Core team:

Darren Lee Hitt

University of Vermont

Vermont Space Grant Consortium & NASA EPSCoR Program Director, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Professor

His research lies in the area of high-fidelity orbital mechanics (astrodynamics) simulations and the gravitational modeling required for these simulations. The particular focus lies in close-proximity orbits about small irregular celestial bodies, such as asteroids and comets, whose irregular topology and variable composition result in complex gravitational fields. In addition to this fundamental work, his research also involves mission trajectory planning and optimization using evolutionary computing approaches.

Most recent papers:

A Dual Mode Propulsion System for Small Satellite Applications.

Darren Lee Hitt, Kevin R. Gagne, Michael Ryan McDevitt . Aerospace, , 5, 2018.

Hybrid Gravity Model from Asteroid Surface Topology Read More:

Darren Lee Hitt, William F. Louisos. 2018 Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, , AIAA SciTech Forum, 2018.

Evolutionary Optimization of Satellite Formation Topology for Ground Targeting Applications.

Darren Lee Hitt. 2018 AIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, , AIAA SciTech Forum, 2018.

Evolutionary Approach to Lambert’s Problem for Non-Keplerian Spacecraft Trajectories.

Darren Lee Hitt. Aerospace, , 4, 2017.

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