Space Systems Engineering Research

Space Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech integrates multiple disciplines for the design, development, and operation of advanced space systems. Through projects, analyses, and system studies, space systems engineering is advanced at Georgia Tech in the following areas:

  • Responsive Space: concepts, architectures, technologies, and systems
  • Moon and Mars Exploration: concepts, architectures, technology, missions, and systems
  • Access to Small Bodies: feasibility studies, technology, and systems

Flight projects provide undergraduate and graduate students with hands-on experience and the opportunity to apply theoretical foundations learned in the classroom and laboratory to the full lifecycle of real-world applications. Current space flight projects include:

  • RECONnaissance of Space Objects (RECONSO): a student-led participant in the 8th University Nanosatellite Program (UNP) competition, RECONSO will place an optical payload in low-Earth orbit to enable low-cost unqueued space object detection and tracking.
  • Prox-1: the winner of the UNP-7 competition, designed to demonstrate automated trajectory control in low-Earth orbit relative to a deployed Cubesat. Scheduled for launch in August 2015.
  • LightSail: a Planetary Society project with the goal of demonstrating the effective use of solar sails for satellite control and movement.
  • Re-Entry Devices (RED): a family of small, low-cost reentry systems designed for data collection during reentry breakup of a host vehicle or the return of small payloads from space.