My goal is to expand humanity into space. This goal has been a driving force behind many of my endeavors, and is one of the reasons I founded DevelopSpace. I believe that we can help catalyze the technical developments necessary to make the outwards expansion of our species happen. I am currently an engineer at SpaceX in Los Angeles, California, where I primarily work on the Dragon spacecraft to send cargo and humans into space. Prior to that I was a Research Scientist in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, where I was involved in a number of things including developing system architectures for human Moon and Mars exploration in support of NASA's Vision for Space Exploration and managing the Mars Gravity Biosatellite, a mission to study the effects of Mars-level gravity on mammals (which involved sending a group of mice into space). During my time at MIT, I also managed to pick-up Bachelors and Masters degrees in Aerospace Engineering.
Papers / Reports
- Hofstetter WK, Wooster PD, Crawley EF (2009) Analysis of Human Lunar Outpost Strategies and Architectures, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 2009, 0022-4650 vol.46 no.2 (419-429).
- Kolk A, Hofstetter WK, Wooster PD (2008) Open Innovation for Space Systems Using the Developspace Platform for Designing a Near-Term Human Mars Mission, International Astronautical Congress, Glasgow, Scotland, October 2008.
- Hofstetter WK, Wooster PD, de Weck OL, Crawley EF (2007) The System Overlap Matrix – A Method and Tool for the Systematic Identification of Commonality Opportunities in Complex Technical Systems, 9th International Design Structure Matrix Conference, DSM’07 16–18 October 2007, Munich, Germany.
- Wooster PD, Simmons WL, Hofstetter WK (2007) Opening Space for Humanity - Applying Open Source Concepts to Human Space Activities, AIAA-2007-6208, AIAA Space 2007, September 18-September 20, 2007.
- Hofstetter WK, Wooster PD, Crawley EF (2007) Analysis of Human Lunar Outpost Strategies and Architectures, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 2009, 0022-4650 vol.46 no.2 (419-429).
- Hofstetter WK, Sutherland TA, Wooster PD, Crawley EF (2007) The Intermediate Outpost - An Alternate Concept for Human Lunar Exploration, AIAA-2007-6274, AIAA Space 2007, September 18-September 20, 2007.
- Wooster PD, Braun RD, Ahn J, Putnam ZR (2007) Trajectory Options for Human Mars Missions MARS Journal, August 16, 2007, Mars 3, 12-28, 2007; doi:10.1555/mars.2007.0002 (Local copy of zip file including manuscript and supporting files) (Local copy manuscript of manuscript in PDF)
- Wooster P, Boswell D, Stakem P, Cowan-Sharp J (2007) Open Source Software for Small Satellites, USU/AIAA 21st Annual Conference on Small Satellites, August 13-16, 2007.
- Hofstetter WK, Wooster PD, Crawley EF (2007), Robotic Lunar Landers in the Context of the Vision For Space Exploration – Use Cases And Commonality Options, 11th International Space Conference of Pacific Basin Societies (ISCOPS), Beijing, May 16-18, 2007.
- Wooster PD (2007) Strategies for Affordable Human Moon and Mars Exploration, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Masters Thesis, February 2007
- Hofstetter WK, Wooster PD, Sutherland TA, Crawley EF Architecture and Design Options for NASA’s Lunar Surface Access Module (LSAM), IAC-06-D.2.7 / A.3.7.06, International Astronautical Congress, October, 2006
- Wooster PD, Braun RD, Ahn J, Putnam ZR (2006) Trajectory Options for Human Mars Missions, AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2006, August 21-24, 2006.
- Hofstetter WK, Wooster PD, Crawley EF (2006) Extending NASA’s Exploration Systems Architecture towards Long-term Crewed Moon and Mars Operations, AIAA SpaceOps 2006, June 19-23, 2006.
- Wooster PD, Hofstetter WK, Crawley EF (2005) The Mars-back Approach to Moon-Mars Exploration System Commonality, 1st Georgia Tech Space Systems Engineering Conference, November 8-10, 2005.
- Wooster PD, Hofstetter WK, Nadir WD, Crawley EF (2005) The Mars-Back Approach: Affordable And Sustainable Exploration Of The Moon, Mars, And Beyond Using Common Systems, International Astronautical Congress, October 17-21, 2005.
- Buonova GA, Ahn J, Hofstetter WK, Wooster PD, Hassan R, de Weck OL (2005) Selection and Technology Evaluation of Moon / Mars Transportation Architectures, AIAA-2005-6790, AIAA Space 2005, August 30-September 1, 2005.
- Hofstetter WK, Wooster PD, Nadir WD, Crawley EF (2005) Affordable Human Moon and Mars Exploration through Hardware Commonality, AIAA-2005-6757, AIAA Space 2005, August 30-September 1, 2005.
- Wooster PD, Hofstetter WK, Crawley EF (2005) Crew Exploration Vehicle Destination for Human Lunar Exploration: the Lunar Surface, AIAA-2005-6626, AIAA Space 2005, August 30-September 1, 2005.
- Wagner EB, Wooster PD, Keesee JE, Kubert H, Schaffer A (2004) Mars Gravity Biosatellite: International Student Training and Public Outreach. Presented at the SAE International Conference on Environmental Systems, Colorado Springs, CO. July 19-22, 2004. Published in proceedings. Republished in SAE 2004 Transactions Journal of Aerospace. 937-942.
- Brown EL, Carr CE, Wooster PD (2003) The Mars Gravity Biosatellite: A New Platform for Partial Gravity Research. Presented at the International Society for Gravitational Physiology, Santa Monica, 4-9 May 2003. Proceedings published in Journal of Gravitational Physiology.
- Brown EL, Wooster PD, Coffee TM, Holzinger MJ, Hoogland JD (2003) The Mars Gravity Biosatellite: A University-Led Space Program for Partial Gravity Research. Presented at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Midatlantic Region Student Conference, College Park, MD, 11-12 April 2003.