First Saudi engineer to join NASA involved in zero gravity project

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Mishal Saeed al-Shahrani has joined NASA’s research team to become the first Saudi engineer at the space agency.

Shahrani is working on a project in the field of microgravity. He and his team earned the best proposition among other participants who hoped to join this project.

Speaking to Okaz Saudi newspaper, Shahrani explained that the project they are working involves designing a device that can stop the force of gravity (zero gravity environment) for a period exceeding 21 days.

This would help engineers and scientists in biological engineering to intricately analyze organic samples under a weak force of gravity, he added.

According to Shahrani, the device will be sent to space to compare results achieved on earth. The project is in its final stages and will be delivered at the end of this year, he said.

Prior to joining NASA, Shahrani was a mechanical engineer working for Saudi Aramco. He is currently studying at San Jose State University which is considered one of the top universities in engineering in the world.

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