Laura Duffy: Member Spotlight Jan. 6, 2020

Laura Duffy:
Astronautical Engineer at Canyon Consulting, LLC
AIAA LA-LV Member / Volunteer

Ms. Duffy earned her B.S. and M.S. in Astronautical Engineering, served in the Air Force for 5 years, and is currently working as an Astronautical Engineer at Canyon Consulting, LLC. She is an active member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as the American Astronautical Society.
Ms. Duffy has presented her graduate research on Orbital Resonances in the Vinti Solution at several conferences, including the AIAA Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium. Her research has also been incorporated into the NASA Astrophysics Data System, the Harvard Astrophysics Data System, and the AMOS Technologies database. Her research offers insight into a powerful orbital model known as the Vinti Solution.
After graduate school, Ms. Duffy’s first assignment in the Air Force was leading launch integration for the Global Positioning System Block III (GPS-III) satellites at the Space and Missiles Systems Center (SMC). GPS Block III satellites enable new signals for safety-of-life and higher broadcast power for increased military utility. Her efforts led to the launch of the first GPS-III satellite on a Falcon 9 on December 23, 2018.

Ms. Duffy then transitioned to the Air Force Research Lab’s (AFRL) Space Vehicle’s Directorate. At AFRL, she led systems engineering efforts for the Space Battle Management Command and Control Center in Colorado Springs. This effort brought technologies which would increase the safety and utility of billions of dollars’ worth of Department of Defense space assets.

While at AFRL, Ms. Duffy also worked research and development (R&D) programs for the advancement of Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) technologies. Most notably, she secured an agreement between AFRL and SMC to fund the development of NTS-3. This satellite continues the line of space-based PNT research which last occurred in the 1970’s. NTS-3 is planned to launch in 2022 and will test new technologies such as advanced PNT signals, autonomous ground control, and flexible user equipment.

After serving 5 years in the Air Force, Ms. Duffy decided to switch roles and work as a consultant to the Air Force with Canyon Consulting, LLC. As a consultant, she performs modeling & simulation, ground system development, and mission design for NTS-3. She is looking forward to contributing to the advancement of the key technologies which will be flown on NTS-3 as well as continuing her involvement with AIAA.

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