Glenn Lightsey

David Lewis Professor; School of Aerospace Engineering
Director; GT Center for Space Technology And Research
Director; Space Systems Design Lab (SSDL)

Dr. Glenn Lightsey is the director of the Space Systems Design Lab and director of the Center for Space Technology And Research at Georgia Tech. His research program focuses on the technology of small satellites, including: guidance, navigation, and control systems; attitude determination and control; formation flying, satellite swarms, and satellite networks; cooperative control; proximity operations and unmanned spacecraft rendezvous; space based Global Positioning System receivers; radionavigation; visual navigation; propulsion; satellite operations; and space systems engineering. Dr. Lightsey has authored and co-authored more than 140 technical articles and publications, including four book chapters. He is an AIAA Fellow and a Founding Member of the AIAA Small Satellite Technical Committee. He is Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Small Satellites. Dr. Lightsey was previously employed at the University of Texas at Austin and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Prior to joining the faculty at the School of Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Lightsey held the position of Fellow of the W. R. Woolrich Professor in Engineering in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin. He also held the title of University Distinguished Teaching Professor, a position designated to less than 5% of the tenured faculty at The University of Texas. In 2011, Dr. Lightsey received the American Society for Engineering Education's John Leland Atwood Award for outstanding aerospace engineering education, and the William David Blunk Memorial Professorship for outstanding undergraduate teaching at the University of Texas at Austin.


Office Location:
ESM 110A/B

AE Profile Page

  • Center for Space Technology And Research
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    College of Engineering
    Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering
    Research Focus Areas:
  • Autonomy
  • Additional Research:

    Small Satellites; Guidance and Control; Spacecraft Technology

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