2 days ago
Sheikh mohammed bin rashid al maktoum @hhshkmohd
, uae prime minister, vice president and dubai ruler, tweeted that he is proud to announce the success of hazza al mansouri and sultan al nayadi.
he said he hoped the duo would "raise the bar for an entire generation", adding: "we have the only mars probe program in the region; our satellite industry has realised its full potential; we have uae astronauts; we have a space industry worth aed20bn & we have aspirations without limits... when given the opportunity, arabs can reach for the stars."
thirty-four-year-old hazaa ali abdan khalfan al mansouri has a bachelor’s degree in aviation science and military aviation from the khalifa bin zayed air college, has 14 years of military aviation experience, and has completed training programmes both inside and outside the country. in 2016, al mansouri qualified to be an aeronautical pilot and now pilots an f-16b60 aircraft.
thirty-seven-year-old sultan saif muftah hamad al niyadi has a phd in data leakage prevention technology from griffith university in australia that he had obtained in 2016, as well as a master’s degree in information and networks security from the same university, a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering from brighton university in the united kingdom, uk, and completed a general education programme in it in the uk in 2001.
the final two were chosen after a shortlist of nine candidates competing to become the uae’s first astronauts underwent tests recently in moscow.
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