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Tom Gemmer has a background in physics and aerospace engineering with expertise in dynamics and orbital mechanics. He has worked developing novel spacecraft propulsion systems utilizing the solar wind as reaction mass as well as on developing new orbit types for solar wind monitoring. At Aptima, Tom applies his astrodynamics and spacecraft engineering skills to space situational awareness projects. Prior to joining Aptima, he was the Aerospace Laboratories Director for the North Carolina State University Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department where he taught courses and managed research activities for both sub and supersonic wind tunnels
Tom is a PhD candidate and holds a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University, as well as a B.S. in Physics from East Tennessee State University.
Gemmer, T.R., Yoder, C., Reedy, J., Mazzoleni, A.P., “Tether Enabled Spacecraft Systems for Ultra Long Wavelength Radio Astronomy,” Acta Astronautica, 138 (2017), 530-353.
Gemmer, T.R., Mazzoleni, A.P., “Computational Study of Electric Sail Force Generation,” Proceedings of the 67th International Astronautical Congress, Guadalajara, Mexica, Sept. 26-30 2016.