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Simon Collins is the Aquarius Instrument Manager. The Aquarius instrument is part of the Aquarius/SAC-D Earth science mission being developed by NASA and the Space Agency of Argentina (CONAE). Aquarius will measure global sea surface salinity using a combination of L-band radiometers and a scatterometer.
From 1994 through 2004, Simon worked on the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES), first as the cognizant engineer for the cryocooler system, and then as the Mechanical Systems project element manager. TES is one of four instruments aboard the EOS Aura spacecraft, which was launched in July 2004. TES measures the distribution of gases in the troposphere at high spectral resolution.
PhD, Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1994, MIT
SM, Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1990, MIT
BASc, Engineering Science (Aerospace), 1988, University of Toronto
Instrument Manager, Aquarius Project (2003-present)
Instrument Manager, MATMOS for MARVEL proposal (2003)
Project Element Manager, TES Instrument Mechanical Systems (2000-2004)
Cognizant Engineer, TES Cryocoolers (1994-2000)
S.A. Collins, J.I. Rodriguez and R.G. Ross, Jr.,
"TES Cryocooler System Design and Development,"
Advances in Cryogenic Engineering, Vol. 47, Part B,
S.A. Collins, D.W. Miller and A.H. von Flotow,
"Distributed Sensors as Spatial Filters in Active Structural Control,"
Journal of Sound and Vibration, 173 (4),
S.A. Collins, A.H. von Flotow and J.D. Paduano,
"Analogue Adaptive Vibration Cancellation System for Stirling Cryocoolers,"
Cryogenics, 34 (5),