Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center announced today the successful launch of the Russian spacecraft "Soyuz MS15" at 05:57 pm local time with Emirates Hazza Al Mansouri, the first Emirati astronaut, at the beginning of the historic flight The International Space Station, part of the UAE's first manned mission to space, includes the crew of Russian astronaut Oleg Scribochka and US astronaut Jessica Mir.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, presented this historic achievement to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and President of the UAE. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and their brothers, members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the UAE, affirming his full pride in the ability of the UAE people to amaze the world with achievements that bring to mind times. The Arabs dominate Knowledge and science platforms with discoveries and contributions are still being taught today at the world's largest universities and scientific institutes.
His Highness the Crown Prince of Dubai, following the successful launch of the mission from the observation center at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center in Dubai, expressed his sincere wishes to the astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri to complete his historic mission to the fullest, and conduct all scientific experiments planned As part of this journey, it will be the beginning of a new era in which the UAE will reaffirm its scientific and cultural leadership on a global level, and usher in a new phase of advanced scientific development in support of the future of humanity and aimed at improving the quality of human life.
His Highness attributed the success of this mission to the great support given by the wise leadership of the UAE to the space file as one of the most prominent files on its massive agenda of initiatives, projects and plans that aim to lay the foundations for a future in which the people of the UAE and the people of the region around us will enjoy more causes of prosperity, progress and progress.
His Highness the Crown Prince of Dubai accompanied the successful launch through the observation center at Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, the team qualified to represent the UAE at the First Global Championship, the world's largest challenge in the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics hosted by the UAE in October 2019. For the first time in the region.
The successful launch of the first flight of an Emirati astronaut carried by the Soyuz MS15 spacecraft from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan marks the launch of the UAE's first manned mission to space at the start of a major achievement for the Arab and Islamic nations. With the resumption of the era of manned space flight to realize the dream of the late founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God bless him in the seventies of the last century, and in implementation of the vision of our wise leadership that the UAE be an effective and influential partner in making the future. Ouija sincere seeking to put the name of the UAE is always in the foreground and within the highest ranks in the various fields of national efforts.
The launch was attended by Dr. Ahmed bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, Chairman of the Emirates Space Agency, HE Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, Chairman of Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, and Yousef Hamad. Al Shaibani, Director General of the Center, and Salem Al Marri, Director of the Emirates Astronaut Program, in addition to a number of dignitaries and the team of the Center, and the astronauts Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Neyadi.
The success of the launch is the result of strategic partnerships with major global space agencies, including the Russian Federal Space Agency "Roskosmos", the Japanese Space Exploration Agency, the European Space Agency and the US Space Agency "NASA"; Participating in shaping the future and pioneering the development of its vital industries and sectors, especially space industry, science and research.
The Soyuz MS15 is expected to arrive at the International Space Station at around 2 am on Thursday, September 26, according to local time in the UAE.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan launched the Emirates Astronaut Program in April 2017 to train and prepare a team of UAE astronauts and send them to space for various scientific missions. This was followed by an invitation by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in December of the same year through a transcript of His Highness on Twitter for the UAE youth to register in the Emirates Astronaut Program through the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, an invitation initiated by more than 4000 young men and women to meet Among them were Hazza Al-Mansouri and Sultan Al-Neyadi, who were selected after passing all physical, mental and psychological tests, which were designed and implemented by institutions with a long history in the field of space, until the official announcement of the selection of astronauts Al-Mansouri and Al-Niyadi on 3 September 2018.