Rob D. Cardinal, B.Sc.
Senior Systems Designer
Mr. Cardinal holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Victoria, Canada. As a member of the science team for NEOSSat, a Canadian planetary science microsatellite launched in 2013 for the Canadian Space Agency, he currently oversees the development of massively parallel software and high performance computer systems to search for asteroids in the data images returned from the satellite.
developed unique automated moving object detection software for the Near Earth Space Surveillance (NESS) project with which he
has discovered two comets which bear his
name, and one near-Earth Asteroid.
Mr. Cardinal is an expert in photometry, astrometry, image analysis and reconstruction, and software development for massively parallel GPU computer systems.
is listed as an author on over 30 publications in astronomical literature.
previously worked on projects ranging from variable star research at the University of Victoria
, atmospheric water vapor content over Mauna Kea, HI, for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT), optical sensitivity analysis for Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), telescope retrofit and refurbishment at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (RAO), and near Earth space surveillance.