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)

Roberto Sabatini is a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics with three decades of experience in Aerospace, Defense and Robotics/Autonomous Systems research and education, acquired in progressively more responsible industry, government and academic positions in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. Currently, Prof. Sabatini serves as Chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department at Khalifa University of Science and Technology (Abu Dhabi, UAE).

His research interests include: Aerospace Vehicle Design and Testing; Avionics and CNS/ATM Systems; Spaceflight Systems; Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Systems; Navigation, Guidance and Control; Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and UAS Traffic Management; Urban Air Mobility; Distributed Satellite Systems; Space Domain Awareness and Space Traffic Management; GNSS Integrity Augmentation; Defense C4ISR and EW; and Cognitive Human-Machine Systems.

Prof. Sabatini holds various academic qualifications, including a PhD in Aerospace/Avionics Systems, a PhD in Space Geodesy/Satellite Navigation and an Advanced MEng in Astronautics/Space Systems. Additionally, he is a Private Pilot (fixed wing), Remote Pilot (multirotor UAS) and Flight Test Engineer (fast jets). Throughout his career, he led several industry and government funded research projects and he authored or co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed international publications. Prof. Sabatini is currently listed in the top 2% most cited scientists globally in Aerospace and Aeronautics.

Prof. Sabatini is a Fellow and Executive of the Institution of Engineers Australia, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation. He was conferred prestigious national and international awards including: Scientific Achievement Award - NATO Research & Technology Organization (2008); Arch T. Colwell Merit Award - Society of Automotive Engineering (2015); Science Award - Sustainable Aviation Research Society (2016); Scientist of the Year - Australian Defense Industry Awards (2019); and Distinguished Leadership Award - Aviation/Aerospace Australia (2021).

In addition to his primary duties at Khalifa University and some honorary/consulting appointments in Europe, North America, Australia, Asia and South Africa, Prof. Sabatini serves as Chair of the IEEE AESS Avionics Systems Panel, Editor for Progress in Aerospace Sciences, Senior Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, and Associate Editor for 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