Students from UTIAS’s Space Flight Laboratory Win Awards at Small Satellite Conference

Graduate students at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) received first and second place awards for technical papers relating to microspace missions developed by SFL. The awards were bestowed last week during the prestigious Frank J. Redd Student Competition at the 32nd Annual Small Satellite Conference in Logan, Utah.

Robert Magner won first place and a $10,000 check for his paper entitled, “Extending Target Tracking Capabilities through Trajectory and Momentum Setpoint Optimization.” Placing second and splitting a $7,500 prize were Nathan Cole and Starla Talbot for their co-authored paper, “Guidance, Navigation, and Control for Commercial and Scientific Applications of Formation Flying.”

“Congratulations to Robert, Nathan, and Starla for this impressive accomplishment in the small satellite industry,” said SFL Director Dr. Robert E. Zee. “Each year the world’s best young satellite engineers arrive in Utah to compete in this competition, and SFL students came out on top.”

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