Lt Col Travis Blake joined DARPA in September of 2009. His focus is advanced ground based space domain awareness sensors and data processing, as well as continued U.S. space superiority and mission assurance through the discovery, advancement, and deployment of advanced space technologies. Other areas of technical interest and expertise include spectral imaging, optics, image processing, and astronomy.
Prior to joining DARPA, Lt Col Blake honed his knowledge of space situational awareness solutions during his 14 years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force. He served as Chief Engineer and Deputy Chief of the Technology Division for the Secretary of the Air Force’s Office of Research. There, he directed a multimillion-dollar emerging technology budget and developed next-generation space technology demonstrations.
Lt Col Blake also served as the Senior Spacecraft Engineer and Deputy Branch Chief of the Spacecraft Systems Branch at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. In this position he authored several national intelligence documents and presentations given to national leadership as well as to the international intelligence community.
Lt Col Blake has also worked space launch and command and control.
Lt Col Blake graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (Honors) from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he was an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Distinguished Graduate. He earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
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