AstroNet-II The Astrodynamics Network
AstroNet-II is a Marie-Curie Research Training Network on Astrodynamics that that brings together mathematicians, engineers and astronomers from universities, governmental agencies and industry. The network continues the training (through research) activities undertaken under the former Training Network "AstroNet" (2007-10).
The research topics of the network include innovative new methods for designing spacecraft trajectories and controlling their dynamics. Particular emphasis is placed on optimizing trajectories and control to minimize fuel use and extend mission ranges. This is achieved by maximizing the use of 'natural dynamics', employing sophisticated ideas and techniques from dynamical systems theory. The results are being extended to studies of the dynamics and control of novel spacecraft architectures, such as solar sails, space tethers and formations of spacecraft.
AstroNet-II training programme centres on projects for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and Experienced Researchers (ERs) that cross the traditional boundaries between mathematics, engineering and industry, ensuring that they obtain an interdisciplinary and multisectorial overview of the field. This is supported by an extensive programme of Schools, Workshops, Tutorials and Internships, and by a close collaboration between academia and space companies.
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