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Space Flight and Systems Research Projects

The space flight and systems area is a multi-disciplinary research area that lies at the intersection of orbital mechanics, optimization, design theory and the other traditional aerospace sub-disciplines (e.g. propulsion, controls, structures, etc.). This broad field is concerned with all aspects of the planning, design, fabrication, operation, servicing and disposal of spacecraft. Research within the Department focuses on orbital mechanics, trajectory optimization, spacecraft design, spacecraft navigation, space robotics and satellite servicing. Additionally, WVU is home to the state-of-the-art West Virginia Robotic Technology Center, which is developing technologies that will enable a servicing spacecraft to grapple a client spacecraft for repair or refueling.