The Advanced Astrodynamics Concepts (AAC) research group concentrates on spacecraft and mission design concepts that may advance both robotic and human exploration of the Solar System in the next decades. AAC is led by Professor James M. Longuski and Professor Sarag Saikia in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University.
Some of the ongoing research projects include the following:
Please see the dissertations and publications section to know more about the past research carried out by the group. Information for prospective students can be found here. You can explore students’ spacecraft design projects or learn elementary rocket science for beginners. There is also a page dedicated to media. Explore.
AAC participated in the NASA’s Ice Giant Mission Studies by closely working with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The work with JPL was to perform Aerocapture Assessment at the Ice Giant planets, Uranus and Neptune, which was led by Prof. Sarag Saikia along with Prof. Longuski and AAC students.