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Center of Excellence in Astronautics and Aeronautics (CEAA)

Introduction

The Center of Excellence for Aeronautics and Astronautics (CEAA) is a research entity focused on scientific research and advanced aerospace technology development.  CEAA was established in 2014 to  establish a collaborative research work between the King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Stanford University.  Utilizing its facilities based in both Riyadh and Palo Alto, the center has succeeded in providing training for high-caliber students and researchers to submit their achievements to the professional and academic community.  The current research projects focus on Micro Aerial Vehicle (MAV) design analysis and space physics based technology implementation.  Under the collaboration agreement, KACST and Stanford are playing a crucial role in diversifying the Kingdom’s economy through innovation and IP generation.

Projects

The goal of this project is to study the space physics experimentally which will allow us to determine the parameters of interest, such as gravity waves and charge management, and to verify the theory of relativity. These studies are accomplished by using highly advanced and newly developed instruments that enjoys a very precise accuracy, which are to be deployed in small satellites to perform the astrophysics experiments in space orbits.

The objective is to develop, verify, and validate a state-of-the-art computational technology for the physics-based, high fidelity numerical simulation of the dynamic behavior of the micro aerial vehicles. The research also considers cases that may be difficult to perform experimentally which leads to a more accurate and flexible design framework.

This project focuses on the experimental analysis of freely flying birds to enable the design of a super-maneuverable, flapping-wing, micro-air vehicle. The robotic applications range from silent surveillance for search and rescue acts in cluttered urban environments.

The focus of this project is to develop environmentally-friendly propellant combinations that are hypergolic and are capable of reaching performance levels close to the performance of the traditional storable propellants. This type of space applications is for satellite thruster designs that are mechanically simple and are powered by non-hazardous materials.

This project addresses the challenge of detecting stall-spin maneuvers for the prevention and recovery of small fixed-wing aircraft. It focuses on developing a control system that is capable of automatically recovering an aircraft from dangerous and statistically significant stall-spin tragedies.

Investigations regarding the scalability, manufacturability and accuracy of the HATTS’s joint have been undertaken to further examine the design and size restrictions to considering additional features. These applications could be used to involve the implementation of solar panel holders and for radar and satellite communication ground stations.