Dr. Steven Tragesser

Dr. Steven Tragesser

Dr. Tragesser is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  He received his B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1992 and his doctorate from Purdue University in 1997.   Prior to joining The University of Colorado, Dr. Tragesser was a professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology and also served on the technical staff at Draper Laboratory working on reentry vehicle guidance.  His expertise is in spaceflight mechanics and current areas of research interest include satellite formations, tethered satellite formations, tethered satellite orbit determination, satellite proximity operations, and orbital maneuvering with electrodynamic tethers. 

Relevant Publications

Slane, J. and Tragesser, S., “Analysis of Periodic Nonautonomous, Inhomogeneous Systems,” accepted for publication in Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory.

Tragesser, S. G. and Gorjidooz, B., “Open-Loop Spinup and Deployment Control of a Tether Sling,”  Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 47, No. 2, 2010, pp. 345-352.

Tragesser, S., “Static Formations Using Momentum Exchange Between Satellites,” Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 32, No. 4, 2009, pp. 1277-1286.

Tragesser, S. and Faulstich, M., “Tethered Satellite Identification with Mixed Observation Data,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets,  Vol. 44, No. 1, 2007.

Tragesser, S.G. and San, H., “Orbital Maneuvering with Electrodynamic Tethers,” Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 53, No.1, 2005.


Current Research Projects


Identification and Orbit
Determination of Tethered Satellites



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