NESS Project Team Members

This is a list of the current NESS science team members with their contributions to the project. In addition to the specific roles and responsibilities listed here, team members bring their considerable expertise in the field of asteroid science (totalling several centuries experience) to the project; all contribute to the development of its research goals.

Name Organization Roles and Responsibilities
Brown, Peter University of Western Ontario
  • Identification of candidate asteroids (suspected of cometary origin) to be surveyed when near the Sun.
  • Evaluation of NESS discoveries as possible source objects for known cometary streams.
Cardinal, Rob University of Calgary
  • Developer of TRAPAS asteroid search software.
  • Development and implementation of data processing pipeline.
  • Systems developer for the science processing and operations centre.
  • Satellite tasking and data inspection.
Carroll, Kieran GEDEX
  • NEOSSat concept development.
  • NEOSSat requirements development.
  • Spacecraft systems engineering.
Chodas, Paul Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Orbit simulation and prediction.
  • Identification of near-Sun impact trajectory elimination observing opportunities for potentially hazardous asteroids.
  • Calculation of potential flyby or rendezvous mission opportunities for NESS discoveries.
  • Liaison with NASA NEO program office.
Gladman, Brett University of British Columbia
  • NESS Deputy Pl
  • Moving object discovery and orbit determination experience.
  • Inner solar system asteroid population model.
  • Simulation and optimization of asteroid discovery performance of NEOSSat.
  • Atira asteroid population model development from NEOSSat observations.
Granvik, Mikael University of Helsinki
  • Initial orbit determination and recovery uncertainty prediction for NESS discoveries.
  • Orbit quality estimation for future observation.
  • Liaison with GAIA mission.

 

Gural, Pete SAIC
  • Modification of one asteroid search software algorithm (SALTAD) and development of a second (PMATCH and OCTET) exploiting spacecraft orbit induced parallax.
Hildebrand, Alan University of Calgary
  • NESS PI
  • Participated in setting NEOSSat spacecraft instrument requirements.Manage NESS project and lead science team.
  • Support CSA/DRDC NEOSSat mission activities.
  • Plan NESS project observations.
  • Optimize real vs. false object detection in NEOSSat imagery.
  • Establish network of ground-based follow-up telescopes.
  • Calculation of impact rates on Venus and Mercury.
Larson, Steve University of Arizona
  • Asteroid searching, discovery, and follow-up experience.
  • Optimization of image processing procedures in asteroid search pipeline.
  • Establish network of ground-based follow-up telescopes.
Tedesco, Ed Planetary Science Institute
  • PI of NASA grant supporting US-based NESS science team members.
  • Inner solar system asteroid population model.
  • Simulation and optimization of asteroid discovery performance of NEOSSat.
  • Identification of cooperative observing opportunities with other space-based sensors.
  • Establish network of ground-based follow-up telescopes.
Wallace, Brad Defence Research and Development Canada
  • HEOSS PI
  • Participated in setting NEOSSat spacecraft instrument requirements.
  • Liaison to NEOSSat’s companion project HEOSS.
Wiegert, Paul University of Western Ontario
  • Identification of candidate asteroids (suspected of cometary origin) to be surveyed when near the Sun.
  • Evaluation of NESS discoveries for unusual dynamic relationships with the Earth.
Worden, Simon P. BGen. (ret.) NASA Ames
  • Identification of astronomical uses for NESS project imagery.