General InformationPublications

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


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