The lab has two open positions to start in Fall 2021, one for a doctoral student and one for an undergraduate student, to work on a NASA-funded project related to flying a neutrino detector onboard a CubeSat in space.  



Dr. Atri Dutta is an associate professor of Aerospace Engineering working in the field of flight This is an headshot image of Atri Dutta.dynamics and control, with a focus on space applications. His research has focused on optimal control of spacecraft with solar-electric propulsion, mission analysis for in-space neutrino detection experiment, and planning of maneuvers for on-orbit servicing operations. Apart from directing the research in Astronautics Laboratory, he is currently leading the efforts of the multi-disciplinary group of faculty members at the Disaster Resilience Analytics Center.




Doctoral Students 

Pardhasai ChadalavadaMr. Pardhasai Chadalavada is a Ph.D. student working with the laboratory since Fall 2018. He is a NASA Future Investigator on a three-year grant, funded by NASA FINESST Program to investigate CubeSat constellation designs for monitoring of hurricanes from space. He obtained a MS from San Jose State University in 2017, and a Bachelors from SRM in 2014, all his degrees being in Aerospace Engineering. Apart from the hurricane monitoring related research, he has also contributed to the research being pursued in the laboratory related to optimization of low-thrust trajectory electric orbit-raising trajectories. 


Pardhasai Chadalavada



Kyle Messick  Research: Mission design, In-space neutrino detection   


Amrutha Dasyam 


MS Students 

Joel Pegg . Thesis Option  

Research: Artificial neural network, Orbital transfer  

Laura Elliott . Directed Project Option 


Kord Byers . Thesis Optiion 

Research: Spacecraft attitude dynamics and control 

Undergraduate Students 


Ramses Young . NASA JumpStart Student 

Research: Spacecraft trajectory optimization 

Shritha Jagadheeswaran . CoE Summer Research Assistants 

Research: Rigid body attitude dynamics  

Alex Sterzing . WSU Honors College FYRE Program 

Research: Hurricane monitoring using satellites 

Past Students 

Doctoral Students 

Dr. Suwat Sreesawet, M.S. 2014, Ph.D. 2018. 

Masters Thesis Students 

Tanzimul Farabi , M.S. 2021    

Thesis:  Neural network based prediction of solar array degradation during all-electric satellite deployment 

Mr. Garba Subedi, M.S. 2020, joined Caterpillar as a Systems Engineer 

Thesis: Neuroadaptive observer design for spacecraft attitude control and formation attitude synchronization  

Mr. Nikolas Bascue, M.S. 2020

Thesis: Impact of launch injection errors on orbit-raising of all-electric satellites   

Mr. Lakshay Arora, M.S. 2020, admitted to doctoral program at Carleton University (Canada) 

Thesis: Reinforcement learning framework for spacecraft low-thrust orbit raising  

Ms. Prathyusha Karampudi, M.S. 2019  

Thesis: Laser ablation based on-orbit debris removal  

Mr. Suwat Sreesawet, M.S. 2014, continued for PhD at WSU

Thesis: A new algorithm to generate low-thrust spacecraft trajectories 

Masters Directed Project Students  

Mr. Matthew Kornfeld,  M.S. 2019.  

Mr. Zac Matson, MS. 2018, working in the local aircraft industry in Wichita.  

Mr. Biraj Gupta, M.S. 2017, working in the local aircraft industry in Wichita.

Mr. Ajay Abraham, M.S. 2017, working in the local aircraft industry in Wichita. 

Mr. Tyler Olson, M.S. 2016, joined Harris Corporation after graduation. 

Undergraduate Students  

Dillon Whitmarsh, 2019 - 2021, NASA JumpStart Student 

Mr. Bryan Cline, 2019 - 2020, joined UIUC for graduate studies. 

Ms. Shireen Fikree, 2018 - 2020, joined General Atomics. 

Ms. Brina Wallace, 2018 - 2019.   

Mr. Chimuka Cheepa, 2018 - 2019, joined Georgia Tech for graduate degree.   

Ms. Samadini Weerasakera, 2017 - 2019. 

Mr. Gaberial Booker, 2018.   

Mr. Eric LaRue, 2017.  

Mr. Hooloomann Hommes Ramdial, 2017. 

Mr. Skylar Dean, 2017 - 2019.  

Mr. Nathan Lipsinki, 2016 - 2017.  

Mr. Levi Mann, 2016 - 2017.    

Ms. Mary Buchele, 2015 - 2016.   

Mr. Ehiremen Nathaniel (Nate) Omoarebun, 2015 - 2016, joined Georgia Tech for graduate degree.  

Ms. Christina Wilson, 2014 - 2015, joined Georgia Tech for graduate degree. 

Mr. Nathan Templon, 2014 (won Second prize at WSU URCAF)


Mr. Akshay Tummala, 2016 - 2018, joined PhD in WSU Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. 

Mr. Suvessa Chakravarthy, 2014 - 2015, working in local Wichita industry. 

Mr. Alex Foster, 2014 - 2015, won second prize joined the local aircraft industry. 

Mr. Sainath Vijayan, 2014 - 2016, joined Bastion Technologies. 

Awards and Honors  

Grant award from Future Investigator Investigator in NASA Earth & Space Science and Technology program, won by Mr. Pardhasai Chadalavada, 2019.  

John V. Breakwell Student Travel award from the American Astronautical Society, won by Suwat Sreesawet for his paper at AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Conference, 2017.

Dora Wallace Hodgson Outstanding Graduate Student Award from WSU Graduate School, won by Suwat Sreesawet, 2017.

Award for best poster presenters at Kansas Capitol Graduate Research Symposium won by Alex Foster, 2015.

First-place award (AIAA and AE) at WSU Engineering Open House awards, won jointly by Hooloomann Hommes Ramdial and Eric LaRue, 2016.

WSU Honors College Undergraduate Student Research Grant won by Chimuka Cheepa (2018), Brina Wallace (2017), Samadini Weerasekara Arachchilage (2017), Ehiremen Nathaniel Omoarebun (2015). 

Second place award at WSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Forum, won by Nathan Templon, 2014. 



04/2021: NASA selected our proposal (PI: Prof. Nick Solomey, Physics) to develop a CubeSat for validating the performance of a neutrino detector in space. The CubeSat development will be funded by a Phase-III grant award from NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. The WSU Astronautics Laboratory will support the work on mission design and satellite navigation. 


07/2020: Our NASA EPSCOR CAN proposal has been selected for funding. The project focuses on the development of a machine learning assisted framework for optimizing spacecraft trajectories. 


10/19: Profs. Schwartz (Philosophy), Solomey (Physics) and Dutta organized  a 1-day NASA Celebrate symposium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo landing and 60 years of NASA. The symposium was funded by a grant award from NASA Kansas Space Grant Consortium. The symposium had around 125 attendees.  

07/19: Mr. Pardhasai Chadalavada is a NASA Future Investigator! His proposal entitled "Continuous Monitoring of Hurricanes Using RaIn CubeSats" has been selected by NASA FINESST Program Earth Science Division. NASA FINESST program funded only 120 of the submitted 966 proposals across all divisions. The project duration is 3 years. Congratulations Pardhasai! 


11/2018: Suwat Sreesawet completes his Ph.D. by defending his dissertation on the optimal orbit-raising and attitude control of all-electric satellites. He is the first student of the lab to complete the doctoral program. Congrats Dr. Sreesawet


05/2017: Mr. Sreesawet received Dora Wallace Hodgson Outstanding Graduate Student Award from WSU Graduate School for his research and academic excellence. Congratulations Suwat!   

02/2017: Mr. Sreesawet received John V. Breakwell Graduate Student Travel Award from the American Astronautical Society for his paper "A Novel Methodology for Fast and Robust Computation of Low-Thrust Orbit-Raising Trajectories," presented at the AIAA/AAS Space Flight Mechanics Meeting in San Antonio, TX in February 2017. Congratulations Suwat!  

Selected  Publications  

Journal Publications 

P. Chadalavada, T. Farabi, A. Dutta, "Sequential Low-Thrust Orbit-Raising of All-Electric Satellites," MDPI Aerospace, Special Issue on Electric Propulsion, Vol 7(6), No 74, pp. 1-27.  

S. Sreesawet, A. Dutta, “Fast and Robust Computation of Low-Thrust Orbit-Raising Trajectories,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol 41, No 9, pp. 1888-1905.  

A. Tummala, A. Dutta, “An Overview of Cube-Satellite Propulsion Technologies and Trends,” MDPI Aerospace 2017, 4(4), 58, pp. 1–30.  

Conference Proceedings 

G. Subedi, A. Dutta, “Modified State Observer for Attitude Synchronization of Formation Flying Spacecraft,” AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Virtual, Feb 2021 (AAS 21-371). 

K. Messick, A. Dutta, H. Meyer, N. Solomey, “Preliminary Mission Design for Proposed NuSol Probe,” AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Virtual, Feb 2021 (AAS 21-377). 

T. Farabi, A. Dutta, “Artificial Neural Network Based Prediction of Solar Array Degradation during Electric Orbit-Raising,” AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Virtual, Feb 2021 (AAS 21-424). 

P. Chadalavada, A. Dutta, “Minimizing Ground Track Closure Error of Repeating Ground Track Orbits to Monitor Hurricanes using CubeSats,” AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Virtual, Aug 2021 (AAS 20-691).

A. Dutta, J. Raquepas, "Stochastic Optimization Framework for Spacecraft Maneuver Detection," AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, AIAA Scitech Forum, Orlando FL, Jan 2020.  

N. Bascue, A. Dutta, P. Ghosh, "Impact of Launch Injection Errors on Orbit-Raising of All-Electric Satellites," AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, AIAA Scitech Forum, Orlando FL, Jan 2020.  

L. Arora, A. Dutta, "Reinforcement Learning for Sequential Low-Thrust Orbit Raising Problem," AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, AIAA Scitech Forum, Orlando FL, Jan 2020.  

Funding Acknowledgments 

NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD): FINNEST program


NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) NIAC program   

Kansas NASA EPSCOR Program: Partnership Development Grant, Seed Research Initiative   

AFRL, Information Institute: Visiting Faculty Research Program (VFRP), Extension grant to VFRP 

WSU: College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Program, Honors College Undergraduate Research Grant 


P. Chadalavada and A. Dutta, "CubeSat Constellation Design to Monitor Hurricanes over Southeastern Coastal Areas of the United States," AMS Annual Meeting, Jan 2021 (Virtual). 

A. Dutta, "Optimization framework for spacecraft maneuver detection," Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome NY, Jul 2019 (Poster). 

A. Dutta, "Spacecraft maneuver planning and detection," Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome NY, Jul 2018 (Poster). 

A. Dutta, "Optimal planning and detection of spacecraft maneuvers," Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Erie Canal Chapter C4I and
Cyber Technology Symposium, Utica NY, Jun 2018 (Poster).

A. Dutta, "Algorithms for Optimal Scheduling of Multiple Spacecraft Maneuvers," International Conference and Exposition on Satellite, Aug 2015.

S. Chakraborty, "'Investigating Rover Operations as Part of an Experimental Demonstration of Rover-CubeSat Collaboration," WSU Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects, Apr 2015. 

A. Foster, S. Sreesawet, S. Vijayan, A. Dutta, "Methods for Optimizing Trajectories of All-Electric Satellites for Multiple Variables and Launch Conditions," presented by Alexander Foster at Kansas Capitol Graduate Research Symposium, Topeka KS, Feb 2015.

Sainath Vijayan, "Low Thrust Orbit Transfer Trajectory Optimization," WSU Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects, Apr 2015.