Saudi Space Agency presents collaborative avenues at KAUST for Space Sector RDI

THUWAL — The Saudi House Company (SSA) and King Abdullah College of Science and Expertise (KAUST) have partnered to evaluate the Kingdom’s area program and set the stage for extra bold and impactful endeavors into the cosmos.

On Sept. 19, SSA representatives visited KAUST as a part of their House Analysis, Growth and Innovation (RDI) Workshop roadshow. The workshop allowed KAUST college and researchers and SSA consultants to collectively handle essential challenges within the Saudi area sector.

The SSA is aiming to push Saudi Arabia’s area program into the highest 10 worldwide, with an RDI goal throughout six basic analysis focus areas (RFAs), together with earth commentary, communication and positioning, navigation and timing, launch, astronomy and area exploration, microgravity analysis, and area situational and area consciousness.

By partnering with KAUST and different in-Kingdom analysis establishments, the SSA hopes to find out the extent of data and innovation already underneath means within the Kingdom almost about the area program.

Following the knowledge gained by this roadshow, the SSA will set objectives, conduct a spot evaluation, and produce a last roadmap, which needs to be obtainable by January 2024.

Dr. Najah Ashry, KAUST vp for Strategic Nationwide Development (SNA), mentioned: “With KAUST’s daring new technique, which prioritizes RDI-aligned analysis, it solely is smart for the college to companion with main gamers such because the SSA in reaching the Kingdom’s bold RDI imaginative and prescient.

“By working carefully with the SSA, KAUST’s distinguished college and researchers can assist chart a course to leverage current experience and speed up Saudi Arabia’s exploration of outer area.”

Dr. Matthew McCabe, director of KAUST’s Local weather and Livability Initiative and a professor of Distant Sensing and Water Safety, mentioned: “Earth commentary and information evaluation from area platforms is core to my analysis, including environmental monitoring, catastrophe preparedness, nationwide safety and trade improvement functions all profit from an SSA and KAUST R&D alignment.

“Our growing collaboration with the [SSA] will present an unimaginable alternative for utilized analysis with nationwide and worldwide impression, in addition to assist to ship the subsequent era of scientists and engineers that will probably be wanted to advance their bold analysis agenda.”

Dr. Manus Ward, KAUST director of Analysis Planning and Partnerships, mentioned: “That is a part of a dialog that we’ve been having for a while. We’ve got robust hyperlinks with [the SSA] going again a number of years.

“There are quite a lot of competencies right here at KAUST that very a lot map onto the ambitions, objectives, and aspirations of the Saudi House Company.”

The SSA is aligning all operational baselines to advance missions as soon as Nationwide House Technique funding is permitted for round 58 Saudi initiatives, together with some 34 underneath the purview of the SSA.

In accordance with Dr. Valanathan Munsami, SSA deputy chief govt officer: “We’re constructing highway maps to foster and assist analysis, improvement and innovation throughout the Kingdom’s area sector. After we began to go searching for recommendation from key universities which have performed on this area, KAUST stood out as an indispensable powerhouse.

“We’re taking a look at it from a complete RDI value-chain perspective. And so, the relationships we’ve with the completely different universities will probably be fairly a key instrument, together with with KAUST.”

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