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Center of Excellence for Aeronautics and Astronautics (CEAA)


Partner: Stanford University

The Center of Excellence for Aeronautics and Astronautics (CEAA) is a joint collaboration between KACST and Stanford University focusing on advanced space technology development and complex aircraft design research.



The CEAA was established as a direct result of the joint collaboration efforts between KACST and Stanford University. The center is meant to strengthen KACST’s ability to perform scientific research and advanced technology development, and to improving educational infrastructure in aerospace physics. As part of the center’s objectives, there are a number of research projects that operate under the following themes:

Advanced Space Technology Development: Improving satellite performance, efficient solar panel movements, communications and control systems.

Astrophysics: Studying astrophysics-related topics such as gravity and its waves, and verifying the theory of relativity by using highly developed instruments with very precise measurements.

Autonomous Flight for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Experimental study of system identification techniques that are based on machine learning algorithms to allow for automatic control schemes.

Green Propellants: The development of environmentally friendly propellant combinations that are hypergolic and have performance levels near traditional storable propellants to be used in space applications.

Computational Technologies: Such technologies allow for the prediction of the dynamic behavior of micro air vehicle models and simulate the aerodynamics to enhance the performance and design testing of these type of vehicles.