Marcin Pilinski
Research Associate
SWx TREC • Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)

Marcin received his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2011. His research interests include aeronomy, satellite drag modeling, spacecraft gas-surface interactions, and small spacecraft systems design. His recent projects include: the design of assimilation schemes for specifying the space environment using global circulation and empirical atmospheric models; Mars upper atmosphere research utilizing data from NASA’s MAVEN mission; teaching a graduate CubeSat design course at CU Boulder; rarefied flow modeling both inside of spacecraft instruments as well as on the exterior surfaces of spacecraft; and the design of a formation-keeping method using aerodynamic drag for a constellation of small spacecraft. Marcin is a member of SWx TREC’s satellite drag research group as well as the lead of the Vehicle Environment Coupling and Trajectory Response (VECTOR) initiative.