Dubai: Yamama Badwan
In preparation for spacewalk training at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Center, Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Neyadi, the two Emirati astronauts, are diving without space allowance.
Al-Niyadi explained in a tweet he posted on his page on “Instagram”, which he attached to a set of photos this evening (Wednesday), that they are inspecting the required workplaces and the path of movement using safety ropes, while they listen to instructions through loudspeakers located underwater, where the neutral buoyancy laboratory contains more than 23 million liters of water, as well as a nearly complete model of the International Space Station.
The neutral buoyancy laboratory exercises are one of the most important methods to prepare astronauts for spacewalk missions, during which the body is suspended in a state between buoyancy and drowning, in a huge swimming pool, 202 feet long, 102 feet wide, and 40 feet deep. One of the important experiences for astronauts, before any space flight, where the space suit is worn under the surface of the water, inside huge basins prepared for training, with the help of weights that maintain the level of the astronauts, by avoiding landing under the bottom, or floating to the surface, and this comes to put the astronauts Space is in a state similar to weightlessness and gravity. They spend 6 hours under water, which is equivalent to an hour of spacewalking and qualifies the advanced training that Al-Mansoori and Al-Neyadi are undergoing at the Johnson Space Center, to provide them with new skills, commensurate with the next mission they are preparing for the International Space Station, which will be longer in duration, as well as its quality. Operating and dealing with the various sections of the International Space Station.
The two astronauts had joined an intensive training program at NASA in the state of Houston at the end of last September, to qualify them to be “operators” of the International Space Station, where they completed theoretical classes and practical exercises on the T-38 plane, which included practical exercises planning the flight path and communicating with control towers. Air navigation, in addition to maneuvering the aircraft, exposure to high acceleration forces, and dealing with emergencies. The theoretical classes also included control systems inside the aircraft, radar, communications, navigation and emergency systems.
The astronauts Al Mansouri and Al Neyadi were also trained in the Virtual Reality Laboratory, which helps astronauts train on different and accurate equipment and tasks, including simulating the external maintenance process of the International Space Station during spacewalk, as well as training on the T-38 jet plane, which included its leadership during ascent and landing. And conducting maneuvers at altitudes of more than 5 kilometers, in addition to learning the electricity of the plane, how to use the rescue chair, and performing standard procedures similar to some of the missions of the International Space Station.
The exercises also include routine tasks carried out by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, such as operating and dealing with computer systems, storing and locating equipment, communicating with ground stations, maintaining, installing and repairing equipment, dealing with International Station systems, and controlling robots. The two pioneers in the center teach aerodynamics, physics and physiology, follow-up methods for space ships, study how rocket engines and flight mechanics work, and learn about other different sciences, such as geology, which helps them learn about the nature of the moon’s surface, and other knowledge-related matters.
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