Minister of Trade and Industry of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov said on Sunday that the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities are preparing to launch the first cosmonaut, a Russian astronaut, from the UAE.
Manturov made his statement during a meeting between the federation and the UAE. The countries are preparing for several joint projects over the coming years. Their recent talks revolve around establishing ship MS-21-400, a Stopru news report said.
Meanwhile, the General Director of the Space Agency in the UAE, Mohamed al-Ahbabi, had previously said that the first astronaut the UAE will send into space will be no earlier than 2021. In 2020, the UAE is expected to launch its Emirates Mars Mission.
In September of this year, it was announced that a $136 million project simulating the conditions of life on Mars is set to be built in the UAE. The project is known as “Mars Science City.”
The city will be a realistic model of living on the surface of Mars to lead the global scientific race to send people to Mars as part of the Mars 2117 Strategy, which was launched earlier this year.
Russia to launch first astronaut from the UAE