Our Team

NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) supervises all NASA-funded projects to find and characterize asteroids and comets that pass near Earth's orbit. APL is building and managing the DART spacecraft as well as coordinating the investigation teams.

NASA Leads

Lindley Johnson

NASA Planetary Defense Officer

Gordon Johnston

NASA Program Executive

Tom Statler

NASA Program Scientist

Allen Bacskay (MSFC)

NASA Solar System Exploration Program Manager

Scott Bellamy (MSFC)

NASA Mission Manager

JHUAPL Mission Team

Cheryl Reed

DART Project Manager

Andy Cheng

Andy Rivkin

DART Investigation Team Leads

Brian Kantsiper

Mission System Engineer

Ken Hibbard

Deputy Mission System Engineer

Lena Adams

Spacecraft Systems Engineer


DART Science Team

DART is supported by 5 working groups. The DART Investigation Team Leads are Andy Cheng and Andy Rivkin of APL. Key technologies include OpNav, developed by JHUAPL and NASA's NEXT (NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster), an ion propulsion system, developed by NASA Glenn and Aerojet as part of NASA's In-Space Propulsion Technology Project.

DART Core TeamRole
Andrew Cheng (APL)AIDA Coordination Lead
Andrew Rivkin (APL)DART Investigation Lead
Steven Chesley (JPL)Dynamics Lead
Brent Barbee (GSFC)Verification and Validation Lead
Angela Stickle (APL)DART Investigation 1 Lead
Cristina Thomas (NAU) DART Investigation 2 Lead
Derek Richardson (UMD)DART Investigation 3 Lead
Olivier Barnouin (APL) DART Investigation 4 Lead
Eugene Fahnestock (JPL) DART Investigation 5 Lead

DART Working Groups

Working Group 1: Modeling and Simulations of Impact Outcomes Working Group 1 Collaborators
Megan Bruck Syal (LLNL)Impact Modeling Using Spheral and SPHDan Durda (SWRI), Galen Gisler (LANL); Keith Holsapple (UW); Kevin Housen (Boeing); Daniel Jontof-Hutter (Penn St); Naor Movshovitz (UCSC); J. Michael Owen (LLNL); Cathy Plesko (LANL); KT Ramesh (JHU); James Richardson (Arecibo); Pete Schultz (Brown)
Paul Miller (LLNL)Planetary Defense Interpretation and Applications
Emma Rainey (APL)Impact Modeling Using CTH
   
   
Working Group 2: Remote Sensing Observations Working Group 2 Collaborators
Paul Abell (JSC) Strategic Knowledge Gap (SKG) and Human Exploration Applications Michael Busch (SETI); Ellen Howell (UofA); Matthew Knight (Lowell/UMD); Emily Kramer (JPL); Jian-Yang Li (PSI); Tim Lister (LCOGT); Amy Mainzer (JPL); Nicholas Moskovitz (Lowell); Michael Nolan (UofA); Dagmara Oszkiewicz (Lowell); David Osip (LCO); William Ryan (NMT); Eileen Ryan (NMT); Amanda Sickafoose (MIT/SAAO); Jessica Sunshine (UMD); Audrey Thirouin (Lowell); Padma Yanamandra-Fisher (JPL); Nic Erasmus (SAAO)
Lance Benner (JPL) Radar Observations 
Shantanu Naidu (JPL) Radar analysis
   
   
Working Group 3: Dynamical and Physical Properties Working Group 3 Collaborators
Julie Bellerose (JPL) Gravity And Dynamics Erik Asphaug (ASU); Bill Bottke (SwRI); Christine Hartzell (UMD); Toshi Hirabayashi (Auburn); Jay McMahon (U Colorado); Paul Sánchez (U Colorado); Gal Sarid (UCF); Simon Tardivel (JPL); Kevin Walsh (SwRI), Jordan Steckloff (PSI), Seth Jacobson (Northwestern U.)
Daniel Scheeres (U Colorado) Geotechnical Properties
Douglas Hamilton (UMD) Orbital Dynamics
 
   
Working Group 4: Science Proximity Observations  
Nancy Chabot (APL) DRACO Instrument Scientist  
Carolyn Ernst (APL) Impact Site Morphology Characterization
   
   
Working Group 5: Ejecta Dynamics and Evolution Working Group 5 Collaborators
Stephen Schwartz (ASU) WG co-lead, ejecta simulation, low speed ejecta Erik Asphaug (ASU); Douglas Hamilton (UMD); Christine Hartzell (UMD); Toshi Hirabayashi (Purdue); Daniel Jontof-Hutter (Penn St); Ludmilla Kolokolova (UMD); Jim Richardson (PSI); Gal Sarid (UCF); Gonzalo Tancredi (Ciencias)
   
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