The completion of the first Emirati mission to simulate space

Hamdan bin Mohammed: The success of “Sirius 21” is a new achievement for the people of the Emirates

  • Cosmonauts from Russia, the UAE and America participated in the mission.

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  • Al-Amiri left “Sirius 21” after 8 months of studies and scientific experiments.

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His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, yesterday blessed the leadership and people of the UAE with the success of the mission "Sirius 21", the first Emirati mission to simulate space.

His Highness said in a post on Twitter: "We congratulate the leadership and people of the UAE for the success of the mission (Sirius 21), which is the first Emirati mission to simulate space.

The mission launched on November 4, 2021 and lasted for 240 days in Moscow, with the participation of Saleh Al-Amiri and simulation pioneers from Russia and America.

A new achievement is recorded for the sons of the Emirates and the team of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center.”

Yesterday, the center announced the completion of "mission number one" of the Emirates Space Simulation Project, and the achievement of its goals with great success, as part of the international scientific research program at the unique "Sirius 21" ground station, which was launched on November 4, 2021, and spanned eight months with the aim of studying biomedical problems. And psychology in humans, caused by isolation in space and restriction of movement, and participated in the mission astronauts simulators from Russia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.

The participation of the United Arab Emirates in the mission comes to support scientific communities and research centers locally and globally, as the outputs of the mission will be positively reflected on the efforts of scientific research, especially that Al-Amiri conducted 70 experiments during the duration of the mission, including five participations from four Emirati universities, covering the fields of physiology and science. Psychology and Biology.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center had announced the opening of registration to participate in the "mission number one" of the Emirates Space Simulation Project in February 2020, where it received 172 applications to join it, while the applicants underwent strict evaluation processes in line with the best international standards, leading to the selection of a valid Al Ameri and Abdullah Al Hammadi, to begin the first Emirati mission to simulate space.

Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, said, "The great support provided by the UAE leadership to the development of the space sector forms the basis for the UAE's vision to achieve successive achievements in the field of space studies, in order to place the country in the ranks of advanced countries in the field of space. Which, with its outputs, contributes a lot to changing the future of humanity for the better.”

He explained that "the people of the Emirates are proving once again the extent of their competence and capabilities, which the world is witnessing in the space sector," adding that "the continuous successes of the various UAE projects, we will work to achieve through our upcoming projects."

He added, "The pioneer of Emirati space simulation, Saleh Al-Amiri, is adding new experiences to the Emirati project in the space sector, thanks to his efforts and perseverance that led us to the success of this mission."

He pointed out that "the participation of the UAE in this mission, with four space simulators from the Institute of Medical and Biological Research in Moscow and the US Space Agency, confirms the great confidence that the world places in the capabilities of our national cadres, and reflects the extent of the contributions that national projects add to the space sector, to serve mankind and the benefit of the global scientific community.

For his part, the Director General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, Salem Al-Marri, confirmed that the pioneer of space simulators, Saleh Al-Amiri, succeeded in achieving the goals of the first Emirati mission to simulate space, with his efforts and perseverance during the eight-month mission period within the (Sirius 21) program. He pointed out that "the positive results achieved through the scientific experiments that have taken place will contribute significantly to studying the effects of isolation on human psychological aspects and physiology, in addition to helping to prepare for future space exploration missions."

In turn, the director of the "Mars 2117" program at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, Adnan Al-Rayes, said that the "Sirius 21" mission achieved many successes, but the greatest achievement is to prove an important fact, which is that space studies are achieved through concerted efforts and the participation of individuals From many countries around the world.

Al-Rais explained: “The Sirius project has become a platform that helps us achieve a more comprehensive understanding of spaceflight, and study the effects of spaceflight factors on physiological and psychological aspects.

The project has proven to be feasible through international cooperation aimed at conducting space-related studies.

Moreover, it achieved the desired success, as the mission personnel worked together to achieve the common interest for the benefit of the whole world.”

Saleh Al Ameri’s experiments included the fields of physiology, psychology and biology, and the research of Emirati universities selected for the mission included research from the Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, which focused on the effects of long-term exposure to life-simulating environments in space on changing the state of the heart and blood vessels. and postural cardiac interactions, while the research topic presented by the University of Sharjah highlighted the study of determining the effects of stress caused by isolation, on circulatory and skeletal muscle function, in crew members during the mission, with measurement of clinical, genomic, transcriptional and proteomic parameters.

The list of research topics submitted for the purpose of the mission included a research presented by the American University of Sharjah on relieving psychological stress in periods of isolation and closed environments, while the United Arab Emirates University proposed research on the psychological challenges posed by isolation during human flights into space: The role of motivational dynamics. Intense interval training as a measure to prevent bone density loss and insulin resistance in the space environment.

Al-Amri’s experiments, which he implemented successfully and highly with the mission team, included simulating the operation of a space robot, reducing stress in isolation, and virtual reality experiments that included launching a vehicle and securing its docking with the International Space Station, and flying over the moon and Mars.

He also conducted an electroencephalogram experiment, with the aim of obtaining a clear picture of brain functions in isolation, which helps scientists to identify the interaction of the brain and changes in cognitive functions, when staying in isolated environments for a long time, in addition to an examination of the samples he collected with his colleagues, while they With a simulation experience of landing on the surface of the moon, collecting samples and transferring them to the lunar base, experimenting with using the robotic arm to pick up cargo vehicles and transporting equipment “Kandarm 2”, and many other experiments.

continuous efforts

Abdullah Al-Hammadi, the pioneer of space simulation, who is in the control room, played an important and major role in the success of the mission of his colleague Saleh Al-Amiri and crew members. The operations center, and data analysis during the period of scientific experiments, in order to accurately make a clear future plan for various scenarios, in addition to communicating and providing psychological support to all crew members.

The crew of the “Sirius 21” mission worked in an isolated environment simulating a spacecraft, while the mission’s experimental complex consists of independent, controlled life support systems, operating according to specific parameters, including the ventilation system, air conditioning, atmospheric purification, gas analysis and support conditions. Specific to pressure, temperature, humidity and gas composition, as well as water supply, sewage, electricity, electric lighting, video surveillance, and fire extinguishing systems.

Al-Amiri succeeded in achieving the objectives of the mission and studying the effects of isolation on humans.

Conducting 70 experiments, including 5 participants from 4 Emirati universities.

Hamad Al-Mansoori:

"The sons of the Emirates are proving their competence and abilities, which the world is witnessing."

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