A new agreement between UAE and NASA to train astronauts
The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center and the American Space Agency NASA signed an agreement to train Emirati astronauts in the United States of America, which is the newest agreement between UAE and NASA.
We are pleased to announce the signing of an agreement with @NASA to train UAE astronauts for potential missions to the International Space Station, including space walks & long duration station missions. The program will train our youth and astronauts for future missions. pic.twitter.com/iipzZAD1MF
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) September 21, 2020
UAE and NASA training astronauts program
The agreement between UAE and NASA includes training four Emirati astronauts, and the “NASA” training group will prepare Emirati astronauts on the physical and psychological level to undertake the missions of space exploration in the future.
NASA Astronaut Program for 2021
The Emirati astronauts Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Neyadi will start the advanced training program at the present time. While the two pioneers of the Emirates Astronaut Program of the second batch will join the coming “NASA Astronaut Program for 2021” at a later time, in order to undergo the same training programs that NASA astronauts are subject to.
The exercises will be held at the Johnson Space Center of NASA, and they will be trained to carry out missions in low orbit, by means of the analogue simulation project system for human exploration research.
Strategic partnership of UAE and NASA
For his part, Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, said, “The global space sector is based on international cooperation and the idea of building knowledge bridges between countries. Today we are consolidating this idea through a strategic partnership with NASA.”
The UAE is looking forward to strengthening partnerships with NASA that aquires global experiences and carrying great strategic importance, that will serve the goals of the UAE space sector.
Al-Mansouri pointed out that the agreement between the UAE and NASA comes as a clear indication of the strength of the economic, cultural and diplomatic ties between the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.”
UAE space sector system
The UAE space sector advanced stage acquires the capabilities and expertise that achieve advanced future space missions, which will positively affect the UAE space sector system and our endeavors to raise the efficiency of Emirati astronauts.
The UAE has made great strides in the field of space exploration as part of the development process in the space sector,” the Emirati newspaper quoted James Moorehard, Deputy Director of NASA. In a short period of time, this march recently culminated in the successful launch of the “Hope Probe” within the Emirates Project to explore Mars, being the first Arab mission to another planet. ”
Moorhard added: “The agreement between the UAE and NASA is to train Emirati astronauts will deepen scientific cooperation between the two countries, which will create new opportunities for the UAE to become a key partner in the International Space Station, the Artemis program, and other programs and activities of NASA.”