The United Arab Emirates intends to double the size of its astronaut corps by ahead of schedule one year from now with the selection of two new astronauts from more than 4,000 candidates.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center declared May 10 that it got 4,305 applications from residents of the UAE to become astronauts. The deadline in this most recent round of the space traveller selection process shut May 1.
The number of candidates was about 7% higher than in the primary space explorer choice round in 2018. That underlying round prompted the selection of astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi. AlMansoori was the first Emirati in space, travelling to the International Space Station on a Soyuz spacecraft in September 2019 for seven days.
The leader of the UAE space explorer program, Salem AlMarri, said in a May 11 meeting that this most recent round observed not just an expansion in the number of uses, yet in addition their quality. The underlying round, he stated, pulled in individuals who were interested in the program yet not really qualified.
With the space explorer application process shut, AlMarri said that board will survey the applications, narrowing them down to around 300 individuals. Those people will at that point be met, a procedure that will be done online due to the coronavirus pandemic, and afterwards experience mental, clinical and different tests. That will diminish the quantity of possibility to 100, and another meeting board will then select 50 for testing and interviews.
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