Quine, Brendan

Brendan Quine

Associate Professor
D. Phil. (Oxford)
bquine@yorku.ca

Department(s): Earth and Space Science and Engineering
Physics and Astronomy
Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science (CRESS)

Office: 256 Petrie Science & Engineering Building (PSE)
Phone: (416)736-2100 ext. 33483

Lab: 012, 013 Petrie Science & Engineering Building (PSE)
Phone: (416) 736-2100 ext: 20323

Research Fields
Planetary Physics

Graduate Program Appointment
Full Member: Eligible to supervise M.Sc. or Ph.D.

Research Types
Computational, Experimental


Research specialization
Space instrumentation; Space test processes; Planetary atmospheres; Radio astronomy.


My research focuses on the development of space-based instrumentation, data analysis techniques and tools, and space test processes to advance planetary research and to improve the performance and reliability of space systems. For example, I am a member of the York University Argus team that is currently operating a pollution monitoring spectrometer in low Earth orbit on the CanX-2 spacecraft. This technology was awarded the Canadian Astronautics and Space Institute Alouette award in 2010. Also, I am the inventor of a novel construction technology for a space elevator which has attracted world-wide interest. In collaboration with Thoth Technology, Inc., I am currently developing a mission to Mars called Northern Light which will explore new regions of the planet. In the process, I have revived Algonquin Park Radio Observatory, and am presently using it for endeavours ranging from spacecraft tracking to very-long-baseline interferometry of pulsars.