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Alvar Saenz-Otero

Associate Director, Space Systems Laboratory
SPHERES Lead Scientist Candidate

Email: alvarso@mit.edu
Office Number: 37-381

Project Roles:Theses:
2000, SM
The SPHERES Satellite Formation Flight Testbed: Design and Initial Control
2005, PhD
Design Principles for the Development of Space Technology Maturation Laboratories Aboard the International Space Station

Journal Articles:
An Open Research Facility for Vision-Based Navigation Onboard the International Space Station
Dr Brent Tweddle, Mr Timothy Setterfield, Dr Alvar Saenz-Otero, Dr David Miller
Journal of Field Robotics , 2015




Conference Papers:
Development and Demonstration of an Autonomous Collision Avoidance Algorithm aboard the ISS
Jacob G Katz, Alvar Saenz-Otero, David W Miller
IEEE Aerospace Conference Paper #1679, 2011

The Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge 2010
Alvar Saenz-Otero, Jacob Katz, Alvin T Mwijuka
IEEE Aerospace Conference Paper #1678, 2011

ZERO-Robotics: A Student Competition aboard the International Space Station
Alvar Saenz-Otero, Jacob Katz, Swati Mohan, David W Miller
IEEE Aerospace Conference Paper #11263, 2010

Autonomous Thruster Failure Recovery on Underactuated Spacecraft using Model Predictive Control
Christopher Pong, Alvar Saenz-Otero, and David W. Miller
AAS Guidance and Control Conference Breckenridge, CO, 2011

Vision-Based Relative Navigation and Control for Autonomous Spacecraft Inspection of an Unknown Object
Dehann Fourie, Brent E. Tweddle, Steve Ulrich, Alvar Saenz-Otero
AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference , 2013

Experimental Evaluation of On-board, Visual Mapping of an Object Spinning in Micro-Gravity aboard the International Space Station
Brent Tweddle Timothy Setterfield Alvar Saenz-Otero David Miller John Leonard
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems , 2014

Definition and Testing of an Architectural Tradespace for On-Orbit Assemblers and Servicers
Mr. Christopher Jewison, Mr. David Sternberg, Mr. Bryan McCarthy, Prof. David Miller, Dr. Alvar Saenz-Otero
IAC 2014 D1-4, 2014

Iterative Testing of Vision Based Navigation in Microgravity using SPHERES and VERTIGO aboard the ISS
Timothy Setterfield, Brent Tweddle, Alain Minier, Alvar Saenz-Otero, David Miller, John Leonard
ISS Research & Development Conference , 2014

The SPHERES VERTIGO Goggles: An overview of vision-based navigation research results from the International Space Station
Brent Tweddle, Steve Ulrich, Timothy Setterfield, Alvar Saenz-Otero, David Miller
International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automationin Space (i-SAIRAS) , 2014