MAE Seminar – Multi-body dynamics research in different space applications


12:45 pm-1:45 pm
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MAE-A Room 303
939 Sweetwater Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611


Multi-body dynamics research in different space applications

Thursday, September 21, 2023, at 12:50 pm
Location: In-Person MAE-A, Room 303

David Canales Garcia, PhD
Assistant Professor
Aerospace Engineering Department at Embry-Riddle

This seminar delves into the promising realm of leveraging multi-body dynamics for advanced space missions, from planning moon exploration to ensuring a sustained presence in the Cislunar region. As interest surges in the Cislunar realm, not just for scientific but also military and commercial applications, a holistic approach becomes paramount. This presentation emphasizes a novel approach to utilizing multi-body dynamics structures for planning moon explorations. Special attention is paid to the plan of end-games that include temporary captures of libration point orbits, transits, and moon landings. Moreover, this research contributes to a broader vision of the PI’s research group (Space Trajectories and Applications Research): a comprehensive exploration framework for the Solar system, complete surveillance of Cislunar space, and autonomous planning and mission design methods. Concurrently, current work under development will be presented on (a) innovative navigation algorithms for the Cislunar region, (b) the intricate coupling of Cislunar with rigid body dynamics, (c) our strides in augmented reality, and (d) the development of a mission planning system designed for Internet of Things constellations.

Dr. David Canales Garcia began his academic journey at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain, securing BSc and MSc degrees in Aerospace Engineering. His thirst for knowledge led him to the University of Barcelona, where he attained another MSc, this time in Astrophysics, Particle Physics, and Cosmology. David’s significant contribution to the space industry began at Satlantis LLC, where he played a pivotal role in developing Earth-observation cameras for micro-satellites. His doctoral studies in Astrodynamics and Space Applications, supervised by the esteemed Dr. Kathleen C. Howell, were pursued at Purdue University. Currently, Dr. Canales holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Aerospace Engineering department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). His role extends as the Director of the Space Trajectories and Applications Research (STAR) group and as the ERAU representative to the Universities Space Research Association (USRA). With expertise spanning astrodynamics in multi-body regimes, Cislunar surveillance, astronomy, orbit determination, and applied mathematics, Dr. Canales is also proficient in diverse space applications like telecommunications, augmented reality, signal processing, and mission planning.

MAE Faculty Host: Norman Fitz-Coy


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UF Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering