Mr Francisco Capristan, Aerospace Design Lab, Stanford University

Mr Francisco Capristan
Aerospace Design Lab
Stanford University

Our writer, Vasantha Kumar, had an opportunity to interact with Mr Francisco Capristan from Stanford University, USA. He works in the area of launch vehicle safety using mathematical modelling.  We thank him for giving us an opportunity to interact and share his research work.

Please read the remaining sections to know more about his background and the research problem.



Q1.  Could you please briefly describe your background for the benefit of our audience?

I was born and raised in Peru and came to the U.S when I was 16 years old. I did the first half of my undergrad degree at Miami Dade College and then transferred to Georgia Tech where I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering in May 2009. In June 2011 I earned my Master's Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University. Currently I am a PhD Candidate in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at Stanford University. My main research interests include trajectory optimization, launch vehicle safety methodologies, multidisciplinary optimization, and uncertainty quantification. When I'm not in the lab,  I like to spend time rowing in a nearby rowing club.

I am currently pursuing my PhD degree in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at Stanford University.
My research group is the Aerospace Design Lab (ADL) and my advisor is Professor Juan J. Alonso.

Q2. Please describe your current research focus as part of the PhD program. 

My current research involves the development of mathematical models to analyze the safety of the uninvolved public in case of a launch vehicle malfunction. The main goal is to ensure that people on the ground will not suffer injuries if a launch vehicle fails in the vicinity of a populated area. These type of analysis is stochastic due to the nature of vehicle malfunctions. A large number of uncertain parameters need to be evaluated in order to get the desired safety metrics. This problem is of special interest, because there is a growth in the commercial space transportation sector, and some spaceports could potentially be located near populated areas.

Q3.  Describe the proposed research solution for the problem discussed in Q2
I'm exploring new ideas to perform stochastic inverse modeling. The goal is to modify the uncertainties in the safety modeling to satisfy the desired safety levels.

Q4. What is the application of the proposed research solution in the area of space technology and exploration?
The application of inverse modeling to the safety assessment problem could help inform the launch vehicle licensing process.

Q5. What is your opinion on future for launch vehicle technology and private space industry?
I think private space companies will play a major role in space exploration. They will not only provide new radical  vehicles, but they will also help provide a safer access to space. I think that in the future, private companies will provide the launch vehicle technology, while government agencies can focus in doing the science and exploration that can explain the mysteries of the universe.



Vasantha Kumar

Add comment

Security code