Salem Al Marri, deputy general director of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), believes that the introduction of commercial spacecraft will create more opportunities for Emirati astronauts.
"Today, if you want to get into orbit You can only use the Russian Soyuz, so the Boeing Starliner and the SpaceX Dragon will be new vehicles that will become commercial and supported by NASA will give us more opportunities to get astronauts into space and to the ISS, "said Al Marri to Khaleej Times, who is currently in Moscow with the remaining nine candidates for the selection of UAE astronauts.
"Of course we are training astronauts at MBRSC and we will be using the Russian Soyuz for the first time, but if we look at what's going on in the US, we have our eyes very clear and this will give us more opportunities This is something very good for you The industry, for the UAE and for space. "
Al Marri has revealed that the UAE has received a" very good package "from Russia to the first Emirati To send astronauts into space, but he did not announce the prize money that the country has paid to Russia.
In recent years it has been widely reported that NASA has paid more than $ 70 million per seat to the Russian space agency ROSCOSMOS to send its astronauts to the ISS on the Russian Soyuz Space Shuttle.
"Every deal varies, depending on how you relate to them, we got a very good package to get our astronauts into space, and we're very happy with it, we did not announce the price "Al Marri said.
The United Arab Emirates has signed several international cooperation agreements with space agencies from various countries in recent years, most recently with NASA, which will allow UAE astronauts US facilities available on the ISS, such as the Khaleej Times previously reported, the United Arab Emirates launched its VAE astronaut program at the end of 201
The three-week tests include ultrasound examination of the thyroid, kidney and small pelvis, respiratory function, fibroscopy, ECG and 24-hour monitoring of the blood pressure, tonal audiometry, CT of the sinuses, entry into the pressure chamber, examination by a centrifuge machine and the vestibular apparatus among others. Al Marri said he did not come from previous rounds and the medical tests will help MBRSC decide who will be the first astronaut to fly into space in April 2019.
The date on which the astronaut and his support are selected and announced has not yet been revealed.
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