The Propulsion Research Center (PRC) conducts research, produces publications, and mentors students in advanced propulsion technologies and their applications. Established at UAH on February 1, 1991 by Dr. Clark W. Hawk, the PRC has grown from three faculty members and five student researchers to thirty-two faculty members, researchers, and staff and over fifty graduate and undergraduate researchers.

The PRC connects the academic research community and propulsion community through interdisciplinary collaboration. Our state-of-the-art laboratories provide detailed assessments of liquid, solid, electric, and air-breathing propulsion devices – including cryogenic propellants.

The Center has a broad range of customers including NASA, DoD, DoE, MDA, and members of the aerospace industry both large and small, such as Aerojet Rocketdyne, HyperV Technologies Corporation, and C3 Propulsion. The PRC also built a major presence at the annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Joint Propulsion Conference. The PRC can assist with basic research grants, contracts; SBIR/STTR’s, and can operate in an ITAR/proprietary environment upon request.