Emirati astronauts successfully complete their training in Moscow

Dubai, Hazzaa Al Mansoori, the first Emirati astronaut scheduled to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) on September 25, and Sultan Al Neyadi, the back-up astronaut for the same mission, have successfully completed their final tests for the mission at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, in Star City, in Moscow.

Each day of the tests started with the astronauts saluting the commanders at the training center and then choosing their test scenario. All scenarios are in sealed envelopes and astronauts get to pick one before the start of the exam. The tests lasted over siz hours per day and each crew was examined separately.

The tests included dealing with emergency situations, Simulation of the Russian segment in ISS, the Functional Cargo Block (FGB) mock-up, and Data Management System, as well as the Soyuz Complex simulation.

The final tests included simulating several crew emergency situations during take-off, landing, and docking, while on board the ISS, in addition to dealing with the false operation of the landing sensor, propulsion system problems, interruption of contact, and increased CO2 while aboard the Soyuz spacecraft, the UAE news agency WAM reported.

In the emergency simulation of the Russian segment in ISS, astronauts successfully passed the test of the failure of communications device, the oxygen supply system, power outages, the failure of fire detection systems, and how to deal with emergency situations.

“We are proud of Al Mansoori and Al Neyadi’s success in the final tests, as it confirms that Emiratis are worthy of the UAE’s wise leadership belief in their ability to succeed in facing challenges in different sectors and disciplines, Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), said.

Our mission is to ensure that the UAE Astronaut Programme is sustainable and we aim to train and prepare more Emirati astronauts to contribute to the enrichment of the Arab region, as well as the global scientific community.

The ISS mission will pave the way for more human spaceflights by the UAE, which will significantly contribute to developing a future map to explore deep space, he added.

Salem Al Marri, Assistant Director General for Science and Technology Sector and Head of UAE Astronaut Programme, said that the tests taken by Al Mansoori and Al Neyadi the culmination of their training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, in Star City, for their mission to travel to the ISS.

“These tests have confirmed their readiness for the mission and for emergency situations during the take-off and return trips, and aboard the ISS. The jury members applauded the professionalism, the solid theoretical knowledge, and practical skills, possessed by both the main and the back-up crew of the mission,” added Al Marri.

The UAE Astronaut Programme is funded by the ICT fund of the TRA. Launched in 2007, this fund, the first of its kind in the Arab world, aims towards supporting research and development within the ICT sector in the UAE and helping it to grow into a nationally significant industry with a leading place in the world.

Source: Bahrain News Agency