Mason Peck

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Mason Peck is an associate professor at Cornell University and former NASA Chief Technologist.[1][2][3] His immediate predecessor in the NASA position was Bobby Braun.

Peck has published in various aerospace sub-disciplines including; air-bearing spacecraft simulation,[4][5] low-power space robotics,[6][7] hopping rovers,[8] and Lorentz-augmented orbits.[9]

Peck was awarded $75,000 in 2007 by NASA's Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) to study how a large fleet of microchip-size space probes in Earth orbit might propel themselves into the Interplanetary Transport Network; and thence as far as Jupiter's moon Europa. This was to be achieved by exploiting the Lorentz Force, enabled by using photovoltaics to maintain an electrostatic charge while orbiting in Earth's magnetic field.[10][11]

Peck has served on the advisory board of Mars One since February 2014.[12]


  1. ^ Montalbano, Elizabeth (November 9, 2011). "NASA Names Cornell Professor To CTO Position". InformationWeek. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  2. ^ Hand, Eric (November 8, 2011). "Chipsat pioneer named NASA's chief technologist". Nature Publishing Group. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  3. ^ NASA (Nov 8, 2011). "NASA Administrator Names Peck Agency's Chief Technologist". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 2011-11-11. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Jana L. Schwartz; Mason A. Peck; Christopher D. Hall (2003). "Historical Review of Spacecraft Simulators" (PDF). Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting, no. AAS 03-125. 
  5. ^ Peck, M. A.; Miller, L.; Cavender, A. R.; Gonzalez; et al. (2003). "An Airbearing-Based Testbed for Momentum Control Systems and Spacecraft Line of Sight (AAS 03-127)" (PDF). Advances in the Astronautical Sciences. American Astronautical Society. 114: 427–446. ISSN 0065-3438. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-25. 
  6. ^ Peck, Mason A (15–18 Aug 2005). "Low-Power, High-Agility Space Robotics". AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference Proceedings. San Francisco, CA. pp. 1–2. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Mason A. Peck; Michael A. Paluszek; Stephanie J. Thomas; Joseph B. Mueller. "Control-Moment Gyroscopes for Joint Actuation: A New Paradigm in Space Robotics". CiteSeerX accessible. 
  8. ^ Peck, Mason A. (11–15 Feb 2001). "Dynamics of a gyroscopic hopping rover". Proceedings of the 11th Annual AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting. Santa Barbara, CA. pp. 1369–1389. ISBN 0-87703-487-7. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Streetman, Brett; Peck, Mason A (May–Jun 2010). "General Bang-Bang Control Method for Lorentz Augmented Orbits" (PDF). Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. 47 (3): 484–492. Bibcode:2010JSpRo..47..484S. doi:10.2514/1.45704. 
  10. ^ Mone, Gregory (August 2007). "Mmmm, Space Chips". Popular Science. 271 (2). 
  11. ^ "Cornell To Study Planetary Magnetic Fields Propulsion Research Under NASA Grant". Feb 28, 2007. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  12. ^ "We're pleased to welcome Dr. Mason Peck to our advisory board..." Google+. Mars One. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 

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