Emirates News Agency – Sultan Al Neyadi returns to earth after completing longest Arab space mission

DUBAI, 4th September, 2023 (WAM) — The UAE house programme cemented its place in an illustrious membership when the Mohammed Bin Rashid House Centre (MBRSC) at present confirmed the profitable return of astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi from the Worldwide House Station (ISS), marking the conclusion of the longest Arab house mission in historical past, which lasted all of six months.

Marking one more wonderful chapter for the UAE that additional enhances its standing amongst main spacefaring nations, the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour spacecraft carrying Al Neyadi undocked from the Worldwide House Station at 3:05 PM (UAE time) on third September 2023, and landed off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida at 8:17 AM (UAE time) on 4th September 2023.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, stated, “I lengthen my congratulations to the UAE President on one more milestone in our formidable house programme’s evolution. As we welcome Sultan AlNeyadi again to earth, I commend him and the whole MBRSC staff on the profitable completion of this historic mission. In simply six years for the reason that launch of the UAE’s House Pioneers programme, we’ve celebrated two groundbreaking Emirati house missions. These achievements mirror the UAE’s dedication to shaping a brighter future for the world. Now we have nice religion within the potential of our youth and we’re assured that our nation’s deep wealth of expertise will proceed to drive its progress to better heights. We’re resolute in our dedication to construct on our achievements to excel as a pacesetter on the worldwide stage.”

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Government Council of Dubai, stated, “The conclusion of this mission marks one more brilliant spot in our house journey. The mission’s success displays the dedication of the MBRSC staff to bolster the UAE’s standing as a pacesetter in house exploration. We’re devoted to creating significant contributions to the progress and wellbeing of humanity, as a part of which we proceed to forge sturdy partnerships with international house companies, analysis establishments and universities. Sultan Al Neyadi devoted 600 hours to conduct 200 experiments on the ISS, which symbolize key contributions that additional consolidate our nation’s legacy within the international house enviornment.”

Al Neyadi was obtained by MBRSC Astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori, Astronauts Workplace Supervisor; Dr. Hanan Al Suwaidi, Flight Surgeon for Al Neyadi; and Saeed AlEmadi, from the Strategic Communication Division at MBRSC, on the restoration ship. A specialised medical staff promptly checked his well being parameters on web site earlier than he headed to a well being camp for additional checks to gauge his bodily situation.

Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman, MBRSC, commenting on the profitable conclusion of the mission stated, “Immediately marks a historic second within the UAE’s journey by way of its continued ambition to discover house. We’re grateful to the management of the UAE whose visionary aspirations have led to us attaining this ambition and made the house sector within the nation what it’s at present. With Sultan’s success on the ISS, we’ve set a benchmark for house journey whereas inspiring future astronauts and aspiring house travellers within the UAE to proceed to try for his or her desires to enterprise into the depths of house.

“The experiments that Sultan has performed aboard the ISS have helped us broaden human data in addition to profit the scientific neighborhood worldwide, paving the trail for the nation to have new hopes and transcend new realms on this sector. We’re glad to have him again on Earth safely and pleased with the legacy he has created.”

Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director Basic, MBRSC, stated, “Underneath the steerage of our management, we’ve accomplished our first long-term mission, which is able to set a worthy precedent for the long run missions that we embark on. Sultan has created a milestone for the UAE and has impressed each future astronaut and house fanatic along with his mission and the experiments he has performed aboard the ISS. We’re additionally grateful to Hazzaa AlMansoori who performed a key function on this expedition with Sultan because the Increment Lead. Collectively, our Emirati astronauts have made our nation proud alongside the assist of our international companions.”

Adnan AlRais, Mission Supervisor, UAE Astronaut Programme, MBRSC, acknowledged, “The profitable completion of Sultan AlNeyadi’s mission signifies a strategic milestone for the UAE in house exploration. Throughout his time aboard the ISS, Sultan undertook over 200 groundbreaking experiments and performed the primary Arab spacewalk, whereas his outreach initiatives and constant communication about his actions in house saved not simply the UAE, however the whole world engaged and knowledgeable. Sultan’s achievements encapsulate the essence of the UAE Astronaut Programme’s imaginative and prescient – to encourage, to innovate, and to combine the UAE into the worldwide cloth of house exploration.”

Protected return to Earth
Sultan AlNeyadi returned to earth aboard the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour spacecraft alongside along with his Crew-6 crewmates, NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev after six months on the Worldwide House Station.

The spacecraft accomplished its deorbit burn forward of a splashdown within the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida. 4 minutes earlier than splashdown, the drogue parachutes deployed at an altitude of about 18,000 toes, serving to arrest the Dragon’s velocity of roughly 560 km per hour. In lower than a minute, the primary parachutes deployed at about 6,000 toes, serving to the spacecraft make a protected descent.

The UAE Astronaut Programme, one of many tasks managed by MBRSC underneath the UAE’s Nationwide House Programme and funded by the ICT Fund of the Telecommunications and Digital Authorities Regulatory Authority (TDRA), goals to assist analysis and improvement within the ICT sector within the UAE and promote the nation’s integration on the worldwide stage.

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