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The Center for Space Technology and Research (C-STAR) organizes, integrates, and facilitates Georgia Tech's space science and technology research activities. C-STAR brings together a wide range of Georgia Tech faculty who are active in space-related research and functions as a focal point for the growth of the space industry in the state of Georgia. C-STAR personnel are advancing the frontiers of astrophysics, Earth science, planetary science, robotics, space policy, space technology, and space systems engineering. C-STAR was established in 2013 and is actively engaged in partnerships with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Georgia Department of Economic Development Center of Innovation for Aerospace, and the Georgia Space Grant Consortium.
News & Events
April 6, 2017 - Dr. Thom Orlando Featured on NPR:
CSTAR Director Thom Orlando was featured on an NPR Story about its recent REVEALS (Radiation Effects on Volatiles and Exploration of Asteroids and Lunar Surfaces) proposal. The link to the story is here. REVEALS was competitively selected by NASA as a Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute. The research team is led by Dr. Orlando and includes 12 additional Georgia Tech and GTRI faculty who are CSTAR members. Interdisciplinary collaboration was facilitated by CSTAR. Georgia Tech leads the team with 6 other participating universities, including the Univ. of Central Florida, Florida Space Institute, Univ. of California-Davis, Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins Univ., and Jackson State Univ.
February 22, 2017 - CSTAR Distinguished Lecture Series presents:
Dr. Linda Spilker - "Going out in a Blaze of glory: Cassini Science Highlights and the Grand Finale"
7:00 - 8:00pm in the Scheller School of Business Auditorium
February 7, 2017 - CSTAR Announces 2017 JPL Summer Fellows:
Congratulations to Professors Katherine Fu, Julie Linsey, and Panagiotis Tsiotras, who have been selected as this year's JPL Summer Fellows. The CSTAR JPL Summer Fellow program enables Georgia Tech Faculty to perform collaborative research on site at JPL with JPL colleagues during the summer months. This is the fourth annual cohort of JPL Summer Fellows sponsoring 17 faculty since the program was established in 2013. This year's selected research topics are:
"Understanding the Role of Design Heuristics in Complex Systems Design at JPL", Katherine Fu, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering; "Identifying the Secret Sauce of A-Team Early Concept Students", Julie Linsey, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering; "Covariance Steering Theory for GN&C Terrain Relative Navigation (TRN) during Entry Descent and Landing", Panagiotis Tsiotras, Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Previous Talks in the CSTAR Distinguished Lecture Series:
Why We Explore?
James H. Crocker
November 18, 2015
Understanding Particles and Fields Throughout the Solar System
Dr. Daniel N. Baker
October 7, 2015
Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the Red Planet
Dr. Steve Squyres
April 13, 2015
The Voyager spacecraft after 37 years in space:
The quest for traveling beyond our solar system
Dr. Stamatios Krimigis
January 12, 2015