Don Platt

Associate Professor | Extended Studies

Director | Spaceport Education Center

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My work has involved developing, testing and flying different types of avionics, communications, rocket propulsion systems as well as astrobiology/biotechnology systems and human deep space exploration tools.  I am familiar with NASA design and engineering processes such as 7150.2A and 7120.5.  

Key areas of focus that I see are human space exploration and the adaptation to deep space exploration, high performance small satellite systems and ways to utilize both human and satellite constellations as we move forward.  These small satellite systems can also be used to solve research problems of interest in guidance navigation and control, astrodynamics, propulsion, optics, advanced materials and more.