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Astrodynamics, Space ScIence, and Space Technology (ASSIST) Laboratory
Piyush M. Mehta, Assistant Professor


WVU Magazine: Weathering the Solar Storms

A headshot of Dr. Piyush Mehta in front of an image of the sun.

West Virginia University engineer Piyush Mehta is currently engaging in several projects confronting space weather, which deals with the conditions within the Earth’s magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere. Driven by the sun and solar wind, the impacts of space weather can influence technological systems in space and on ground and endanger human life and health, affecting power delivery, grid security, communications, satellite operations, collision avoidance and even radiation exposure for astronauts and commercial airlines passengers and crews.

WVU Engineers Address NASA Problems through Artificial Intelligence

A NASA spacecraft

Ali Baheri and Piyush Mehta, professors in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University, have received a $100,000 grant from NASA EPSCoR Rapid Response Research (R3) program to explore the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques for onboard fault diagnosis of spacecraft.

Future Trillion Dollar ‘Space Economy’ Threatened by Debris, NSF Career Award Recipient Says

A headshot of Dr. Piyush Mehta

The space economy is on track to be valued at a trillion dollars by the end of 2030, according to Piyush Mehta, Wayne and Kathy Richards Faculty Fellow and assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at West Virginia University. Yet space assets – equipment that is placed in space such as navigation, weather and communication satellites that serve our society daily – are threatened by space debris.

A Deep Subject: WVU Engineers Tackle Limitations of Data Transfer During Space Exploration

A NASA spacecraft

Engineers at West Virginia University are helping to solve one of the greatest limitations of space exploration—sending and receiving information between a spacecraft and the ground station— thanks to a $750,000 award from NASA’s highly competitive Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program.

Navigating Space Junk: WVU Engineer Selected for NASA Small Business Innovation Research Program

Space junk in low Earth orbit poses a critical challenge for operating spacecraft in the future. (NASA)

Over the last six decades, spacefaring nations have slowly, but surely, cluttered up the final frontier. A report on space debris by the European Space Agency estimates that there are currently about 34,000 debris objects larger than 10 centimeters, about the size of a softball, currently in orbit.

How's the Weather Up There? WVU Engineer Aims to Enhance Space Weather Forecasting

An artist’s illustration shows activity from the sun contributing to space weather conditions that can ultimately affect Earth and its infrastructure. (NASA Courtesy Illustration)

Usually, the Earth’s magnetic field shields us from the misadventures of our nearest star, the mighty sun. But it failed on Sept. 2, 1859. Known as the Carrington Event, the most powerful solar storm on record burst through the magnetic field and pummeled telegraph wires throughout the United States and Europe, breaking down communication systems and igniting several fires.

Research Team Approved for NASA Grant for Early-Stage Space Technologies

Proposed Mars global dust storm data collector concept. Background photo courtesy of NASA.

A research team from West Virginia University has been approved for a grant from a NASA fund designed to determine the feasibility of early stage technologies that could go on to change what’s possible in space.

WVU Scientists Take on Pioneering Space Weather Research and Forecasting Project

WVU researchers are leading a first of its kind laboratory investigation to increase society’s resiliency to space weather hazards. (NASA)

A cross-disciplinary team of researchers from West Virginia University are undertaking a pioneering project in space weather research to improve modeling and forecasting of space weather to safeguard satellites in orbit and infrastructure on Earth.

Mehta, Tulu Named Richards Faculty Fellows in Engineering

Piyush Mehta (pictured left) and Berk Tulu (pictured right), both assistant professors in the Statler College, have been named J. Wayne and Kathy Richards Faculty Fellows in Engineering. (WVU Photo/Paige Nesbit)

Two assistant professors at West Virginia University have been named J. Wayne and Kathy Richards Faculty Fellows in Engineering.