I'm a space technology researcher interested in small & autonomous missions to asteroids & comets, mission design & simulations, software development and the electric solar wind sail. I hold an Associate Professor position at UT Tartu Observatory, Department of Space Technology in Estonia.
I'm currently involved in several activities:
PI of ESTCube-2;
Coordinator of the Space Imaging Simulator for Proximity Operations (SISPO) development;
Co-chair of UT Tartu Observatory Space Technology seminar series;
Editor and writer of the Space Travel Blog.
During 2019–2021, I was a Postdoc at Aalto University in Finland, establishing Aalto's Comet Interceptor software development & simulation activities and advancing FORESAIL-1/2 mission designs.
During 2017–2018, I worked at NASA Ames Research Center, advancing the Multi-Asteroid Touring concept and developing the orbit maintenance module for Trade-Space Analysis Tool for Constellations.
I received a PhD degree in Physics from the University of Tartu in 2015 on ESTCube-1 attitude determination & control. During PhD studies, I spent a year at the Finnish Meteorological Institute working together with Pekka Janhunen, the inventor of 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 did my thesis work in Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland.
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Photo credit: Iaroslav Iakubivskyi.