Dillon O’Reilly began attending the International Space University in 2017 at the space studies program in Cork, Ireland. Since then he has returned as a teaching associate and participant liaison in 2019.
During ISU Dillon met with Dr. Simon Pete Worden upon which they discussed various topics especially propulsion technology for faster travel into the solar system and beyond.
Having identified a topic of interest, he is now pursuing a doctoral degree in electric propulsion for small satellites at the Institute of Technology in Carlow, Ireland. The research is funded by the Irish Research Council.
He also currently works as a junior associate for the Breakthrough Initiatives helping out on various projects spanning across the search for life in the universe to solar system exploration missions.
Dillon’s doctoral work focuses on enabling technology for interplanetary small satellites with particular interests in
magnetoplasmadynamic thrusters, pulsed plasma thrusters and MEMS based systems. He is currently developing test procedures and experimental stands for the measurement of micro-newton forces.
To the class of SSP21 Dillon says “I look forward to meeting each and everyone of you and can’t wait to have great discussions and conversations on the exploration and advancement of humans into space, ad astra, Dillon”.