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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

AAS 15-748, "Analytical Assessment of Drag-Modulation Trajectory Control for Planetary Entry with Application to Real-Time Guidance," authored by SSDL researchers Zach Putnam and Robert Braun was recently named as the best paper from the 2015 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference.

Taken this week at the 13th International Planetary Probe Workshop held at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory: 15 SSDL graduate students, past and present, participated in this meeting. 12 of the students pictured are currently members or formerly members of Prof. Braun's research group.IPPW 2016

Congratulations to Ryan Coder who completed and successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Multi-Objective Design of Small Telescopes and Their Application to Space Object Characterization."

Congratulations to SSDL students Jeremy Hill, who received a Ph.D., Rob Booher, who received a M.S., and Nate Skolnick, who received a B.S., in the Spring 2016 commencement.

A recent announcement by SpaceX heading to Mars in 2018 highlights work done by researchers in SSDL; The feasability of such a mission is critiqued in the following article, "Can SpaceX really land on Mars? Absolutely, says an engineer who would know."

Congratulations to SSDL graduate students Julian Brew, Nate Skolnick, and Michael Werner who were awarded NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships beginning in August 2016.

Congratulations to Jeremy Hill who completed and successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Mechanical Property Determination for Flexible Material Systems," and graduated in May 2016.

Prime Destination: The International Student Experience - Lin Li and Ulises Núñez Garzón, two students from SSDL, were featured in a recent GT Alumni Magazine article highlighting the draw that Georgia Tech has on international students.

An AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets article co-authored by Professor Braun and Robert Manning of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory was named as one of the four most-cited articles published by the journal between 2005 and 2010. Mars Exploration Entry, Descent and Landing Challenges documents previous Mars entry, descent, and landing systems and demonstrates the benefits of potential technologies in increasing landed performance for future robotic and human exploration missions. AIAA has made the top four articles from this timeframe available for free download at