Mohammed bin Rashid: We are able to go further into space

Dubai (Etihad)

The United Arab Emirates announced the launch of a new, long-term space mission to the International Space Station, which extends to 6 months, by signing a strategic partnership agreement between Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center and Axiom Space, the company specializing in manned space flights and development. of space infrastructure In the United States to explore space.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, said: “More than five years ago, we launched the ‘Emirates Astronaut Program’, and the United Arab Emirates sent the first Emirates astronaut on a historic trip to the International Space Station .. Today we announce a new collaboration between the UAE and the United States to send an emirate astronaut on the first long-term mission aboard the International Space Station.

  • Yousef Al-Otaiba, Hamad Al-Mansoori, Youssef Al-Shaibani, Muhammad Al-Mulla and Noura Al-Matrooshi after signing (from source)
    Yousef Al-Otaiba, Hamad Al-Mansoori, Youssef Al-Shaibani, Muhammad Al-Mulla and Noura Al-Matrooshi after signing (from source)

His Highness also said: “A new station for the space sector in the UAE has been signed with the signing of a new agreement to send the first Arab astronaut on a 180-day mission to the International Space Station. The United Arab Emirates becomes 11th country in history to send a long-term mission to space. We are proud of the youth of the UAE. “
His Highness added: “Our space sector and our vision for it and its projects are constantly evolving. The space mission will add new experiences and knowledge to our children and the scientific community. The UAE and its people are able to achieve the impossible and go to further horizons in space. “
The space partnership aims to launch the first long-term Arab mission to the International Space Station, which will be fought by an emirate astronaut. Four Emirati astronauts are currently receiving training at NASA’s Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston to prepare them for long-term human spaceflight.
With this mission, the United Arab Emirates will represent one of 11 countries that were able to send astronauts on long-term missions to the International Space Station, and the UAE will carry the number (11) to achieve this feat, and it will also be the first Arab countries entering space for long flights.

The agreement was signed between the center and Axiom Space at the UAE’s embassy in Washington. The signing ceremony was attended by Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States, Hamad Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Board of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, and Yousef Al Shaibani, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Center, to By Astronauts Mohammed Al Mulla and Nora Al Matrooshi. The agreement was signed by Salem Al-Marri, director general of the center, while Michael Suffredini, president and CEO of Axiom Space, signed the agreement on the US side.

Arab astronauts
Hamad Al-Mansoori, Chairman of the Board of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, stressed that “the announcement of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, may God bless him, first of all long-term mission for Arab astronauts, confirms the sustainable nature of the UAE program. ” National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which is based on the vision of the wise management, which is proactive in predicting the future. “
Al-Mansoori explained that “the long duration of this mission, which extends over 6 months, will allow for in-depth and advanced experiments in space, an activity limited to a few countries, and the UAE was able to join it in record time. “

  • Hamad Al Mansouri
    Hamad Al Mansouri

He added: “The agreement with Axiom Space and the partnership with NASA reflects the country’s vision, which sees space exploration as an opportunity to strengthen global cooperation and partnership between countries and entities, to achieve unified goals that achieve a sustainable future for humanity, and extraordinary scientific discoveries. “
He pointed out that the mission highlights that the manned and unmanned space exploration programs are progressing in parallel in the UAE, as it comes after the country’s success with unmanned missions in orbit around Mars and Earth, and in parallel with the preparation for a mission to the moon.

space exploration
Salem Humaid Al Marri, Director General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, said: “With the aim of strengthening cooperation between the UAE and the United States, which includes prominent institutions such as Axiom Space in the space exploration sector, we are pleased to announce this important partnership that will help “This agreement will pave the way for future initiatives that will help strengthen the position of the United Arab Emirates as a world leader in space exploration.”

  • Salem Al Marri
    Salem Al Marri

He added, “It is certain that our cooperation with these parties will support the Center in achieving its ambitions and encouraging steps towards implementing the programs we have announced so far, in addition to helping us think of more advanced initiatives. , which will help strengthen the UAE’s position on the list of most active countries in space exploration. ” .
He explained that “collaboration with Axiom Space and NASA is of strategic importance to us, as it will enable during this mission to launch a long-term and sustainable activity of scientific research and experiments in space, which is a qualitative leap for human space missions. in the UAE and the region. “

International Room Station
Michael Suffredini, President and CEO of Axiom Space, said: “We are pleased to have entered into this agreement with the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center in the United Arab Emirates, especially as it is the first time that a US commercial company has achieved such At Axiom, we are proud of the opportunity for the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center to participate in the first long-term Arab mission to the International Space Station. “
This flight will include a team of American astronauts, and they will be met on the International Space Station by a Russian, American and European team. The Emirati astronaut will conduct a series of advanced research and experiments in addition to an awareness and education program, and this requires a long stay of up to 6 months aboard the advanced space station to achieve proven results that will benefit the global space community.

This mission is one of the fruits of the UAE astronaut program within the Emirates National Space Program. A team of emirate astronauts is currently being trained and prepared for the purpose of sending them into space to perform various scientific missions, as an emirate astronaut will be sent to the International Space Station to spend the longest period of an emirate or Arab astronaut in place on board.
The flight will be launched in the spring of 2023, and this mission will be the second mission for Emirati astronauts to reach the International Space Station, as Hazza Al Mansouri previously entered it aboard the Soyuz MS15 spacecraft, in late September. 2019. Kl. the end of the historic flight, Al-Mansoori returned to Earth after eight days of conducting a series of extensive scientific experiments.
An exciting new era of manned spaceflight has been launched following the signing of an agreement between Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center and Axiom Space, which includes the joining of an Emirati astronaut to the International Space Station aboard NASA SpaceX Crew 6- flight. ยป.
Al Marri added: “With the success of this mission, the Center hopes to provide a new incentive for Emirati talents to choose space as a field of study and research to help consolidate our position in the International Space Club, which few countries have managed to enter. In a dignified way, it is certain that the Emirati astronaut who will take part in the new mission will write a new chapter in our journey aimed at exploring new worlds, and will provide practical support and real experience to future generations. of Emirati astronauts. “

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