Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was born in Riyadh on the 27th of June, 1956, married with 3 children, and the second son of the Minister of Defense, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
He earned a Master's Degree in Social and Political Science at Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, USA in 1999.
In June 17th 1985, Prince Sultan was chosen to represent Arab Sat - the Arab world's satellite agency, to be among the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery as Payload Specialist on its Mission STS 51G. He was the first Arab, the first Muslim, and the first member of royalty in space. Shortly afterwards, he joined the Royal Saudi Air Force as a fighter pilot, from which he retired in 1996 with the rank of Colonel.
He is an avid pilot with more than 7000 flight hours since 1976, and holds an Airline transport pilot certificate from the USA, Saud Arabia and France, with qualifications to fly several types of Jets and Helicopters and gliders, as well as being qualified as desert and mountain pilot.
He is the President & Chairman of the Board of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) since 2008. The Commission was established in 2000, Prince Sultan was the Secretary General until 2008. Prince Sultan is active in many charitable and humanitarian organizations. He enjoys skiing, flying, photography, architecture, reading, and travel.