UAE: New Launch Date for 6-Month Space Mission

  • Publish date: Wednesday، 22 February 2023
UAE: New Launch Date for 6-Month Space Mission

The UAE's Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the UAE's 6-month space mission will now take off on February 27 at 10.45 am (UAE time).

The decision to reschedule the mission was made after the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) on Tuesday. UAE astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi and three others were initially scheduled to take off to the International Space Station on February 26. 

Crew-6 consists of two Nasa astronauts, Mission Commander Stephen Bowen and Pilot Warren Hoburg; UAE astronaut Al Neyadi, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev, who will serve as mission specialists, to the space station for a science expedition mission. They will fly aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft Endeavour, carried by the company’s Falcon 9 rocket.

The team will spend up to six months at the space station before returning to Earth.

The mission will make the UAE only the 11th country to send an astronaut on a long-term mission to space.

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