Alan Li


Education history

B.A.Sc.: Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo, 2009

M.S.: Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, Stanford University, 2011

Current projects

Debris Modelling

Orbital debris is the collection of objects in orbit around the Earth that no longer serve any useful purpose. They are the result of human activities in space, predominantly composed of dead spacecraft, fragmentation events and random ejecta. Because of the abundance of orbital debris, they are the dominant threat to current space assets. Collisions with these objects could disastrously damage or put current satellites out of service. Not only do larger pieces of debris have the ability to physically damage spacecraft, smaller pieces may cause electrical and degradation damage as well.

My research focuses on the categorization of debris risk by studying data from the EISCAT radar after the 2007 Chinese ASAT event. The event drastically increased the debris population in LEO, further compounded by the high altitude of the collision ensuring that none of these fragments would reenter the atmosphere in the near future.

QB50: An International Network of CubeSats for Multi-point, In-situ, Long-duration Measurements in the Lower Thermosphere and Re-entry Research

Space Environment Modeling, Prediciton and Mitigation of Orbital Debris

Research interests

Dynamics, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Modeling