Small Satellites

Satellites dynamics and motion control study

News of our group


2nd February 2017

Preliminary thesis defence

On February 2 at the seminar of Department #5 of the Keldysh institute of Applied Mathematics Maxim Shirobokov gave a talk based on his PhD thesis "Ballistic and navigation aspects of small spacecraft missions to the Moon and libration points". The participants of the seminar remarked on high level of the paper and recommended the thesis for defense before the Dissertation Board of the Keldysh Institute. Details...



30th January 2017

Academic Conference on Astronautics

The XLI Academic Readings on Cosmonautics took place in Moscow from the 24th to the 27th of January. The members of our team presented a number of papers at the Sections “Applied celestial mechanics and motion control” and “Ballistics, aerodynamics of aircraft and mission control”. Details...



23th January 2017

International Conference on Solar Sailing

Dr. Sergey Trofimov has participated in the 4th International Symposium on Solar Sailing, which took place from the 17th to 20th January in Kioto, Japan. The conference was devoted to the dynamics of spaceflight with use of solar sail, its designing and application, as well as to current missions and the ones under development. Details...



31th December 2016

Happy New Year!

Dear colleagues!

We wish you a Happy New Year and Merry Christmas! May the New Year be full of creative achievements and success! 
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12th December 2016

Magnetic attitude control systems for small satellites

Our group has recently presented a new book: "Magnetic attitude control systems for small satellites" by Ovchinnikov, M., Pen’kov, V., Roldugin, D., Ivanov, D.The book covers the dynamics of satellites with permanent magnet, hysteresis rods, spherical magnetic damper, magnetic coils and supplementary actuators (pitch flywheel and gravitational boom). Details...




30th November 2016

KIAM Conference of Young Scientists

The Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics held a Conference of Young Scientists in November. The meeting was focused on discussing the work of various departments of the Institute. The conference also included the award presentation to the winners of the Competition of the KIAM Young Scientists on the occasion of 105-year anniversary of Mstislav V. Keldysh. Anna Nuralieva was awarded this prize for the paper “Study of dynamics of flexible extended constructions”. Details...



28th November 2016

MIPT Scientific Conference

A meeting of the section “Spacecraft motion control and dynamics” within the framework of the 59th MIPT Scientific Conference took place on November 27.The students of the Department of mathematical modeling and applied mathematics gave the a number of talks. Details...



3th October 2016

All-Russian Meeting of chairpersons and professors of theoretical mechanics, 
robotics, mechatronics

From the 26th to the 30th September the city of Makhachkala, in the Republic of Dagestan, Russia, hosted the 7th All-Russian Meeting of chairpersons and professors of theoretical mechanics, robotics, mechatronics by the universities of Russia. Our group and the Department of mathematical modelling and applied mathematics of MIPT was represented by Prof. Mikhail Ovchinnikov. Details...



15th September 2016

Success at the contest by the Ministry of Education and Science

A project by our group has won the contest for the initiatives aimed at applied research and experimental development in priority areas of science and technology. The project “Methods and facilities for laboratory verification of algorithms of orbital and angular motion for next-generation spacecrafts” will be realized in cooperation with our industrial partner the Sputnix Ltd. Details...



12th September 2016

Prospects for the development of information space systems

On September 10 the city of Kubinka, in the Moscow region, hosted the International Military-Technical Forum “Army 2016”. The event included the 4th                                 Applied-science conference “Challenges and long-term prospects for the development of information space systems” and a general meeting of the participants of the Technological Platform “National Information Space System". Details...



7th September 2016

Current issues in spacecraft attitude and navigation

From the 5th to the 7th September the city of Tarusa hosted the 5th All-Russian scientific and technical Conference “Current issues in spacecraft attitude and navigation” managed by the Space Research Institute of RAS (IKI RAS). Our group has given several talks at the section “Spacecraft attitude and navigation systems”. Details...



5th September 2016

Meeting with director of Mayak nanosatellite project

Dr. Sergey Trofimov has met with Alexander Shaenko, the manager of the small                                                                 satellite “Mayak” project, at Moscow Polytechnic University on September 3. At                                                                 the meeting Alexander has presented the satellite concept and development. This is a 3U cubesat with a sail construction which receives a pyramidal form while opening. Details...



25th August 2016

Tutorials on spaceflight dynamics

Our group has recently presented the tutorials: Introduction to spaceflight dynamics (by Prof. Mikhail Ovchinnikov), published by the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and Numerical simulation of orbital and angular motion of spacecrafts (by Drs. Danil Ivanov, Sergey Trofimov and Maxim Shirobokov, under general edition by Prof. Mikhail Ovchinnikov), published by Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics (KIAM). Details...



20th July 2016

Project-oriented session 
at the Educational Center Sirius

In July the Educational Center Sirius for gifted children hosted the project-oriented session "Adapt space for human". Members of our team gave a course of lectures on spaceflight dynamics for schoolchildren and consulted them on control algorithms realization. Details...



18th July 2016

International Summer School 
in the Institute of Mechanics

Our team participated in the International Summer School "Computer Technologies of Engineering Mechanical Problems" which took place in the Institute of Mechanics of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Nikolay Proshunin and Mikhail Koptev gave the invited lectures. Details...



28th June 2016

Bachelor theses defence

On 28 June our bachelor students Yuliana Naumkina and Dmitriy Sizov have successfully defended their theses. Also, earlier on 17 June Mikhail Koptev has defended his thesis at the Bauman Moscow State Technical University.  Details...



27th June 2016

Summer Space School

Dr. Stepan Tkachev gave a lecture at the Summer Space School in the Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering on 27th of June. The school organized by space enthusiasts included popular science lectures, meetings with cosmonauts and astronauts, private space entrepreneurs and space engineers. 



5th June 2016

International Workshop on Satellite and Space Missions

The International Workshop on Satellite and Space Missions: Developments and Applications took place in Cairo, Egypt on June, 4-5. Prof. Michael Ovchinnikov gave an invited lecture “Attitude system design: balancing real satellite and analysis complexity”. Details...



28th April 2016

Hannover Messe

The Moscow Government stand at the international fair trade Hannover Messe 2016 hosted a workshop of the young scientists who won the prizes of the Moscow Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Enterpreneurship earlier this year. At the workshop Dr. Danil Ivanov has given a talk about the work of our team. Details...



12th April 2016

Meeting with the MIPT students

On Cosmonautics Day celebrated on April, 12th our group held a meeting with the students of the Faculty of Control and Applied Mathematics of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT). Dr. Stepan Tkachev presented the Chair of Mathematical Simulation and Applied Mathematics to the second-year students. Details...



18th March 2016

10th International Workshop and Advanced School “Spaceflight Dynamics and Control”

Our team presented a number of invited papers at the 10th International  Workshop and Advanced School “Spaceflight Dynamics and Control” hosted on March 16-18, 2016, by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Beira Interior in Covilhã, Portugal. Details...



3rd March 2016

II Latin American IAA Cubesat Workshop/a>

The II Latin American IAA Cubesat Workshop took place in Florianopolis, Brasil. Prof. Mikhail Ovchinnikov presented an invited paper on the prospects of solar sails use in the near-earth orbits. Details...



18th February 2016

26th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting

The 26th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting took place in Napa (California, USA). Dr. Sergey Trofimov presented a paper at the section “Trajectory Optimization”. Details...



16th February 2016

Nano and microsatellites session of the RAS Space Council division on Sun-Earth relationships

The second meeting of the Nano and microsatellites session Space Council division on Sun-Earth relationships (by the Russian Academy of Sciences) took place in the Space Research Institute during the 11th Conference on Plasma Physics. Maxim Shirobokov and Yaroslav Mashtakov presented the surveys on relevant problems of attitude control. Details...



8th February 2016

Moscow Government prize for young scientists

Congratulations to Drs. Stepan Tkachev, Danil Ivanov and Dmitriy Roldugin on gaining the 2015 Moscow Government prize for young scientists! Our specialists have won in the category “Mathematics, mechanics and informatics” for the series of papers “New approaches to attitude control of modern Russian spacecrafts”.Details...




29th January 2016

Academic Conference on Astronautics

The XL Academic Conference on Astronautics took place in Moscow from the 26th to the 29th of January. The members of our team presented their papers at the sections “Applied celestial mechanics and motion control” and “Automatic spacecrafts for planetary and astrophysics research”. Details...



31st December 2015

A Happy New Year and Merry Christmas!

Dear collegues! 

We wish you a Happy New Year and Merry Christmas!



29th December 2015

Congratulations to our winners of the annual RFBR Competition!

As a result of the competition of the Russian Foundation of  Basic Research initiative projects three applications from our team got support from the Foundation. Details...



18th December 2015

Laboratory Facility for Formation Flying Simulation

The inauguration of the Laboratory Facility for Formation Flying Simulation took place on 18th of December in the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics. The facility was designed and commissioned by the  SputniX Ltd. Before this event, the Laboratory was visited by the First Deputy Director of the Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations  A.M. Medvedev. Details...



7th December 2015

3rd IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions

The 3rd IAA Conference on University Satellite Mission, Cubesat Workshop and International Workshop on Lean Satellite Standardization took place in the beginning of December in Rome, Italy. Mikhail Ovchinnikov and Dmitry Roldugin have taken part in it. Details...



16th October 2015

66th International Astronautical Congress

The 66th International Astronautical Congress took place on 12–16 October in Jerusalem, Israel. Two papers of our group have been presented at the Astrodynamics symposium of the congress. Details...



31st August 2015

Our participation in MAKS 2015

The 12th International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS 2015 was held in Zhukovsky district (Moscow region) on 24–30 August. Dr. Danil Ivanov has visited the salon and discussed collaboration with our partners from space industry. Details...



24th August 2015

XI Congress on Mechanics

The XI All-Russian congress on Basic Problems of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics took place in Kazan on 19–24 August. Our team has presented several papers at symposium on spaceflight mechanics co-chaired by Prof. Michael Ovchinnikov and secretaried by Dr. Stepan Tkachev.



14th August 2015
Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
Sergey Trofimov has taken part in the 2015 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, held in Veil, Colorado, US. The conference is organized by American Astronautical Sosiety (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).


14th July 2015
Survey of Papers 
at Conferences in Berlin and Delft

Sergey Shestakov and Yaroslav Mashtakov have surveyed the papers presented by our group at the 8th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying (held in Delft) and the 10th International Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation (held in Berlin) at the division seminar.


8th July 2015
International Summer School at the Institute of Mechanics of Lomonosov MSU
Our group has taken part in the International summer school Computer Technologies of Engineering Mechanical Problems at the Institute of Mechanics of Lomonosov MSU. Dr. Dmitriy Roldugin, Dr. Stepan Tkachev, Sergey Shestakov, Yaroslav Mashtakov, Maxim Kushniruk have given talks                                 as guest speakers.


11th June 2015
8th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying
From the 8th to the 11th of June Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) hosted the 8th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying. Scientists from 18 countries have given over 50 talks. The Keldysh Institute was represented by Sergey Shestakov, Dr. Danil Ivanov and Prof. Mikhail Ovchinnikov.


4th June 2015
Russian Symposium on Nanosatellites
Our group has contributed to the first Russian symposium with international participation RusNanoSat-2015. The event took place in the Samara State Aerospace University from the 2nd to the 4th of June.


25th May 2015
Academic Competition on Mechanics 
and Mathematical Simulation

The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) hosted the International Academic Competition on Mechanics and Mathematical Simulation from the 15th to the 22nd of May. The contest attracted students of engineering universities and postgraduate students majoring in mathematics, engineering and science. Dr. Danil Ivanov and Sergey Shestakov have taken part in problem writing and evaluation of results.


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24th April 2015
Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation
The 10th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation of International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) took place in Berlin from the 20th to the 24th of April. Dr. Dmitriy Roldugin and Yaroslav Mashtakov have given talks on sliding mode control for three-axis magnetic attitude and angular motion synthesis for remote sensing satellite.


13th April 2015
Leading Youth Team
The project “Algorithms of precision orientation of small satellites with scarce measurement information” led by Dr. Dmitriy Roldugin has won at the competition of youth research projects held by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research.


2nd April 2015
Dual-spin satellite angular motion
A preprint entitled "Dual-spin satellite angular motion in magnetic and gravitational fields" is now available. In this paper dual-spin satellite equipped with a flywheel having high angular rate and/or mass is considered. 


26th February 2015
IAF Spring Meeting
Spring meetings of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), meetings of the International Astronautical Academy (IAF) and the International Programme Committee of the 66th International Astronautical Congress took place in Paris from the 23rd to the 26th March, 2015. 


16th February 2015
Scholarship of the RF President for young scientists and graduate students
The members of our team became the winners of the contest for the scholarship of the President of the Russian Federation for young scientists and graduate students. Congratulations to S.Tkachev, D Roldugin, D Ivanov and S.Trofimov!


9th February 2015
Polyahov Readings
Meeting of the section "The dynamics of natural and artificial celestial bodies" within the framework of the International Scientific Conference on Mechanics took place on 4 and 5 February at the Mechanics and Mathematics Faculty of St. Petersburg State University. Maxim Shirobokov presented a review on modern methods of maintaining orbits around the collinear libration points.


28th January 2015
Academic Conference on Astronautics

Our team took part in the section “Applied celestial mechanics and motion control” within XXXIX Academic Conference on Astronautics. The meeting was held on 28 January in Bauman MSTU.