Egypt’s First Astronaut Candidate Conquered Obstacles but finally reached his dream. Akram Amin Abdellatif, Egypt’s first astronaut candidate, conquered obstacles to pursue his dreams of space travel.
He told his inspiring story of becoming the first Egyptian astronaut on Sunday during a space industry demo at the RiseUp summit, held today at the Greek Campus, at the American University in Cairo.
Abdellatif didn’t qualify for astronaut programs with agencies like NASA because he didn’t have the citizenship, but he downloaded the application nonetheless. He skipped over the citizenship requirement thinking those rules may change later – which they did – and looked at other requirements that potential space travelers needed to meet.
“I tried to think about if I don’t have a chance to apply, what should I do on my own?” Abdellatif said.
— Akram Abdellatif (@Astro_Akram) November 6, 2015
For the past four years, the space enthusiast has been doing basic training for astronauts, including diving and flying. He began advanced training this year, including High-G training that prepares him for a launch – where blood can shoot down into the pilot’s feet and make him pass out – by training on fast aircrafts.
— Akram Abdellatif (@Astro_Akram) December 4, 2015
Abdellatif is an engineer and graduate from the German University in Cairo with a degree in Communication Engineering. He started working for the German Aerospace Center in 2010 as an intern and in 2012 was officially hired as a Certification Design Engineer at the institute of Flight Experiments in DLR Oberpfaffenhofen.
— Akram Abdellatif (@Astro_Akram) November 30, 2015