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Sumeet Gajanan Satpute
Sumeet Gajanan Satpute

Sumeet Gajanan Satpute

Postdoctoral position
Luleå University of Technology
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Signals and Systems
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence group. My current research focuses on multiple spacecraft formation and autonomous planetary explorations with multiple agents. I received the Ph.D. degree from the Onboard Space Systems group, Kiruna, and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Control Systems from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), India.



  1. AERO-TRAIN is a Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) - European Training Network (ETN) project, which aims to develop areial robotic technologies for the safe inspection and maintainace tasks of the civil and industrial ifrastructures. The project focuses on developing control methods to enhance the reliable remote operability of the aerial manipulators in remote locations. We focus on developing an augmented reality based interface that will enable easy, accurate, and safe human-machine collaborative operations. In addition, we also aim at developing robust control schemes against varying time delays necessary for remote tele-operations. 

  2. UNIVERSEH-European Space University for Earth and Humanity: It is an alliance of five universities in Europe to develop a new way of collaboration in the field of Space, within the new “European Universities” initiative promoted by the European Commission. 

  3. OPTACOM-Optimized and Autonomous Constellation Orbit Management is an industrial consortium lead by OHB Sweden, while other participants being OHB systems, DLR and Luleå University of technology. The project focuses on developing a decentralised orbit control management algorithms for large satellite constellations in order to perform a number of autonomous tasks such as orbit initialization (phasing) after launch and early orbit phase, station-keeping and collision avoidance.  

  4. RIT2021 (2015-2021) is a collaborative EU-funded project with the objective to create sustainable growth in the region of Norrbotten and enhancing its role as Sweden’s leading space region. My participation was through a R&D project 'Guidance and Control for Multiple Spacecraft Formation' which was also in collaboration with OHB Sweden. The main objectives of this work was to develop safe and fuel efficient control algorithms for the spacecraft formation flying missions as well as studing how to advance the real-world use of formation flying for future space explorations (link). 



I have been involved in course development activities for the R7030R course and designing of the new education based masters program.

Teaching assistance

R7030R Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation and Control: Autumn 2020, 2021.




PhD (Assistant Supervisor)

  1. Vignesh Kottayam Viswanathan: Autonomous visual inspection in extreme environments 
  2. Achilleas Seisa: Augmented reality for enhancing semi-autonomous remote aerial manipulation 
  3. Viswa Narayanan Sankaranarayanan: Drone based Robust Control Schemes against varying time delays 


Masters Thesis

  • Federico Gatti: Docking strategies for floating platform
  • Frank Fourlas (University of Patras): Advanced control techniques for collaborative satellites
  • Fadel Chams: Collision Avoidance for small spacecrafts in LEO
  • Vignesh Kottayam Viswanathan: Cooperative navigation in space in-proximity of small bodies
  • Enrico Giacomini: Design, modelling and control of a thrust based UAV



Article, review/survey

Resiliency in Space Autonomy: a Review (2023)

Banerjee. A, Mukherjee. M, Satpute. S, Nikolakopoulos. G
Part of: Current Robotics Reports
Conference paper

A Kubernetes-Based Edge Architecture for Controlling the Trajectory of a Resource-Constrained Aerial Robot by Enabling Model Predictive Control (2022)

Seisa. A, Satpute. S, Nikolakopoulos. G
Part of: Proceedings - 26th International Conference on Circuits, Systems, Communications and Computers, CSCC 2022, s. 290-295, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2022
Conference paper

A Robust Post-Grasping Control Design for Robotic Testbed Demonstration of Space Debris Disposal (2022)

Sankaranarayanan. V, Banerjee. A, Satpute. S, Nikolakopoulos. G
Part of: 13th IFAC Symposium on Robot Control SYROCO 2022, Proceedings, s. 198-203, Elsevier, 2022
Conference paper

A Survey on Control Design Approaches for Remotely Operated UAVs (2022)

Sankaranarayanan. V, Satpute. S, Nikolakopoulos. G
Part of: 2022 30th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation (MED), s. 389-395, IEEE, 2022
Article in journal

Adaptive Robust Control for Quadrotors with Unknown Time-Varying Delays and Uncertainties in Dynamics (2022)

Sankaranarayanan. V, Satpute. S, Nikolakopoulos. G
Drones, Vol. 6, nr. 9