an Explore Mars Event

May 16-18, 2023

The National Academy of Sciences Building

Washington D.C.

Patrick R. Chai

NASA | ESDMD Strategy & Architecture Office, Mars In-Space Transportation Lead

Research work includes conducting system studies to evaluate space mission feasibility, architecture configuration optimization, and space vehicle performance. Worked in direct collaboration with NASA Langley engineers to investigate the performance of various human and robotic mission concepts, and evaluate the cost, schedule, and risk of different architecture options while meeting mission objectives. Performed probabilistic simulations to evaluate the uncertainties in the evaluation of space architecture performance characteristics and investigate the impact of these uncertainties to mission feasibility. Compiled technical reports of research findings for publication and presentation at professional conferences and technical journals.

Specialties: Systems Engineering, Space System Design, Multidisciplinary Optimization, Multidisciplinary Analysis, Launch Vehicle Design and Optimization, Rocket Propulsion, Hypersonic Air-breathing Launch Vehicle, Orbital Mechanics, Uncertainty Quantification and Propagation