Lockheed Martin and KAUST to collaborate on UAS research

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Lockheed Martin recently signed its first international Master Research Agreement with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.

Additionally, Lockheed Martin and KAUST announced their initial collaboration in the field of flexible electronics. This collaboration will include the integration of KAUST developed flexible solar cells on fixed-wing UAS to enhance their operational endurance, and support applications across a variety of sectors.

“Lockheed Martin is proud to help play a defining role in promoting the Kingdom's thriving R&D efforts as a committed partner to KAUST,” says Lockheed Martin Chief Technology Officer Keoki Jackson.

“It is only through hands-on collaboration that we will be able to discover innovative solutions to conquer existing challenges, and we are looking forward to working with Saudi talent as we realize a safer and more secure future.”

The agreement follows a Memorandum of Understanding that was finalized in November 2017 by Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, during her visit to KAUST. Hewson also serves on the Board of Trustees at KAUST.

Under the terms of the contract, Lockheed Martin and KAUST agreed to cooperate on a number of technology-focused projects that support Saudi Vision 2030.

“One of the goals of this year-long project will be to design, develop, integrate and test flexible and innovative solar cells to optimize the endurance of small UAVs,” says KAUST Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development Jean Frechet.

“These could be used in various applications including agricultural productivity, monitoring oceanic environments and more.”