As the end of the decade approaches it’s naturally a time for introspection. A time to look at our lives and achievements and try and work out where we’re going next. Well, how does ‘into space’ grab you?
While it might seem like no time at all since first Emirati in space, Hazza Al Mansouri, was reporting back to earth from the International Space Station, the UAE has wasted no time at all in sending out the call for the second generation of astronaut.
With information coming via the Emirates News Agency, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has directed the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) to open registration for the second edition of the UAE Astronaut Programme. It’s set to be the start of a new phase of the country’s space exploration journey, with the ambitious programme continuing to make progress in realising Zayed’s ambition of making the country a leader in the space sector.
During a call with Hazza Al Mansoori on his mission to ISS in September, Sheikh Mohammed told him, "You're a source of pride for all Emiratis. You're the first (Emirati to travel to space) and the first is always remembered. However, I can proudly assure you that a generation of young Emiratis will follow in your footsteps and become space scientists and technology pioneers."
Following Sheikh Mohammed’s directives, MBRSC said the second edition of the programme will commence immediately. Designed to prepare and train Emiratis to travel to space for various scientific missions, the programme will hugely benefit from the experiences of the first two UAE astronauts Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Neyadi.
OK, so big decision time. But you don’t have too long to make it. The deadline for registration is January 2020. Applicants will go through several tests including physical, mental and psychological tests, before the final set of participants are selected. Applicants should be UAE Nationals above 18 years old, have proficiency in Arabic and English, and be university graduates. People of all professions are invited to register.
You can apply for the second edition of the UAE Astronaut Programme online at mbrsc.ae/astronauts