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2009: NASA Lunar Planetary Science Academy

In the summer of 2009,   Cynthia Cheung  approached me with a team lead opportunity for the LPSA at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The members of my team were Aaron Silver, Cletis Nicklow and Grant Moore. Each team within the academy had its own project. Our project involved designing and implementing a laser system that could be used for both ranging and communication. We designed a system capable of meeting all the requirements, and implemented various portions of it on an FPGA platform. Aside from our primary project, there were many other exciting activities within the academy. We gave weekly reports and had many interesting guest speakers. We even spent a week at a meteor impact sight in Canada, collecting data and enjoying the scenery.