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Michael Paul

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Space Exploration Engineer
Michael Paul is a Space Exploration Engineer with over 20 years of experience developing and flying spacecraft. During his first tour at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Paul contributed to NASA’s Contour and Stereo missions, and was instrumental in the successful launch and early operations of NASA’s MESSENGER mission to Mercury, including the spacecraft’s first flyby of the innermost planet in 2008. In 2009, Paul joined Penn State’s Applied Research Laboratory where he founded and led a Google Lunar XPRIZE team, bringing a team of undergraduate students from inception in 2010 to successful vertical flight testing of its first lander prototype in October 2016. During his time at Penn State, Paul became a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program (NIAC) Fellow for his visionary work on applying unique underwater power systems to the challenge of providing energy for planetary landers that can’t see the Sun. Paul is also a co-creator of a second NIAC concept, the Titan Submarine. Paul has recently returned to Johns Hopkins APL where is now the Space Mission Formulation Lead.

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Sunday, September 3

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