Faculty & Research

Karthik Balakrishnan

Karthik Balakrishnan

Affiliation: Space Gravity Research Group
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Stanford University
Location: Physics and Astrophysics Building, Room 223
Address: 452 Lomita Mall Room 223
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-4085

Research Statement

I am interested in small satellites and the application of drag-free technology for future satellites missions. I am working with Prof. Dan DeBra, Prof. Bob Byer and the Space Gravity Research Group (Spacegrav) on the Ultraviolet LED (UV LED) charge control system which is part of the Modular Gravitational Reference Sensor. We are working with NASA Ames Research Center and KACST on a satellite mission to pioneer the first UV LED charge control system in space.

You can find some of my papers and projects listed below.

About me

I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, where I received my M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2011. Prior to Stanford, I studied Aerospace Engineering at The University of California at San Diego, where I received my B.S. in 2009.

I am currently funded by the ASEE NDSEG fellowship, with my award sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

At UCSD, I helped build UAVs as part of the AUVSI team and served as PM; we placed second in 2009. I also spent two summers in the Guidance Analysis Department at The Aerospace Corporation, a summer in the Robotics Academy at NASA Ames, and three summers at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Selected Publications

LAGRANGE: LAser GRavitational-wave ANtenna at GEo-lunar Lagrange points J.W. Conklin et al arXiv:1111.5264v2
UV LED charge control of an electrically isolated proof mass in a Gravitational Reference Sensor configuration at 255 nm Karthik Balakrishnan et al arXiv:1202.0585v1
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