Principal, Instrument Scientist
Matthew Beasley is an optical engineer with experience in designing astronomical optical systems with a specialty in space flight instruments. Matt serves as the lead optical engineer for the Arkyd series spacecraft. While at the University of Colorado at Boulder, he was the Principal Investigator for an ultraviolet astrophysics sounding rocket program where he designed and built several space flight instruments. Matt has also headed up several projects to improve ultraviolet optical coatings and develop transmission filters in the far-ultraviolet. He has been directly involved in the launch of 6 sounding rocket payloads, each one an ultraviolet astronomical instrument. In addition to sub-orbital experience he has worked as an instrument team member on the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (currently installed on the Hubble Space Telescope). Matt also worked on several concept designs for NASA’s Origins program ranging from 0.9 meter UV systems up to 4 meter optical telescopes. Matt graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Ph.D. in Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences in 2003.