Telescopes, Satellites and 5G
Dr. Chris Walker shared his exciting space research including antennas and telescopes at FreeFall and the University of Arizona during Creative Mornings Tucson.
Chris Walker is the co-founder and Chief Scientist and VP for R&D for FreeFall Aerospace. He is responsible for creating their revolutionary intelligent antennas for space and ground.
Walker earned the “2018 Inventor of the Year” in Physical Sciences in the Department of Astronomy and Steward of Observatory. He’s been a professor of Astronomy and an associate professor of Optical Sciences and Electrical Engineering for over 27 years at University of Arizona.
He is also the principal investigator for numerous NASA missions including GUSTO, the Galactic/Extragalactic Ultra Long Duration Balloon Spectroscopic Terahertz Observatory, a $35 million project that includes a planned long-duration balloon mission to be launched from Antarctica in 2021. It will map portions of our galaxy and the Large Magellanic Cloud in terahertz lines of carbon, nitrogen and oxygen using telescopes.
Chris Walker’s research regarding inflatable telescopes for space was recently featured in an article by WIRED.
Chris Walker holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering at Clemson University and an Ohio State Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering. He also has a PhD in Astronomy at the University of Arizona, CalTech Millikan Fellow in Physics.