Sultan's big break came when he was selected as one of two people from 4,022 candidates to become the first Emirati astronauts, allowing him to enter the UAE Astronaut Programme at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai. Dr Al Neyadi has trained in Houston for the past three years, including a NASA course and mission-specific preparation.
Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton, said: “This is a rare and wonderful achievement by Sultan, and one that reflects a huge amount of dedication and hard work. On behalf of everyone at the University of Brighton, we wish him the best of luck for his mission aboard the International Space Station. I’m incredibly proud to know that our university played an important role in his journey, and we look forward to hearing about his exploits when he returns."
Marnie Middlemiss, Director of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement at the University of Brighton, said: “We take great pride in celebrating the achievements of all our graduates and how they translate their applied learning and knowledge into creating change and building their careers. We want to give huge congratulations to Sultan for being selected for this amazing mission to the International Space Station. He continues to be an inspiration to our students, past, present and future, and shows the Brighton Effect really can lead our graduates to the most incredible places."