The Center for Space Science and Engineering Research at Virginia Tech (Space@VT) currently has approximately fifty highly capable faculty, staff, and graduate students working in a broad spectrum of space science and engineering fields. The faculty are internationally renowned for their contributions and the students are amongst the best in the world. Fundamental investigations of the physics and chemistry of the near-earth space environment, the impact of this environment on modern technologies, and exploitation of this environment with modern technology serve as the core agenda of the group. Both ground-based and space-based investigations are a focus of ongoing studies. Advanced computational modeling with high performance computing HPC resources are also critical to advancing the current agendas. Technological studies include spacecraft communication and navigation systems as well as spacecraft propulsion, dynamics and control. A vigorous research agenda, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, broad academic training opportunities within the University, and a highly collegial environment make Space@VT an outstanding choice for graduate students as well as for research collaborations. Space@VT will continue to pursue the most talented individuals to advance the mission of the organization.
Dr. Wayne A. Scales
Professor and Director of Space @ Virginia Tech
Apple Ridge Farm Visits Space@VT
Space@VT, along with our Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) students, hosted ~80 middle school kids from Apple Ridge Farm on Thursday July 17, 2014, read more.
The Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission was extended through 2018. AIM is a NASA satellite mission dedicated to the study of Polar Mesospheric Clouds – PMCs. The image shows several PMCs as viewed in the ultraviolet by AIM. The AIM Principal Investigator is Dr. James M. Russell of Hampton University. He is a VT/ECE graduate. Dr. Scott M. Bailey of Space@VT is Deputy PI. They lead an international team of researchers studying the AIM observations. AIM was launched in April of 2007.
The Polar Night Nitric Oxide (PolarNOx) sounding rocket experiment was funded by NASA for flight in January of 2016. The image shows the same rocket experiment launching in February of 2011. PolarNOx uses stellar occultation to measure lower thermospheric nitric oxide during the polar night. It is led by Dr. Scott M. Bailey of Space@VT in collaboration with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, Artep Inc., and the Space Dynamics Laboratory at Utah State University.