The UAE Astronaut Programme aims to develop a national team of astronauts that can achieve the country's aspirations in taking part in scientific and manned space exploration missions.
The UAE Astronaut Programme was launched in 2017 to train and prepare a team of Emiratis to be sent to space for various scientific missions.
The objectives of the programme are to:
support the UAE’s vision of a prosperous future based on knowledge and scientific research
contribute in scientific exploration missions by developing the first Emirati astronaut corps
encourage and inspire young generations to be successful in STEM subjects to promote the culture of research and passion for exploration and innovation
strengthen the UAE’s position internationally in the space sector through contributing to manned space missions.
The UAE Astronaut Programme is the first in the Arab world aimed towards developing skilled and capable Emirati astronauts to embark on future space missionsand serve as ambassadors for the UAE and the Arab world in space exploration. Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansoori will be the first Arab and Emirati astronaut to travel to ISS on an eight-day space mission on 25 September 2019. The mission is part of an agreement made between Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos to send the Emirati astronaut to participate in scientific research in a Russian space mission to the ISS, aboard a Soyuz-MS spacecraft.