The Astrodynamics Network

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.

Recent and upcoming events:


Two CELMEC VI prizes were awarded to AstroNet-II Early Stage Researcher
  • CELMEC PRIZE: Celestial Mechanics for Planet Earth" to Marta Ceccaroni for her paper titled "Analytic perturbative theories in highly inhomogeneous gravitational fields", Icarus 2013, in collaboration with James Biggs (see also  Mathematics of Planet Earth web site).The CELMEC prize committee was composed by Luigi Chierchia (Univ. Roma Tre), Florin Diacu (Univ. Victoria), and Rudolf Dvorak (Univ. Vienna)                                                   
  • "CELMEC Poster Prize" to Zubin Olikara for his poster titled "Disposal  techniques for spacecraft in libration point orbits". The poster prize committee was composed by Bruno Sicardy (Observatoire de Paris and Univ. Paris 6, France), Bonnie Steves (Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom), and Joerg Waldvogel (ETH Zuerich, Switzerland)