KACST, NASA sign research collaboration agreements

October 2, 2010

The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) signed two agreements in the fields of Space Geodesy and Aeronautics, in addition to a Memorandum of Intent (MoI) in the fields of space and aviation, in Riyadh today.

This came following the opening session of the Saudi International Conference for Space and Aviation Technology. The conference, patronized by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and organized jointly by KACST and NASA, was attended by a number of scientists, astronauts and experts specializing in the field of space science and technology from around the globe. Many Saudi and American officials were also present, including KACST President Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel; President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz; and NASA Director Gen. Charles F. Bolden.

The scientific forum was held on the 25th anniversary of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz’s voyage to space, which made him the first Arab Muslim astronaut. In a press statement, Prince Sultan stressed the importance of the continuing scientific and technological cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the United States.