Center for Space Research and Assurance (CSRA)

Center for Space Research and Assurance (CSRA)
AFIT Faculty: Jonathan T. Black
Name: Jonathan T. Black
Title: Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Director, Center for Space Research and Assurance
Commercial Phone: (937) 255-3636 (4578)
DSN Phone: 785-3636 (4578)

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky
M.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, George Washington University
B.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Maneuvering orbits
Lightweight and inflatable aerospace structures
Structural and nonlinear dynamics
Noncontact measurement systems
Computational structural mechanics
Small satellites


Archival Journal Articles
Bettinger, R.A., Black, J.T., “Mathematical Relation between the Hohmann Transfer and Continuous-Low Thrust Maneuvers,” Acta Astronautica, Vol. 96, Mar. – Apr. 2014, pp. 42–44, DOI:

Jennings, A.L., Black, J., Allen, C., “Empirical Bounding of Space Booms with Tape Spring Hinges,” Shock and Vibration, Vol. 20, No. 3, May – June 2013, pp. 503-517, DOI: 10.3233/SAV-130764.

Co, T.C., Zagaris, C., Black, J.T., “Responsive Satellites through Ground Track Manipulation using Existing Technology,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 50, No. 1, Jan. – Feb. 2013, pp. 206-216, DOI: 10.2514/1.62192.

Yates, J.M., Spanbauer, B.W., Black, J.T., “Geostationary Orbit Development and Evaluation for Space Situational Awareness,” Acta Astronautica, Vol. 81, Iss. 1 Dec. 2012, pp. 256-272, DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.05.011.

Jennings, A., Black, J.T., “Texture-Based Photogrammetry Accuracy on Curved Surfaces,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 50, No. 5, May 2012, pp. 1060-1071, DOI: 10.2514/1.J050956.

Firth, J., Black, J.T., “Vibration Interaction in a Multiple Flywheel System,” Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol. 331, Iss. 7, Mar. 2012, pp. 1701–1714, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsv.2011.11.028.

Magree, D., Black, J.T., Jennings, A., Briggs, G., Allen, C., “Pan-Tilt-Zoom Hybrid Camera System for Dynamic Tracking and Measurement,” AIAA Journal, Vol.49, No.9, Sep. 2011, pp. 1988-1999, DOI: 10.2514/1.55040.

Swenson, E.D., Black, J.T., “Finite Element Model Tuning with Spatially-Dense 3D Modes,” Journal of Experimental Mechanics, Vol. 51, No. 6, Jul. 2011, pp.933-945, DOI: 10.1007/s11340-010-9421-8.

Black, J.T., Cobb, R.C. , Swenson, E.D. , Cooper, B.J., “Rigidizable Inflatable Get-Away-Special Experiment Space Flight Data Analysis, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 48, No. 3, May – June 2011, pp. 447-487, DOI: 10.2514/1.50939.

Jennings, A., Black, J., Allen, C., Simpkins, J., Sollars, R., “Vibrometer Steering System for Dynamic In-flight Tracking and Measurement,” Journal of Experimental Mechanics, Vol. 51, No. 1, Jan. 2011, pp. 71-84, DOI: 10.1007/s11340-010-9337-3.

Cobb, R.G., Black, J.T., Swenson, E.D., “Design and Flight Qualification of the Rigidizable Inflatable Get-Away-Special Experiment,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 47, No. 4, Jul. – Aug. 2010, pp. 659-669, DOI: 10.2514/1.48636.

Black, J.T., Pitcher, N.A., Reeder, M.F., Maple, R.C., “Videogrammetry Dynamics Measurements of a Lightweight Flexible Wing in a Wind Tunnel,” Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 47, No. 1, Jan. – Feb. 2010, pp. 172-180, DOI: 10.2514/1.44545.

Black, J.T., Leifer, J., Smith, S.W., “Global Static Testing and Model Validation of Stiffened Thin-Film Polyimide Panels,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 45, No. 6, Nov. – Dec. 2008, pp. 1319-1324, DOI: 10.2514/1.37131.

Black, J.T., Smith, S.W., Leifer, J., Bradford, L.J., “Local Testing and Reduced Model Validation of Thermal-Formed Thin-Film Polyimide Panels,” Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, Vol. 22, Iss. 6, Aug. 2008, pp. 1412–1426, DOI:10.1016/j.ymssp.2007.11.010.

Black, J.T., Smith, S.W., Leifer, J., Bradford, L.J., “Measuring and Modeling the Dynamics of Stiffened Thin-Film Polyimide Panels,” Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 31, No. 3, May – Jun. 2008, pp. 490-500, DOI: 10.2514/1.32236.

Leifer, J., Black, J.T., Smith, S.W., Ma, N., Lumpp, J.K., “Measurement of In-Plane Motion of Thin-Film Structures Using Videogrammetry,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 44, No. 6, Nov. – Dec. 2007, pp. 1317-1325, DOI: 10.2514/1.25566.

Black, J.T., Leifer, J., DeMoss, J.A., Walker, E.N., “Experimental and Numerical Correlation of Gravity Sag in Solar-Sail-Quality Membranes,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 44, No. 3, May – Jun. 2007, pp. 522-527, DOI: 10.2514/1.20958.

Pappa, R.S., Black, J.T., Blandino, J.R., Jones, T.W., Danehy, P.M., Dorrington, A.A., “Dot-Projection Photogrammetry and Videogrammetry of Gossamer Space Structures,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 40, No. 6, Nov. – Dec. 2003, pp. 858-867.


AFOSR Young Investigator Research Program Grant, 2007, 1 of 29 awardees nationally of 215 applicants, first ever AFIT recipient

AIAA Associate Fellow, 2010

AIAA Special Service Citation, 2012

Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010


ASYS 525 - Linear Systems Analysis
ASYS 631 - Spacecraft Systems Engineering
ASYS 631 DL - Spacecraft Systems Engineering Distance Learning
ASYS 632 - Satellite Design and Test
MECH 515 - Theory of Vibrations
MECH 542 - Intro to Finite Element Analysis and Computer Aided Design

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