Sultan Saif AlNeyadi

UAE Astronaut

  • Date of Birth:
    23 May 1981
  • Education:
    PhD Information Technology, Griffith University, Australia; BSc Electronics & Communication Engineering, University of Brighton, UK
  • Previous Occupation:
    UAE Military network security engineer


AlNeyadi was born on May 23, 1981, in Umm Ghafa, 30 kilometers southeast of Al Ain, in Abu Dhabi, where he received primary and secondary education. He excelled in his education, following his father’s footsteps, who served in the military. AlNeyadi joined the armed forces and was assigned to study Communications Engineering. He began his higher education in the UK, and received a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering, from the University of Brighton in the UK. He returned to the UAE and began serving for the Armed Forces. He later resumed his passion for education by heading to Australia to receive his Masters degree in IT, from Griffith University in Australia, in 2008. AlNeyadi worked as a Network Security Engineer for the UAE Armed Forces, and visited more than 20 countries around the world. At the beginning of 2012, he returned to Australia for five years, where he earned a PHD in Information Technology (Data Leakage Prevention) and published six research papers in international websites.

AlNeyadi further successfully completed his first year of training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 2021, becoming officially certified to work as an operator onboard the International Space Station.

He trained in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL), passed evaluations which included using the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU), maintenance of the International Space Station, the Incapacitated Crew Rescue (ICR), and completed theoretical and practical training sessions on the T-38 jet.

He was granted the NASA astronaut’s pin after completing around 20 months of general training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

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