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March 10, 2020

Sylvain Renevey Defends PhD Dissertation

SFPL PhD candidate Sylvain Renevey successfully defended his dissertation on March 10th, titled "Spacecraft Formations Using Relative Orbital Elements and Artificial Potential Functions."
January 10, 2020

SFPL Presents Papers at 2020 AIAA SciTech Forum

SFPL PhD students Rohan Deshmukh and Justin Mansell each presented papers at the 2020 SciTech Forum in Orlando, FL. The conference is hosted each year by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
October 25, 2019

SFPL Students Present Papers at International Astronautical Congress

SFPL students Thomas Cunningham and Justin Mansell along with SFPL director David Spencer attended the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington DC this week to present a trio of papers covering the lab's research and involvement in flight projects.
July 29, 2019

LightSail 2 Demonstrates Flight By Light

The Planetary Society has announced the success of the LightSail 2 mission as it becomes the first spacecraft in history to demonstrate controlled solar sailing in Earth orbit.
June 25, 2019

LightSail 2 Rockets into Orbit

The Planetary Society's citizen-funded LightSail 2 spacecraft launched successfully into low Earth orbit June 25th from Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. The liftoff occurred at 2:30 am EDT and carried a total of 24 satellites into 3 different orbits. The mission will test the first controlled flight by a solar sail in Earth orbit. Professor Spencer is the project manager for the LightSail 2 spacecraft and SFPL is supporting the mission operations and analysis.
June 19, 2019

SFPL Sponsor Selected for NASA Research Award

Vestigo Aerospace LLC has been selected for a NASA Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award. Vestigo is partnering with the Purdue University Space Flight Projects Laboratory on the Phase I investigation. Through the six-month study, the team will advance dragsail technology for the deorbit of small satellites and launch vehicle stages.
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