I'm a space technology researcher interested in nanosatellites, nanospacecraft, electric sailing, as well as small science missions beyond low Earth orbit. I'm a Postdoc at Aalto University in Finland and a Senior Researcher at the University of Tartu in Estonia. At Aalto, I am in Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering, School of Electrical Engineering. In Tartu, with Department of Space Technology, Tartu Observatory. I'm currently working on FORESAIL-1/2, ESTCube-2 and Comet Interceptor (OPIC payload) missions.
Before moving to Helsinki, I 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.
Illustration credit: Mihkel Pajusalu.
Photo credit: Kate Kalnina.