JPL DESCANSO - Deep Space Communications and Navigation Center of Excellence



Duane Roth

Duane Roth holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan. He began his career at JPL by navigating the two Voyager spacecraft – Voyager 1 to the outer solar system and Voyager 2 to Uranus and Neptune – and led the development of three-way ranging in preparation for the long round-trip light travel times between Earth and Neptune. He subsequently provided orbit determination support as a member of the Mars Observer and Galileo Navigation Teams. Mr. Roth joined the Cassini/Huygens Navigation Team as an Orbit Determination Analyst in 1996, became the Orbit Determination Team Lead in 1999, was selected as the Deputy Navigation Team Lead in 2001, and ultimately became the Navigation Team Lead in 2010. He retained the Navigation Team Leadership role until the mission ended in 2017. Since Cassini ended, Mr. Roth has worked on a variety of missions, including Europa Lander, the Human Landing System, and Dragonfly.

Co-Author of the following article of the DESCANSO Design & Performance Summary Series - Telecommunications: