Bio

Loïc
Chappaz

Loic serves as Mission Design Lead at AstroLabs. In addition to his involvement as Mission Design Lead in AstroLabs technical studies for commercial and science application – including near-Earth and interplanetary space – Loic is also leading the effort of developing AstroLabs concurrent design center.

Loic Chappaz obtained a double M.S. degree in aerospace engineering (Dec. 2011) from Purdue University and his original school in France, the Ecole Superieure de Techniques Aeronautiques et de Construction Automobile (ESTACA) before completing his doctoral degree (Dec. 2015) at Purdue

Education
Loic Chappaz obtained a double M.S. degree in aerospace engineering (Dec. 2011) from Purdue University and his original school in France, the Ecole Superieure de Techniques Aeronautiques et de Construction Automobile (ESTACA) before completing his doctoral degree (Dec. 2015) at Purdue under the guidance of Prof. Kathleen Howell and Prof. Jay Melosh. The focus of this doctoral research was dual, including trajectory analysis and mission design in multi-body regimes, and investigating the interior structure of our Moon through gravity modeling for the GRAIL mission.

Professional Experience
During the course of his graduate studies, Loic lead an investigation to detect and characterize empty lava tubes underneath the Lunar surface using GRAIL data, under the guidance of Prof. Melosh (GRAIL Co-I) and Prof. Howell. We have now gathered sufficient evidence to propose the existence of such caverns and introduce some candidates that we have identified.

More recently, after interning at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mission Design and Navigation section, Loic funded Space Exploration Solutions, a consulting company offers individuals or companies invested in space exploration endeavors the ability to conduct highly technical and complex analysis to tackle engineering or scientific problems associated with space exploration challenges.

Currently, Loic serves as Mission Design Lead at AstroLabs, a high-tech start-up company in the field of space missions and flight systems design. It is a spin-off from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology (Caltech). In addition to his involvement as Mission Design Lead in AstroLabs technical studies for commercial and science application – including near-Earth and interplanetary space – Loic is also leading the effort of developing AstroLabs concurrent design center.

Relevant Publications
Chappaz, L., Sood, R., Melosh, H., Howell, K., Blair, D.M., Millbury, C., and Zuber, M.,” Evidence of Large Lava Tube on the Moon using GRAIL Data,” Geophysical Research Letters, submitted.Sood, R., Chappaz, L., Melosh, H., Howell, K., Blair, D.M., Millbury, C., and Zuber, M.,” Detection and Characterization of Buried Lunar Craters with GRAIL Data,” Icarus, submitted.Chappaz, L. and Howell, K., “Exploration of Bounded Motion near Binary Systems Comprised of Small Irregular Bodies,” Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, Available Online July 6, 2015.

Chappaz, L. and Howell, K., “Trajectory Design for Bounded Motion near Uncertain Binary Systems Comprised of Small Irregular Bodies,” Acta Astronautica, Volume 115, October-November 2015, pp. 226-240.

Chappaz, L., Broschart, S., Lantoine, G., and Howell, K., “Orbital Perturbation Analysis Near Binary Asteroid Systems,” AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia, January 11-15, 2015.

Chappaz, L. and Howell, K., “Bounded Orbits near Binary Systems Comprised of Small Irregular Bodies,” AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, San Diego, California, August 2014.

Chappaz, L., Sood, R., Melosh, H., and Howell, K., “Buried Empty Lava Tube Detection With GRAIL Data,” AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, San Diego, California, August 2014.

 

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Loïc Chappaz