Hi, my name is JP Burke and I'm a software (and quasi-GNC) engineer working at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. I am currently writing flight dynamics ground systems software for the Restore-L mission. Restore-L is a NASA mission that will be the first to service (refuel and relocate) a satellite, with Earth observing satellite Landsat 7 as the target. Previously I wrote mission support software for the Terra, Aqua, and Aura Earth observing satellites. These spacecraft travel in sun-synchronous orbit and gather critical data that allow scientists from all around the world to study our changing Earth.
When I started this podcast I was working as a software engineer for an education company in Manhattan and I still can't believe I'm working for NASA.
The goal of this podcast is to take a look at each and every one of the crewed NASA spaceflights, all the way from Freedom 7 to STS-135. I hope to educate others and share my passion for spaceflight, while learning more about the fascinating missions that are often left out of the popular histories.
My other interests include photography, Formula 1, virtual reality, modular origami, Rubik's Cubes, and piano.
Please feel free to contact me (contact info is on the main page) to provide any compliments, criticism, or just to say hi.
The opinions I express on this website, The Space Above Us podcast, social media, or anywhere else are my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of my employer or NASA.