Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering
Address: P.O.Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 (02) 5018562
Fax: +971 (02) 447 2442
Dr. Ahmad Bani Younes completed his PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University where he continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member.
Dr. Bani Younes has worked on a wide range of space research topics, including the development of fast and high fidelity gravity model for the earth anomalies; fast and efficient trajectories propagation for satellite motions; optimal control theory, which is focused on spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) issues, trajectory generation, spacecraft attitude tracking, and feedback control methodologies; and, algorithms development for optimization theory, perturbation theory, orbital motion, and very broadly algorithmic differentiation for automatically generating first- through fourth-order mixed sets of partial derivatives.
In addition, Dr. Bani Younes contributed to the development of 6-DOF mobile robotics-based spacecraft capturing dynamics (ground-based experimentation) at the Land, Air and Space Robotics laboratory (LASR) at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Bani Younes has participated in several robotics applications for NASA and AFRL for debris removal and orbital refueling operations. Furthermore, he has worked on designing and developing navigation sensors algorithms. He has also contributed to a project for Applied Defense Solution (ADS) in the United State to develop advanced modeling and simulation tools for supporting high precision trajectory calculations for orbital systems.
Dr. Bani Younes is the founder of the Spacecraft Platform for Astronautics & Celestial Emulation (SPACE) at Khalifa University, which aims to be a nationally unique 6DOF facility. SPACE will support comprehensive studies and hardware experiments for sensing, guidance, dynamics, & control of space operations in an operationally relevant environment. It operates as a “robotic wind tunnel” where faculty and students can work on space topics spanning conceptual design cartoons to advanced proof of concept hardware realizations. The lab conducts research in robotic sensing and control with an aim to enhance the fields of proximity operations, human-robot interaction, stereo vision, swarm robotics, and autonomous aerial vehicles.