The nine candidates who have finally prevailed among the numerous aspirants, who applied to UAE’s space programme, have begun a series of intensive training sessions in Russia.
The candidates who are being put through rigorous physical and mental tests that are relevant to the future space mission are undergoing training for three weeks at the Russian State Organisation, Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Centre and at the Institute of Biomedical Problems.
The grueling tests include 24/7 blood pressure monitoring, ECGs and ultrasounds among others. The candidates will also be put through a pressure chamber that tests their ability to endure G-forces for extended periods of time. The exams are essentially a test to ascertain the capability of the candidates to sail through the harsh conditions in outer space. The results of the tests will establish the candidates who will finally comprise the first Emirati astronaut corps.