The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – may God protect him – presided over the session held by the Saudi Cabinet, on Tuesday afternoon, at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.
During the session, the Saudi Cabinet approved the establishment of the Supreme Space Council headed by Crown Prince and Prime Minister HRH Muhammad bin Salman, and the amendment of the name of the Communications and Information Technology Commission to be: the Communications, Space and Technology Commission.
It is noteworthy that the Saudi Space Authority launched the Kingdom’s program for astronauts, which aims to qualify experienced Saudi cadres to engage in long and short-term space flights, and to participate in scientific experiments, international research, and future space-related missions.
It also aims to take advantage of the promising opportunities offered by the space sector and its industries globally and to contribute to research that serves humanity in several priority areas, such as health, sustainability, and space technology.
The Kingdom’s program for astronauts, which comes as an integrated package under the umbrella of Vision 2030, includes sending Saudi astronauts to space on missions to serve humanity, as the first flights will be launched in 2023, and will include the first crew: a female Saudi female and astronaut, during the sending of the first Saudi woman into space.
Manned spaceflight measures countries’ global superiority and competitiveness in many areas, such as technological and engineering progress, scientific research, and innovation.