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Watch LIVE: 15 minutes to go for UAE astronauts liftoff; Sheikh Hamdan arrives at Dubai’s ground control – UAE Space Mission

LIVE: 'It's a go for launch' as rocket fuelling begins; UAE astronaut set for liftoff in 30 minutes

The official countdown begins: It’s all systems opt for the Emirates’ following huge area objective– right here are the most up to date updates

Today, the UAE is aiming for the stars again– with astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi blasting off for the longest Arab area objective in background.

 

AlNeyadi, the 2nd Emirati to bring the UAE flag to room, is readied to come to be the Arab globe’s initial long-term mission specialist. Together with his crewmates from Nasa and Roscosmos, he will certainly be spending 180 days on board the orbiting research laboratory of the International Space Station (ISS), carrying out experiments that will substantially contribute to humankind’s understanding of life on and also past Planet.

Khaleej Times has all hands on deck to bring you real-time updates from the ground terminal at Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Area Centre (MBRSC) and also the launch website Kennedy Room Centre at Cape Canaveral in Florida, United States.

AlNeyadi will certainly blast off from Planet as well as start a 25-hour journey to the ISS at 10.45 am (UAE time).

The official countdown begins here:

10.50am: Mission ‘scrubbed’

Launch of SpaceX Crew-6 mission from Kennedy Area Centre to the International Spaceport Station has actually been “rubbed”.

10.40am: 5 minutes to go!

The RP-1 rocket fuel lots for NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 objective launch is currently total. “It’s simply a few mins until liftoff and all looks good for the Crew-6 launch,” Nasa said.

10.30am: Dubai Crown Prince at ground station

Sheikh Hamdan container Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, gets here come to the Mohammed Container Rashid Centre (MBRSC) to see the real-time newscast of the launch of crew 6.

10.27am: 25-hour flight to ISS

Photo Courtesy: Nasa

SpaceX Crew-6 is anticipated to get to the ISS 25 hours after launch. The microgravity research laboratory is orbiting Earth every 90 mins at a speed of 28,000 kmph and also the journey to the space station is a series of rocket burns or engine firings that need to be precisely timed to attain the proper orbit.

SpaceX Crew-1 reached the ISS in 28 hrs; SpaceX Crew-2 anchored to the ISS after a 24-hour journey; SpaceX Crew-3 arrived at the ISS after 21 hours; SpaceX Crew 4 achieved it at simply 16 hrs; while it Spacex Crew 5 (coming before AlNeyadi) reached the ISS after 29 hrs.

10.23am: We’re almost there

We’re currently down to the last couple of minutes before liftoff. Before that legendary moment, here’s a glance at what occurs next once the spacecraft blasts off.

Dragon Endeavour will increase its four guests to around 28,000 kmph, placing it on an obstruct course with the space station. The staff will dock at approximately 2.38 am EST (11.38 am) UAE time on Tuesday, February 28.

10.16am: Two sets of spacesuits

AlNeyadi and also his Crew-6 associates have two sets of spacesuits. The one they are wearing currently is worn inside the Staff Dragon spacecraft during launch as well as ascent to room. It will be the same match they will use heading house throughout re-entry right into Planet’s ambience.

The various other collection is developed for spacewalks or Extra-Vehicular Task (EVA), and also this type of fit is called by Nasa as EVA fit, which is in fact a mini spaceship shaped to conform to human body that protects astronauts from radiation, dirt, debris as well as extreme temperature while precede or on the Moon.

This is exactly how the UAE flag is sewn on AlNeyadi’s fit:

Temperature levels on spacewalks may differ from as cool as -121 levels Centigrade to as warm as 121 levels in sunlight. EVA fits give astronauts appropriate pressure for the body and provide them with water to consume alcohol and oxygen to breathe.

AlNeyadi is trained to do spacewalk.

10.10am: Falcon 9 at the moment

The launch getaway system for the Dragon spacecraft Endeavour is currently equipped. From liftoff till they get to orbit– approximately 12 minutes– the crew would certainly be able to run away securely in the not likely occasion of an emergency situation, Nasa claimed. RP-1 (rocket grade kerosene) loading and also initial stage liquid oxygen loading has actually started.

10.07am: Helmets closed

The staff gain access to arm has actually pulled back as well as the astronauts have actually closed their visors. The Dragon launch retreat system will now be armed in the unlikely event of a contingency. After, SpaceX will begin loading propellant into the Falcon 9 rocket for launch.

9.50am: ‘It’s a go for launch’

Leader Stephen Bowen has verified that SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavour spacecraft is ‘Go’ for launch. Weather condition stays good, and also the group gets on target for a 10.45 am (UAE time) launch.

SpaceX tweeted a clip of the astronauts waving Earth goodbye:

 

SpaceX tweeted a clip of the astronauts swing Planet farewell:

In much less than a hr, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with Endeavour atop, will lift off from Kennedy Space Centre’s Release Complex 39A in Florida.

The crew will dock Endeavour to the forward port on the spaceport station’s Consistency component about 25 hours after liftoff.

9.43am: ‘Until we meet again’

A hr prior to liftoff, AlNeyadi tweets a wholehearted ‘goodbye’ message for the UAE and also everybody he’s leaving behind in the world– for 6 months.

Right here’s his tweet:

9.35am: Ground crew in action

All eyes get on their monitors at ground control area of the MBRSC, with the staff following the goal carefully.

Right here’s what’s occurring behind the scenes:

Outside the control space, top authorities of the centre are speaking with the media, sharing even more details concerning the mission and also the most up to date developments in the industry.

9.30am: Sky still looking great

Weather condition authorities remain to anticipate a 95 per cent chance of beneficial climate condition for SpaceX Crew-6 launch from Kennedy Space Centre.

The trip staff is seated and also protected inside their Dragon Endeavour spacecraft planning for their 25-hour trip to the International Space Station. Concerning 45 mins prior to liftoff, the SpaceX launch supervisor will certainly perform a poll of objective supervisors to figure out if they await launch.

” With a successful ‘Go for launch’ choice, the team gain access to arm will pull back, the team will shut their visors, the launch escape system will be turned on in the not likely occasion of a backup, and also SpaceX will begin packing propellant into the Falcon 9 rocket for launch,” Nasa said.

9.21am: Astronauts’ training

With a little over a hr before the launch, the power is picking up in Florida. Specialists on the ground share their understandings on what these space missions indicate for nations as well as for the globe.

Salem Al Marri, director-general of the MBRSC, took the opportunity to explain the UAE’s mission of developing its very own space crew– which began in 2017. In 2018, the country introduced its first astronauts: Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi.

” It’s a large duty for us. We began this astronaut programme in 2017. We wished to have a lasting program, a programme that has a favorable effect on human space trip. So we chose our astronauts. We made sure they are training with Nasa, with Roscosmos. They get the complete collection of training to end up being astronauts that can contribute to the advancement of area flight. So, this goal is a fulfillment of that vision today,” Al Marri claimed.

9.10am: An international mission

For Nasa, worldwide collaborations are the ‘lifeline’ of its industrial staff programme. Nasa administrator Bill Nelson said: “As we return to the Moon, it’s (no longer) just the US federal government, it’s now a worldwide mission. It’s a public-private collaboration as we return to the Moon and then to Mars. In this particular case … the staff mosting likely to the International Spaceport Station (ISS) it’s very much a both of those too.”

Keep in mind when AlNeyadi shared how a huge UAE flag is currently on display at a Nasa training center? All these flags at Nasa do symbolise the worldwide nature of space efforts.

9.05am: All eyes on the spacecraft

The hatch is now shut on the Dragon spacecraft Effort. Liftoff has to do with 2 hrs away from the Kennedy Room Centre in Florida.

Here’s a photo shared earlier by the MBRSC:

8.53am: Twitterverse is abuzz

This room goal has been a trending topic on Twitter for hours currently, with hundreds of tweets tagged ‘Zayed’s aspiration’, ‘Sultan AlNeyadi’, ‘Crew-6’, ‘UAE2Space’ and much more.

All of the UAE’s out-of-this-world turning points– from Hazzaa AlMansoori’s historic trip to the Mars and also Moon goals– attracted numerous sights and viewers from around the world. And it is anticipated that this brand-new impressive odyssey will be no different.

8.50am: Exciting space discoveries

Crew-6’s six-month space goal is packed with over 200 science experiments that could yield brand-new, amazing discoveries.

Nasa has actually shared details of a few of the researches that will support human expedition beyond low-Earth orbit and also advantage life in the world. From microgravity to life in the terrific beyond, review several of their future experiments right here.

8.45: Two hours to go

 

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Below’s a take a look at how AlNeyadi ticked off a pre-launch custom upon his arrival at the complex:

8.38am: Looking up at the rocket

Weather is 95 per cent favourable. By launch time, temperature levels will certainly hover around 18 ° Celsius at the launch website, with a couple of slender or downy clouds high expenses, under stellar skies. Winds on the ground will differ from calm to 8kmph.

8.28am: Ready to go

UAE astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi and his Crew-6 friends have actually currently boarded the Dragon spacecraft, Effort. Nasa stated launch configuration interaction checks have been performed “with no concerns”. The seats are currently being revolved right into position for launch.

The seating order inside Effort (from left) are: Mission Professional Andrey Fedyaev, Pilot Woody Hoburg, Commander Stephen Bowen, as well as Objective Expert Sultan AlNeyadi.

Liftoff is currently two-and-a-half hrs away.

8.20am: Making headlines

Media outlets from throughout the nation have collected at the ground terminal MBRSC, ready to record background in the making.

Here’s KT reporter Nandini Sircar at work:

8.15am: A big thank you

Before leaving for the launchpad, AlNeyadi as well as his team participants swung and also thanked their family members, good friends, and also assistance employee who gathered to see them off. They then climbed into their customised white Tesla Design X cars for the approximate 20-minute trip to the pad. The crew’s vehicle took a trip in a convoy, consisting of support employee and also safety and security employees.

Right here’s a video clip of AlNeyadi saying goodbye to his enjoyed ones:

8.08am: Buckled up

The Crew-6 astronauts take their seats aboard the spacecraft.

This is a scene we have actually seen a few days back throughout the team’s wedding rehearsal. This time, it’s genuine.

8.06am: All aboard!

Room X Crew-6 participants are currently boarding the Dragon spacecraft, Effort. As the crewmates board, their seats are set up in the upright position.

Prior to the closure of the spacecraft’s side hatch, the seats will be rotated into a reclined position for trip.

According to Nasa, all 4 staff participants authorized the inside of the ‘White Area’, an area at the end of the team gain access to arm that offers accessibility to the spacecraft.

8.03am: Did you know…

Before the liftoff, the astronauts will certainly be adhering to a series of customs. One is done, 3 to go:

7.57am: Now at the launch complex

Nasa’s SpaceX Crew-6– Stephen Bowen, Warren “Woody” Hoburg, Sultan AlNeyadi, and Andrey Fedyaev– have arrived at Kennedy’s Release Complicated 39A, where SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, called Endeavour, is ready for them to climb in for launch.

7.51am: Crew-6 on their way to launchpad

7.40am: ‘It all started with Zayed’s ambition’

An additional historical minute is unfolding today in the UAE. As exhilaration holds the country, the MBRSC shares a video clip that catches exactly how the Emirates’ area desire started and just how far the young country has come:

Last Updated:  27 February 2023

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