CSP Graduate Students Help with Development of PICTURE Rocket

in In the News
April 6th, 2011

Dr. Tim Cook and Andrew Mandigo posing with the shutter door.

Dr. Tim Cook and Andrew Mandigo posing with the shutter door.

The Planet Imaging Concept Testbed Using Sounding Rocket (PICTURE) takes the first step towards direct imaging of exoplanets using nulling interferometers. It is a collaboration between Boston University (BU), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (Draper).

Many people contributed to the development of PICTURE, but none more so than two graduate students from Boston University. Christopher Mendillo developed the fine pointing system, flight software and acted as the lead for instrument development. Brian Hicks led the optics alignment, debugging, testing, calibration and validation. They both continue to be the BU representatives on test and integration activities at WFF.

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