Butler Hine, Project Manager. Image credit: NASA
Dr. Butler Hine is currently the Project Manager for the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission, a Lunar science orbiter planned to fly in 2013. Prior to LADEE, Hine managed the Small Spacecraft Division at NASA Ames Research Center, which developed ways to build low-cost, high-performance spacecraft to enable future NASA missions. Prior to his current assignment, he managed various NASA programs, such as the Robotic Lunar Exploration Program, the Computing, Information, and Communications Technology Program, and the Intelligent Systems Program. Hine was President and CEO of a Silicon Valley software company which developed advanced visualization tools for managing large corporate networks. Previous to this industry experience, his NASA career includes directing the Intelligent Mechanisms Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center, which pioneered the use of telepresence and virtual reality to control remote science exploration systems.
Hine received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Mathematics, summa cum laude, from the University of Alabama in 1981, and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Astronomy from the University of Texas in Austin in 1985 and 1988, respectively.
His background includes work in spacecraft design, flight software and avionics, information systems, radio and optical astronomy, the design of optical instrumentation, machine vision and robotics, and 3D visualization. His research interests include low-cost spacecraft designs, real-time high-performance computing architectures, space telerobotics, instrumentation for space astronomy, image processing, machine vision, and 3D visualization.
He has published over 60 journal and conference papers in the areas of spacecraft design, astronomy, optical instrumentation, machine vision, robotic planetary exploration, and 3D visualization.
He is a commercial multi-engine pilot. Besides flying, his hobbies include scuba diving and martial arts.