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The UAE Astronaut Programme was launched in April 2017 by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, with the objective to train and prepare the first Emirati astronaut corps to be sent to space for various scientific missions.
Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi are the first batch of astronauts from this Programme; They trained in the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC) in Moscow under an agreement between the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and Roscosmos for a mission to the International Space Station on 25th September 2019, for which Hazzaa AlMansoori is the main astronaut and Sultan AlNeyadi is his back up.
The UAE Astronaut Programme aims to prepare cadres of astronauts according to the highest international standards.
The UAE, represented by MBRSC, and Russia, represented by the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, signed an agreement to send the first Emirati astronaut to participate in scientific research in a Russian space mission to the ISS, aboard a Soyuz-MS spacecraft.
One of the astronauts will fly to ISS later this year as the first Arab astronaut to travel to ISS, while the other astronaut will continue training for future missions. ISS hosting the Emirati astronauts will be the first step for the UAE to embark on space exploration missions, and a qualitative addition to humanity.
UAE astronaut, 35-year-old AlMansoori graduated from Khalifa bin Zayed Air College from where he made his way to become an F16 pilot. After 14 years experience in military aviation, AlMansoori made history as the first Emirati to be deployed on a space mission to the International Space Station on 25 September 2019.
DATE OF BIRTH: 13 December 1983 (Age: 35)
FAMILY: Married, with 4 children
HOME TOWN: Abu Dhabi
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Aviation Science, Khalifa bin Zayed Air College, 2004
PREVIOUS OCCUPATION: UAE military pilot
HIGHLIGHTS: Solo Demonstration Pilot, the UAE’s youngest F-16 pilot & a Functional Check Flight Pilot in the UAE’s F-16B60 Air Force Fleet. Honoured to fly at the Dubai Air Show, UAE National Day 2017 & 50th Anniversary Celebrations UAE Air Force 2018.
Background: AlMansoori’s combined passions for astronomy and his country led him to join the UAE armed forces. He became an outstanding military pilot, the youngest to fly the UAE air force’s F-16B60, one of the world’s most advanced aircraft. He has more than 14 years’ experience in military aviation, participating in the 2017 National Day air show and the 2018 50th Anniversary of the UAE Armed Forces celebrations. He also took part in Exercise Red Flag, in which the best pilots from the USA, NATO and allied countries perform realistic air combat exercises.
Mission: AlMansoori will make history as the first Emirati in space, setting off on an 8-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS). He will journey aboard a Soyuz-MS 15 spacecraft, scheduled to launch on 25 September 2019 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the world’s first and largest operational space launch facility. AlMansoori will return to Earth aboard a Soyuz-MS 12.
AT THE ISS, ALMANSOORI WILL:
UAE astronaut, 38-year-old AlNeyadi holds a PhD in Information Technology and a Master of Information and Network Security from Griffith University. Previously a UAE military network security engineer, AlNeyadi is a member of the back-up team for the 2019 mission to ISS.
DATE OF BIRTH: 23 May 1981 (Age 38)
FAMILY STATUS: Married, with 4 children
HOME TOWN: Al Ain
EDUCATION: PhD Information Technology, Griffith University, Australia; BSc Electronics & Communication Engineering, University of Brighton, UK
PREVIOUS OCCUPATION: UAE Military network security engineer
HIGHLIGHTS: Network Security Engineer for UAE Armed Forces & Information Security Researcher. Honoured with Griffith University Award for Excellent Performance 2008; Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Award for Scientific Achievement 2017; published academic research scientist.
Background: AlNeyadi has been at the forefront of information technology in the UAE military for many years. An internationally published research engineer, he obtained a BSc in Electronics and Communications Engineering in the UK, and later his PhD in Information Technology from Griffith University in Queensland with a focus on data leak prevention. His work in the UAE Armed Forces specialised in network security and entailed travel to more than 20 countries around the world.
Mission: Both AlMansoori and AlNeyadi are national heroes, selected from thousands of applicants according to the highest international standards. As one of three international astronauts on the backup team for this mission, AlNeyadi undergoes the same rigorous physical, mental and scientific training as his colleague. In the months leading up to launch, the backup crew is equally prepared, including all launch procedures, ISS preparations and knowledge of the space science experiments, to be able to step into the place of a primary astronaut if necessary.
The International Space Station (ISS) is a permanent
laboratory 400 km above the surface of the Earth where
gravity has been virtually eliminated.
An astronaut’s schedule on the International Space Station includes several daily tasks and operations as well as scientific experiments. An astronaut may also take a spacewalk to carry out some tasks outside the space station. Astronauts will spend time giving interviews and updates about the mission to their millions of followers back on Earth.
Sleeping bags are strapped into the sleeping quarters to stop astronauts floating around while asleep. Some prefer to float, while others tie themselves to a wall.
The astronauts’ training, which consists of two stages, basic and advanced, is predominantly conducted in different countries and destinations around the world at specialised astronaut training facilities and centres
An astronaut’s work is much more than training and performing missions. When they have completed their mission, they come back to Earth where they will continue to provide technical support and coaching to the other astronauts on the space programme. They will also act as a space ambassador travelling the world to share their experiences and to promote the importance of space exploration and scientific disciplines as a public figure and a role model for young people.
The UAE Astronaut Programme is funded by the ICT Fund of The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).
Launched in 2007, this fund, which is the first of its kind in the Arab world, aims towards supporting research and development within the ICT sector in the UAE, helping it to grow into a nationally significant industry with a leading place in the world.