Prof. Brendan Quine
D. Phil. (oxon.), P. Eng
Engineering and Planetary Physics
256 Petrie Science and Engineering Building
Tel: (416) 736-2100 x 33483 Fax: (416)
Physics and Astronomy
4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Dr. Quine maintains a keen interest in space
instrumentation and have been involved with a number of space instruments
including Argus, SOHO, XMM, CLUSTER, MOPITT, SCISAT-1 and PROBA. During previous
research at the University of Oxford and in association with Astrium (UK)
Ltd., he developed the basis for an algorithm to identify autonomously star
patterns and to determine spacecraft attitude. In contrast to other
approaches, the algorithm performs the complete identification process
extremely quickly and efficiently and does not require a dedicated processor.
The first space instrument (the Astrium AST20) to use the new approach was
launched on the European Space Agency (ESA) technology demonstration
spacecraft PROBA (PRoject for On-Board Autonomy) October 22, 2001.
Other research interests include estimation theory, stochastic and Simplex retrieval
techniques, planet detection,
and the observation of extra-solar planetary atmospheres.
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