International Station, including fire, low pressure and ammonia gas leakage.
Al Neyadi also underwent survival training in the event of an emergency landing of the capsule in a very cold forest, and was trained on the space suit, which weighs up to 10 kilograms, and how to carry it in a zero-gravity environment .
Al Neyadi is also trained to carry out daily tasks such as preparing food, how to use the camera to document events, take pictures of the ground, communicate with ground stations and other daily things he does during the mission period did.
The total number of training courses amounted to more than 90 courses, and the number of hours reached more than 1,400 hours.
Facts about the SpaceX 6-Crew mission
The launch will be in the spring of 2023, as part of the NASA and SpaceX 6-Crew mission, with a duration of 6 months.
This is the first long-term mission for Arab astronauts, during which in-depth and advanced scientific experiments will be carried out, which will provide valuable results for the scientific community.
When the mission is completed, the UAE will become the 11th worldwide among countries to complete a long-duration mission to the International Space Station.