David Canales Garcia

Title
Assistant Professor
Email
Department
Aerospace Engineering Department
College
College of Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Astrodynamics
  • Orbit Determination
  • Mission Planning
  • Telecommunications
  • Signal Processing
  • Astronomy
  • Space Systems Design and Modeling
David Canales Garcia


David Canales Garcia started his professional career at ‘’Polytechnic University of Catalonia'', Spain, where he studied his BSc and MSc degrees in Aerospace Engineering. He also pursued a MSc degree in Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Cosmology from University of Barcelona. His most remarkable professional experience in the space industry was when he started working for Satlantis LLC as a space technology engineer with the aim of developing Earth-observation cameras for micro-satellites. He graduated from his Ph.D. in Astrodynamics and Space Applications in the multi-body dynamics research group under the supervision of Dr. Kathleen C. Howell in Purdue University. His research interests include astrodynamics, astronomy, orbit determination, applied mathematics and many different space applications, such as telecommunications, signal processing and mission planning.


Dr. Canales is also the ERAU representative to the Universities Space Research Association (USRA).


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University-Main Campus
  • M. - Master in Physics: Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Cosmology, Universitat de Barcelona
  • M. - Master in Aeronautical Engineering, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
  • B. - Bachelor in Aeronautical Engineering, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

  • AE 426: Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics

AE426 – Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics


Journal Papers

(J4) Canales, D.; Howell C., K.; Fantino, E.; A versatile moon-to-moon transfer design method for applications involving libration point orbits; Acta Astronautica; June 2022; DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2022.06.010 

(J3) Canales, D.; Gupta, M.; Park, B.; Howell C., K.; A Transfer Trajectory Framework for the Exploration of Phobos and Deimos Leveraging Resonant Orbits; Acta Astronautica, February 2022; DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2022.02.001 

(J2) Salvador-Solé, E.; Manrique, A.; Canales, D.; Botella, I.; An Accurate Comprehensive Approach to Substructure: III. Masses and Formation Times of the Host Haloes; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, February 2022; DOI:10.1093/mnras/stac067 

(J1) Canales, D.; Howell C., K.; Fantino, E.; Transfer design between neighborhoods of planetary moons in the circular restricted three-body problem; Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy; Vol. 133, Number 36, July 2021, pp. 36; July 2021; https://doi.org/10.1007/s10569-021-10031-x

Conference Papers

(C7) Nazari, M.; Canales, D.; McCann, B.; Butcher, E. A.; Howell C., K.; Full N-Body Problem in the Geometric Mechanics Framework and its Reduction to Circular Restricted Three-Body Problem; AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina; August 2022 

(C6) Malik, A.; Canales, D.; Yow, T.; Posada, D.; Hays, C., W.; Zuehlke, D.; Henderson, T.; Computation of Relative Orbital Motion Using Product of Exponentials Mapping; AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina; August 2022 

(C5) Canales, D.; Howell C., K.; Fantino, E.; Leveraging Finite Time Lyapunov Exponent Maps to Design Tours Incorporating Three Moons; ASCEND 2021, Las Vegas; November 2021. 

(C4) Canales, D.; Howell C., K.; Fantino, E.; Using Finite-Time Lyapunov Exponent Maps for Planetary Moon-Tour Design; AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Big Sky, Montana; August 2021 

(C3) Canales, D.; Gupta, M.; Park, B.; Howell C., K.; Exploration of Deimos and Phobos leveraging Resonant Orbits; 31st AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting, Charlotte, North Carolina; February 2021 

(C2) Canales, D.; Howell C., K.; Fantino, E.; Moon-to-Moon Transfer Methodology for Multi-Moon Systems in the Coupled Spatial Circular Restricted Three-Body Problem; AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference; Lake Tahoe, California; August 2020 

(C1) Salvador-Solé, E.; Manrique, A; Canales, D.; Galaxy Formation and Reionization; Frontier Research in Astrophysics; 2018