Though already mentioned, I want to specifically thank my officemates and friends Michelle McVey, Nirav Shah, Satwik Seshasai, Myles Walton, and Annalisa Weigel. I especially enjoyed spending a year working and playing with Jason Derleth the only real philosopher in Course 16 and with Chris Roberts who always liked to start the deepest conversations no earlier than 2 a.m. I would particularly like to thank Adam Ross who co-authored a significant amount of this research and will be providing a much more valuable thesis on this same subject in the coming months. His enthusiasm for space helped drive this project, and I deeply hope that I have an opportunity to work with him again in the future to help actualize many of his dreams about the space frontier (this will of course be after he completes his PhD).
Dr. Joyce Warmkessel not only acted as a great advisor throughout my research but she really made it all possible by first suggesting that I work with SSPARC over the summer of 2001. Her years of experience with space system engineering provided some of the greatest insights available, yet they bear in comparison to her ability to provide mentorship and kind words to the many students that she helps. May more come to understand her contributions and may we stay in touch in the future.