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The Space Systems Design Lab (SSDL) at the Georgia Institute of Technology creates space technologies and advanced mission concepts that enable new missions and capabilities in robotic and human space exploration. Research focuses on space flight applications and projects. We use modern engineering tools including mission design methodologies, systems engineering, additive manufacturing, simulation, optimization, sensing, estimation and control to propose, participate in, and operate space flight missions that conduct space science and demonstrate new technologies.

The SSDL is a multi-faculty, interdisciplinary research lab located within the School of Aerospace Engineering. The SSDL is currently directed by Prof. E. Glenn Lightsey. Prior SSDL Directors include David A. Spencer (2010-2016), Robert D. Braun (2003-2016), and John R. Olds (1998-2005).

Focus Areas

Small Satellite Flight Projects

Full life cycle design from mission concept to operations

Space Technology Development

Technology maturation enabling new capabilities for spacecrafts

Mission Campaign Optimization

Applying optimization theory to design sequential missions

Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation and Control

Creating new methods for spacecraft control

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Congratulations to the Fall 2020 graduates : Nathan Cheek, Nathan Daniel, William Jun, Mohamed Nassif, Ali Talaksi and Rohan Thatarvarthi!!

Students from SSDL attended the virtual AIAA ASCEND 2020 conference to present their research. Below are the papers that were presented

The following SSDL students have passed their AE PhD Qualifying exams and have advanced to candidacy- Alex Lee, Hang Woon, Hao Chen, Kento Tomita, Mohamed Nassif and Tristan Sarton. Congrats to all of them!!



The Space Systems Design Lab is happy to welcome two new faculty members joining our lab-Dr. Christopher Carr, Assistant Professor; and Dr. Anna Erickson, Adjunct Professor.

Hang Woon Lee, has received the AAS Molly K. Macauley Award for his paper and presentation about the startup challenges in the space-based communications industry.

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