Emirates News Agency – UAE Astronaut Programme: A track record of scientific discovery

ABU DHABI, third September, 2023 (WAM) — The UAE Astronaut Programme is embarking on a brand new journey of achievements with the return of astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi from the Worldwide House Station (ISS), following the profitable completion of the longest area mission in Arab historical past, which lasted 6 months.

Launched in 2017, the UAE Astronaut Programme prepares Emirati astronauts for manned missions to the ISS and different locations in area. The primary of its sort within the Arab world, the programme gives the required coaching, experience, and qualification for Emirati cadres to characterize the UAE, and the Arab world, in future area missions and to conduct scientific experiments that help the worldwide area exploration course of.

The UAE Astronaut Programme goals to develop a nationwide scientific corps and put together a nationwide crew of astronauts to help the UAE’s imaginative and prescient of a affluent future primarily based on information and scientific analysis; strengthen the UAE’s place within the worldwide area sector; and encourage and encourage younger generations to excel in STEM fields.

Managed by Mohammed bin Rashid House Centre (MBRSC) and funded by the ICT Fund of the Telecommunications and Digital Authorities Regulatory Authority (TDRA), the initiative goals to help analysis and improvement within the ICT sector within the UAE and promote the nation’s integration on the worldwide stage.

In 2018, astronauts Hazza Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi had been chosen, from a pool of 4,000 candidates who utilized to the UAE Astronaut Programme, to kind the primary batch of the programme. On twenty fifth September 2019, Hazza Al Mansoori, the primary Emirati astronaut, and Sultan Al Neyadi, as a reserve astronaut for Al Mansoori, UAE’s first scientific mission to the Worldwide House Station (ISS). The mission carried the slogan ‘Zayed’s Ambition’, making the UAE the nineteenth nation worldwide, and the primary nation within the Arab area, to journey to the ISS.

In preparation for the mission to the ISS, Al Mansoori and Al Neyadi underwent coaching workout routines particularly designed to go well with the necessities and period of the mission, beginning their journey on the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Coaching Centre at Star Metropolis in Moscow, primarily based on an settlement with Roscosmos. Additionally they acquired coaching in Houston in Texas, and Cologne in Germany, as a part of partnership agreements with main area companies, together with NASA, ESA, and JAXA.

The coaching programme for the ISS mission included complete coaching on all sections and models of the ISS and methods to use its gadgets and gear, emergency fireplace drills, coping with low stress and ammonia leaks contained in the station, along with survival coaching if the capsule needed to land in a chilly forest. The astronauts additionally educated on the spacesuit, weighing as much as 10 kg, and methods to put on it at zero gravity. The astronauts underwent greater than 90 programs, with the overall variety of coaching hours exceeding 1,400 hours.

Al Mansoori performed 31 scientific experiments, out of which 16 had been held in cooperation with worldwide area companies, together with Roscosmos, NASA, the European House Company (ESA), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA). 15 of those experiments concerned faculties within the UAE as a part of MBRSC’s Science in House initiative.

With the success of Al Neyadi’s mission, the Programme will start a brand new part of preparations for future area missions whose objective is to advance scientific analysis, fulfilling its position in supporting world area exploration efforts for the great of humanity.


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