The Khalifa University Space Technology and Innovation Center (KUSTIC) was established with the aim of becoming a center of excellence for the space sector in the UAE. KUSTIC builds on the current space-related capabilities developed within Khalifa University to support the space industry, as well as to use resources effectively to achieve the greatest impact opportunity for the UAE.
The research projects undertaken at the KUSTIC will have a crucial role in building capabilities and creating a technical hub. Specifically, it will train UAE students in satellite design and manufacturing; conduct scientific research in space sector and applications; develop satellite manufacturing capabilities in the UAE; promote and inspire entrepreneurship in the space sector; and support the space science and technology initiatives of the UAE Space Agency.
KUSTIC also hosts the Yahsat Space Lab, which was established to support the CubeSat programs at UAE universities in general and the Khalifa University Space Systems programs in particular. The lab is the first of its kind in the region with the capability to design, build and test small satellites up to 6U form factor (30 cm X 20 cm X 10 cm).
To establish one of the centers of excellence for the space sector in the country, to leverage the current space-related capabilities within Khalifa University to support the space industry, and to use resources effectively to achieve greatest impact opportunity for the UAE.
The Center aims to achieve the UAE’s vision in the field of space exploration, technologies, and applications.