Professor Norman Fitz-Coy

Professor Norman Fitz-Coy is the Director of the Advanced Space Technologies Research and Engineering Center (ASTREC) - a Research Center housed at the University of Florida that focuses on the development and validation of transformative technologies with specific application to small satellites.

Professor Fitz-Coy is also the Research Chair Designate in Innovative Small Satellite Technology and Applications for Africa at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town. This chaired position is part of the South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) sponsored by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

His research efforts address the dynamics and controls of multi-degree-of-freedom (M- DOF) systems with emphasis on space applications. Current research interests include attitude control of small satellites, design and analysis of multi-satellite systems, and space debris mitigation and remediation strategies.

His research team has developed the world’s smallest control moment gyroscopes that were flown on SwampSat. He and his team designed and built DebriSat (a representative satellite for debris characterization) and recently performed a hypervelocity impact test to emulate an on-orbit collision. Another research interest of his is M-DOF vibration testing. He has worked with the U.S.

He’s twice received the Bisplinghoff Award at UF in recognition for his teaching and service to undergraduate education and the AIAA Abe M. Zarem Educator Award for graduate student mentorship. He is the faculty advisor for several aerospace engineering student organizations, including the Small Satellite Design Club which has successfully developed a small satellite working group of undergraduate and graduate students from multiple disciplines across UF.

He is also the faculty advisor for the Aerospace Engineering Honor Society (Sigma Gamma Tau). He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and serves on its Small Satellite Technical Committee as the chair of the Advocacy Sub-committee.

He is also a Senior Member of the American Astronautical Society (AAS), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC).

Major Skills

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Design and analysis of multi-satellite systems
  • Space debris mitigation
  • M-DOF vibration testing
  • Automatic Control