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 an Associate Professor 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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