Weather of Arabia - The Saudi Space Authority announced, through its official account on Twitter, that astronauts Rayana Bernawi and Ali Al-Qarni are currently in the final stages of training, and close to the date of their first flight to the International Space Station.
The authority tweeted, saying: "Our heroic astronauts are in the final stages of training, and are close to the date of their first flight to the International Space Station."
Our astronauts are in the final stages of training, and are close to their maiden voyage to the International Space Station.
- Saudi Space Authority (@saudispace) April 28, 2023
It is noteworthy that, according to what was revealed by the Saudi Space Authority, the first space flight is scheduled to launch into space next May of 2023.
The Saudi astronaut and astronaut Ali Al-Qarni and Rayana Barnawi will join the crew of the AX-2 space mission with the aim of building national capacities in the field of manned flights for humanity, benefiting from the promising opportunities offered by the space sector and its industries globally, and contributing to scientific research that is in the interest of serving humanity. In a number of priority areas such as health, sustainability and space technology.
On February 23, 2023, the Kingdom announced that it would send the first Saudi female and male astronauts to the International Space Station during the second quarter of the year 2023 AD, where the Saudi female and male astronauts (Rayana Barnawi and Ali Al-Qarni) will join the crew of the AX-2 space mission with the aim of building national capacities. In the field of manned flights for humanity, taking advantage of the promising opportunities offered by the space sector and its industries globally, and contributing to scientific research that is in the interest of serving humanity in a number of priority areas such as health, sustainability and space technology, explaining that the scientific journey will start from the United States of America to The International Space Station, noting that the program includes training a female astronaut and two other astronauts on all mission requirements, namely (Maryam Firdous and Ali Al-Ghamdi).
It is noteworthy that the Saudi Space Authority launched earlier the Kingdom’s program for astronauts, and this trip comes within an integrated package with the aim of qualifying experienced Saudi cadres to go into space flights and participate in scientific experiments, international research and future space-related missions, and contribute to raising the status of the Kingdom and contribute to achieving the goals of the vision Kingdom 2030 AD.
The Saudi Space Authority was established by royal decree in Rabi` al-Akhir 1440 (December 2018), and it is a brave step towards a more innovative future that looks forward to the latest technologies and opportunities in the Saudi space sector.
The goals of the Saudi Space Authority are in line with the Kingdom's aspirations for a better and more advanced life, as it is in line with its vision to create better and safer environments for its citizens, while creating new opportunities for more profitable innovations that support the Saudi economy.
The strategy of the Saudi Space Authority requires setting a set of primary goals that serve the interests of national security, protect it from space-related risks, and encourage growth and progress.
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