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Meet the female Saudi rocket and space engineer

Masheel al Shamimri grew up in the United States after her father divorced her mother, when she was just 40 days old. (Al Arabiya)

She was just six years old when she became spell bound with the stars and the endless infinity of space, a passion which led her to become a spacecraft engineer, and a would-be entrepreneur aspiring to build rockets and spaceships.

Masheel al Shamimri grew up in the United States after her father divorced her mother, when she was just 40 days old.

She was mesmerized by the mystery of space while watching the incandescent stars in the darkness of Nifoud Unaiza.

Al Shamimri immigrated to the States where she displayed an inclination towards the sciences since her high school education. She also partook in science competitions to build robots in which her group won first prize ahead of 80 others.

NASA sponsored her master studies; her thesis was on a nuclear powered rocket for an interplanetary mission to Mars, for civilian purposes.

Afterward al Shamimri designed 22 different rocket types with multiple uses while working for “Rivian” defense company, before embarking on her own startup company in 2010.

She aims to build rockets capable of launching small satellite into Lower Earth Orbit (LEO). She is currently seeking an investor capable of taking her company to the next level.

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Last Update: Monday, 31 October 2016 KSA 08:13 - GMT 05:13
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