IEEE Press Series on Aeronautics and Astronautics Systems

Aims and Scope

The new IEEE Press Series on Aeronautics and Astronautics Systems will strike a balance between the aeronautics and astronautics subject areas. Aeronautics and astronautics technologies are continuously expanding engineering fields, and in the last few years, the expansion in both aeronautics and astronautics has accelerated with new engineering field applications ranging from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to plans for landing humans on Mars. The series will concentrate on all topics where there is presently engineering innovation and where such innovations involve electrical, electronics, and software engineering know-how. Topics for contributions to the series will be solicited from industry practitioners, industry researchers, academic researchers, and other interested parties.

Series Editor: Ray Perez

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of the California Institute of Technology

Reinaldo (“Ray”) Perez has been a member of the technical and engineering staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for 32 years where he has performed many technical and technical management functions in the design and development of complex spacecraft avionics and scientific instruments avionics for 13 distinct spacecrafts bound for interplanetary missions. His main area of concentration has been the implementation of engineering design processes for increasing the reliability of hardware to survive the stresses of the interplanetary space environment during the very long missions. In performing his engineering duties at JPL, he has worked, for many years, with multiple private aerospace companies in the US and internationally, as well as NASA and other international space agencies. He has received 8 NASA technical achievement awards and 2 technical achievement awards from the private aerospace industry.

His research interest includes the electronics design of avionics hardware and sensor systems for long duration space flights in adverse space environments conditions, reliability engineering, electromagnetic compatibility, RF/MW engineering, fault tolerant architectures in avionics, fault protection and management, and software engineering. He has published about 74 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He has written 4 engineering books and has served as editor and author of 2 engineering handbooks, with all publications still in print. He is a senior member of the IEEE and he has served IEEE in multiple capacities for many years, as member of several of IEEE technical societies and their committees, as a published author, and in multiple leadership positions within the IEEE technical societies and their publications.

Ray Perez holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer engineering and other graduate degrees in Physics, Mathematical sciences, and Business. He has promoted graduate engineering education throughout his career and served for 11 years as an IEEE representative and program evaluator for the American Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). He participated in the accreditation of 13 engineering programs in electrical, computer, and aerospace engineering at US universities and internationally. He has also served as past adjunct instructor at two engineering colleges at two US universities.  He was involved in Boy Scouts of America for over 20 years in multiple capacities up to assistant scout master.

Series Editor: Roberto Sabatini

Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics
Khalifa University of Science and Technology (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

Dr. Roberto Sabatini is a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics with three decades of experience in aerospace and defense systems research and education, having served in various industry, government and academic organizations in Europe, North America, Australia, and the Middle-East. His research addresses key contemporary challenges in avionics, spaceflight and robotics/autonomous systems design, test and certification, focusing on the central role played by cyber-physical systems and AI in the digital transformation and sustainable development of the aerospace sector. Throughout his career, Prof. Sabatini has led several research projects funded by national governments, the European Commission, and industrial partners such as Thales, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Leonardo, the SmartSat CRC, and many others. In recent years, these projects have concentrated on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and UAS Traffic Management (UTM), intelligent/distributed space systems, trusted autonomy and adaptive human-machine systems.

Prof. Sabatini has authored, co-authored, or edited several books, and has had more than 300 articles published in refereed international journals and conference proceedings. Since 2019, he has been listed by the Stanford University’s ranking among the top 2% most cited scientists globally in the field of aerospace and aeronautics. Prof. Sabatini is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN), the Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust), and the International Engineering and Technology Institute (IETI). He was conferred prestigious national and international awards including: Distinguished Leadership Award – Aviation/Aerospace Australia (2021); Scientist of the Year – Australian Defence Industry Awards (2019); Professorial Scholarship Award – Northrop Grumman Corporation (2017); Science Award – Sustainable Aviation Research Society (2016); Arch T. Colwell Merit Award – Society of Automotive Engineering (2015); and Scientific Achievement Award – NATO Research & Technology Organization (2008). Additionally, Prof. Sabatini was recognized best-in-field national scientist in aerospace engineering and aviation by the 2021 Australian annual research report.

Currently, Prof. Sabatini is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) Propulsion and Space Research Center (Abu Dhabi) and he has served in many occasions as an advisor and subject-matter expert for the UAE Space Agency. Additionally, he holds and has held honorary and visiting appointments at a number of international institutions, including: RMIT University, Australia; Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy; Chosun University, South Korea; Durban University of Technology, South Africa; and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, South Korea. In 2020, Prof. Sabatini was nominated Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society (AESS) and, since 2021, he serves as Chair of the IEEE AESS Avionics Systems Panel (ASP). In 2022, he was elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE AESS, where his contributions have focused on industry relations, publications, and technical operations. In addition to his role of Editor for the IEEE Press Series on Aeronautics and Astronautics Systems, Prof. Sabatini serves in the editorial boards of various high-impact journals, including: Progress in Aerospace Sciences, the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Robotica, the Journal of Navigation, and Aerospace Science and Technology.

Submit a Book Proposal

If you are interested in submitting a book proposal for this series, please contact Dr. Perez at or Dr. Sabatini at, or email