Supporting research in space science, technology and applications is an integral part of NSSA’s mission. Furthermore, research in space science and technology can also help achieve national research strategy’s objectives in line with Bahrain 2030 vision.

NSSA engineers and technicians have published more more than 10 scientific papers in 2020, while work is underway to publish another 20 scientific articles this year in international peer-reviewed journals and international conferences specializing in the field of satellite construction and their applications, in addition to participating in conferences specializing in satellite applications. artificial intelligence in the field of space sciences, data spatial analysis and images.

NSSA CEO Dr Mohammed E. Al Aseeri said this volume of research has resulted in cooperation with various parties under internal and external cooperation agreements.

Dr Al Aseeri commented “One of the research studies came in collaboration with the University of Bahrain to study the use of artificial intelligence techniques in detecting gas leaks in automatically controlled airplanes. Further research has been carried out in cooperation with Khalifa University of Sciences and Technology focused on micro-satellites, designed and developed by the Bahrain Space Team in cooperation with many specialized international studies.”

Dr Al Aseeri said that some research studies dealt carefully with solving problems related to satellite systems, such as improving the quality of the communication system and increasing the capacity of the data that are carried in the EO ground stations.

He explained that among the distinguished research studies was the development of a control system and setting directions for the satellite using the “FPGA Board” that depends on the processing technology. In parallel, the results of this research proved that the time taken to obtain satellite direction is faster than the programs deployed in the market while ensuring the required accuracy.

Dr Al Aseeri further added that some research studies have specialized in artificial intelligence applications, such as designing artificial intelligence algorithms to classify the pilot who operates an aircraft, the control mechanism while maintaining the accuracy of the mission in real-time, pointing to the multiplicity of research in the fields of satellite data analysis such as applications of artificial intelligence in the detection of oil slicks using multiple technologies and software.

NSSA assures promoting research in space science within the Kingdom through the release of various research announcements in a wide range of science and technology disciplines.

Dr Al Aseeri concluded, NSSA encourages the education sector in the Kingdom to participate and contribute in various space related research activities through providing necessary technical advice and support.