Curtis Purrington
Currently a PhD Candidate in the Center for Space Resources, at the Colorado Sc…
Littleton, Colorado, United States
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What Inspires Curtis Purrington

Shipyards in Space! Space Resources have the promise to open up the solar system, like never before!


Currently a PhD Candidate in the Center for Space Resources, at the Colorado School of Mines. Completed two research projects at the Colorado School of Mines, NIAC Phase II Optical Mining Test Bed, and NIAC Phase I, Thermal Mining of Cold Solar System Bodies. Both projects, acted as lead graduate research student for experimental builds and tests. In a previous life, spent 8 years working as a Military Flight Test Engineer on various, military, counter narcotics and surveillance aircraft for Lockheed Martin and Modern Technologies Solutions Inc. Hardware experience includes 8 years experience as an F-16 Crew Chief in the USAF. Education includes a 'B.S. in Aerospace Engineering' from the University of Arizona, 2010. A 'M.S. in Mechanical Engineering' from Colorado School of Mines in Spring 2020. Follow on studies include a 'PhD in Space Resources' from Colorado School of Mines.

I'm currently building ELVIS, m-ELVIS big brother! ELVIS/m-ELVIS sniff out volatiles and identify individual volatiles. Combining ELVIS samples with navigational data, "Volatile Maps" are produced and can be utilized for In-Situ Resource Utilization! The research accomplished in ELVIS is a chapter in my PhD Dissertation and I'm working hard to get ELVIS/m-ELVIS as part of the Prism / Artemis program.


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work history

May 5, 2018 - current
PhD Student/Research Assistant - Space Resources
Colorado School of Mines
Jan. 1, 2010 - May 5, 2018
Flight Test Engineer
Lockheed Martin/MTSI
Jan. 1, 2002 - Jan. 1, 2010
SSgt F-16 Crew Chief

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