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Sharf, Inna

Mechanical Engineering
Macdonald Engineering Building, Rm 148

Research Interests: 

Active Debris removal strategies, Mission optimization for multiple space debris removal, space debris orbital propagation, space debris

  • B.ASc. University of Toronto
  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Toronto, Institute for Aerospace Studies
Current Research Projects: 
  • Guidance, navigation, and control of indoor airships for artistic applications and aerial architecture
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs): dynamics and  control, state estimation, localization, motion planning
  • Collision recovery for small UAVs
  • Active space debris removal strategies: robotic capture and post-capture maneuvering and stabilization
  • Active space debris removal strategies: dynamics modeling and simulation of tethered-net debris capture
  • Orbit and attitude propagation of space debris under hypervelocity collisions

Courses in dynamics, control, systems, robotics

Selected Publications: 
  • Sagnières, L. B. M. and I. Sharf, "Stochastic modeling of hypervelocity impacts in attitude propagation of space debris,'' Advances in Space Research, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2016.11.030, Vol. 59, pp. 1128-1143, 2017.
  • Botta, E.M., I. Sharf, and A.K. Misra. "Contact Dynamics Modeling and Simulation of Tether Nets for Space-Debris Capture,'' Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics,doi:10.2514/1.G000677, Vol. 40, No. 1, pp. 110-123, 2017.
  • Botta, E.M., I. Sharf, A.K. Misra and M. Teichmann, "On the Simulation of Tether-Nets for Space Debris Capture with Vortex Dynamics,'' Acta Astronautica, doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2016.02.012, Vol. 123, pp. 91-102, 2016.
  • Zhang, F., Sharf, I., Misra, A.K. and Huang, P. "On-line Estimation of Inertia Parameters of Space Debris for its Tether-assisted Removal,'' Acta Astronautica, Vol. 107, pp. 150-162, 2015.
  • Nguyen H.T. and I. Sharf, "Adaptive Reactionless Motion and Parameter Identification in Post-capture of Space Debris", Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 36, pp. 404-414, 2013.