The main goal of the DFN is to recover meteorites with orbits.

Ellie Sansom calculates the mass of meteoroids that come through the atmosphere, an essential step to predicting where they fall on the ground. It also provides a mine of information on the mass flux of incoming material on Earth.

Martin Towner maintains the dark flight simulation code that produces fall-lines for meteorite searching. That includes a datailed weather model produced for each case by Martin Cupak in order to incorporate atmospheric wind drag.

Hadrien Devillepoix looks at tying the meteoroid and asteroid populations. The Near-Earth Objects - meteoroids continuum.

Trent Jansen-Sturgeon specialises in developing new mathematical methods, whether it is for triangulating a meteroid in the atmosphere, a satellite in Earth orbit, or an interplanetary space probe.

Patrick Shober’s area of experise is precise back propagation of meteoroids trajectories to link them with their origin. This numerical simulation involves also non gravitational forces.


Hadrien Devillepoix
Science Lead,
Ellie Sansom
Project Manager,
Trent Jansen-Sturgeon
Trent Jansen-Sturgeon
currently of: Lockheed Martin Australia
Martin Towner
DFN Operations Manager
Martin Cupák
GFO Operations,
Software Engineer