Master’s Student, Aerospace Engineering Department, NSTGRO Fellow
Hayden received his Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Cincinnati in 2019. In 2020, he received the NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities Fellowship. Currently, Hayden is working on design and commissioning of an ultra-high vacuum facility for studying optical interactions between co-propagating laser-cooled particle beams and laser beams. The objective of this work is the development of a self-guided beamed propulsion concept for high-velocity missions to the outer planets and even the nearest star systems.
NASA Project Description: https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2019_Phase_I_Phase_II/Self_Guided_Beamed_Propulsion/