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"Safety starts with data."

Michael Nicolls

Director & Founder

"Safety starts with data."

Mike is a visionary focused on the development of technologies and solutions for the emerging space industry. He is passionate about promoting space development while ensuring the safe and sustainable future of space activities.

Michael Nicolls is dedicated to developing solutions to enable commercial activities in space in a responsible and sustainable fashion, and co-founded LeoLabs to realize that vision. He has been involved in the space industry for over 15 years.

At LeoLabs, Mike was a pioneer in the development of LeoLabs’ next-generation radar systems, tracking technologies, and data analytics platform. Prior to LeoLabs, Mike worked at SRI International’s Center for Geospace Studies as a Research Scientist and Program Manager leading the development of remote sensing technologies for studies of the Earth’s upper atmosphere and ionosphere. He directed research programs using advanced radars for understanding the space environment, and contributed to innovative scientific missions such as the Radio Aurora Explorer (RAX), one of the first successful scientific cubesats; sounding rockets for space weather research; and satellite technologies for mapping the Earth’s magnetic field using compact linear accelerators.

Mike’s interest in space was forged through the study of the space environment. He has performed research at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, the world’s premier single-dish radio telescope, studied the Aurora Borealis, and participated in research campaigns at observatories around the world. He has co-authored over 100 publications relating to Space Weather and remote sensing. Mike received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He is a father of 3 young children who are enthralled by space.