Structures, Propulsion, And Control Engineering Center



February 29th, 2012 News Release: CSULA Symposium and Award Reception. Congratulations to the following SPACE Center student winners: 1st Place - Jessica Alvarenga (Engineering and Computer Science), 2nd Places: Kalind Carpenter, Benjamin Liu and Azizkhan Pathan(Physical and Mathematical Sciences), Jorge Espinosa and Gerardo Zarate(Engineering and Computer Science). The winners are also selected as part of the top 10 to represent CSULA at the CSU-wide competition at CSU Long Beach! September 8th, 2011 News Release: Congratulations to Our SPACE Center Director - Dr. Helen Ryaciotaki-Boussalis for being honored with NASA's 2011 Faculty Research Award! Read More!

The Structures, Propulsion, And Control Engineering (SPACE) University Research Center (URC) was established in 2003 at the California State University, Los Angeles, a Hispanic Serving Institution, with NASA funding of $6 million. The Center recently received a NASA award of $5 million to continue research for the next five years. The URC is composed of two laboratories: the Structures Pointing and Control Engineering (SPACE) laboratory and the Multidisciplinary Flight Dynamics and Control (MFDC) laboratory.

The SPACE University Research Center (URC) works in partnership with Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) as the lead NASA center, and JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) as the secondary NASA center. In addition, the URC has a close collaboration with Boeing Company  and Northrop Grumman Corporation. The major areas of research in the URC are directly related to the missions of the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and Combustion) and Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (James Webb Space Telescope), addressing and supporting some of these missionsÂ’ key challenges.

To address the technology challenges of both Directorates, the SPACE center conducts research and development in the following Research Areas:

  •   Intelligent Flight Control, Autonomous Control, Formation Flying

  •   Uninhabited Air Vehicles (UAV) Development

  •   Wind-Tunnel Testing and Validations

  •   Optimization of Combustion and Propulsion Systems

  •   Bio-derived Liquid Fuel and Solid Propellant Development

  •   Thermal Analysis of Space Systems 

  •   Space Telescope Technology, Precision Pointing, System Identification 

  •   Decentralized Control, Failure Analysis and Reconfigurable Control

  •   Ubiquitous Computing and Embedded Architectures.

The URC shares NASA's commitment to increasing the number of minority students who will pursue and earn advanced degrees and become the influential scientists and engineers of tomorrow.


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