About Us

Our goal is to improve and expand space-related education and research efforts by bringing together a wide range of faculty and resources in space-related research functions.

Mission Statement

CSTAR aims to improve and expand space-related education and research efforts by advancing the frontiers of astrophysics, Earth and planetary science, robotics, space policy, space technology, and space systems engineering.

What We Are

We are an Interdisciplinary Research Center (IRC) founded in 2013 by EVPR. Our goal is to bring together space focused researchers and resources within the Georgia Tech community.

What We Do

CSTAR organizes, integrates, and facilitates Georgia Tech’s space science and technology research activities to improve and expand space related education.

Who We Are

With the help of almost 100 faculty and research staff we foster interdisciplinary collaboration across Georgia Tech colleges, schools, and the GT Research Institute.


Annual Metrics

  • CSTAR has more than $10 million in annual funding
  • The organization has more than $100 million in total active funded research grants
  • CSTAR sees 100 peer reviewed journal articles published annually
  • We advise hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students every year

Related Research

  • DARPA awarded contract to study space weather
  • NASA Lunar Flashlight mission has miniaturized propulsion, lunar ice detection payload, operated from GT
  • GA Tech team members selected for NASA Space Tech Research Institute for Smart Habitats
  • NSF selects two formation flying CubeSat missions including GT

Interdisciplinary Experts

Learn more about our leadership and members