As part of an ongoing global initiative to ignite space research, the Mohammad bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) selected 20 budding space enthusiasts from United Arab Emirates (UAE) to be a part of the academic experience of a lifetime with Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G®). The UAE ZERO-G Program launched in Orlando, Fla. On October 4 with students boarding a parabolic flight to test their experiments 30,000 feet above the ground on ZERO-G’s Weightless Research Lab.
“Working with the UAE Mars 2117 Initiative has shown us the impact our Weightless Research Lab is having across the world,” said Terese Brewster, CEO of ZERO-G. “The UAE ZERO-G program embraces space education by making access to microgravity research a possibility for students.”
"The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) spares no effort to encourage youth to engage in national space programmes. Our space programmes aim to prepare and train youth to serve national strategies and initiatives for space exploration. These include the Mars 2117 Strategy, which aims to establish the first inhabitable human settlement on Mars by 2117,” said Adnan Al Rais, Mars 2117 Project Manager at MBRSC.
“The MBRSC cooperates with international entities to move forward with the ambitious programmes that have established the UAE’s position among leading countries that invest in space.” continued Al Rais.
UAE students 16 years and above submitted their entries to the MBRSC from May to July 2018, along with details about what excited them most about zero gravity and why they should be chosen. The organization selected students who showed a serious passion for space and an understanding of precious research done on the International Space Station.
As the only FAA-approved weightless flight provider in the U.S., ZERO-G offers a collection of opportunities for adventure-seekers, academics, scientists, space enthusiasts and more with its specially modified Boeing 727, G-FORCE ONE. Research flights are conducted twice a year with universities, corporations and private organizations looking for a microgravity test platform. The program is unique in that researchers can conduct hands-on testing at a level matching NASA’s rigorous standards and procedures.