James Chartres, Research Scientist
Areas of Interest:
Human exploration and Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) systems
BEng, 2003, Mechatronics, University of Adelaide, Australia
James Chartres graduated from The University of Adelaide, Australia with a BEng (Mechatronics) and PhD in Aerospace Engineeing, entitled “Trajectory Design, Optimisation and Guidance for Reusable Launch Vehicles During the Terminal Area Flight Phase”. He was a guest researcher at the Institut für Raumfahrtsysteme, Universität Stuttgart, Germany and an Alumnus and previous staff member of the International Space University (ISU).
James’ research background is broad, he has studied and worked on a variety of projects including; small spacecraft, open wheel racecars, robotics, EVA and life support systems, sustainable engineering, lunar dust mitigation and re-entry trajectory optimization and autonomous guidance for reusable launch vehicles. James has presented internationally at numerous conferences and been an invited guest speaker for various institutions including industry, academia and the US Government. He is a member of the AIAA and Mars Society and a strong supporter for the human exploration of space with a keen interest in EVA systems.
He currently works on Concept Mission as a Systems Engineer within the Mission Design Center at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), Moffett Field, CA. He also supports design and research activities related to EVA systems and life support including the Suit Port project an integral component of future Lunar and Planetary Exploration.