Space Systems


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
sanjay-jayaramSanjay Jayaram
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


kyle-mitchellKyle Mitchell
Ph.D., M.S., B.S.

Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Power computer modeling and design, Aircraft flight monitoring, Civil infrastructure monitoring

Phone: (314) 977-8301


michael-swartwoutMichael Swartwout
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


Space Systems Research Laboratory (SSRL)

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.