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  • Welcome to the Space Systems Design Laboratory (SSDL)
  • SSDL 2018-2019

The Space Systems Design Lab (SSDL) at the Georgia Institute of Technology creates space technologies and advanced mission concepts that enable new missions and capabilities in robotic and human space exploration. Research focuses on space flight applications and projects. We use modern engineering tools including mission design methodologies, systems engineering, additive manufacturing, simulation, optimization, sensing, estimation and control to propose, participate in, and operate space flight missions that conduct space science and demonstrate new technologies.

The SSDL is a multi-faculty, interdisciplinary research lab located within the School of Aerospace Engineering. The SSDL is currently directed by Prof. E. Glenn Lightsey. Prior SSDL Directors include David A. Spencer (2010-2016), Robert D. Braun (2003-2016), and John R. Olds (1998-2005).

Focus Areas

Small Satellite Flight Projects

Full life cycle design from mission concept to operations

Space Technology Development

Technology maturation enabling new capabilities for spacecrafts

Mission Campaign Optimization

Applying optimization theory to design sequential missions

Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation and Control

Creating new methods for spacecraft control

Featured Projects

News

Dr. Brian Gunter's research group, along with a GTRI team led by Dr. Chris Valenta, have worked together to design and assemble the Orbital Calibration ("OrCa") 12U CubeSat. The spacecraft launched aboard a ULA Atlas V rocket on March 26th and was successfully deployed into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

Dr. Ho has been awarded a five year $500K National Science Foundation CAREER grant to address a grand challenge in complex system design: enabling the design of flexible large-scale complex systems under future operational uncertainties in demands, environment, and performance.

A group of more than 90 international scientists -- including our very own Dr. Brian Gunter - has released findings that indicate Greenland's ice loss between 1992 and 2018 is enough to push sea levels up by 10.6 millimeters. 

Congratulations to the following SSDL Students who received their graduate degrees in the 2019 Fall semester : John Amin (MS), Dawn Andrews(MS), Julian Brew (PhD), Josh Ingersoll (MS) and Jacob Payne (MS). 

The third annual Symposium on Space Innovations was held on Nov 17 and Nov 18 at Georgia Tech. It was a well attended event with over 300 academics, professionals, and government leaders that highlighted recent innovations in space science and technologies through a combination of technical presentations, panel discussions, guest speakers, and poster presentations. 

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