Published: Oct. 17, 2022
Marcus Holzinger

Marcus Holzinger
Associate Professor, Smead Aerospace
Thursday, Oct. 20 | 3:00 P.M. | AERO 111

Abstract: The annual space economy is currently $400B, and is expected to grow to $1.2-3T over the next 15-20 years.  With this substantial increase in economic activity in space, new challenges and opportunities in Space Development are presenting themselves.

The need to detect, track, and characterize ever-smaller and -distant spacecraft is challenging our current Space Domain Awareness and Space Traffic Management capabilities. Growth and resurgence in human and uncrewed space flight near the Moon pose difficult theoretical, computational, and operational challenges in observation association and maintaining object catalogues.

This talk addresses both of these technical challenges, and reviews a sampling of research, teaching, and service in Prof. Holzinger's lab that enable Space Development.

Bio: Prof. Holzinger is an Associate Professor, Endowed Joseph T. Negler Professor, and Associate Director of the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR) in the Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department at the University of Colorado Boulder.

His research focuses on theoretical and empirical aspects of space development, strategy, and domain awareness, for which he has testified to congress, authored or co-authored over 135 conference & journal papers, and built several Raven-class telescope systems.

He served as the lead author for AFRL’s ‘A Primer on Cislunar Space’ white paper, is a recipient of an AFOSR Young Investigator Award and the National Academies Grainger Award, and is a National Academies selectee for the US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Prof. Holzinger is a Fellow in the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and an Associate Fellow in the American Institute for Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA).


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