David Hinson

David Hinson
Senior Research Scientist
Ph.D. / Electrical Engineering
Curriculum Vitae: 
Planetary atmospheres

David Hinson was a member of the Radio Science Team of Mars Global Surveyor, leading an investigation of the atmosphere through radio occultation sounding. He was involved in all aspects of experiment planning and execution, and he had sole responsibility for retrieving atmospheric profiles from the data. 

These experiments were conducted from January 1998 through September 2006, yielding 21,243 profiles of the neutral atmosphere and 5,600 profiles of electron density in the ionosphere. 

Hinson is first author or co-author of more than 20 publications reporting results from these observations. He is currently a member of the Radio Science Teams of both Mars Express and New Horizons, and he has experience with radio occultation experiments throughout the Solar System.

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Validation, calibration, and scientific analysis of profiles acquired by the atmospheric sounders on MGS and MRO

This investigation will assess the accuracy and mutual consistency of atmospheric profiles acquired by the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES), the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Mars Climate Sounder (MCS), and radio occultation (RO) experiments conducted with both spacecraft.