NASA selects Kamalabadi's proposal for small spacecraft technology development


Julia Sullivan, ECE ILLINOIS

Farzad Kamalabadi
Farzad Kamalabadi
Professor Farzad Kamalabadi, Kung Chie and Margaret Yeh Endowed Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, will lead one of nine university teams collaborating with NASA engineers and scientists on the development of new technologies for small spacecraft. Kamalabadi is also a researcher at the Coordinated Science Lab at Illinois.

Kamalabadi's proposal, “Milli-Arcsecond (MAS) Imaging with Smallsat-Enabled Super-resolution,” will "conduct laboratory testing of novel computational diffractive optical sensing and advanced image processing that makes use of small satellite formation flying to enable extremely high-resolution imaging capability that is otherwise unattainable with conventional approaches." He will lead a team in a two-year collaboration with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

“These partnerships between the university community and NASA help cultivate the rapid, agile and cost-conscious small spacecraft approaches that are evolving in the university community, as well as increase support to university efforts and foster a new generation of innovators for NASA and the nation.” said Jim Cockrell the Small Spacecraft Technology program chief technologist in a news release.