Christine Reilly has been excited about space ever since she took an online NASA class for high school students. Now a CU Boulder junior, her enthusiasm only continues to grow, and she has thrown herself fully into her chosen major. In addition to her course load, Reilly worked at the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, took part in an international math competition, and last year held a Discovery Learning Apprenticeship in Professor Hanspeter Schaub’s Autonomous Vehicle Systems laboratory. This summer brings an all-new challenge. As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Reilly will intern with Virgin Galactic. She will be diving into the world of propulsion for the LauncherOne project, which will shoot satellites into space from a flying Boeing 747. As someone who is especially interested in the still-new field of space startups, it is exactly where she wants to be.
What makes you a space buff?
I like innovation, and doing things that haven’t been done before. It’s also romantic, the idea of humans going off into space on an adventure.
What is your favorite CU Boulder aerospace memory?
While working for the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, I set up and operated a mobile tracking station in a chase vehicle for a high altitude balloon launch. My projects class had our "BalloonSat" payloads flying on the balloon, and I was able to help direct a convoy of classmates to the landing site to recover our experiments.