Creon Levit

Director of R&D, Planet

Creon Levit is Director of R&D at Planet (formerly Planet Labs), an American private Earth imaging company based in San Francisco. The company designs and manufactures Triple-CubeSat miniature satellites called Doves that are delivered into orbit as secondary payloads on other rocket launch missions. At Planet, Creon is in charge of instrument design; optical design; algorithm development; signal processing; and management of a small team of applied physicists; hardware and software engineers working on “advanced projects”.

Prior to joining Planet, Creon was Director at the International Space Sciences Organization, running theoretical and experimental research groups with ~8 employees focusing on exotic propulsion and exotic physics including several multi-million dollar subcontracts and international collaborations. Notably, Creon spent 33 years at NASA (Ames Research Center) as Senior Research Scientist and Team Lead, focusing on areas of research such as aerospace engineering, optics, computational physics, molecular quantum mechanics, nanotechnology, parallel computing, numerical algorithms, scientific visualization, data mining, information theory, molecular biology, space mission design, high-power RF, beamed energy, heretical science.

Creon has a Masters degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University, and a BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Washington University, St. Louis.