Mishaal Ashemimry, first Saudi woman in the International Astronautical Federation

Mishaal Ashemimry, his vision for the development of the global space sector.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, RIYADH – The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) announced the federation’s 12 Vice Presidents on Sunday (25/09/2022) local time. One of them is a Saudi, aerospace engineer Mishaal Ashemimry.

He became a representative Saudi Arabia who was elected as one of the 12 vice-presidents of the federation. Thus, Mishaal Ashemimry became saudi women first to hold a leadership position in the IAF, as noted national news, Monday (26/9/2022).

He was chosen for his vision for the development of the space sector on a global scale, his contribution to the development and consolidation of the orientation of the federation and his role in strengthening the leadership position of the kingdom in the aerospace sector. .

The IAF has over 400 members from 71 countries and is responsible for recommending and supervising the organization of meetings of the federation and preparing the agenda for the plenary sessions of the general assembly.

The federation seeks to advance space knowledge, support the development and application of space assets by promoting global cooperation. Saudi Arabia has demonstrated its superiority in the world of space.

Saudi Arabia recently announced plans to launch two astronauts to the International Space Station on a space capsule from Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Two Saudi astronauts will board SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule to the space station for about a week early next year.

It will be the first time the Saudis have flown into space aboard a private spacecraft. The Saudi astronauts will be joined by two previously announced Americans, retired NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and racing driver and investor John Shoffner.

The mission, called Ax-2, will be the second spaceflight organized by Axiom. But the private astronauts aboard the AX-2 were not approved by the NASA-led panel of stakeholders and countries participating in the space station, such as Russia, Canada, Japan and the United States. European Space Agency.

However, a US official in the Reuters report said the mission was likely to be approved. For Axiom and other aerospace companies, breaking deals with foreign governments is seen as essential to maintaining a business focused on sending people into space.

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