Scott Dorrington

Postdoctoral Associate
  • Space Enabled

Scott Dorrington is a postdoctoral researcher with interests in astrodynamics, space mission design, space resource utilization, and space sustainability. He received a doctorate in astrodynamics from the University of New South Wales, focusing on the technical and economic feasibility of asteroid mining missions. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Space Enabled group at the MIT Media Lab, working on the development and implementation of the Space Sustainability Rating. His current focus is in developing metrics to quantify how detectable, identifiable, and trackable space objects are from ground-based sensors. This work involves considering different ways to estimate the density of the space object population and distances between pairs of satellites in various parameter spaces. He is also investigating methods to quantify and mitigate the impacts of large satellite constellations on ground-based astronomical observations.