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Space Systems Design Laboratory

Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0150
Phone: 404.894.7783
Fax: 404.894.2760

News & Events

Congratulations to SSDL undergraduate research scholar, Veronica Foreman, who was named the 2014 Undergraduate Woman of Distinction at the Women's Leadership Conference held at Georgia Tech on Saturday, October 25. Veronica was one of 5 women honored for her accomplishments and was awarded a $1000 scholarship.

Congratulations to SSDL graduate students Hisham Ali, Dave Blette, Tim Murphy, and Adam Sidor who successfully passed the AE Ph.D. qualifying exams in October 2014.

NASA and SpaceX are working together to analyze data on how a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket's first stage returned to Earth during a cargo launch to the ISS on September 21. Led by Professor Braun, principal investigator of the Propulsive Descent Technologies (PDT) Project, this research effort is focused on helping SpaceX land Falcon 9 on Earth and NASA put humans on Mars.

In August 2014, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) announced the selection of Professor Robert D. Braun as Editor-In-Chief of the AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets (JSR). This seminal aerospace journal is devoted to reporting significant developments and advancements in the science and technology of spacecraft, missiles, and reentry devices including system and subsystem design, innovative applications, mission design and analysis, environmental interactions, instrumentation, space operations, and space sciences. The JSR Editor-in-Chief is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the journal's quality and reputation as well as establishing a strategic vision for the journal. Professor Braun will serve an initial three-year term.

SSDL alumnus (M.S. in May 2009) and Naval aviator Chris Marsh has been competitively selected for Test Pilot School. Chris will fly a wide variety of airframes while stationed in England for a year before returning to Pax River MD for a follow-on test tour.

SSDL is pleased to welcome new graduate students Robert Booher, Jay Fisher, Michel Alves Lacerda, Nicole Tyman and Bryce Woollard in Fall 2014.

SSDL Co-Director and Principal Investigator for the Prox-1 mission, Prof. David Spencer was featured in an Aerospace Engineering news story that described the preparations of the Prox-1 team for a launch date in 2016. Prox-1 will be the first spacecraft built by Georgia Tech to be launched into space.

Professor E. Glenn Lightsey will join the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering and the Space Systems Design Laboratory in January 2015. Professor Lightsey is a well accomplished educator, researcher, and technologist. He has developed and operated five LEO spacecraft with two additional spacecraft slated for launch by 2015, each with well-defined scientific and technological objectives. His research focuses on the technology of satellites, with a focus on novel guidance, navigation, and control technologies, proximity operations, spacecraft rendezvous, formation flying, and space systems engineering. He has received the Institute of Navigation's Tycho Brahe Award (2004), the American Society for Engineering Education's John Leland Atwood Award (2011), and the William David Blunk Memorial Professorship (2011). Professor Lightsey is also the founder of Austin Satellite Design, LLC, a small company that commercializes space technology for small satellites.

Congratulations to SSDL graduate student Hisham Ali who received a best poster award at the 11th International Planetary Probe Workshop in Pasadena, CA in June 2014 for his poster entitled, "In Situ Magnetohydrodynamic Energy Generation for Planetary Entry Vehicles."

Zach Putnam

Congratulations to SSDL graduate student Zach Putnam who was awarded the Best Student Paper at the 2014 AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference in June 2014. His paper, AIAA 2014-2381, is entitled, "Extension and Enhancement of the Allen-Eggers Analytic Solution for Ballistic Entry Trajectories." This is the second Atmospheric Flight Mechanics best student paper won by an SSDL student in 2014 and the sixth such award since 2007.

SSDL graduate student Johnny Worthy was featured in an Aerospace Engineering news story that described his recent NSF fellowship and summer research at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Congratulations to SSDL graduate student Jeremy Hill who successfully completed his Ph.D. Proposal, entitled "Multi-Scale Structural Modeling of Materials for Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerators," in May 2014.

Congratulations to SSDL graduate student Brooke Harper who received an M.S. degree in the May 2014 commencement ceremony. Brooke is now employed at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Congratulations to SSDL graduate students Dave Blette, Sean Chait and Adam Sidor who were each competitively awarded a 2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship.

Congratulations to SSDL graduate students Andris Jaunzemis and Johnny Worthy III who were competitively selected for 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.