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Hi there,

I am an Associate Professor at UT Tartu ObservatoryDepartment of Space Technology in Estonia. All else is up in the space currently.


While working at UT Tartu Observatory during 2012–2022, I was a core team member of ESTCube-1 and a co-founder of ESTCube-2. I helped to bring in the Comet Interceptor's OPIC instrument (PI: Mihkel Pajusalu) and established 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.

In 2016, I received the IEEE Harry Rowe Mimno Award as the first author of the paper ESTCube-1 In-Orbit Experience and Lessons Learned.

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: Laila Kaasik.