Our Team

MIKE LOUCKS

Owner and Chief Executive Officer
Astrogator & Space Coach

Mike Loucks co-founded Space Exploration Engineering (SEE) in 1995 after working as an operations and trajectory planning expert for Orbital Sciences Corporation. He was the mission operations manager for the OXP-1 and OXP-2 spacecraft, served as the orbit raising manager for the Orbview-II spacecraft, and served as a trajectory consultant for NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center on the WMAP and TRIANA missions. He also served as trajectory lead for the NASA Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission in 2008 and as the cislunar trajectory lead for the NASA Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) in 2013.
An expert on lunar, libration-point and deep-space trajectory design and operations, Loucks has authored numerous papers on cislunar trajectory design, and the application of fuzzy logic in lunar landing and proximity operations. He has a BA from Whitman College in Physics/Astronomy and an MS in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado.

“We are so lucky to be able to do what we love, and to make a living at it. I count myself extra lucky to be able to do work on what I love with people I love. The people we work with, our partners, our customers and our company, are our friends. If I wasn’t working with them, I’d be spending time with them anyway.

That’s why this gets me up in the morning and why it keeps me up late at night. There’s always something new to learn, another way to solve the problem better next time. We’re constantly learning from each other and teaching each other what we’ve learned. It’s a great passion for me to be part of this team of people constantly finding new ways to engineer the exploration of space.”

LISA POLICASTRI

Owner and Chief Operating Officer
Principal Engineer

Lisa brings a unique set of perspectives to our projects at SEE, having worked in a variety of sectors in the aerospace industry—including the Department of Defense (civil servant), a commercial aerospace software company, a startup aerospace consulting and contracting firm, a subcontractor to commercial space companies and government agencies, and in aerospace academia.  In total, Lisa has more than 20 years of experience as an aerospace engineer, performing spacecraft mission planning, design, analysis, operations, and requirements definition. Additionally, Lisa is responsible for the business operations and project management activities at SEE.  She takes her role as Chief Operating Officer very seriously because executing tasks and keeping our clients happy are top priorities at SEE.  Lisa earned her Master of Science in Project Management and Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from University of Maryland. She is also a very proud alumna of The Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

“I love my job!   I get to work on very fun and quite challenging space exploration projects, and I am thankful every day that I get to be a part of figuring out what can be possible.  I find our work at SEE very rewarding because we train and coach our clients, which further enables them to become experts for their organizations and missions.”  

JOHN CARRICO

Owner and Chief Technology Officer
Astrogator & Technical Advisor

Throughout his career John has designed and developed mission planning algorithms and software. He’s also worked as an astrogator: planning missions, designing trajectories, and tracking spacecraft. He has performed flight dynamics mission analysis, operations, and systems integration. John has supported several operational Earth and Lunar spacecraft missions and has designed and written trajectory design algorithms and software used for mission analysis and spacecraft operations ranging from Earth to interplanetary. John also designed and lead the initial development for the NASA GSFC Swingby software program, and the commercial STK/Astrogator software.

John has given courses worldwide about mission planning, trajectory design, maneuver planning, and mission operations. He has worked on several spacecraft missions including the NRL/NASA Clementine (DSPSE) lunar mission, NASA/NOAA GOES; NASA GRO, ISTP, WMAP, IBEX, LCROSS, SSTP CPOD, & LADEE; NSPO ROCSAT; the AsiaSat-3 rescue; USN UFO, FLTSAT, & MUOS; Inspiration Mars; and Google/Skybox/Terra Bella. John also serves as an advisor for new space startups.

“I’ve wanted to work on space missions since I was in elementary school, watching Apollo launches on TV. I am excited to see government and commercial space working together to make real what was only a futuristic vision. I want to help open the space frontier for economic development and human colonization.”

Alisa Hawkins

Owner and Chief Strategy Officer
Principal Engineer

Alisa brings a wealth of experience in astrodynamics, trajectory analysis, mission planning, and operations.  Prior to joining SEE, Alisa was the Systems Engineering Manager at Planet, Flight Dynamics Lead at Google’s Terra Bella, and Maneuver Planning Lead on NASA Ames’ LADEE Mission.   Alisa was key to the success of the SkySat Constellation flight dynamics development and operations, and brought the team to the forefront of collision avoidance practices for a commercial LEO constellation.  Alisa has a strong foundation in project management and enjoys projects where she is the technical interface between mission operations, flight dynamics, and software developers. While working working with clients, she strives to find the perfect balance between innovation, agility, and analysis rigor for each mission.  Alisa also previously worked at The Aerospace Corporation, supporting mission conceptual studies, constellation design, and collision avoidance. She is a proud alumni of Georgia Tech and MIT.

“I’ve been fascinated by space exploration since I was young, and am thrilled to have the opportunity to help others complete successful missions.  My passion lies in developing safe and sustainable uses of space, and working together to build a community that uses this precious resource in a responsible way.”

EMMIE KING

Senior Aerospace Software Engineer

Emmie King has worked on a diverse range of aerospace applications as a software engineer. She has supported the Department of Defense and NASA as a subcontractor. Emmie has been responsible for the standardization, organization, maintenance, and extension of software practices for new and legacy missions. She has experience with developing, integrating, testing, troubleshooting, and optimizing software. Her knowledge has been applied to data collection, satellite and missile ground systems, synthetic image generation, and real-time simulation. Emmie earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland.

“Staying informed of cutting-edge advances between hardware and software allows me to optimize their use for different purposes. I’m always excited to learn the capabilities of newly emerging software languages and programs. It’s a great feeling when you can help a project exceed their requirements on the way to uncovering new information about science and space.”