We Are Dragonfly

Collaboration and partnership are critical to the success of any NASA mission – but especially one that promises to change the game of exploring the outer planets. Led by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, the Dragonfly team comprises scientists, engineers, technologists, managers and more who have deep experience on missions that have explored the solar system from the Sun to Pluto and beyond, as well as experts in rotorcraft, autonomous flight and space systems from around the globe.

With APL, the Dragonfly team includes key partners at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; Lockheed Martin Space in Littleton, Colorado; Sikorsky, Stratford, Connecticut; NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California; NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia; Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania; Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego, California; Honeybee Robotics in Pasadena, California; NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California; U.S. Department of Energy; the French space agency (CNES) in Paris; the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, Germany; and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in Tokyo.


Penn State

Mission Leadership

Elizabeth "Zibi" Turtle

Principal Investigator

Johns Hopkins APL

Melissa Trainer

Deputy Principal Investigator

Goddard Space Flight Center

Jason Barnes

Deputy Principal Investigator

University of Idaho

Rick Fitzgerald

Project Manager

Johns Hopkins APL

Art Azarbarzin

Deputy Program Manager

Johns Hopkins APL

Scott Murchie

Project Scientist

Johns Hopkins APL

Shannon MacKenzie

Deputy Project Scientist

Johns Hopkins APL

Ralph Lorenz

Mission Architect

Johns Hopkins APL

Ken Hibbard

Mission Systems Engineer

Johns Hopkins APL

Karen Kirby

Flight System Engineer

Johns Hopkins APL

Dragonfly Team Meeting at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, November 2023. (Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Ed Whitman)