Science-oriented engineer and engineering-oriented scientist. I work with satellites, sounding rockets, and data science.
STUFF I WORK ON
CubeSats, in particular
I'm the Principal Investigator for the NASA CubeSat: Sun Coronal Ejection Tracker (SunCET).
I've been heavily involved in every aspect of the highly successful NASA MinXSS CubeSat missions, as well as ≥20 other s.
Explosions on the sun
I study solar eruptive events, including how we can use the void they leave behind in the corona to predict how much mass was kicked out and at what speed: useful for space weather and exoplanet habitability.
Launched and recovered in New Mexico
We send up a rocket every other year to measure how bright the sun is in ultraviolet and x-ray light.
Click the image above to watch the GoPro-like onboard videos.
I used to work at University of Colorado Boulder / Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Stanford University
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Senior Professional Staff
2021 November – Present
Leading the Sun Coronal Ejection Tracker CubeSat to observe full coronal mass ejection acceleration profiles for the first time. I also write open source code in python, IDL, and other languages to analyze large amounts of data collected by satellites observing the sun.
NASA selected the Sun Coronal Ejection Tracker (SunCET) small satellite for spaceflight. Check out my announcement and summary of the mission. I've also got a twitter thread with more details here.
CubeSat beacon decoder / forwarder
Ham radio operators around the world can and have been using this application to listen to beacons from the MinXSS CubeSat and see real time telemetry from the satellite. It automatically forwards the data to the MinXSS team.