CAMBRIDGE, MA-- Tye Brady, who leads Draper Laboratory’s space systems engineering group, was honored as an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) on January 13.
Designation as an Associate Fellow represents “outstanding achievement and leadership in the international aerospace community,” said AIAA President Mike Griffin, a former NASA administrator, in an AIAA news release. “Their creativity, ingenuity and relentless pursuit of excellence have ignited the spark of progress within our community, and each helps make our world better for all humanity.”
Brady, who joined Draper in 2000, has more than 24 years of experience with space system instrumentation, design, and integration. He leads development of a next generation planetary landing system capable of safe and highly precise global landing. His research interests include advanced landing systems, guidance, navigation and control (GN&C) instrumentation, systems engineering process, autonomous systems, and star camera design.
Brady leads a variety of space related projects including GENIE (Guidance Embedded Navigator Integration Environment), which can enable NASA to test landing instruments for future missions to the Moon or Mars under realistic conditions without leaving Earth. GENIE testing at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California in March 2013 represented the first terrestrial demonstration of an autonomously guided rocket flying a realistic planetary landing trajectory
He also led the development of the Inertial Stellar Compass, a novel, fully successful, on-orbit attitude sensor that marked the first successful operation of a MEMS gyro and Active Pixel Sensor star camera in space. The compass was launched into space in 2006 and demonstrated the ability to enable even the tiniest of satellites to accomplish their navigation and pointing requirements without sacrificing significant portions of their power and mass budgets to navigation sensors.
Brady serves on NASA’s Engineering and Safety Center panel reviewing the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which the space agency plans to send to an asteroid in 2016 to take samples that could better explain the solar system's formation and the origins of life. He previously served on the National Academies technology steering committee for entry, descent, and landing.
Past honors include NASA’s Exceptional Public Service Medal for outstanding technical leadership, which is given to nongovernment employees for exceptional contributions to NASA’s mission.
As a member of the AIAA New England Chapter in Region I, Brady has served as AIAA/IEEE track chair for Spacecraft and Launch Vehicle Systems Technologies and as AIAA/IEEE session chair for Commercial Spacecraft and Robotics. Brady, who holds a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronauts engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been an author on 15 papers and presentations given at AIAA conferences since 2002.