Who We Are

The Propulsion and Space Research Center (PSRC) was established to contribute to National research and educational advancement in the area of Propulsion and Beyond Earth Exploration. PSRC will embrace advances in technology in an effort to enable aircrafts and spacecrafts to go faster and further than before, as well as improve their fuel efficiency and carbon emissions. This cutting-edge strategy aims to cement the Emirates' growing status as a leading player in the aerospace sector.

PSRC is taking an academic and discipline-based approach to the advancing the nations capabilities in the field. Developed in-house and in partnership with leading global institutions, our research focuses on aerodynamics, aircraft propulsion and turbomachinery, space exploration, with a transversal focus on artificial intelligence, disruptive propulsion designs and sustainability.

With sustainable transportation and space exploration becoming key national priorities for the UAE, the Propulsion and Space Research Center is engaged in technologies that enable aerial vehicles to improve performance while mitigating their environmental impact. At the same time, researching disruptive technologies including new propulsion architectures, hybrid/electric propulsion, novel computational methods, sustainable aviation fuels, to achieve future environmental targets.

What We Do

PSRC is part of the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), a UAE-based research center that aims to lead global advances in artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics, quantum computing, cryptography and quantum communications, directed energy, secure communication, smart devices, advanced materials, and propulsion and space technologies.

We belong to the Abu Dhabi Government’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), which oversees technology research in the emirate.

Our Team
Dr. Ray O. Johnson
Dr. Ray O. Johnson Chief Executive Officer Technology Innovation Institute and ASPIRE
Dr. Gustavo Dos Santos
Dr. Gustavo Dos Santos
Executive Director
Aircraft Propulsion and Turbomachinery
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Dr. Elias Tsoutsanis
Executive Director
Computational Methods and AI
Henrique Argentieri
Henrique Argentieri
Executive Director
Aerodynamics