UAE astronaut, 35-year-old AlMansoori graduated from Khalifa bin Zayed Air College from where he made his way to become an F16 pilot. After 14 years experience in military aviation, AlMansoori made history as the first Emirati to be deployed on a space mission to the International Space Station on 25 September 2019.
DATE OF BIRTH: 13 December 1983
FAMILY: Married, with 4 children
HOME TOWN: Abu Dhabi
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Aviation Science, Khalifa bin Zayed Air College, 2004
PREVIOUS OCCUPATION: UAE military pilot
HIGHLIGHTS: Solo Demonstration Pilot, the UAE’s youngest F-16 pilot & a Functional Check Flight Pilot in the UAE’s F-16B60 Air Force Fleet. Honoured to fly at the Dubai Air Show, UAE National Day 2017 & 50th Anniversary Celebrations UAE Air Force 2018.
AlMansoori’s combined passions for astronomy and his country led him to join the UAE armed forces. He became an outstanding military pilot, the youngest to fly the UAE air force’s F-16B60, one of the world’s most advanced aircraft. He has more than 14 years’ experience in military aviation, participating in the 2017 National Day air show and the 2018 50th Anniversary of the UAE Armed Forces celebrations. He also took part in Exercise Red Flag, in which the best pilots from the USA, NATO and allied countries perform realistic air combat exercises.
AlMansoori will make history as the first Emirati in space, setting off on an 8-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS). He will journey aboard a Soyuz-MS 15 spacecraft, scheduled to launch on 25 September 2019 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the world’s first and largest operational space launch facility. AlMansoori will return to Earth aboard a Soyuz-MS 12.
AT THE ISS, ALMANSOORI WILL:
- Conduct Earth observation and imaging
- Participate in the Station’s ongoing scientific missions
- Study the effect of microgravity compared with Earth’s gravity
- Interact with ground stations to share information
- Present a tour of the station in Arabic
- Conduct 15 experiments selected from MBRSC’s ‘Science in Space’ competition for UAE schools
- Document the daily lives of astronauts at the station
- The effects of space travel on the human body will also be studied before and after AlMansoori’s journey to the ISS – the first on a Middle Eastern astronaut