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Kumar, Kartik

Kievitsbloem 20, 2631 TB, Nootdorp, The Netherlands
+31 6 1463 4697

Research Interests: 
Guidance, Navigation & Control for on-orbit proximity operations, Dust dynamics, Mission analysis and trajectory design for complex remediation architectures, Propagation of orbits under uncertainty, Choatic dynamics in highly-perturbed environments
  • BSc, Delft University of Technology (Aerospace Engineering, 2005)
  • MSc, Delft University of Technology (Aerospace Engineering, 2008)
  • Ph.D.,  Delft University of Technology (Aerospace Engineering, 2015)
Kartik Kumar is a Senior Engineer at Dinamica Srl in Milan, Italy. As a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher in the European Union Stardust Initial Training Network (FP7), he is working on developing tools to design complex trajectories for multi-target Active Debris Removal (ADR) missions and robust Guidance, Navigation, & Control algorithms for ADR proximity operations. In parallel, he is a PhD Candidate at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. For his doctoral studies, he is investigating the complex dynamics associated with Uranus' outer ring system. Specifically, he is studying the anomalous orbital motion of the moon Mab, and the peculiar blue color associated with the dusty mu-ring.
Honors and Awards: 
  • YES!Delft 1-2-Launch Startup Weekend winner with GoUrbanGrow,  2013
  • NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) Mozaïek Laureate, 2009
  • NvVL (Dutch National Aeronautical Society) Best Graduate, 2008
  • TU Delft Aerospace Engineering Best Graduate, 2008
Professional Memberships: 
  • American Astronomical Society - Division on Planetary Sciences
Selected Publications: 
  • Kumar, K., et al. (2014) Mab's anomalous orbital motion explained, Icarus (under review) 
  • "Kumar, K., et al. (2012) Tudat: a modular and robust astrodynamics toolbox, 5th International Conference on 
  • Astrodynamics Tools & Techniques (ICATT), ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands"
  • "Duffard, R., Kumar, K., et al. (2011) A multiple-rendezvous, sample-return mission to two near-Earth asteroids, 
  • Advances in Space Research, Vol 48"
  • Kumar, K., Noomen, R. (2009). Stability of weak capture trajectories, Proceedings of 2nd PEGASUS-AIAA student conference, Toulouse, France
  • "Kumar, K., Noomen, R. & Delory, G.T. (2008). Stability of Highly Elliptical Orbits at the Moon, Proceedings of AIAA/AAS 
  • Astrodynamics Specialist Conference (Paper AIAA 2008-7069), Honolulu ,Hawaii"
  • Delory, G.T., Kumar, K., et al. (2007) Small Spacecraft for Science and Exploration in NASA’s Robotic Lunar Exploration Program, Proceedings of AIAA Space 2007 Conference & Exposition (Paper AIAA 2007-6033), Long Beach, California
  • Kumar, K., et al (2007). Design of an Infrared Interferometry Satellite: A Technology Demonstrator Mission for DARWIN, Proceedings of 58th International Astronautical Congress (Paper IAC-07-A3.1.04), Hyderabad, India