Laboratory of Space Research, Technologies, Systems, and Processes
This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).
Grant Agreement No.: 11.G34.31.0060
Name of the institution of higher learning:
Federal state budget educational institution of higher professional learning "Moscow State Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (technical university)"
Fields of scientific research:
Space research and technologies
Space research and technologies, astronomy, mathematical modeling of space flight.
Key project objectives:
To study the principles of gravitational astronomy that could be used in the development of space missions with the view to discover and classify asteroids and comets passing within the vicinity of the planet Earth, including analysis of their potential collision with Earth; to determine optimal flight trajectories beyond low Earth orbits and to design optimal methods of changing the orbits of asteroids and comets with the view to prevent their collision with Earth.
Anticipated scientific outcomes:
1. The project will demonstrate the possibility and advantages of using the energies of high orbits for launching large spacecraft on interplanetary space missions using significantly less fuel than it would be necessary to launch them from low Earth orbits.
2. The project will make it possible to analyze the possibility of using moon's gravitation to change spacecraft trajectories.
3. The project will make it possible to study techniques and methods that could be used to visit and service space-based telescopes operating in halo-orbits in the vicinity of the L2 Sun-Earth point, as well as for subsequent flights to near-Earth space objects.
4. The project will make it possible to determine the optimal mission trajectories required for detailed cataloguing and classification of popular near-Earth orbits.
5. The project will help select the best strategies for evading potentially dangerous objects.
6. The outcomes of this research project will be published in space exploration journals.
Leading scientist's full name: David Waring Dunham
Academic degrees and titles:
Bachelor of Science in astronomy from the University of California, PhD in astronomy from Yale University
KinetX Inc.: astronavigation engineer, head of the department for the development of space navigation projects and applied flight dynamics
Areas of scientific interest:
Space exploration and technologies