I'm a space technology researcher interested in small and autonomous missions to asteroids and comets, mission design and simulations, software development and the electric solar wind sail. I'm a Senior Researcher at Tartu Observatory, University of Tartu (Department of Space Technology) in Estonia and a Postdoc at Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering (Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering) in Finland.
I'm currently working on the Comet Interceptor mission, serving as Co-PI of the OPIC instrument and a team member of the EnVisS instrument. I coordinate some of the Space Imaging Simulator for Proximity Operations (SISPO) development. I am also involved in CubeSats – ESTCube-2 PI within European Commission's IOD/IOV Programme and FORESAIL-1/2 mission design.
I've worked at NASA Ames Research Center's Mission Design Division. First, I advanced the Multi-Asteroid Touring concept and, second, I developed the orbit maintenance module for Trade-Space Analysis Tool for Constellations in cooperation with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
I received a PhD degree in Physics from the University of Tartu in 2015 on ESTCube-1 attitude determination and control. During PhD studies, I spent a year at the Finnish Meteorological Institute working together with Pekka Janhunen, the inventor of the electric sail. I received BSc and MSc degrees in computer science from Ventspils University College, Latvia in 2009 and 2011. During master studies, I spent an exchange semester in Lund University, Sweden and I did my thesis work in Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland.
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