Hazzaa AlMansoori is one of the first selected astronauts in the UAE Astronaut Programme, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed forces, in 2017. The Programme aims to train and prepare a team of Emirati astronauts and send them to space for various scientific missions.
AlMansoori was selected from over 4,000 candidates, following a series of mental and physical tests in the UAE and abroad. His military background played a huge role in his excellence in physical fitness, which he had previously undergone in the UAE and abroad, to qualify to become an F-16B60 instructor pilot and a demo pilot, SOLO Demonstration pilot in F-16B60. He took on a number of training courses such as the water survival course, GYRO LAP Course up to 9G’s, Spatial Disorientation course, and the RED Flag Exercise in US, Las Vegas.
AlMansoori’s career combined his passion for aviation and serving his country. When His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, called on Emirati youth to apply for the UAE Astronaut Programme, in December 2017, he saw it as a great opportunity to serve his country.
AlMansoori is married and has four children. His family members are his strongest supporters since his registration in the UAE Astronaut Programme. His daughter Mariam hopes one day she chronicles the story of her father and how he became the first Emirati Arab astronaut to travel on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS).