Research Symposium

The First Annual ARGoPS Research Symposium was held on November 3rd/4th, 2017 in University Park, PA.

This two-day symposium provided the opportunity to bring together astrodynamics researchers in academia and industry. The event included guest speakers, Penn State professor and graduate student presentations, and networking sessions.

The individual presentation slides can found found here and videos of the presentations can be found here.

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Event Schedule:

Friday, November 3rd

Time Presenter Organization Event/Presentation Title Location
8:30 AM – 8:40 AM     Welcome 218 Hammond Bldg.
8:40 AM – 8:45 AM Dr. David B. Spencer Penn State, Professor Opening Remarks 218 Hammond Bldg.
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM Dr. David B. Spencer Penn State, Professor Trade Space Visualization Applied to Space Flight
Engineering Design
218 Hammond Bldg.
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM Jason Reiter Penn State, Graduate Student Spacecraft State Estimation and Stealth Through
Orbit-Perturbing Maneuvers: A Game Theory Approach
218 Hammond Bldg.
10:10 AM – 11:00 AM Dave Vallado Analytical Graphics Presentation to AERSP 309 22 Deike Bldg.
11:10 AM – 11:40 AM Dr. Puneet Singla Penn State, Professor Conjugate Unscented Transformation based Tools for
Uncertainty Propagation
218 Hammond Bldg.
11:40 AM – 12:00 PM Guanwei He Penn State, Graduate Student The Application of Hybrid Method in Multiple Rendezvous
Mission Design
218 Hammond Bldg.
12:00 PM – 12:10 PM Dr. Amy Pritchett Penn State, Head of Aerospace Engineering Welcome Presentation 218 Hammond Bldg.
12:10 PM – 1:20 PM     Lunch/ Networking (Catered by Panera Bread) 228 Hammond Bldg.
1:25 PM – 2:15 PM Jim McAdams KinetX Presentation to AERSP 401 on KinetX Mission Involvement 258 Willard Bldg.
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Davide Conte Penn State, Graduate Student Proximity Operations and Rendezvous Techniques for Lunar
Halo Orbits
218 Hammond Bldg.
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM     Ice Cream Social (Catered by Berkey Creamery) 228 Hammond Bldg.
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Dr. Robert Melton Penn State, Professor Heuristic Methods and Constrained Time-Optimal Slew
218 Hammond Bldg.
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Dr. Ryan Weisman Air Force Research Lab, RVSV Astrodynamics and Developing Astrodynamics R&D-Related
Questions and Motivating Examples
218 Hammond Bldg.
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Taewook Lee Penn State, Graduate Student Conjugate Unscented Transformation based Approach to
Compute Higher Order State Transition Matrix for Nonlinear
Dynamic Systems: Applications to Uncertainty Propagation
218 Hammond Bldg.
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Davide Conte Penn State, Graduate Student ARGoPS’ Solution to the 9th Global Trajectory Optimization
218 Hammond Bldg.
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM     Off-Campus Dinner The Tavern


Saturday, November 4th

Time Presenter Organization Event/Presentation Title Location
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Peter Scarcella Penn State, Graduate Student Parametric Trade Study of Multiple Libration Point Orbits in
the Circular Restricted Four-Body Problem
221 Hammond Bldg.
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Dr. Martin Ozimek JHU Applied Physics Laboratory Practical Methods for Low-Thrust Trajectory Optimization
with Applications to NASA’s DART Mission
221 Hammond Bldg.
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Mehrdad Mirzaei Penn State, Graduate Student A Sparse Collocation Approach for Optimal Feedback
Control for Spacecraft Attitude Maneuvers
221 Hammond Bldg.
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Dr. Chris Scott JHU Applied Physics Laboratory Europa Clipper Trajectory Design 221 Hammond Bldg.
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Dave Rohrbaugh a.i. solutions Satellite Maneuver Planning 221 Hammond Bldg.
11:30 AM – ~4:00 PM     Adjourn to watch Football @ Michigan State Federal Tap House