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CHRISTOPHER NAUGHTON, Stanford masters student in Aerospace Engineering

Major: Aerospace Engineering

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm a first year Graduate student at Stanford in the Aerospace Engineering department. As a space nerd who grew up watching Star Trek and Star Wars, I've always known that I wanted to work on developing technologies that further humanity's reach into space! MIT Splash was my favorite weekend in high school, so I'm excited to finally be on the teaching side of this great program! In my spare time I enjoy hiking, reading, and trying to convince other people to support my hare-brained schemes.

Past Classes

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E6707: Warp Speed Ahead: The Physics of Spacecraft Propulsion in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
From the Enterprise’s Warp Drive to the Millennium Falcon’s Hyperspace Drive, faster than light travel is an integral part of every science fiction story. Although humanity can’t travel faster than the speed of light yet, we’ve come far in our understanding of spacecraft propulsion. This course describes the different techniques that have been used to propel spacecraft, from explosive rocket engines to plasma-powered hall thrusters. We will then discuss future methods of space transportation and explore the challenges associated with traveling faster than the speed of light.