Mortari and Spratling win best paper at AAS/AIAA conference

Dr. Daniele Mortari, associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, and his recently graduated Ph.D. student, Dr. Benjamin Spratling IV, won best paper from the 20th American Astronautical Society (AAS)/American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space Flight Mechanics Meeting.

Their technical paper, "Star-ND: Multidimensional Star-Identification," was presented in San Diego in February. Papers were submitted on topics related to space flight mechanics and astrodynamics.

Mortari received his doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of Rome (Italy) in 1981 and has been a member of the Texas A&M aerospace engineering faculty for eight years. He is also an Associate Fellow of AIAA.

Mortari will be recognized at this year's 21st AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting in New Orleans. The conference is organized by the AAS Space Flight Mechanics Committee and the AIAA Astrodynamics Technical Committee.