The UAE Astronaut Programme:
The UAE Astronaut Programme is one of the projects managed by MBRSC under the UAE’s National Space Programme and funded by the ICT Fund of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), which aims to support research and development in the ICT sector in the UAE and promote the country’s integration on the global stage.
Sultan AlNeyadi Mission Logo, 2023
AlNeyadi was one of the two selected astronauts in the first batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in 2017.
AlNeyadi was selected from over 4,000 more candidates, following a series of mental and physical tests in the UAE and abroad. He is a holder of a PHD in Information Technology (Data Leakage Prevention) and practices Jujitsu, which helped him to be ahead of other candidates and successfully pass the UAE Astronaut Programme’s tests, as he shared the high mental abilities and fitness required.