Category Archives: Research

Challenging Freshwater Scarcity with Solar Origami

Orisun – An Origami Deployable Solar Concentrator for Water Purification, Desalination, Solar Cooking, and Electricity Generation Orisun’s mission is to challenge the scarcity of freshwater around the world through the development of  lost cost, ultralight, portable, sustainable, compact deployable, solar concentrators for water purification, desalination, solar cooking, and electricity generation. With natural disasters, war, pollution, […]

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Developing Laser-Propelled Spacecraft for Interstellar Travel

The Starlight Program The Starlight program as known as DEEP-IN (Directed Energy Propulsion for Interstellar Exploration) and DEIS (Directed Energy Interstellar Studies) is a NASA program to use large scale directed energy to propel small spacecraft to relativistic speeds to enable humanity’s first interstellar missions. This program was started in 2009 with initial funding from […]

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Origami Inspired Transformers for a Lunar Base

TransFormers for Lunar Extreme Environments This summer of 2016 I will be joining the TransFormers for Lunar Extreme Environments Project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The aim of the project is design large deployable solar reflectors that can transform the ~90k (~ -300°F) eternally dark interior of Shackleton Crater to an environment that could support […]

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Starshade: An Origami Odyssey

The Mission The summer of 2015, Origami for an Interdependent World joined the Exo-S Starshade Mission at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in order to help develop an origami inspired starshade that will deploy in space and block brilliant starlight long enough for a space telescope to image exoplanetary systems for the first time. Timeline […]

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Preparation of Dessicated Ivory: Case Study of Mammut americanum

80,000BC 80,000yrs ago an American Mastodon walked the lands of the Hollister Ranch in Goleta, California. After being buried in sand for 80 millenia, it was uncovered during the Great Depression in 1932 Hollister Ranch, Goleta, California June 26th, 1932 State of the Tusk February 2013 The initial state of the tusk following plaster jacket […]

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Cooling X-Ray Detectors aboard Spacecraft with Bismuthian Antimony

The Short Life Expectancy of Cryogen Cooled Spacecraft Space telescopes that are designed to image x-rays from distant galaxies and black holes must be kept ultracold in order to create sharp high resolution images.  At -459.5 degrees Fahrenheit, the x-ray detectors aboard the spacecraft must be kept colder than Pluto at -382F and even colder […]

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Sound from Light and Metallic Snow

Photoacoustic Ultrasound Sources from Diffusion-limited Aggregates Synthesis With each passing second, an electric current of over 600 billion billion electrons flowed through a strip of molybdenum with copper pellets resting on its surface. As the electron’s passed, they pulled and pushed on the molybdenum nuclei residing there with electrostatic and magnetic forces. Despite the nuclei […]

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