How the programme works
Phase 1: Began December 2017 Online application Psychometrics, written exam and initial medical assessment First interview
Phase 2: Till the end of 2018 Intensive medical test Advanced psychometric test Second interview
200 will be chosen from 4,022 applicants, and this will be narrowed down to 30 candidates. The top four candidates will be the UAE’s first astronauts. Biggest number of applications came from Abu Dhabi, and engineers topped the number of applications. Scientific proposals revolve around six key areas: Food security and sustainability, sustainable source of water, human life support, energy and power management, advancing material science, and planetary contamination management.