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SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Prepares For February 27 Flight

Sultan Al-Neyadi from the United Arab Emirates will join Crew-6 astronauts to travel to the International Space Station for a six month mission.

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The SpaceX Dragon astronaut shuttle Endeavour has been positioned at launch pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as engineers prepare for this weekend’s scheduled flight to the International Space Station (ISS).

At 1:45 AM EDT (06:45 GMT) on February 27th, Endeavour will blast off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to commence the Crew-6 mission. Crew-6 is a team of four astronauts who will travel to the International Space Station for around 6 months and is composed of Russian cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev, US astronauts Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg from NASA, and UAE’s astronaut Sultan Al-Neyadi.

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When Al-Neyadi’s trip to the ISS is complete, he’ll become the first Arab astronaut to complete an extended stay at the station, beating Hazzaa Ali Almansoori’s 2019 eight-day mission.

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Endeavour will dock with the ISS on the morning of February 29th. After that, another Dragon spacecraft will return to earth with outgoing NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Nicole Mann, Japan’s Koichi Wakata, and Russia’s Anna Kikinapa.

The Crew-6 mission will be the Endeavour spacecraft’s fourth trip to the ISS. SpaceX’s first crewed trip took place in 2020, followed by Crew-2 in 2021 and Ax-1 in April 2022, the first privately crewed journey to the ISS.

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LEAP 2024 Will Shine A Light On Female Innovators In Technology

Women comprise nearly a third of the event’s speaker lineup alongside a dedicated program of high-level content, investment, and mentorship.

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LEAP 2024, a premier global technology event, will highlight the achievements of women in the technology sector as it returns for its third edition at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Centre in Malham district from March 4 to 7.

Hosted by Tahaluf, a strategic collaboration between Informa PLC, the Events Investment Fund (EIF), and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP), LEAP 2024 will feature a dedicated program titled “Women in Tech”. The program will offer enriching content, investment opportunities, networking sessions, mentorship programs, and a special startup award.

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The initiative aims to inspire women to actively participate in the technology industry, aligning with broader diversity efforts. Reflecting the Kingdom’s commitment to equality, the focus on “Women in Tech” coincides with the increasing female participation at LEAP events.

Annabelle Mander, Senior Vice President of Tahaluf, emphasized the event’s commitment to gender inclusivity, stating, “Female representation is across all of LEAP’s features and reflects the event’s mission of driving economic diversification and providing market access to international business. Within Tahaluf itself, half of our team members are women, and women make up half of our SMT, too”.

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The “Women in Tech” program will feature distinguished speakers including Nadine Hachach Haram, CEO and Founder of Proximie, and Sahar Albanarna from IMPACTIQUE Bahrain, who explained: “Over 26 million women worldwide with professional experience and degrees are not in the global workplace. This demographic includes a huge pool of untapped talent which technology can help unleash to fuel the co-creation of exponential solutions across multiple sectors. To help women access productive employment, we urge industry leaders to support high-impact female entrepreneurs as a means to boost their economies and accelerate the UN’s sustainable development goals by promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth”.

The event will also provide a platform for female-led startups and entrepreneurs to pitch for funding and support through various initiatives such as the Women’s Investor Forum, Entrepreneur Mentorship Scheme, and the Aviatrix Award at the Rocket Fuel pitch competition, offering a prize fund of US$150,000.

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