About us

The Interdisciplinary Research Center for Aviation & Space Exploration (IRC-ASE) has been established at King Fahd University (KFUPM) with the aim of advancing space-based research through the development of innovative technologies and approaches. As one of the leading university laboratories in the Kingdom, IRC-ASE is dedicated to creating a scientific and technical environment that fosters innovation and supports the growth of the aviation and space sectors. By promoting the localization of aviation and space-related activities, developing Saudi human capital in space, enhancing national resilience, and promoting national identity, IRC-ASE is aligned with the strategic goals of Kingdom's Vision 2030.


Research Themes

Intelligent and Autonomous Aeros...

Intelligent and autonomous systems refer to machines or devices that can perf...


Propulsion research is a critical field that aims to develop and optimize pro...

Astrodynamics/Orbital Mechanics

Astrodynamics/Orbital mechanics research focuses on understanding and predict...

Vehicle Design

Space Vehicle Design & Structures is a field of study that focuses on the...



Space Systems Design & Testing Laboratories

Space Systems Design and Testing Laboratory ( under-development ) (lab image generated by image generator)

Remote Sensing & Analysis Laboratory

Remote Sensing and Analysis Laboratory (lab image generated by image generator)

Stakeholders & Beneficiaries

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Saudi Space Commission (SSC)


King Abdulaziz City for Sci...


Latest News

IRC-Aviation and Space Exploration New Website
19 Jan 2023 @ 04:00 PM

The new website of IRC Aviation and Space Exploration is launched.


Dr. Ashraf, leading sponsored project by ...
01 Feb 2023 @ 12:00 AM

IRC –ASE affiliate Dr. Ashraf, leading sponsored project by SSC about Humans in Space - Feb 2023

IRC – ASE Officially Launches its Activities
01 Mar 2023 @ 12:00 AM

IRC – ASE Officially Launches its Activities – March 2023

22 Nov 2022 @ 04:00 PM

Seminar: Event on Future of Space Exploration – Prof. Charles Elachi, Nov 2022 in Bldg. 76