Research Areas

Planetary Sciences

Research efforts include the dynamical behavior of small bodies in planetary systems, with an emphasis on the dynamics of asteroids and dust particles, the study of collisions between small bodies, and the origin of the solar system. (Dr. Thomas Kehoe; Dr. Ashley Espy; Dr. Joshua Colwell).

Smooth Sections on Asteroid Itokawa as seen by the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa

Smooth Sections on Asteroid Itokawa as seen by the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa

 

Space Weather

This research includes the analysis and modeling of emissions from the Earth’s space environment, and the development of the Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission to fly an ultraviolet imaging spectrograph on a geostationary satellite to measure temperatures and composition in the daytime thermosphere. (Dr. Richard Eastes; Dr. Andrey Krywonos).

Aerodynamics, Vehicle Thermal Protection, and Propulsion Flow Management

The main emphasis of this research is on the aerodynamics and cooling techniques related to the thermal protection system (TPS) for re-entry vehicles and rocket applications related to ablative nozzles. Work is also conducted on Turbine based combined Cycle Propulsion for Scramjet and Gas Turbine integrated combustion system. The emphasis is to address issues related to the associated aerodynamics, combustion, and stability. (Dr. Shashi Verma)