ISS Flight Program May Be Changed To Organize Flight Of 1st UAE Astronaut In Fall - Source
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 14th January, 2019) The flight program of the International Space Station (ISS) may be adjusted to organize a ten-day visit of the first astronaut from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the station in September, a space industry source told Sputnik on Sunday.
"It was originally planned that the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft would return to Earth on October 3 before launch of the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft scheduled for October 18. Now, in order for the first astronaut of the United Arab Emirates to be able to fly, Soyuz MS-15 launch is proposed to be rescheduled for September 23. Thus, an UAE astronaut will be able to fly on the Soyuz MS-15, spend ten days on the ISS and return on Soyuz MS-12," the source said.
Earlier, another source told Sputnik that the flight of the first UAE astronaut might require NASA astronaut Nick Hague to stay on the ISS as long as one year.
In July, nine UAE candidates visited Russia for medical tests and simulation training. In September, two of the candidates, Hazza Mansouri and Sultan Niyadi, proceeded with their training in the Moscow Region. One of them will become the first ever UAE astronaut to fly to the ISS.
In December, head of the Russian state space corporation Dmitry Rogozin that a UAE astronaut's flight to the International Space Station (ISS) would take place in 2019. Initially, this flight was scheduled for April 2019, but was postponed due to failure of Soyuz MS-10 manned spacecraft launch in October.