Astrodynamics

Research in astrodynamics is very diverse. Some of the current projects focus on recovery of satellites that fail to achieve geostationary orbit, multiple types of trajectory design, asteroid interception and rendezvous, solar sail and tether system design, in-space propulsion assessment, integrated technology assessment, technologies for the OTIS program, and multifunction stochastic optimization. There are currently seventeen active research projects in astrodynamics. Several of these projects are sponsored by government agencies and leading industry companies such as: NASA (Glenn Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, and Marshall Space Flight Center), Science Applications International Corporation, and CU Aerospace. The research is conducted by faculty members, numerous graduate students, undergraduate students, and visiting scholars.

Faculty Researchers:

  • R. L. Burton (Professor Emeritus) - Electric and advanced chemical rocket propulsion, space exploration, hypersonic flows, hypervelocity accelerators

  • Soon-Jo Chung - Formation Flying Spacecraft, Spacecraft Swarms, Innovative Space Systems, and Relative Spacecraft Dynamics.

  • B. A. Conway - Celestial mechanics, optimal control, numerical optimization

  • V. L. Coverstone - Space mission design, optimal spacecraft trajectories

  • J. E. Prussing (Professor Emeritus) - Orbital mechanics, spacecraft trajectories, optimal control systems