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Emirates News Agency – President of the State: The UAE is striving in aggressive and ambitious steps to consolidate its position in the space field with the will and ambition of its people

Announcing the selection of Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi as the first Arab astronaut for a long-term mission aboard the International Space Station in 2023.

– Head of State: The UAE is striving at strenuous and ambitious steps to consolidate its position in the field of space with the will and ambition of its sons.

– The Head of State: laying the foundations for the sector by providing it with qualified national competencies and continuing to launch more quality projects that contribute to space exploration and its industries.

– Mohammed bin Rashid: Among a group of Emirati astronauts at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, Sultan Al Neyadi was chosen to be the first Arab astronaut who will spend a long six-month mission at the International Space Station next year, God willing.

– Mohammed bin Rashid: Our youth raised our heads to the sky… where the deserved place and position of the UAE are.

The UAE is the 11th in the world to complete a long-term mission to the International Space Station.

Al Neyadi will participate in the NASA and SpaceX Crew-6 mission, which will be launched in the spring of 2023.

Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi will spend 6 months aboard the International Space Station, during which he will conduct many in-depth and advanced scientific experiments.

Sultan Al Neyadi underwent 5 years of intensive training to prepare him for long-term human spaceflight.

Al Neyadi holds the astronaut badge from NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

ABU DHABI, 25th July, WAM/ His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, “may God protect him”, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, “may God protect him,” affirmed that the UAE is striving with great steps. They are eager and ambitious to consolidate their position in the field of space with the will of their children, their determination and ambition that knows no impossible. Their Highnesses pointed out that the Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi represents an honorable model for the UAE youth and Arab youth, who carries their hopes and ambitions to record new achievements for Arabs to add to their balance in this vital field.

This came on the occasion of the announcement by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center that Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi was chosen to participate in the first long-term mission aboard the International Space Station within the US 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.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, may God protect him, said: “We congratulate the people of the UAE for choosing Sultan Al Neyadi for this long-term scientific mission in space… Noting that the UAE has become the 11th country in history that participates in a long-term mission in space. “.

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His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan added: “Al Neyadi is a role model for the UAE youth, whom we are proud of, and he will be an ambassador for all Arabs in the scientific space race, which we entered with high confidence and firm belief in the capabilities of our children.”

His Highness said that the state is continuing to lay the foundations for this vital sector by providing it with qualified national competencies and continuing to launch more quality scientific projects to contribute to space exploration programs and support related industries to serve humanity and bring good to its present and future.

For his part, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, “may God protect him,” said: “Among a group of Emirati astronauts at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, Sultan Al Neyadi was chosen to be the first Arab astronaut to spend a mission.” It will be a long, 6-month stay on the International Space Station next year, God willing. Our youth have raised our heads to the sky, where the deserved place and position of the UAE are.”

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 prepare a team of Emirati astronauts, 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.

A historical Emirati imprint.

His Excellency Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, stressed that the UAE National Space Program is based on the vision of the wise, pioneering leadership in foreseeing the future, and the great support it provides to the development of the space sector, which contributed to strengthening the UAE’s regional and international presence in the space sector and confirming Its position among the prominent countries in the field of space science and exploration, in addition to consolidating the pillars of the sector in the country by launching numerous and diverse projects, training expertise, 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 launched, in order to achieve unified goals that achieve a better future for humanity, reinforced by exceptional scientific discoveries in this sector, and will leave Sultan Al Neyadi a historical Emirati imprint on the pages of the state’s achievements in this sector. .

In-depth and advanced scientific experiments.

For his part, His Excellency Salem Humaid Al Marri, Director General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, said: Astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi underwent intensive training as an alternative astronaut during the “Zayed Ambition” mission in 2018, where he worked hard and underwent extensive training until he received the astronaut badge from Johnson Center For NASA, he excelled and excelled to represent the UAE in this historic mission.

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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, which will enable us to conduct long-term experiments with valuable results and high accuracy.

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

Task 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 participate in a 6-month journey to the International Space Station.

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

Intense workouts.

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

Al Neyadi, along with his colleague, astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri, are the pioneers of the first batch of the UAE Astronaut Program, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of the UAE. Dubai, may God bless him, in the year 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 suit the requirements and duration of the mission. He began his training at the “Yuri Gagarin” Cosmonaut 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 Japan (JAXA).

The two astronauts underwent a training program in all sections 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 that weighs up to 10 kilograms and how to wear it in a zero-gravity environment. They also completed the training in the neutral buoyancy laboratory, and an evaluation on the use of the EMU spacewalk suit And the maintenance of the International Space Station, and the rescue of astronauts in emergency ICR, while they completed theoretical classes and practical training on the T-38 plane. The astronauts wear the badge of NASA’s Johnson Space Center after completing their nearly 20-month public training.

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Space programme.

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 abilities at the scientific level and personal skills. It is also one of the projects managed by the Emirates National Space Program It is funded by the Information and Communication Technology Fund of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and Digital Government (TDRA), which aims to support research and development in the ICT sector in the United Arab Emirates, as well as to enhance the country’s integration at the global level.

The UAE’s preparation for astronauts embodies the vision of the country’s leadership to empower young people towards designing the next 50 years, leading to the UAE Centennial 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 capabilities and capabilities 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 distinguished himself in his education and excelled among his colleagues to join the UAE Armed Forces, which sent him to study communications engineering, and began his higher scientific career in the United Kingdom, specifically at Brighton University and obtained a certificate Bachelor’s degree in Communications 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 degree in the prevention of information leakage, during which he published 6 research papers on specialized international sites.

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