Space Systems/Small Satellites

Our researchers work closely with NASA scientists and private industry to advance spacecraft propulsion for microsatellites and nanosatellites. With a new space race on the horizon, student design teams are working with U.S. Air Force researchers to send their small sats on a future International Space Station flight.

Meet the experts

Hank Pernicka

Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Dean’s Educator Scholar
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

Astrodynamic; Orbital mechanics; Spacecraft design; Spacecraft mission design; Satellite attitude dynamics; Nonlinear analysis; Dynamics and control; Optimization

Jonathan Kimball

Dean's Scholar and Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

Energy harvesting, switched-capacitor converters, microgrids, digital and nonlinear control methods for power converters

Daoru Han

Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

Plasma aerospace applications; space propulsion; plasma-material interactions; plasma physics and rarefied gas dynamics; high-performance computing