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Space Systems Design Laboratory

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

SSDL is pleased to welcome the following new graduate students into the lab this Fall: Chris DeGraw, Clarence Du, Matt Heron, Swapnil Pujari, Roshan Selvaratnam, and Jillian Yuricich.

On August 23, Professor Bobby Braun testafied before Georgia House Study Committee on the role of the potential Camden County Spaceport in the Georgia aerospace economy. A full article on the hearing is published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle entitled, "Georgia spaceport project hinges on liability shield law."

Graduate researcher and Prox-1 Lead Systems Engineer Swapnil Pujari works on the Prox-1 hardware. The open space in the center of the spacecraft will house LightSail 2, a companion satellite which will deploy and control a solar sail. Prox-1 will orbit in close proximity to LightSail 2 and will demonstrate automated trajectory control based upon relative orbit determination using infrared imaging. Prox-1 will provide on-orbit inspection of the LightSail 2 solar sail deployment event.IPPW 2016

Featured on-air from WABE, professors David Spencer and Brian Gunter describe the cubesat missions Prox-1 and RANGE. The feature can be listened to at:

Congratulations to SSDL students Ryan Coder, who received a Ph.D., and Kevin Seywald and Bryce Woollard who received M.S. degrees in the Summer 2016 commencement.

Professor Robert D. Braun will become the next Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder effective January 3, 2017. He will join the CU Boulder faculty as a Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences on October 1, 2016.

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.

Fifteen SSDL graduate students, past and present, participated in 13th International Planetary Probe Workshop held at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory in June 2016. Twelve of the students pictured here are current or former members of Prof. Braun's EDL-focused 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 and Francesca Favarò, who received Ph.D's, 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