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Astrodynamics & Space Applications

The analysis of the motion of natural and man-made objects in space, subject to both environmental and artificial forces, is the focus of study in Astrodynamics and Space Applications. Fundamental principles support applications such as Earth orbital, interplanetary, and libration point missions; trajectory optimization; orbit determination; satellite geodesy; remote sensing; space environment; navigation; spacecraft guidance and station-keeping; communications, telemetry, and data acquisition; constellations and formation flight; and mission operations.

Facilities

Rune and Barbara Eliasen Aerospace Visualization Laboratory

This team conducts research in Astrodynamics that includes investigations into both natural behavior and spacecraft motion: orbit dynamics, perturbations, and stability; trajectory control and on-orbit maneuvers; trajectory optimization and transfers; spacecraft formations; and, orbit determination and navigation.

Rune and Barbara Eliasen Aerospace Visualization Laboratory

  • Lead Professor: Kathleen Howell
  • Location: ARMS 3183
  • Large-scale flat wall visualization environment
  • Support for mission design and analysis
  • Lab Website
Radio Navigation Laboratory

The Radio Navigation Laboratory has resources for the experimental analysis and study of space-based radio transmissions for navigation and remote sensing.

Radio Navigation Laboratory

  • Lead Professor: James Garrison
  • Location: ARMS 3105
  • Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP)
  • Leica AR25 antenna
Space Flight Projects Laboratory

The Space Flight Projects Laboratory (SFPL) was founded in 2017 at Purdue University with the goal of creating a world-class research and educational organization dedicated to the design, development, and operation of advanced space systems.

Space Flight Projects Laboratory

Rapid Design of Systems Laboratory (RDSL)

The world-class research in the RDSL identifies new mission architectures and concepts to support human and robotic exploration as well as strategic systems to support national defense.

Rapid Design of Systems Laboratory (RDSL)