A space system consists of all of the elements necessary to complete a successful space mission: spacecraft, launch vehicle, ground operations, etc. Often, it is the behavior of the system as a whole that determines success or failure, not the optimal design of any one part. Parks College has a Space Systems Research Lab (SSRL) who’s emphasis is on the end-to-end system; it informs our research activities as well as how we train our students. There are many ways to participate in SSRL: graduate research, undergraduate research, student volunteer, summer intern, senior design and through our formal coursework.
|Name||Position / Expertise||Contact|
Ph.D., M.S., B.S.
|Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering|
Space systems, Robust Fault Tolerant Control, Nonlinear Control, Adaptive Control, Small Spacecraft Design, High Performance Spacecraft Components, Mechatronics, Real-Time Health Monitoring and Diagnostic Methodology, Dynamic Systems and Control and Space Systems
Phone: (314) 977-8212
|Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering|
Power computer modeling and design, Aircraft flight monitoring, Civil infrastructure monitoring
Phone: (314) 977-8301
Ph.D., M.S., B.S.
|Department Chair, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering|
spacecraft design, mission operations, proximity navigation, space situational awareness, systems engineering
Phone: (314) 977-8214
The Space Systems Research Laboratory is a facility for conducting fundamental research and flight demonstrations related to the design, fabrication, testing and operation of space vehicles. A major objective of the laboratory is to improve the performance and reduce the cost of space systems, expressed in four related research topics: Design and Operation of Nano and Pico Spacecraft; Space Situational Awareness (SSA); Spacecraft Technologies; and Space History, Logistics and Mission Failures.
- Coordinator: Michael Swartwout, Ph.D.
- Website: http://parks.slu.edu/research/centers-labs-facilities/ssrl/