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McMahon, Jay W Assistant Professor


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  • Dr. McMahon's research is focused on the dynamics, guidance, navigation and control of aerospace vehicles, including space robotics. He also focuses on the dynamics of asteroids, particularly binary asteroids under the influence of non-gravitational forces. He is the deputy lead of the Radio Science team for the NASA OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. He combines his expertise in aerospace engineering and asteroid science to develop new methods for interacting with, and potentially mining, asteroids and other small bodies in the solar system.


  • astrodynamics, orbital mechanics, guidance navigation and controls, asteroid science, binary asteroids, aerospace engineering, asteroid mining, space robotics


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