Mike Loucks

Mike Loucks

Institute Astrodynamicist

Asteroid Institute


Michel Loucks co-founded Space Exploration Engineering (SEE) in 1995 after working as an operations and trajectory planning expert for Orbital Sciences Corporation. He was the mission operations manager for the OXP-1 and OXP-2 spacecraft, served as the orbit raising manager for the Orbview-II spacecraft, and served as a trajectory consultant for NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center on the WMAP and TRIANA missions. He also served as trajectory lead for the NASA Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission in 2008 and as the cislunar trajectory lead for the NASA Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) in 2013.

Loucks is an expert on lunar, libration-point, and deep-space trajectory design and operations. He has authored numerous papers on cislunar trajectory design and the application of fuzzy logic in lunar landing and proximity operations.

He has a BA from Whitman College in Physics/Astronomy and an MS in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado.