Kawsihen Elankumaran

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Kawsihen’s research interests are primarily in the domain of space flight mechanics, particularly in astrodynamics (orbital-mechanics), spacecraft navigation, mission design, guidance navigation and control (GNC), autonomous and distributed space systems, as well as on other themes in space robotics and dynamical systems theory.


Kawsihen’s current research focuses on cis-lunar astrodynamics and applications. His Ph.D. research was on autonomous proximity navigation of spacecraft, supported by the University International Postgraduate Award. Kawsihen is also currently engaged in research on a variety of topics in navigation and space robotics. He is currently mentoring, and also welcomes potential future research students, with interests in his domain of research.


Kawsihen is a Research Fellow at the School of Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia since 2023. He obtained his Ph.D. from The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 2022. His research experience includes a research internship on Real-time systems at The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand and a R&D engineering career on Electronic design automation at a leading U.S.-based company. For further details please see: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kawsihen

Activities & Awards

At ANU, Kawsihen is involved in research on space flight mechanics. He also serves as a research supervisor for Ph.D. (associate) and intern/exchange research students. He is a course convenor and a lecturer for a final-year undergraduate course for the aerospace systems major. Kawsihen is a recipient of the Emerging Space Leaders Award from the International Astronautical Federation. For further details please see: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kawsihen

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