Kevin Parkin, an accomplished physicist and visionary engineer, is the driving force behind Parkin Research, a cutting-edge space technology company that is relentlessly pioneering tomorrow's technologies to unlock the boundless potential of space exploration. With a steadfast resolve to revolutionize the space industry using AI-based design tools, Parkin Research is dedicated to dramatically reducing the prohibitive costs of rocket launches and making interstellar travel a tangible reality within a few short decades. Before founding Parkin Research, Kevin Parkin cultivated a dynamic career distinguished by groundbreaking contributions to the fields of propulsion and spacecraft design. He was awarded the Korolev Medal following his invention of the microwave thermal rocket in 2002. At the heart of Kevin's ambitious endeavors lies an unwavering vision—a future where space travel is not only affordable but also a routine part of our lives.
In this talk, Parkin delves into the use of inference engines in the development and optimization of advanced propulsion systems, including thermal rockets. He will further elucidate how these technologies contribute to the design and implementation of lightsails, potentially revolutionizing space travel. The talk presents an opportunity to understand the role of advanced computing and engineering in the evolution of space exploration and transportation.