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University of California, Irvine

Current Research Projects



CEV Entry Guidance

We are developing entry guidance for Crew Exploration Vehicles (CEVs) and other future space vehicles that must be accurately and safely guided through the atmosphere*.

Mars Precision Landing

Future missions to Mars will require precise landing capability. We are working in collaboration with engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop guidance technology to enable precision landing.

Mars landing

Time Scale Analysis of Nonlinear Systems

The project objective is to develop a methodology for the analysis and design of nonlinear dynamical systems that have an underlying multiple time-scale structure. Finite-time Lyapunov exponents and vectors provide the timescale information, and are used to determine the manifold structure of the flow in the state space.

Planetary Aerocapture and Aerogravity Assist

We are developing atmospheric guidance to support the fuel-saving maneuvers: aerocapture and aerogravity assist.

Mars landing
Mars landing

Earth-Moon Cyclers

Placing spacecraft in appropriate periodic orbits in the Earth-Moon system can provide infrastructure for cargo transportation, navigation and communications. We are computing, classifying and assessing periodic orbits in the restricted 3-body problem for this purpose.


* Picture obtained from www1.msfc.nasa.gov



The Henry Samueli School of Engineering


Dept. of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering