In this section we list some i4is researchers not mentioned elsewhere.
Adam spent his first 4 years in Tanzania, East Africa, where his father worked as a lecturer for the University of Dar es Salaam. After the family returned to Coventry, Warwickshire in the UK, he was educated at his local state school Stoke Park Comprehensive School and Community College, concentrating on STEM subjects, but also gaining proficiency in playing the piano.
In the ‘80s, he studied at Keele University receiving a Joint Honours Degree in Physics and Mathematics and later in the ‘90s he worked as a software engineer on the European launcher program, Ariane 4, where he gained knowledge of Guidance systems for launch vehicles, with a particular interest in optimum trajectory ascent to orbit software.
Much later in life, after a period of composing and performing for a musical group ‘Superheroes Dream’, he applied the skills he had acquired with Ariane to derive the theory, develop and ultimately apply a software tool he called ‘Optimum Interplanetary Trajectory Software’ (OITS).
The timing proved to be serendipitous because later in that same year was when the first interstellar interloper to our solar system 1I/’Oumuamua was discovered, and it seemed natural for him to investigate missions to this object using OITS. He subsequently contacted i4is regarding his findings and was involved in Project Lyra, authoring and collaborating on several peer-reviewed scientific papers on the subject.
Adam's YouTube channel with Project Lyra videos can be found here.
Adam's personal website with further information about OITS amongst other things can be found here.
Dr. Remo Garattini, PhD
Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Scienze Applicate
INFN Sez. di Milano,
Universita' degli Studi di Bergamo
Marshall is a physicist with extensive experience in areas including experimental General Relativity, geophysics and planetary physics, and radio interferometry. He has founded and managed a number of high-technology startups primarily in the area of high-speed data transport. Marshall has a wide range of experience working with Internet protocols for video transmission and other broadcast and multicast applications.
Marshall's research interests include the global scale normal modes of oceans and atmospheres, the orbital and rotational dynamics of terrestrial planets and asteroids, and the existence of nearby nomadic planets as possible targets for interstellar exploration.
Marshall has worked at NASA researching in the field of geodynamics. His research into accurately predicting the orientation of the Earth is currently being used by NASA's JPL to provide operational calibrations for spacecraft navigation. He assisted with the setting up of a US Navy team which still plays a crucial role in accounting for General Relativity when calibrating GPS clocks.
He is also a member of the “Roadmap to Ocean Worlds” committee, which is advising NASA on its new initiative to search for life in the ice-covered oceans being found in the outer Solar System.
Since 2012 he has been exploring the economic possibilities of using nanospacecraft for both Earth observations and deep space economic prospecting; he founded a company, Asteroid Initiatives, to pursue these and other space research opportunities.
In his consulting work, he has had a wide variety of experience, including preparing and making presentations before C-level executives at Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 Corporations and carrying out strategic network design for these companies.