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Benjamin K. Malphrus

Benjamin K. Malphrus

Professor
Morehead State University
USA

Biography

Benjamin K. Malphrus is Professor of Space Science at Morehead State University where he also directs the Space Science Center. He has served on the scientific staff of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, the University of South Carolina and West Virginia University. He served as Principle Investigator (PI) on nanosatellite missions including KySat-2, the Cosmic X-Ray Background Nanosatellite (CXBN), and CXBN-2, and has had various roles on other smallsat missions. He is currently PI on the Lunar IceCube Mission- a $15 M NASA project designed to investigate the transport physics of water ice on the Moon. He has published papers on topics ranging from extragalactic astrophysics to instrumentation in radio astronomy, to nanosatellite systems development and was awarded over $18 million R&D grant funding. In the late 1990s, he developed a theory of galaxy formation that has gained wide acceptance among the astronomical community.

Research Interest

Space Science, astrophysics, Nanosatellite systems