Khalifa University Hosts NASA Administrator
Khalifa University hosted the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr. and members of his staff at its Abu Dhabi Campus on June 13 2016 as part of Mr. Bolden’s visit to the UAE to sign the US–UAE Framework Agreement on Space Cooperation with the UAE Space Agency.
Mr. Bolden Khalifa University President Dr. Tod Laursen Executive Vice President Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi and representatives from the US Embassy to the UAE and the UAE Space Agency were given a tour of the campus particularly its Aerospace Research and Innovation Center (ARIC) robotics lab and the Spacecraft Platform for Astronautic and Celestial Emulation (SPACE) lab.
The University’s SPACE lab is equipped with special Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) robots and sensing systems that all help mimic actual conditions in space giving students the opportunity to conduct mission-oriented research and acquire hands on experience in conducting experiments for sensing guidance dynamics and control of aerospace and space operations in a suitable environment.
One of the University’s recently graduated Aerospace Engineering students Abdullah Alnageb demonstrated his Senior Design Project for Mr. Bolden titled “Design Build and Testing of Attitude Test-bed Platform for Emulating Cube Sat Missions ” the project involved the design of test control algorithms for the control of a Cube Sat which is a type of miniaturized satellite for space research that typically uses commercial off-the-shelf components for its electronics.