Small Satellites

Orbital and attitude dynamics and control

News of our group


News of our group for 20152016 years



December 25, 2017

Happy New Year of the Earth Dog!

The coming year in the Chinese calendar is the year of the Earth Dog. Those of us who acquainted with the space exploration history would definitely agree that the best candidate to be the mascot of the 2018 year is Laika, the first dog (and the first animal!) traveled around the Earth. Laika demonstrated the example of courage and self-sacrifice required to make a breakthrough. Our group wishes you a productive new year, full of insights and great discoveries!




December 11, 2017

4th IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions

On December 4-7, at Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospigliosi in Rome (Italy), the 4th IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions has been held. Several members of our team have visited the conference, including Prof. Ovchinnikov who gave an invited lecture in memory of Vladimir Beletsky, the outstanding scientist passed away in July 2017. Details...




December 7, 2017

Danil Ivanov's business trip to Taiwan

On December 5, at the Remote Sensing Satellite Technology Workshop held in Hsinchu (a city in north-western Taiwan), Danil gave an invited lecture Satellite Formation Flying Control Approaches and Algorithms. After the conference, he also took part in discussion of mutual interests and ways of further cooperation between KIAM and National Space Organization of Taiwan (NSPO) presenting our research directions in the speech Research Fields and Projects in Keldysh Institute for Applied Mathematics at the NSPO seminar. Details...




October 3, 2017

68th International Astronautical Congress

In the last week of September, the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) was successfully held. This time, the largest event of the year for all the specialists of space science and technology was hosted by Adelaide, the capital of the South Australia state. Among the participants of IAC, there were the members of our group. Details...



July 10, 2017

Victory at the RSF Presidential program competitions

Our applications to the competitions of Presidential research funding program obtained support from the Russian Science Foundation. The project "New attitude control methods of small satellites under restrictions" led by Dr. Stepan Tkachev has won the competition of youth research groups, while the project "Spacecraft trajectory design and optimization using  multi-core computing systems" led by Dr. Sergey Trofimov has gained a victory at the competition of initiative studies by early-career researchers. Details...



June 22, 2017

International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying

The 9th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying (IWSCFF-2017) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) took place in Boulder, Colorado, on 19–21 June. Drs. Sergey Shestakov and Danil Ivanov presented two papers, while the latter also chaired one of the sections of the conference. Details...



 June 2, 2017

3rd IAA Conference on Dynamics
and Control of Space Systems

The 3rd Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems (DyCoSS-2017) of the International Academy of Astronautics took place in Moscow from the 30th of May to the 1st of June. Our group contributed four talks. Details...



May 17, 2017

CXBN-2 in orbit

On 16th May the CXBN-2 (Cosmic X-Ray Background) CubeSat constructed by the students and scientists of Morehead State University in cooperation with the Keldysh Institute has been successfully deployed from the ISS. Our group developed the algorithms of the nanosatellite’s controlled angular motion control. Details...



May 4, 2017

Global Trajectory Optimization Competition

The traditional contest of Global Trajectory Optimization Competition (GTOC) is finished. A record number of teams from all over the world – 69 – decided to participate in the GTOC 9 held in April 2017. The competetion was organized by the previous GTOC's winner, ESA's Advanced Concepts Team led by Dario Izzo. Our team, comprised of young KIAM researchers and MIPT students, took part in the GTOC for the first time. Details...



March 30, 2017

Our projects supported by RSF and RFBR

Russian Science Foundation has approved a two-year extension of the project on the development of new dynamic models and control algorithms for orbital and angular motion of small satellites for lunar, interplanetary and small bodies missions. Also Russian Foundation of Basic Research has supported the project on the study of orbital and angular motion of multiple satellite system. Details...



February 2, 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...



January 30, 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...



January 23, 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...