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Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum unveils first flight of UAE astronaut

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center will unveil the launch date of the first UAE astronaut, and will showcase the various experiments that will take place on board the international station, as well as the strong training the pilot underwent. Strong tests During the past months since the announcement of their historic selection last September at the Yuri Gagarin Center for Astronaut Training in Russia, Mansouri and Nayadi have received many powerful tests, including a centrifuge test, where the pilots experienced a gravity of up to 8 times their normal weight , The centrifuge is used to simulate the massive propulsion of astronauts toward their seats, especially when they are rapidly launched into space and the return phase. 

These experiments are designed to train astronauts to adapt to brain oxygen deficiencies and to prevent unconsciousness due to the enormous acceleration force Add to it. The tests also included simulation exercises for the Russian Soyuz at the Yuri Gagarin Center for Astronaut Training, as well as other training exercises in a zero-gravity environment.

 Emirati pilots trained to wear the 10-kilogram Sokol suit in just 25-30 seconds , And during this short period a 50 kilogram board is captured to simulate the handling of equipment and tools in the work environment of the International Space Station. Intensive drills also included the presence of the pressure chamber simulating the elevation of the sea by 5 and 10 km, Air and oxygen ratios are at normal rates. The pilots are also trained on how to maintain and manage payloads, as well as a range of other skills including robotics, navigation, medical aid, resource management and training in the convergence and integration of spacecraft at the International Station. Stages of selection The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center opened the e-registration for the UAE astronauts program in December 2017. The number of applicants reached 4022 in the first phase. 

The number of applicants reached 38, including engineering, aviation, medicine, military, While 95 candidates were selected, 39 of whom were selected at a later stage, reaching 18 candidates and then 9, to announce the selection of Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Nayadi. The number of members of the specialized committee on the selection of candidates for the program reached 20 specialized persons, including 5 cadres of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, while the Emirates astronaut program is funded through the Development Fund for the Communications and Information Technology Sector, In 2007 and is the first of its kind in the Middle East, which aims to develop the technology sectors in the country in order to enhance its competitiveness to succeed in the global market.

 Research Mansouri or Neyadi will be required to conduct in-depth scientific research in various scientific disciplines on space, physics, biology and earth sciences on board the International Station to develop human scientific knowledge and reach scientific explorations with other astronauts there, especially as they have successfully reached the final stage of the nominations After passing six stages of advanced medical and psychological tests as well as personal interviews conducted in cooperation with NASA and advanced medical tests in the Russian space agency «Roskosmos», reflecting all of this capacity And the positive results that lie behind this historic task. 

Miscellaneous Research The objectives of the Emirates Astronautics Program include research on food security, sustainable water resources, human life support, energy and electricity management, and material science development. These areas include biology, physical sciences, earth sciences, space and human research. The program is the first of its kind in the Arab world and aims to develop UAE cadres capable of joining space missions and participating in the humanitarian march to explore it in the future. And represent the Arabs in space science. 

The objectives of the program are in line with Mars Project 2117, which highlights the various areas of interest in space exploration and the future challenges that humans may face, including food security and the sustainability of natural resources Such as water, human health, energy, and the development of materials science, and management of pollutants space. Scientific distinction The highly specialized scientific and professional backgrounds of Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Neadi are an added advantage to both. Al Mansouri holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Science from Khalifa Bin Zayed Air College. He also has more than 14 years of experience in aviation and has been subjected to a wide range of programs In addition, Al-Neyadi was not particularly distinguished, since he holds a doctorate in information technology from an international university.

 He works as a communications and electronics engineer, researcher in information security, The number of international conferences and has published research papers in international journals. Scientific Projects The National Space Program, launched by the UAE’s National Command in 2017, included several major projects, including the Emirates Astronaut Program, which sought to chart a promising path for human development and the scientific preparation of a team of Emiratis to be trained and prepared to travel to space, He would have a reflex