Oliver Jia-Richards

Doctoral Candidate - MIT Space Propulsion Laboratory

Ph.D. Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT, 2022 (anticipated)

Thesis: Exploration of Planetary Bodies with Electrospray Thrusters

S.M. Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT, 2019

Thesis: Design and analysis of a stage-based electrospray propulsion system for CubeSats

S.B. Aerospace Engineering, MIT, 2018

Email: oliverjr@mit.edu

Doctoral candidate and NASA Space Technology Research Fellow in the Space Propulsion Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Current research focuses on the application of microfabricated electrospray thrusters for the exploration of planetary bodies with small spacecraft.

Journal Publications

O. Jia-Richards and P. C. Lozano, "An Analytical Maneuver Library for Remote Inspection with an Underactuated Spacecraft," Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, accepted, [PDF]

O. Jia-Richards, S. K. Hampl, and P. C. Lozano, "Electrostatic Levitation on Atmosphere-Less Planetary Bodies with Ionic-Liquid Ion Sources," Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, in press, 2021, [Source, PDF]

O. Jia-Richards and P. C. Lozano, "Analytical Guidance for Circular Orbit Transfers with Staging of Space Propulsion Systems," Acta Astronautica, vol. 179, pp. 69-77, 2021 [Source]

O. Jia-Richards and P. C. Lozano, "Analytical Framework for Staging of Space Propulsion Systems," Journal of Propulsion and Power, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 527-534, 2020 [Source]

Conference Publications

O. Jia-Richards and P, C. Lozano, "Redundancy for Asteroid Detumbling via Staging," Proceedings of the 42nd IEEE Aerospace Conference, Virtual, 2020, [Source]

O. Jia-Richards, D. C. Sternberg, D. Grebow, S. Mohan, and P, C. Lozano, "Feasibility of a Deep-Space CubeSat Mission with a Stage-Based Electrospray Propulsion System," Proceedings of the 41st IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, 2020 [Source]

K. Albee, A. Cabrales Hernandez, O. Jia-Richards, and A. Teran Espinoza, "Real-time Motion Planning in Unknown Environments for Legged Robotic Planetary Exploration" Proceedings of the 41st IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, 2020 [Source]

O. Jia-Richards and P. C. Lozano, "Laboratory Demonstration of a Staging System for Electrospray Thrusters," Proceedings of the 36th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Vienna, Austria, 2019 [Source]

O. Jia-Richards and P. C. Lozano, "Stage-Based Electrospray Propulsion System for Deep-Space Exploration with CubeSats," Proceedings of the 40th IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, 2019 [Source]