Welcome to Space @ Virginia Tech
Space@VT Celebrates RockSat-X Launch
RockSat-X launched early Wednesday, August 17, 2016 and carried a payload designed by Virginia Tech students. The payload experiment was a great success, sending data from 153km over the Atlantic Ocean all the way back to the Virginia Tech Ground Station (VTGS). More info coming soon.
Space @ Virginia Tech Introduces New Faculty Members
Dr. Mark Psiaki
Dr. Mark L. Psiaki recently joined AOE as Professor and Kevin Crofton Faculty Chair. He comes to VT after a 30 year stint in Cornell's School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. His office and primary research home will be Space@VT. His research interests are in the areas of Spacecraft attitude and orbit determination; GPS signal processing, navigation applications, and security; general estimation and filtering; remote sensing of the upper atmosphere and related inverse problems; and dynamic modeling of satellites, rockets, aircraft, and wheeled vehicles.
Dr. Colin Adams
Aerospace and Fusion Plasmas, Aerodynamics.
Bachelor's degree: 2005, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Washington
Master's Degree: 2009, Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington
Doctoral Degree: 2015, Engineering, University of New Mexico
Dr. Jonathan T. Black
Space systems, advanced lightweight aerospace structures, autonomous vehicles, advanced sensing technology, and novel orbital analysis.
Bachelor’s degree: Industrial engineering with an international minor in French studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master’s degree: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, George Washington University
Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky
Dr. Michael Hartinger
Plasma waves, magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, radiation belts, space weather.
Geophysics and Space Physics, UCLA, 2012
Physics, Cornell University, 2006
Dr. Bhuvana Srinivasan
Advanced space propulsion, nuclear fusion, hypersonics, space plasmas, and computational plasma physics.
Bachelor’s degree: aerospace and mechanical engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)
Master's degree: aeronautics and astronautics, University of Washington, Seattle
Doctoral degree: aeronautics and astronautics, University of Washington, Seattle
Dr. Joseph Baker Receives W.S. "Pete" White Award in Engineering Education
Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Baker on receiving the W.S. "Pete" White Award in Engineering Education at the 18th annual Dean's Awards Reception on April 28, 2015.
Dr. J. Michael Ruohoniemi named Faculty Fellow
Congratulations to Dr. J. Michael Ruohoniemi on being named a Faculty Fellow at the 18th annual Dean's Awards Reception on April 28, 2015.
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Congratulations to Dr. Scott Bailey on being promoted to the rank of Professor.
Scientists Map Temperature and Density in Earth's Exosphere
Data from multiple orbiters give a clearer picture of how density and temperature interact and what that could mean for future satellite missions, read more.
Protecting GPS From Spoofers Is Critical to the Future of Navigation
GPS is vulnerable to spoofing attacks. Here’s how we can defend these important navigation signals, read more.
VT SuperDARN student Evan Thomas defended his doctoral disseration on Tuesday, February 15, to an examining committee of six professors. He is advised by Drs. Jo Baker and Mike Ruohoniemi, read more.
How would a 3-D printer work in the microgravity of suborbital space after surviving a jarring ride 100 miles above the earth?
A group of Virginia Tech College of Engineering students hope to have an answer after a launch at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, read more.