Chris O’Morain: Director of Research & Development
He has been involved with high end structural engineering from a residential and commercial aspect, as well as been directly involved with developing electrical and mechanical machinery used for military defensive mechanisms.
In the Astro sciences he developed a new research methodology with massive & variable stars, specialising in scientific research in the areas of stellar astronomy & physics, as well as with minor planets. That research led to partnerships within the professional astronomical community, where his research work assisted in the confirmation of a return state of quiescence for GX 339-4 as well as the discovery of 7 new NEOs, and with discovery of a new variable star in Westerlund 1.
During 2012-2013 year, he applied the research methodology he was using with massive stars to minor planets, as with the massive stars, it provided a new probability into spectrophotometric and compositional analysis of minor bodies.
It was during the course of that period that he took a strong interest in astronautical engineering and research technology while working with New Space engineering teams. Drawing upon past experience with mechanical and electrical engineering, he worked with those teams to enhance the research equipment that was being used as well as providing him with enhanced knowledge that would lead to him designing new research telescope arrays and satellite designs.
From 2013 to 2014, he developed a professional relationship with Planetary Resources Inc. and through his work with them acted as an official representative in the United Kingdom, helping to provide information and insight of their organisation to the public and scientific bodies as well as developing professional partnerships with the European Space Agency and other scientific agencies. As part of that partnership with PRI, he coordinated a research project for them in the area of minor planets in collaboration with Edward Gomez of Cardiff University and Education Director of the Las Cumbres Observatory and Chris Lintott of Oxford University and the Zooniverse project.
In 2014, he was brought onto the CAST Astro Sciences research team, where he worked in stellar and minor planets research. He took part in EPO engagements to develop stronger public interest in and support for the astronomical sciences. It was this later that led to him developing the CAST AWAy (CAST Astro Sciences Asteroid Watch & Analysis) citizen science program. He built a global network of citizen scientists involved with asteroid & NEO tracking and monitoring to provide better ephemerides and spectral classification of objects, as well as acting as a quick response network for newly discovered PHAs. In 2015 he was promoted to the Director position of the organisation based upon his merits, and during this time they expanded their presence in the scientific research and public sectors. He has worked to broaden the scientific capability of amateur and professional astronomers, utilizing his past experience to design the world’s first publicly accessible radio telescope spectral-line interferometer array, which will lead to a global network of such arrays to be produced in the future which can enhance the public’s knowledge of radio astronomy, science, and the ability of amateur & professional astronomers to use them for multifaceted research.
His background and experience have enabled DarkStar Aerospace to engage in new methodology and technological development in areas of the aerospace sector.
C. O’Morain, A. Parsons, J. Stevens. (2018) Space Based Solar Power: DarkStar Aerospace’s Revolutionary Approach to a Complex Equation. Cardiff, Wales. DarkStar Aerospace
C. O’Morain, M. Jenkins. (2017) The DarkStar Aerospace Guide to STEM Education. Cardiff, Wales. DarkStar Aerospace
C. O’Morain, A. Johnson. (2017) DSA Approach to Asteroid Mining. Cardiff, Wales. DarkStar Aerospace
O’Morain et al (2015) CAST AWAy: Utilizing Citizen Science with the CAST Astro Sciences Asteroid Watch & Analysis Research Program. Cardiff, Wales. CAST Astro Sciences
C. O’Morain. (2015) The O’Morain Wolf-Rayet Catalogue: Utilizing the O’Morain Research Methodology with Spectrophotometry, Spectroscopy, Polarimetric, and Asteroseismology to Provide Enhanced Detail of Physical Characteristics in Wolf-Rayet Stars. Cardiff, Wales. CAST Astro Sciences
C. O’Morain. (2015) Tune Into The Universe: The First Publicly Accessible Radio Spectral-Line Interferometer Telescope Array. International Astronomical Union: Office of Astronomy for Development
C. O’Morain. (2012) NIR Survey of Westerlund 1: A Long Period Analysis of its Stellar Population. University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Wales.
N. Howes, C. O’Morain, G. Sostero, E. Guido. (2011) MPEC 2011-O56 : 2011 OS15
D. M. Russell , J. Homan, J. K. Fridriksson, F. Lewis, P. Roche , C. O’Morain. (2011) ATel#3383: GX 339-4 is back in a faint state close to quiescence