Tech Talk series with Dr. Rafael Lugo

When:  Jan 12, 2023 from 11:00 to 12:30 (ET)
Associated with  Hampton Roads Section

Come and enjoy a lunch & learn Technical Seminar hosted by the AIAA Hampton Roads Section. Here are the details for this month's talk.

Title: Advances in Flight Mechanics Modeling & Simulation
Presenter: Dr. Rafael Lugo

ABSTRACT: Flight mechanics modeling and simulation is an area of continuous development. One of the industry-standard simulation tools in the Program to Optimize Spacecraft Trajectories II (POST2) is developed and maintained in-house at Langley Research Center. Recent uses of this tool include assessing GN&C performance of human-scale Lunar and Mars landing systems using generalized low- and medium-fidelity navigation sensor models required for precision landing. This talk will review recent POST2 simulation developments, as well as how current and planned advances in GN&C modeling enable rapid assessment of spacecraft integrated performance.

BIO: Dr. Rafael Lugo is an aerospace engineer in the Atmospheric Flight and Entry Systems Branch at NASA Langley Research Center. He holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from North Carolina State University. After completing his graduate work in 2014 on scale model aeroballistic testing and EDL trajectory reconstruction for MSL, he joined Analytical Mechanics Associates where he supported trajectory and guidance development for human-scale Mars entry vehicle concepts. Since 2019 he has been a Civil Servant at NASA LaRC, and is currently the flight mechanics integrated performance simulation lead for the NASA/SpaceX Artemis Human Landing System. He is also the lead developer for the Program to Optimize Spacecraft Trajectories II (POST2).

RSVP: Google Form Registration - Lugo

Contact Matt Galles at with any questions.

EDIT: The date has been pushed back to Thursday, January 12th, 2023 and will be hosted jointly with NASA Langley in the NACA room.



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