UAE gov't employees urged to participate in astronaut programme

Ove 3,000 candidates have registered for the programme
UAE gov't employees urged to participate in astronaut programme
By Staff writer
Thu 22 Feb 2018 12:31 PM

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has urged UAE government employees to join its astronaut programme.

Just a month after announcing the launch of the UAE Astronaut Programme, over 3,000 candidates have successfully completed the online registration. 

MBRSC has now extended an invite to government institutions, urging them to nominate suitable employees to join the mission and the team of scientists at the International Space Station before registration closes.

"We are delighted with the volume of entries we have received so far for the UAE Astronaut Programme since its announcement last month," said Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, MBRSC's director-general.

"Over 3,000 candidates have successfully completed the online registration, 60 percent of who are STEM qualified and over 20 percent are pilots. A majority of the applicants are between the ages of 24 and 36 with our youngest applicant being only 17 years old while our oldest is 67 years old.

He said 25 percent of the applications were from female candidates.

MBRSC will also be hosting a range of workshops across the UAE for government bodies as well as all emiratis who are keen to learn more about the programme.

The shortlisted candidates will be chosen to undertake theoretical and practical tests, training and qualification courses, and aptitude tests, over several months, in accordance with the international standards required for different missions.

They will also travel to various astronaut training centres around the world providing state-of-the-art simulation systems.

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