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Theodore Tzanetos


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-219

Pasadena, CA 91101

Theodore Tzanetos

SRL Sample Recovery Helicopter System Manager


Teddy is the Group Supervisor of the Aerial Mobility group (347T). His expertise resides in uUAS embedded system development with a focus on state estimation for inertial navigation. He is currently working on the Tango on Racing Quadrotors (ToRQ) project and the CLARAty project. For the ToRQ project he is working on state estimation, closed-loop motor controls, system integration, and embedded software efforts.

Before joining JPL in 2017, he was the Head of Engineering at The Drone Racing League, a NYC-based startup, where he managed a team of developers and engineers to build drone-race infrastructure, embedded avionics, and an online FPV simulator played by tens of thousands of users worldwide.

Before DRL, Teddy worked at Samsung and MIT Lincoln Laboratory (FFRDC) where he worked on what came to be known as the DoDs Perdix Project, a small F/A-18-deployed uUAS.


•M. Eng. Computer Science and Electrical Engineering - MIT 2013
•B.S. Computer Science and Electrical Engineering - MIT 2012

Professional Experience

•The Drone Racing League, Head of Engineering 2015-2017
•Samsung, Sr. Linux SW Engineer 2014-2015
•MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Associate Staff 2012-2014

Research Interests

Kalman Filtering, Flight Software, Noise Cancellation, UASs.


  1. Delaune, J., Brockers, R., Bayard, D.S., Dor, H., Hewitt, R., Sawoniewicz, J., Kubiak, G., Tzanetos, T., Matthies, L. and Balaram, J., "Extended Navigation Capabilities for a Future Mars Science Helicopter Concept," Accepted in IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 2020, 10 January 2020.