Emirates News Agency – MBRSC announces launch date for first long-duration Arab astronaut mission

DUBAI, 19th January, 2023 (WAM) — The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) has confirmed the launch of the second mission of the UAE Astronaut Program, scheduled no earlier than February 26, 2023.

Aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, Sultan Al Neyadi, accompanied by two astronauts, will launch to the International Space Station from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Once aboard the station, Sultan will become a flight engineer for Expedition 69.

An elaborate press and public conference will be held on Wednesday, January 25 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Details of the mission will be presented there and Salem Al Marri, Director General of MBRSC, will deliver a public speech.

The mission, dubbed Crew-6, will include a series of experiments and research, as well as important scientific discoveries about space. During the mission, Sultan will perform many in-depth and advanced scientific experiments under the UAE Astronaut Program, which will train and prepare a team of Emirati astronauts before sending them into space to carry out various scientific missions.

The UAE Astronaut Program launched by the MBRSC aims to establish the UAE’s infrastructure for human space exploration. It is one of the most inspiring programs that aim to meet the aspirations of young people with unique scientific abilities and personal skills. It also aims to develop the capabilities of Emirati astronauts and enable them to operate the ISS.

The program is one of the projects funded by the Telecommunications and Digital Regulatory Authority (TDRA) ICT fund, which aims to support research and development in the ICT sector in the United Arab Emirates.

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