Edgar Glenn Lightsey


Dr. Glenn Lightsey is the director of the Space Systems Design Lab and associate director of the Center for Space Technology And Research at Georgia Tech. His research program focuses on the technology of small satellites, including: guidance, navigation, and control systems; attitude determination and control; formation flying, satellite swarms, and satellite networks; cooperative control; proximity operations and unmanned spacecraft rendezvous; space based Global Positioning System receivers; radionavigation; visual navigation; propulsion; satellite operations; and space systems engineering. Dr. Lightsey has authored and co-authored more than 120 technical articles and publications, including four book chapters. He is an associate editor-in-chief of the Journal of Small Satellites and is an associate editor of the AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. Prof. Lightsey is an AIAA Fellow and is a recipient of the Institute of Navigation’s Tycho Brahe Award.

Prior to joining the faculty at the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Lightsey held the position of Fellow of the W. R. Woolrich Professor in Engineering in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin. He also held the title of University Distinguished Teaching Professor, a position designated to less than 5% of the tenured faculty at The University of Texas. In 2011, Dr. Lightsey received the American Society for Engineering Education's John Leland Atwood Award for outstanding aerospace engineering education, and the William David Blunk Memorial Professorship for outstanding undergraduate teaching at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Space Systems Design Lab (SSDL)
  • Center for Space Technology & Research (C-STAR)
AE Academic Disciplines:
  • Systems Design & Optimization
  • Flight Mechanics & Controls