Saudi Arabia to ship two astronauts to the Worldwide Area Station

Rayyanah Barnawi and Ali al-Qarni will be part of the crew of the AX-2 house mission in an accomplishment that comes consistent with the Kingdom’s Imaginative and prescient 2030. The spaceflight is ready to launch from the US to the ISS.

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The transfer goals to spice up nationwide capabilities within the area of human spaceflight and assist the Kingdom profit from the alternatives supplied by the worldwide house trade, SPA mentioned. It additionally goals at “contributing to scientific analysis that serves the pursuits of people in important fields resembling well being, sustainability, and house expertise.”

Along with Barnawi and al-Qarni, astronauts Mariam Fardous and Ali al-Gamdi may also be skilled on all the necessities of the mission that’s a part of the Saudi Area Fee’s spaceflight program.

This system is being carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of Protection, the Ministry of Sports activities, the Common Authority of Civil Aviation, and King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Analysis Middle, along with worldwide companions resembling Axiom Area.

Eng. Abdullah Bin Amer al-Swaha, the Chairman of the Saudi Area Fee and Saudi Minister of Communication and Data Expertise, mentioned on Sunday that the Saudi management has given its full help to this system.

He added that by way of this system, the Kingdom seeks to strengthen its capabilities to independently conduct its personal analysis, “improve the curiosity of graduates within the fields of science, expertise, engineering, and arithmetic, and develop human capital by attracting skills and the required abilities.”

For his half, the Saudi Area Fee’s CEO Dr. Mohammed Bin Saud al-Tamimi added that embarking on human spaceflights displays international locations’ “superiority and world competitiveness in lots of fields resembling expertise, engineering, analysis, and innovation.”

“This mission can also be historic as it should make the Kingdom one of many few international locations on the planet that brings two astronauts of the identical nationality aboard the Worldwide Area Station concurrently,” al-Tamimi mentioned.

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