Skip to content

Toggle service links

You are here

  1. Home
  2. Dr Ross Burgon

Dr Ross Burgon

Profile summary

  • Academic Related Staff
  • Space Project Development Manager
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Physical Sciences
  • ross.burgon

Professional biography

Ross joined the Open University in 2009 in the Centre for Electronic Imaging (www.open.ac.uk/cei) working on for the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium and also spend four years as an Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) funded Innovations and Partnerships Scheme (IPS) Knowledge Exchange Fellow before his current role at Space Project Development Manager started in 2016.

Ross' role involves supporting the spaceflight instrumentation research activities at the Open University through business and bid development and project management as well as the operational management of the Centre for Electronic Imaging and the University's strategic investment in Space research (www.open.ac.uk/space).

Specifically, Ross' work includes:

  • Project management of the CEI's SMILE activities
  • Project management of the CEI's WFIRST activities
  • New business and project management of the CEI's grant and contracts relating to imaging sensor science research and technology development
  • Operational management of the CEI
  • Operational management of strategic Space research

Research interests

As well as supporting the research of the Centre for Electronic Imaging through the project management of technology development programmes Ross is also involved in the development of Cubesat instrumentation working on both the Compact CMOS Camera Demonstrator (C3D) on UKube-1 and it's successor (C3D2) on AlSat-Nano.

Ross is also a founding member of the UK CubeSat Forum - http://www.cubesatforum.org.uk/

External collaborations

Ross works with a number of companies and organiations across a number of different sectors inluding:

Teledyne-e2v
XCAM Ltd
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Orbitonics Ltd
UK Space Agency (UKSA)
European Space Agency (ESA)
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Clyde Space Ltd
Surrey Space Centre (SSC)
Satellite Applications Catapult
ONERA
South East Physics Network (SEPNet)
National Space Academy
Space Universities Network (SUN)

 

Research Activity

Externally funded projects

Development and delivery of an instrument which, on request, produces images to emulate the Close-Up Imager (CLUPI) on the ExoMars Rover.

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Other-collaborator01/Apr/201731/Aug/2017UKSA UK Space Agency
CLUPI (Close UP Imager) is an instrument being developed for ESA’s ExoMars rover mission that will provide close-up images of the martian surface. With this grant the CEI is developing a hardware and software emulator for the CLUPI instrument than can be used in rover field trials to train rover operators in CLUPI operation prior to the flight instrument being developed.

SMILE Q1 2017

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Other-collaborator01/Jan/201731/Mar/2017UKSA UK Space Agency
Continuation of SMILE funding - Jan to Mar 2017

NSTP3-R1/e2v Characterisation of TDI CMOS

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Other-collaborator01/Jan/201731/Dec/2017UKSA UK Space Agency
The CEI have been invited by e2v to collaborate on a bid into the UKSA NSTP3-R1 call, with e2v as the lead organisation. The CEI element of this bid is to perform electro-optic characterisation of a new Time Delay Integration (TDI) CMOS image sensor developed by e2v before and after gamma irradiation of the sensor.

WFIRST Phase III - Serial Modelling

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator14/Nov/201616/Dec/2016JPL California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The project is a continuation of a 3-yr research programme with JPL examining the feasibility of EM-CCD technology within the Chronograph Instrument (CGI) for NASA’s WFIRST space observatory. Specifically the project is examining the effects on charge transfer within the EM-CCDs with different channel widths within the serial register pixels.

ESA p-channel contract change notification

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator05/Sep/201601/Sep/2017ESA (European Space Agency)
The CEI have been working under contract to ESA (CLS-404-14) on an investigation in the performance characterisation and radiation testing of p-channel CCDs. This work is now nearing completion and ESA have indicated that they would like to fund an additional study under a contract change notification (CCN). This additional study will focus on the evolution of defects within a back illuminated p-channel and n-channel CCD204 after the devices have been irradiated, side-by-side, and for a period of time after, whilst cold annealing takes place.

SMILE 2016

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Other-collaborator01/Apr/201630/Sep/2016UKSA UK Space Agency
Bridging funds for SMILE

Athena 2016-2018

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Other-collaborator01/Apr/201631/Mar/2018UKSA UK Space Agency
Athena 2018-2024

OGRE Rocket STFC CASE PhD Studentship

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Other-collaborator01/Oct/201531/Mar/2019XCAM Ltd
This project is an Industrial CASE PhD studentship managed by the OU and funded by STFC and XCAM Ltd. The STFC funded element of the studentship comes from DPSs STFC quota, this AMS project only relates to the CASE top-up funding from XCAM Ltd. The University of Iowa, with support from the Open University, are developing an X-ray detection instrument (OGRE) to fly on-board a NASA sounding rocket in ~2018. XCAM Ltd have been contracted by The University of Iowa to design, develop and supply a prototype and flight camera system for this rocket based mission, on specification provided by the University of Iowa and the Open University. This is the OGRE Programme. This studentship will support the OGRE Programme through the optimisation of the prototype OGRE camera system, supporting the commissioning of the system and analysing the performance of the system during the flight.

Athena (2015-2016)

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Other-collaborator01/Sep/201531/Mar/2016UKSA UK Space Agency
Athena is the mission concept for ESAs L2 slot, due for launch in 2028 and will be a world-class X-ray observatory. The telescope and spacecraft will be provided by ESA, and the instruments by nationally-funded collaborations. The OU is proposing involvement in the MPE-lead Wide Field Imager (WFI), with leadership of the work-package responsible for creation of the low-background instrument radiation shield.

Rosetta in the UK

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/May/201430/Apr/2015STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council)
Rosetta in the UK is an national education and public outreach programme funded by STFC to inform, educate and celebrate the UK’s involvement and leadership in ESA’s Rosetta mission. The Project is co-ordinated at the Open University and includes all UK-based Rosetta stakeholders including academia, industry and public engagement organisations as well as in collaboration with the National Space Academy.

Publications

Development of in-situ trap characterisation techniques for EMCCDs (2018-02-19)
Bush, N.; Hall, D.; Holland, A.; Burgon, R.; Jordan, D.; Morrisey, P.; Demers, R.; Harding, L. K.; Nemati, B.; Effinger, R. and Bottom, M.
Journal of Instrumentation, 13, Article C02025(2)
The SMILE Soft X-ray Imager (SXI) CCD design and development (2018-01-19)
Soman, M.R.; Hall, D.J.; Holland, A.D.; Burgon, R.; Buggey, T.; Skottfelt, J.; Sembay, S.; Drumm, P.; Thornhill, J.; Read, A.; Sykes, J.; Walton, D.; Branduardi-Raymont, G.; Kennedy, T.; Raab, W.; Verhoeve, P.; Agnolon, D. and Woffinden, C.
Journal of Instrumentation, 13, Article C01022(1)
Gaia Data Release 1. Summary of the astrometric, photometric, and survey properties (2016-11)
Gaia Collaboration, ; Brown, A. G. A.; Holland, A. D. and Burgon, R.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 595, Article A2
The Gaia mission (2016)
Gaia Collaboration, ; Holland, Andrew and Burgon, Ross
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 595, Article A1 ((early access))
Technology advancement of the CCD201-20 EMCCD for the WFIRST coronagraph instrument: sensor characterization and radiation damage (2015-12-14)
Harding, Leon K.; Demers, Richard T.; Hoenk, Michael; Peddada, Pavani; Nemati, Bijan; Cherng, Michael; Michaels, Darren; Neat, Leo S.; Loc, Anthony; Bush, Nathan; Hall, David; Murray, Neil; Gow, Jason; Burgon, Ross; Holland, Andrew; Reinheimer, Alice; Jorden, Paul R. and Jordan, Douglas
Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 2(1) (p 11007)
Validation of NIEL for >1MeV electrons in silicon using the CCD47-20 (2016-08-05)
Dryer, B.; Smith, P.; Nuns, T.; Murray, N.; Stefanov, K. D.; Gow, J. P. D.; Burgon, R.; Hall, D. J. and Holland, A. D.
In : High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VII (26 Jun - 1 Jul 2016, Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
Cryogenic irradiation of an EMCCD for the WFIRST coronagraph: preliminary performance analysis (2016)
Bush, Nathan; Hall, David; Holland, Andrew; Burgon, Ross; Murray, Neil; Gow, Jason; Jordan, Douglas; Demers, Richard; Harding, Leon K.; Nemati, Bijan; Hoenk, Michael; Michaels, Darren and Peddada, Pavani
In : High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VII (26 Jun - 1 Jul 2016, Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
Electron multiplication CCD detector technology advancement for the WFIRST-AFTA coronagraph (2015-10-30)
Harding, Leon K.; Demers, Richard T.; Hoenk, Michael; Peddada, Pavani; Nemati, Bijan; Cherng, Michael; Michaels, Darren; Loc, Anthony; Bush, Nathan; Hall, David; Murray, Neil; Gow, Jason; Burgon, Ross; Holland, Andrew; Reinheimer, Alice; Jorden, Paul R. and Jordan, Douglas
In : SPIE Optics and Photonics 2015 (9-13 Aug 2015, San Diego, California, USA)
Challenges in photon-starved space astronomy in a harsh radiation environment using CCDs (2015-09-22)
Hall, David J.; Bush, Nathan; Murray, Neil; Gow, Jason; Clarke, Andrew; Burgon, Ross and Holland, Andrew
In : UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VII (9 Aug 2015, San Diego, CA)
The impact of radiation damage on photon counting with an EMCCD for the WFIRST-AFTA coronagraph (2015-09-11)
Bush, Nathan; Hall, David; Holland, Andrew; Burgon, Ross; Murray, Neil; Gow, Jason; Soman, Matthew; Jordan, Doug; Demers, Richard; Harding, Leon K.; Hoenk, Michael; Michaels, Darren; Nemati, Bijan and Peddada, Pavani
In : SPIE Optics and Photonics 2015 (16-20 Aug 2015, San Diego, CA)
C3D – an imaging radiation damage experiment on UKUBE-1 (2014-05-26)
Holland, Andrew; Burgon, Ross; Harriss, Richard and Holland, Karen
In : 4S Symposium 2014 (26-30 May 2014, Porto Petro, Majorca, Spain)
Spacecraft health and environmental monitoring from a CubeSat platform (2012-10)
Burgon, Ross; Holland, Andrew; Harriss, Richard and Sheridan, Simon
In : UN/Japan Nano-Satellite Symposium (10 Oct - 13 Oct 2012, Nagoya, Japan)
Photometric science alerts from Gaia (2012-09)
Wyrzykowski, Łukasz; Hodgkin, Simon; Blogorodnova, Nadejda; Koposov, Sergey and Burgon, Ross
In : Gaia-FUN-SSO-2 International Workshop (19-21 Sep 2012, Paris, France)
Compact CMOS camera demonstrator (C3D) for Ukube-1 (2011-09)
Harriss, R. D.; Holland, A. D.; Barber, S. J.; Karout, S.; Burgon, R.; Dryer, B. J.; Murray, N. J.; Hall, D. J.; Smith, P. H.; Greig, T.; Tutt, J. H.; Endicott, J.; Jerram, P.; Morris, D.; Robbins, M.; Prevost, V. and Holland, K.
In : UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts V (8 Sep 2011, San Diego)
Data challenges for the Gaia Science Alerts System (2010)
Burgon, Ross; Wyrzykowski, Lukasz and Hodgkin, Simon
In : Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XX ASP Conference Series (7-11 Nov 2010)

Meet our Academics

Head and shoulders of male OU academic

In addition to teaching on Open University modules our academics are engaged in ground breaking research that benefits individuals and society.

Request your prospectus

Request a prospectus icon

Explore our qualifications and courses by requesting one of our prospectuses today.

Request prospectus

Are you already an OU student?

Go to StudentHome