Dr. Craig McLaughlin

Dr. Craig A. McLaughlin joined the faculty of the Space Studies Department in 2002. His research and teaching interests are in spacecraft engineering, particularly in astrodynamics. He currently focuses his research on spacecraft formation flying, orbit determination and prediction, and mission planning for remote sensing. In addition, he is actively involved in the American Astronautical Society’s Space Flight Mechanics Committee and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Astrodynamics Technical Committee. He is also a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and the Planetary Society. Dr. McLaughlin came to UND from the Space Vehicles Directorate of the U. S. Air Force Research Laboratory. There he served as principal investigator for formation flying for the TechSat 21 mission and as team lead for the Guidance, Navigation, and Control Team. Before that he provided mission planning design and support for the MightySat II.1 technology demonstration satellite, which captured the first hyperspectral images taken from space. Dr. McLaughlin received his M. S. and Ph. D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1994 and 1998 respectively. He received a B. S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Wichita State University in 1992. As an undergraduate he spent time working for Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Company in Houston, where he worked on the Space Shuttle program and several Space Shuttle payloads.

Broadcast 423 (Special Edition)

Dr. Craig McLaughlin was the guest for this Space Show program. Dr. McLaughlin brought Space Show listeners into the world of orbital mechanics and design from the very basics to formation flying of satellites. This program provides a comprehensive discussion on space navigations, orbital issues, suborbital issues, formation flying and why, commercial opportunities derived from formation satellite flying, plus a host of related topics. For listeners wanting more information on this subject, Dr. McLaughlin recommends the book, "Understanding Space" by Jerry Sellers.

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