The Team


Team Leaders

Southwest Research Institute Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
  • Institution of the principal investigator, Alan Stern
  • Science team and science instrument payload management
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
  • Mission management and development
  • Spacecraft integration and operations

Major Partners

Ball Aerospace Ball Aerospace - Ralph instrument
The Boeing Company Boeing - STAR48B upper stage rocket engine
U.S. Department of Energy Department of Energy (DoE) - Power supply
KinetX, Inc. KinetX, Inc. - Navigation team
Lockheed Martin Lockheed-Martin - Atlas V launch vehicle
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - LEISA infrared focal plane (Ralph instrument)
NASA Kennedy Space Flight Center NASA Kennedy Space Flight Center - NASA Launch Services Program
Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) - Technical analysis, Co-I support and the Deep Space Network
Stanford University Stanford University - REX radio science investigation
University of Colorado University of Colorado - Student Dust Counter instrument and Co-I support
Subaru Telescope - Kuiper Belt Object search support

Science Team

Principal Investigator: Alan Stern, Southwest Research Institute

Project Scientist: Hal Weaver, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Deputy Project Scientists: Kimberly Ennico, NASA Ames Research Center; Cathy Olkin, Southwest Research Institute; Leslie Young, Southwest Research Institute

Co-Investigators

Fran Bagenal, University of Colorado

Rick Binzel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Marc Buie, Southwest Research Institute

Bonnie Buratti, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Andy Cheng, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Dale Cruikshank, NASA Ames Research Center

Heather Elliott, Southwest Research Institute

Kimberly Ennico, NASA Ames Research Center

Randy Gladstone, Southwest Research Institute

Will Grundy, Lowell Observatory

Matt Hill, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Dave Hinson, SETI Institute

Mihaly Horanyi, University of Colorado

Don Jennings, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Ivan Linscott, Stanford University

Jeff Moore, NASA Ames Research Center

Dave McComas, Southwest Research Institute

William McKinnon, Washington University in St. Louis

Ralph McNutt, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Cathy Olkin, Southwest Research Institute

Joel Parker, Southwest Research Institute

Harold Reitsema, consultant

Dennis Reuter, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Paul Schenk, Lunar and Planetary Institute

John Spencer, Southwest Research Institute

Darrell Strobel, Johns Hopkins University

Mark Showalter, SETI Institute

Mike Summers, George Mason University

Len Tyler, Stanford University

Hal Weaver, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Leslie Young, Southwest Research Institute

Team Leads

Pluto Encounter Planning (PEP): Leslie Young (deputies: Cathy Olkin, John Spencer)

Geology and Geophysics Investigation (GGI) Theme Team: Jeff Moore (deputies: John Spencer, William McKinnon)

Composition (COMP) Theme Team: Will Grundy

Atmospheres (ATM) Theme Team: Randy Gladstone

Particles and Plasma (P&P) Theme Team: Fran Bagenal

Office of the Principal Investigator (OPI): Cathy Olkin