Space Environment and Satellite Systems


Recent news

Stanford Report profiled our space energy research and asteroid exploration projects here

Sean Young won a 2018 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship

We were selected for a Phase I NIAC grant by NASA for our asteroid exploration concept.

Sigrid Close was recognized by the American Geophysical Union with the Space Physics and Aeronomy Richard Carrington (SPARC) Education and Public Outreach Award.

Diana Juarez won the Sharon Kay Stanaway Award Summer Doctoral Fellowship.

Dana Parga won the department's annual Outstanding Staff Award.

Sigrid Close was interviewed for a New York Times article about Cassini


Research Overview

The Space Environment and Satellite Systems laboratory in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University studies space weather detection and modeling for improved spacecraft designs, and advanced signal processing and electromagnetic wave interactions with plasma for ground-to-satellite communication systems. These topics fall under the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) umbrella that include environmental remote sensing using satellite systems and ground-based radar. Our current efforts are focused on characterizing the space environment, including meteoroids, orbital debris, and neutral densities, and understanding space environment effects on spacecraft, including hypervelocity impact plasma, tropospheric-ionospheric interactions, and hypersonic plasma.

Lab Meetings

Lab meetings are on Mondays at 1 PM in Durand 270 during the academic year (all are welcome).

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