Title: Navigation Team Chief
Company: KinetX Inc.
Location: Littleton, Colorado, United States
Peter Garo Antreasian, PhD, Navigation Team Chief at KinetX Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in orbit determination.
Since 2013, Dr. Antreasian has excelled as the navigation team chief at KinetX Inc. Utilizing his expertise in orbit determination, he oversees the navigation of the OSIRIS-REx mission with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which hopes to return a sample from an asteroid. Before his current position, Dr. Antreasian worked as a navigation team chief on the GRAIL Project with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 2009 to 2012.
In preparation for his career, Dr. Antreasian attended Purdue University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering in 1984. In 1987, he earned a Master of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He concluded his higher education at the University of Colorado with a Doctor of Philosophy in aerospace engineering in 1992.
With decades of professional experience to his credit, Dr. Antreasian worked as an orbit determination analyst with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1992 to 2009. He served as an orbit determination team manager for the space probe Cassini-Huygens from 2003 to 2008.
Dr. Antreasian attributes his success to having excellent support from his team members. Among the highlights of his career, he is incredibly proud of his involvement with designing the first-ever asteroid landing with the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission in 2001. Building upon this success, he is also proud to lead the OSIRIS-REx navigation team that successfully collected a sample from the asteroid, Bennu, in 2020. In the coming years, he predicts the field of deep space navigation greatly expanding as more countries create space programs and commercial enterprises look to the moon, mars, asteroids and beyond. Dr. Antreasian aims to be at the forefront of these endeavors.
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