UAE Launches Call for Astronaut Candidates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has launched a call for astronauts candidates which it says will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) within the next five years.

The astronauts will visit the ISS “to carry out vital experiments and work that will contribute to the scientific community’s understanding of human space flight to meet future challenges, such as a manned mission to Mars,” according to the astronaut application website.

Astronaut candidates will go through basic training in 2019 and 2020 and then proceed to advanced training in 2020 to 2021 followed by assignment to a spaceflight.

UAE and the Russian space agency Roscosmos are negotiating to send UAE astronauts to the space station aboard Soyuz spacecraft, a Russian official recently confirmed. It is not clear whether the UAE has approached or will approach Boeing and SpaceX about flying astronauts on the companies’ commercial crew vehicles.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) is managing the astronaut selection process.

The UAE has increased investment in space in recent years. The nation is launching an orbiter to Mars and is planning to build a simulated Mars city in the desert where scientific work and experiments can be carried out.

  • windbourne

    So Russia takes ppl up, while GOP blow money on SLS rather than getting private space going.

    Amazing.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Perhaps you did not notice, but all that morality and all that economic ‘conservatism’ they had during Clinton and Obama went out the window when Trump came into town. They forgot about it during Bush Jr too. Not that they ever really had it. The record shows that it was Newt Gingrich’s Congress and Bill Clinton’s White House that delivered the last balanced budget to this country. Not only one, but several.

  • Paul_Scutts

    Probably ITAR would prohibit this, but, IMO, the UAE should be talking to SNC to fund the development of the human rated Dream Chaser to be launched by SpaceX Falcons for it’s astronaut program. Now that would be something with a real future.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Isn’t UAE a large source of funds for SpaceShip II ™? There’s already some work around’s in place as I ran into issues with co-owing a Cessna-172 with a Austrian who had a 20% share in the aircraft with me. We wanted to make him CEO of the llc associated with the plane, and the FAA told us “No”. Yet there’s Richard Branson and scads of Middle Eastern money keeping Virgin Galactic alive. So at the scale of $50,000 ITAR and limitations on foreign ownership apply. At the $350,000,000+ level, it looks like they don’t.

  • Paul_Scutts

    Exactly right, Andrew, IMO, the UAE money is the only thing propping up VG’s SpaceShip program. They (the UAE) are doing this, together with the other space things, because they foresee their economy, if it remains solely based upon oil, as faltering within the next four to five decades. I feel that Musk’s fully re-usable SpaceX BFR, launching a hundred soles to LEO, and BO’s New Armstrong as potentially opening up LEO tourism for the masses. Just imagine a week’s stay at a Bigelow LEO “hotel” travelling both ways via a BFR or NA for $250,000 all up. The potential market would be in the tens of millions (singles, DINKS and retirees from all around the world). Sure, a lot of if’s, but’s and maybe’s, at present, but, it is becoming more and more likely a real possibility. Regards, Paul.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Speaking of morality I am surprised no one had criticized Sir Richard about using investment money from nations with the poor human rights records that the UAE and Saudi Arabia have. Not only are women rights very limited, but LGBT individuals are seen as criminals and sent to jail, deported or executed. You would think folks in the space community would hold him to a higher standard of social responsibility instead of just looking the other way. You would also think all the celebrities who signed up for flights would say something.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Well maybe one or two will be closeted wishers they were women and that will even it all out.

  • ThomasLMatula

    So you are OK with astronauts from a nation that flogs and places LGBT in prison going to the ISS? And you are OK with them investing in New Space firms?

    As for human hypocrisy there is nothing new there which was why the Founding Fathers designed a system with checks and balances. It also recalls a saying I heard from my father, that politicians like manure, needs to be constantly turned over.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Call me crass, but I don’t really care. While I think LGBTQ people should have the same rights and freedoms as the rest of us schmucks, once they get those rights, they just become schmucks like the rest of us, and I don’t really want to have their specialness rubbed in my face like many of them like to do. To expect civil treatment for these folks out of islamic society is too much to ask as they are currently roaring out of the 13th Cen, and have a ways to go.

    I like your Dad. It’s not only the Republican office holders and party members I’m scratching my head at, it’s the voters. How they keep choosing used car salesmen is beyond me.

  • ThomasLMatula

    It’s not that hard if you remember they are not voting for someone, but against someone. The Democrats selected the only person Donald Trump could beat to run against him. So most actually against her, at least those that voted. Voter turnout was low in many urban areas which folks tend to over look as a factor in the election.

  • Tom Billings

    So, was this going to be a discussion of a nation with cash to invest today seeing fit to invest it in spaceflight, or is this to be another progressive pity party?

    I don’t like many of the policies of the Gulf States. Fine. Are we looking at the expansion of the human species into the Solar System, warts and all, or are we working ourselves up for a purge of spaceflight investment opportunities that allow those who are less than progressively maxed out to participate by providing capital? Meanwhile, remember that investors are *all* part of homo sapiens, a species of large obstreperously violent primates.

    I vote to adjourn the whine and cheese party to somewhere else!

  • ThomasLMatula

    I take it you don’t get to California much these days. I was there over Thanksgiving and the news radio sounded surreal with all the Progressives trying to out do each other. Its only a matter of time before it spills over in space policy so its best to be prepared for it. 🙂

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    I talking about what’s going on in primaries. As far as voting ‘against someone’ don’t you find it strange that people have not caught on to the fact that they are being led that way for the past 25+ years?

  • Search

    Really going out on a limb here but my guess is these candidates from UAE will all be muslim male quasi royalty. Will we at least see a muslim woman among them?

  • Search

    America’s choices were an arrogant jerk and an arrogant crook so it chose the former.

  • Search

    So that’s one vote for turning a blind eye to whomever brings wads of cash.

  • Search

    It seems UAE owns at least 32% of VG http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=8191703

  • Search

    You conveniently forget the Democrats that support SLS.

  • ReSpaceAge

    Your comment is meaningless.

    It is impossible to know which is which? Lol

    Be clear!

    🙂

  • Paul451

    With Trump, “Why not have both?”

  • Paul451

    And yet it’s hard to recall a recent comment you’ve made on Parabolic Arc which wasn’t a partisan whine. It’s bizarre to watch, like you’re completely unaware of your own eye-rollingly predictable behaviour.

    For example, in a recently thread you screeched about problems in government agencies, and when a couple of people responded by saying “I’ve seen the same thing in corporate culture, it’s not just government,” you then whined about people in the thread “endlessly libelling” against business.

  • ReSpaceAge

    Lol

  • ThomasLMatula

    More like 200 years… It’s why the Founding Fathers set up an electoral college, so presidents would not be elected directly by the voters. The theory was that voters would select electors who would make a wise selection. But the formation of the two party system derailed that idea about 200 years ago.

  • windbourne

    U are absolutely correct and I was wrong.
    It is the gop that wants to stop new space but fund SLS.
    In contrast, the Dems say fund it all, which can not be done.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    If you knew about Atlantic City and his developments in Manhattan you’d know he’s a crook too. For all their corruptions (and yes they are corrupt) the Clinton team is capable of conducting real statescraft. As we see with Team trump they have a habit of causing tumult for no reason other than to cause it. He can’t even deal with his own party in Congress. They can’t negotiate and on the issues of North Korea and Iran in the middle east are dealing with those issues no better than former administrations.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Yet again theory breaks down when faced with reality. I used to think of college was a wash in the balance of pro and con, but since 2000 it’s been used to elect idiots of amazing depth.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Not that far a leap. Both NASA and Project Apollo were the result of Cold War politics. NASA as a civilian response to the Soviet Union’s military run space program and Project Apollo as a response to Russian putting the first person in space. It also distracted from the Bay of Pigs disaster.

    Now Russian, and President Putin, are taking U.A.E. astronauts to the ISS to build political support in a country the USA has a key base in. How much do you bet he wants a base there as well? Or do you think President Putin is just doing this because he likes space 🙂

  • ThomasLMatula

    If true why have they appointed a new spacer, Rep. Bridenstine, to run NASA? Remember, SLS became NASA’s flagship program under President Obama. Although the Senate pushed it he did not to oppose it.

    While the new space efforts you speak of came entirely as the result of Lori Garner’s efforts.