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Robert Melton

Professor
DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

Affiliation(s):

  • Aerospace Engineering

229B Hammond Building

r81@psu.edu

814-865-1185

Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Astrodynamics, Vehicle Dynamics and Controls

Interest Areas:

Astrodynamics, orbital mechanics, spacecraft design, trajectory optimization.

 
 

 

Education

  • BS, Physics, Wake Forest University, 1976
  • MS, Physics, University of Virginia, 1979
  • Ph D, Engineering Physics, University of Virginia, 1982

Publications

Journal Articles

  • S P Kim and Robert G Melton, 2015, "Constrained Station Relocation in Geostationary Equatorial Orbit Using a Legendre Pseudospectral Method", Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 38, (4), pp. 711-719
  • Robert G Melton, 2014, "Maximum-Likelihood Estimation Optimizer for Constrained, Time-Optimal Satellite Reorientation", Acta Astronautica, 103, pp. 185-192
  • Robert G Melton, 2014, "Hybrid methods for determining time-optimal, constrained spacecraft reorientation maneuvers", Acta Astronautica, 94, (1), pp. 294-301
  • Robert G Melton, 2012, "Numerical Analysis of Constrained, Time-Optimal Satellite Reorientation", Mathematical Problems in Engineering, 2012
  • B. M. Yutko and Robert G Melton, 2010, "Optimizing Spacecraft Reorientation Maneuvers Using a Pseudospectral Method", Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Sciences and Applications, 2, (1), pp. 1-14
  • Robert G Melton, 2009, "Constrained Time-Optimal Slewing Maneuvers for Rigid Spacecraft", Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, 135, pp. 107-126
  • P.-S. Hur, Robert G Melton and D. B. Spencer, 2008, "Meeting Science Requirements for Attitude Determination and Control in a Low-Power, Spinning Nanosatellite", Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Science, and Applications, 1, (1), pp. 25-33
  • M. A. Wissler, D. B. Spencer and Robert G Melton, 2007, "Coast-Arc Orbit Stability During Spiral-Down Trajectories about Irregularly Shaped Bodies", Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets
  • W. Chadwick, D. B. Spencer and Robert G Melton, 2006, "Geometric Visibility of Ground Sites for Beacon/Relays on the Martian Moons", Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets
  • D. B. Spencer, Robert G Melton and S. G. Chianese, 2006, "Selecting Projects for a Capstone Spacecraft Design Course From Real World Solicitations", Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research
  • S. G. Bilen, C. R. Philbrick, T. F. Wheeler, J. D. Matthews, Robert G Melton and D. B. Spencer, 2006, "An Overview of Space Science and Engineering Education at Penn State", IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Magazine

Conference Proceedings

  • Robert G Melton, 2012, "Hybrid Method for Constrained Time-Optimal Spacecraft Reorientation Maneuvers", Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, 143
  • Robert G Melton, 2012, "Hybrid Methods for Determining Time-Optimal, Constrained Spacecraft Reorientation Maneuvers", Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, 145

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Adviser Award, AIAA, January 2011
  • Sustained Service Award, AIAA, January 2010
  • Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching, Pennsylvania State University, 2006
  • Lawrence J. Perez memorial Student Advocate Award, College of Engineering, Penn State Univ., 2001
  • Special Service Citation, AIAA, 1995
  • Premier Teaching Award, College of Engineering, Penn State Univ., 1992
  • Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, Society of Automotive Engineers, 1986
  • Outstanding Advising Award, College of Engineering, Penn State Univ., 1986
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Engineering, Penn State Univ., 1985

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Member, Search Cmte -- Dean of the Schreyer Honors College, Search Cmte -- Dean of the Schreyer Honors College, November 2016 - April 2017
  • Member, Search committee for new Dean of Engineering, April 2013 - August 2013
  • , AIAA Student Chapter, September 1982 - August 2012
  • , AIAA Regional Student Conference, January 2012 - August 2011
  • , Faculty Senate Subcommittee on Academic Standards, August 2008 - August 2010
  • , Schreyer Honors College Faculty Selection Committee, December 2009 - January 2010
  • , Schreyer Honors College Faculty Selection Committee, December 2008 - January 2009
  • , Schreyer Honors College Faculty Selection Committee, December 2007 - January 2008
  • , Schreyer Honors College Faculty Selection Committee, December 2006 - January 2007
  • , Schreyer Honors College Faculty Selection Committee, December 2005 - January 2006
  • SubstituteGrad School--Subcmte on New Courses and Programs, January 2005 - March 2005
  • University MarshalUniversity Marshal Corps, University, July 2004
  • Chairperson, Academic Integrity Cmte, July 1997
  • Committee Member, Search Cmte -- Department Head, Aerospace Engineering, August 2016
  • Chairperson, Search Cmte -- astronautics faculty position, August 2016
  • Member, University Faculty Senate, Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs, August 2016

Service to External Organizations:

  • OtherAAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, January 2014 - January 2014
 


 

About

The Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, established in 1961 and the only aerospace engineering department in Pennsylvania, is consistently recognized as one of the top aerospace engineering departments in the nation, and is also an international leader in aerospace education, research, and engagement. Our undergraduate program is ranked 16th and our graduate programs are ranked 15th nationally by U.S. News & World Report, while one in 25 holders of a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering in the U.S. earned it from Penn State. Our students are consistently among the most highly recruited by industry, government, and graduate schools nationwide.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry. Through an innovative curriculum and world-class instruction that reflects current industry practice and embraces future trends, Penn State Aerospace Engineering graduates emerge as broadly educated, technically sound aerospace engineers who will become future leaders in a critical industry

Department of Aerospace Engineering

229 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2569