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Ashish Goel


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-219
Pasadena, CA 91101

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347F - Robotic Mobility

Ashish Goel

Research Technologist


Ashish Goel is a Research Technologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the Robotic Surface Mobility group. Ashish received his Masters and PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University where he worked with Prof. Sigrid Close, developing sensors and techniques for the detection and characterization of meteoroid and orbital debris impacts in space. He received his bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Prior to joining JPL, Ashish also worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Sergio Pellegrino in the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at Caltech. He developed optimized trajectories for a planar formation of space solar power satellites. He also served as a systems engineer and worked on the design of flight electronics for the Autonomous Assembly of a Reconfigurable Space Telescope (AAReST) project.


- Ph.D: Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University [2016]
- M.S: Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University [2011]
- B.Tech: Engineering Physics, Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay [2009]

Professional Experience

Co-founder and Chief Scientist: Night Crew Labs, LLC

Research Interests

Selected Publications:

[1] “Trajectory Design of a Spacecraft Formation for Space-Based Solar Power Using Sequential Convex Programming”, Goel, A., Chung, S. J., Pellegrino, S., IWSCFF Boulder, Colorado, 17-43, 2017.
[2] “Design for CubeSat-based dust and radiation studies at Europa”, Goel. A., Krishnamoorthy, S., Swenson, T., West, S., Li, A., Crew, A., Phillips, D. J., Screve, A., Close, S., Acta Astronautica, vol. 136, pp. 204-218, 2017.
[3] “Estimation of Hypervelocity Impact Parameters from Measurements of Optical Flash”, Goel, A., Lee, N., Close, S., Int. J. Impact Eng., vol. 84, pp. 54-63, 10, 2015.
[4] “Design and Testing of Miniaturized Plasma Sensor for Measuring Hypervelocity Impact Plasmas”, Goel, A., Tarantino, P. M., Lauben, D. S., Close, S., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 86(4), pp. 043304. 2015.