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Robert Pearlman
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Government of Dubai release
UAE and Russia sign agreement to send first Emirati astronaut to space

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that sending the first Emirati astronaut to space will herald the beginning of a new era for the UAE and represents another step towards achieving the country's vision and aspirations for the space sector.

His Highness's comment came as the UAE, represented by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), and The Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, signed a cooperation agreement to send the first Emirati astronaut to space to participate in scientific research as part of the Russian space mission to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz-MS spacecraft.

"The UAE has signed a historic agreement to send the first Emirati astronaut to the International Space Station. The journey that we began 12 years ago is beginning to bear fruit," Sheikh Mohammed said. "Our vision to develop the national space sector is being realised with the development of a spacecraft, the construction of our first local satellite manufacturing facility, the training being given to Emirati astronauts, and the launch of a comprehensive scientific and research programme. We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UAE in 2021, and we will gift these accomplishments to our future generations so that their dreams will always start from the sky," Sheikh Mohammed said.

His Highness also said that the agreement supports the objectives of the 'UAE Centennial 2071' which focuses on the development of futuristic sciences across various sectors including innovation, space, engineering and medicine. He also said that the agreement provides an impetus for advancing the UAE's future space ambitions which include building the first inhabitable human settlement in Mars as part of the 2117 Mars project.

Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the MBRSC and general supervisor of all of the Centre's projects and strategic and development plans HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that the agreement is part of the strategic objective of the MBRSC to advance the UAE's position as a leading country in the space industry, and its efforts to collaborate with major institutions to exchange knowledge and best practices in this field.

His Highness said that the first Emirati astronaut will travel to space within a year of the UAE Astronaut Programme creating a final shortlist of candidates as part of the National Space Programme. Four candidates will be selected from the 95 shortlisted applicants (of which 75 are males and 20 females) aged between 23-48 years, as part of the UAE Space Programme announced in April 2017.

The agreement was signed on the sidelines of UNISPACE +50, a symposium and special high-level meeting of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), being held in Vienna from 18 to 22 June. Director General of MBRSC His Excellency Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani and Sergey Krikalev, Executive Director of Manned Spaceflight Programmes at Roscosmos signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organisations. The ceremony was attended by Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills and Chairman of the UAE Space Agency Dr. Ahmed Belhoul Al Falasi; Chairman of the Board of Directors of MBRSC HE Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri; General Director of Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities Dmitry Rogozin; and the senior management team of the MBRSC and UAE Space Agency.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of MBRSC HE Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri said that the agreement with the Russian Space Agency is part of a strategy to prepare the younger generation for facing future challenges brought by technological development. "Selecting and training Emirati astronauts is crucial to the success of the UAE Space Programme. The selected astronauts will participate in scientific research programmes that will serve humanity and help develop the UAE space sector in the future," Al Mansouri said.

Director General of MBRSC His Excellency Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani said that the Russian Space Agency is an ideal partner because of its long track record in the space sector.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a multi-nation construction project that is the largest single structure humans have ever put into space. Its main construction was completed between 1998 and 2011, although the station continues to evolve to include new missions and experiments. It has been continuously occupied since 2 November 2000. As of January 2018, 230 individuals from 18 countries have visited the International Space Station.

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The still-to-be-named UAE astronaut will fly as part of the Soyuz MS-12 crew in April 2019, reports The National.
Soyuz MS-12 is part of [Expedition] 59 to the space station. At present only two of the three crew in the capsule have been announced: Oleg Skripochka, a veteran Russian commander, and Christina Hammock [Koch], an American who became a NASA astronaut in 2013.

The third seat now seems to have been reserved for the UAE. That mission is due to return to Earth in October next year, so it is not yet clear how the UAE member of the crew will return earlier, if as announced.

He — or she — will be the third Arab astronaut into space, after Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud who flew in the Space Shuttle in 1985 and Syrian Mohammed Faris, who visited the Russian Mir space station in 1987.

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Soyuz MS-12 is scheduled to launch on April 5, 2019, Soyuz MS-10 to land on April 15, 2019. This enables a 10 day mission for the first Emirati astronaut.

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The United Arab Emirates' nine candidates for a 2019 flight to the International Space Station are now in Star City, reports TASS.
"The contenders’ medical selection will last three weeks. Following the results of the medical examination, two candidates will be selected. The training of a UAE cosmonaut and his substitute for a flight to the International Space Station will begin in August 2018," Roscosmos said in a statement.

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From the UAE Space Agency on Twitter:
The announcement of our first two Emirati astronauts heralds a new era in our nation's history. Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Niadi will raise the UAE flag amongst the stars. Congratulations to the people of the UAE for this great achievement.

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Do we know how much they are paying for the seat?

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To my knowledge, the details of the flight contract have not been released.

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Roscosmos director Dmitry Rogozin has confirmed that the planned April 2019 flight of an Emirati astronaut has been postponed as a result of the Soyuz MS-10 launch abort.
"The schedule has been somewhat altered due to the Soyuz accident. But I think we will fulfill our obligations concerning the flight of an UAE national in 2019," he said.

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From the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre on Twitter:
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre announces that it has selected Hazzaa AlMansoori as the prime astronaut and Sultan AlNeyadi as the backup astronaut for the International Space Station (ISS) mission. The Emirati astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori will fly for an eight-day space mission to ISS aboard a Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft on 25 September 2019.

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First Emirati astronaut to fly UAE flag and tree seeds to space station

The red, green, white and black flag of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is flying for the first time at the launch site where humanity first lifted off for space. The display is in recognition of another historic milestone, the imminent first flight of an astronaut from the Middle Eastern country.

A similar UAE flag, this one made out of pure silk, will fly with Hazzaa AlMansoori on his 8-day mission to the International Space Station. The banner is among a number of items that Almansoori is taking with him to share Emirati culture with his crewmates and to bring mementos from his spaceflight back to his fellow citizens.

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Some photos from Hazzaa AlMansoori's mission (via Twitter):
Oct. 1 — Dressed for the occasion! Delighted for the opportunity to share part of our Emirati culture with the crew aboard the ISS.

Oct. 1From the happiest astronaut to the happiest nation... this is history, this is the UAE from space.

Oct. 1Suhail, my friend in this mission aboard the International Space Station.

Oct. 2A selfie from space.

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, has announced the United Arab Emirates is seeking a second astronaut class, via Twitter:
We are looking for a new Emirati astronaut for the second UAE mission in space. For those who see the same ambition, energy and determination of our sons and daughters register at Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center. The mission continues and our march to space is still in its infancy.
From the MBRSC:
UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply for the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme. All professions will be considered, from engineers to pilots, military personnel to teachers, those involved in STEM and other professions.

Under the umbrella of MBRSC, the UAE Astronaut Programme, the first of its kind in the region, aims to develop scientific cadres and prepare future generations of astronauts.

The following criteria should be met:

  • Nationality: Emirati
  • Age: +18
  • Language: proficiency in Arabic and English
  • Education: University Graduate (Bachelor’s or Higher)
There is no word about the status of Sultan AlNeyadi, the backup to Hazza AlMansouri, though he helped spread word of the new selection on Twitter.

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At the IAC in Washington DC this October I asked the UAE representatives about their astronaut program and was told that they planned to send a second astronaut into space. It seemed like wishful thinking at the time, but if they follow through Al-Neyadi could be a rare back-up to fly. The only previous one was Bulgarian Alexander Alexandrov who had backed-up Georgi Ivanov on his failed Salyut docking mission.

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Originally posted by Neil DC:
The only previous one...
Wouldn't Barbara Morgan also count, as backup to Christa McAuliffe who later flew as a mission specialist on STS-118?

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From the American side, Yes. I guess I was referring to the Russian side.

Always many rumors of countries looking to send their first citizen into space with the Russians. Ultimately it boils down to if they are willing to spend the money to do it. Often they don't. No harm dreaming!

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