Henry (Hank) Voss



hank voss, henry voss, taylor university, taylor university physics and engineering, near space launch, near space launch president, nsl, near space launch staff, nsl staffDr. Voss is Professor of Physics & Engineering at Taylor University, where he has, among other accomplishments, overseen the launch of the first ever Taylor University satellite. Prior to Taylor, he spent 15 years at Lockheed Martin in the space science field, developing sensors and instruments for satellites as well as the actual satellites. He continued this effort at Taylor, and in 2003 started high altitude launches as a cost-effective method of testing his sensors and instruments, a method which he then proceeded to implement in his undergraduate classes as a tool for developing nanosatellites.  Under his guidance, a group of Taylor students then presented their nanosatellite, known as Taylor CubeSat at the CubeSat Workshop, Small Sat Conference and Air Force Design Review in Logan, Utah, where Taylor was the only university to send a panel composed entirely of undergraduates.


Jeff F. Dailey

Chief Engineer

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Mr. Dailey has 26 years of experience in designing, developing, and building cutting-edge instruments, sensors, and electronics for applications ranging from data systems to satellites. Previous jobs include Research Engineer at Taylor University for six years and Director of R&D at Scadata Ventures for eight years, where he oversaw hardware and software design for wireless products. In 2003, he partnered with Dr. Voss as a volunteer to help develop the High Altitude Research Platform (HARP), which Taylor University has since used for over 300 balloon launches, over 99% of which were successfully recovered. Mr. Dailey and Dr. Voss have the distinction of designing, developing, building, testing, and delivering a nanosatellite to the Air Force in just three months.

Matthew Orvis

Project Engineer

mattMr. Orvis is a graduate of Taylor University, with a Master of Science in Physics from Ball State University. His previous experience includes work on several satellites with Dr. Hank Voss. He was part of the design team for the TSAT nanosatellite, Indiana’s first satellite in orbit. For this satellite, he was the lead engineer for the THEEF subsystem, an electric field and VLF sensor. He was also involved in designing the ELEO nanosatellite and provided analysis on orbital dynamics. He has developed subsystems for multiple high-altitude balloon launches, testing different equipment and sensors with the High Altitude Research Platform (HARP). For NSL, he works as a satellite engineer developing satellites, as well as a computational scientist providing analysis on spaceflight and subsystem physics.

Art White

Data Analyst

Dr. White is a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at Taylor University, and has taught software development and Intelligent Systems courses since 1984.  His freshman course, “Introduction to Computational Problem Solving” has launched many  enthusiastic new programmers into the world of software development.  Additionally, Dr. White has taught the Expert Systems and Machine Learning courses to upper division students for the last decade.   He has also spent several years consulting in industry, in the areas of expert systems and large software project development.  Dr. White was responsible for writing much of the data analysis software for TSAT,  GEARRS, and GEARRS2.   The software for the communications processor controlling the Globalstar 1720 modem on GEARRS2 was written by Dr. White and Nathan White.   Dr. White continues to develop, test and refine the software for satellite SMS messaging and TCP-IP based file transfer between Cubesats and the Globalstar network.

Nathan White

Systems Administrator & Software Consultant


After graduating with a degree in Biology and minors in Computer Science and Chemistry, Nathan has worked in the Computer Science Department of Taylor University as Network Administrator. Hired in NSL in 2014 as a consultant, he has worked on everything from satellite software to web pages, including assisting in building the Data Services branch of NSL.



Stefan Brandle



 Stefan Brandle is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Taylor University. His professional experience includes two decades teaching undergraduate and graduate computer science courses at five universities, a decade as a network and system administrator, two decades of research and development (R&D) concurrently with teaching, and technology-related community outreach. R&D areas include network and system cyber testing, satellite communications for five micro-/cubesats, automated software testing, processing legal documents, and tutoring systems with natural language dialog capability.