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Al-Saud, Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz
Al-Saud
Al-Saud
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Saudi prince, payload specialist astronaut 1985. First Arab in space.

Status: Inactive; Active 1985-1985. Born: 1956-06-27. Spaceflights: 1 . Total time in space: 7.07 days. Birth Place: Riyadh.

Official NASA Biography as of June 2016:Sultan Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud
Payload Specialist

PERSONAL DATA: Born June 27, 1956, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Married. Recreational interests include snow skiing, scuba diving, horseback riding, jogging, racketball, and swimming.

EDUCATION: Completed his elementary and secondary education in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He later went on to study communications and aviation in the United States.

EXPERIENCE: In 1982 he was appointed to the position of researcher in the Department of International Communications at the Ministry of Information in Saudi Arabia.

In 1984 he served as Deputy Director for the Saudi Arabian Olympic Information Committee at the Olympics in Los Angeles, California. Later that year, when the Department of Advertising was created at the Ministry of Information, he was appointed its Acting Director.

In 1985 he flew as a Payload Specialist on STS-51G Discovery (June 17-24, 1985). As one of a seven member international crew, which also included American and French astronauts, he represented the Arab Satellite Communications Organization (ARABSAT) in deploying their satellite, ARABSAT-1B.

Upon conclusion of his space flight, he helped in founding the Association of Space Explorers, an international organization comprising all astronauts and cosmonauts who have been in space, and served on its Board of Directors for several years.

In 1985 he was commissioned as an officer into the Royal Saudi Air Force. He holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and is qualified in several military and civilian aircraft.

For several years he headed the Advisory Committee for the Science Oasis Project to be built in Riyadh.

In 1989 and then again in 1992 he was elected to the position of Chairman of the Saudi Benevolent Association for Handicapped Children; where he also served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Prince Salman Center for Handicapped Research.

In 1991 he accepted an invitation from the Board of Directors of the Saudi Computer Society to become Honorary Chairman, and in 1993 due to his special interest in architecture he agreed to serve as Honorary President of the Al-Umran Saudi Association (a society of specialists in the fields of the built environment).

DECEMBER 1993

This is the only version available from NASA. Updates must be sought direct from the above named individual.

Official NASA Biography

NAME: Sultan Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud
Payload Specialist

PERSONAL DATA: Born June 27, 1956, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Married. Recreational interests include snow skiing, scuba diving, horseback riding, jogging, racketball, and swimming.

EDUCATION: Completed his elementary and secondary education in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He later went on to study communications and aviation in the United States.

EXPERIENCE: In 1982 he was appointed to the position of researcher in the Department of International Communications at the Ministry of Information in Saudi Arabia.

In 1984 he served as Deputy Director for the Saudi Arabian Olympic Information Committee at the Olympics in Los Angeles, California. Later that year, when the Department of Advertising was created at the Ministry of Information, he was appointed its Acting Director.

In 1985 he flew as a Payload Specialist on STS-51G Discovery (June 17-24, 1985). As one of a seven member international crew, which also included American and French astronauts, he represented the Arab Satellite Communications Organization (ARABSAT) in deploying their satellite, ARABSAT-1B.

Upon conclusion of his space flight, he helped in founding the Association of Space Explorers, an international organization comprising all astronauts and cosmonauts who have been in space, and served on its Board of Directors for several years.

In 1985 he was commissioned as an officer into the Royal Saudi Air Force. He holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and is qualified in several military and civilian aircraft.

For several years he headed the Advisory Committee for the Science Oasis Project to be built in Riyadh.

In 1989 and then again in 1992 he was elected to the position of Chairman of the Saudi Benevolent Association for Handicapped Children; where he also served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Prince Salman Center for Handicapped Research.

In 1991 he accepted an invitation from the Board of Directors of the Saudi Computer Society to become Honorary Chairman, and in 1993 due to his special interest in architecture he agreed to serve as Honorary President of the Al-Umran Saudi Association (a society of specialists in the fields of the built environment).

DECEMBER 1993


More at: Al-Saud.

Family: Payload Specialist Astronaut. Country: Saudi Arabia. Flights: STS-51-G. Projects: STS. Bibliography: 12, 5103.
Photo Gallery

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Payload specialists Baudry and Al-Saud conduct Postural experiment
Credit: NASA



1956 June 27 - .
  • Birth of Sultan Salman Abdel-aziz Al-Saud - . Nation: Saudi Arabia. Related Persons: Al-Saud. Saudi prince, payload specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-51-G. First Arab in space..

1985 June 17 - . 11:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. Launch Platform: MLP1. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-51-G - . Call Sign: Discovery. Crew: Al-Saud, Baudry, Brandenstein, Creighton, Fabian, Lucid, Nagel. Payload: Discovery F05 / Morelos 1[PAM-D] / Telstar 303. Mass: 20,174 kg (44,476 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Al-Saud, Baudry, Brandenstein, Creighton, Fabian, Lucid, Nagel. Agency: NASA Houston. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-51-G. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Discovery. Duration: 7.07 days. Decay Date: 1985-06-24 . USAF Sat Cat: 15823 . COSPAR: 1985-048A. Apogee: 369 km (229 mi). Perigee: 358 km (222 mi). Inclination: 28.5000 deg. Period: 91.80 min.

    Deployed and retrieved Spartan 1; launched Morelos 1, Arabsat 1B, Telstar 3D.Payloads: Shuttle Pointed Autono-mous Research Tool for Astronomy (SPARTAN)-1; Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (ADSF); High Precision Tracking Experiment (HPTE); Orbiter Experiments (OEX); French Echocardiograph Experiment (FEE) and French Pocket Experiment (FPE).


1985 June 24 - .

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