Ty Lee Systems Engineer Space Systems/Loral, LLC

Ty Lee
Ty Lee is a systems architecture engineer at Maxar Space Solutions, starting in 2014 as a propulsion R&D engineer, and now currently working as the systems engineering lead for Maxar’s Power and Propulsion Element. Ty received a BS from the University of California at San Diego’s aerospace engineering program in 2012, and received his MS from the University of California at Irvine’s mechanical and aerospace engineering department in 2014.

Ty was the technical lead on Maxar’s Power and Propulsion Element proposal efforts, and led the Maxar team during an initial study to define a concept for the Power and Propulsion Element based on a very high power solar electric propulsion spacecraft. He has extensive experience in electric propulsion engineering at Maxar as project manager and technical lead on multiple recent solar electric propulsion projects. This includes development of the EP-1350 subsystem based around the Safran PPS 1350 Hall-effect thruster, including development of a modified power processor with multimode capability, thruster pointing arm, and flight procurement of PPS 1350-S thrusters. Ty led the development of SSL’s Hall-effect thruster pointing arm mechanism for Maxar’s first all-electric spacecraft, which launched in 2019. Additionally, he has been involved in development and testing of the EP-140 system for high power electric propulsion systems based on a 4.5kW thruster, as well as a development program for a 5kW class magnetically shielded Hall-effect thruster.