Eleonora M. Botta

Assistant Professor


Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York



Address: 1005 Furnas Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: (716) 645-2802
Email: ebotta@buffalo.edu



Current opportunities | Research | People | Publications | Service | Curriculum Vitae

Current opportunities


Openings for PhD Students (for Spring 2019):
We are looking for motivated PhD students for Spring 2019 to carry out research on the dynamics and control of space systems. Preferred areas of research are tethered systems and space situational awareness. Ideal candidates will have a strong background in dynamic systems, controls, and space engineering, good knowledge of MATLAB, and written and oral language proficiency. Knowledge of C++ and journal/conference publications a plus but not required. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Eleonora Botta with a description of interests & qualifications and a CV/resume.

Research Opportunities for Undergraduate/Master Students (Feb. 2019):
We have opportunities for undergraduate research on the dynamics and control of space tethered systems. Master students are also encouraged to apply. We accept only volunteers at the moment. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Eleonora Botta with a description of interests and a CV/resume.

Research


Modeling and simulation of tether-nets                     Space situational awareness.
for space debris removal.

                  

People


Undergraduate Students


  • Rachael Gold, B.S. Aerospace Engineering (Validation of simulation of space net deployment phase with parabolic flight experiment data, started Feb. 2019)
  • Niranjan Ravichandra, B.S. Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (Capture of space debris with tethered-nets, started Feb. 2019)
  • Liam Field, B.S. Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (De-tumbling of space debris, started Apr. 2019)
  • John Kelwaski, B.S. Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (Modeling of nets with the lumped-parameters approach, started Apr. 2019)

  • Publications

    Journal papers

    • E.M. Botta, I. Sharf, and A.K. Misra. "Simulation of Tether-Nets for Capture of Space Debris and Small Asteroids". Acta Astronautica. Vol. 155 (2019), pp. 448-461. DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2018.07.046.

    • E.M. Botta, I. Sharf, and A.K. Misra. "Energy and Momentum Analysis of the Deployment Dynamics of Nets in Space". Acta Astronautica. Vol. 140 (2017), pp. 554-564. DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2017.09.003.

    • I. Sharf, B. Thomsen, E.M. Botta, A.K. Misra. "Experiments and Simulation of a Net Closing Mechanism for Tether-Net Capture of Space Debris". Acta Astronautica. Vol. 139 (2017), pp. 332-343. DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2017.07.026.

    • E.M. Botta, I. Sharf, and A.K. Misra. "Contact Dynamics Modeling and Simulation of Tether Nets for Space-Debris Capture". Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics. Vol. 40, No. 1 (2017), pp. 110-123. DOI: 10.2514/1.G000677.

    • E.M. Botta, I. Sharf, M. Teichmann, and A.K. Misra. "On the Simulation of Tether-Nets for Space Debris Capture with Vortex Dynamics. Acta Astronautica". Vol. 123 (2016), pp. 91-102. DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2016.02.012.


    Conference Papers

    • E.M. Botta, I. Sharf, and A.K. Misra. "Simulation of Tether-Nets for Capture of Space Debris and Small Asteroids". 1st IAA Conference on Space Situational Awareness (ICSSA). Orlando, FL. November 2017.

    • E.M. Botta, I. Sharf, and A.K. Misra. "Tether-Nets for Active Space Debris Removal: Effect of the Tether on Deployment and Capture Dynamics". 27th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting. San Antonio, TX. February 2017. AAS 17-387.

    • E.M. Botta, I. Sharf, and A.K. Misra. "Energy and Momentum Considerations in the Deployment Dynamics of Nets for Active Space Debris Removal". 67th International Astronautical Congress. Guadalajara, Mexico. September 2016. IAC-16-A6.5.6

    • E.M. Botta, I. Sharf, and A.K. Misra. "Evaluation of Net Capture of Space Debris in Multiple Mission Scenarios". 26th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting. Napa, CA. February 2016. AAS 16-254.

    • E.M. Botta, I. Sharf, M. Teichmann, and A.K. Misra. "On the Simulation of Tether-Nets for Space Debris Capture with Vortex Dynamics". 66th International Astronautical Congress. Jerusalem, Israel. October 2015. IAC-15-A6.5.6

    • E.M. Botta, I. Sharf, and A.K. Misra. "On the Modeling and Simulation of Tether-Nets for Space Debris Capture". 25th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting. Williamsburg, VA. January 2015. AAS 15-260.


    Books

    • P. Freni, E.M. Botta, L. Randazzo, and P. Ariano. "Innovative Hand Exoskeleton Design for Extravehicular Activities in Space". SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology, 2014. ISBN 978-3-319-03958-9.

    Service

    Reviewer

    AIAA Journals: Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics.

    Elsevier Journals: Acta Astronautica, Advances in Space Research.

    Springer Journals: Nonlinear Dynamics, The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences.

    IEEE Journals: IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems.

    Conferences: IROS, CDC, MEIE.


    Outreach / mentoring

    Mentor for UB SEAS Faculty-Freshman Mentor Program.

    Volunteer for UB SEAS Science is Elementary.