Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi will spend a 6-month long mission on the International Space Station in 2023


Sultan Al Neyadi undergoes a training session.

Gulf today, Staff reporter

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, today said on Twitter that Sultan Al Neyadi would be the first Arab astronaut to spend six months on a mission in the International Space Station in 2023, praising the efforts of the Emirati youth to place the United Arab Emirates at the forefront in various fields.

Sheikh Mohammed said on Twitter: “Among a group of Emirati astronauts at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, Sultan Al Neyadi has been chosen to be the first Arab astronaut, who will spend a 6-month mission in the International Space Station. next year, God willing.

In preparation for the mission, Al Neyadi began training on September 3, 2018 at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City in Moscow, based on an agreement with Roscosmos.

He also received training in Houston, Texas and Cologne, Germany, under partnership agreements with major space agencies, including NASA, ESA and JAXA.


Al Neyadi was also trained on the space suit, weighing up to 10 kg and how to wear it in weightlessness.

Al Neyadi was also trained to perform daily tasks such as preparing food, how to use the camera to document events, take pictures of Earth, communicate with ground stations and other daily tasks during the war. assignment. AlNeyadi has completed more than 90 courses, with the total number of training hours exceeding 1,400 hours.

Al Neyadi was born on May 23, 1981 in Umm Ghafa, 30 kilometers southeast of Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, where he received his primary and secondary education.

He excelled in his education, following in the footsteps of his father, who served in the military. He joined the armed forces and was assigned to study communications engineering.

He started his higher education in the UK and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Brighton in the UK. He returned to the United Arab Emirates and began serving in the armed forces.


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