Martin N. Ross, Ph.D.

Senior Project Engineer, Commercial Launch Projects, Civil and Commercial Launch Projects, The Aerospace Corporation
Adjunct Professor, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
[email protected]

Dr. Martin Ross joined Aerospace in 1988, and currently leads research concerning the effects of space systems on the stratosphere; specifically, the impact of rocket engine emissions on stratospheric ozone. He is developing new interagency strategies to better understanding the scientific, economic, and policy implications of the impact of space systems on stratospheric ozone.

During his tenure at Aerospace, Ross conceived and implemented the Rockets Impacts on Stratospheric Ozone program for the Air Force and managed simultaneous airborne sampling and ground lidar remote-sensing of rocket plumes. He served as mission scientist for the joint USAF/NASA Atmospheric Chemistry of Combustion Emissions Near the Tropopause project. Additionally, Ross has acted as co-lead scientist for CRYSTAL-FACE, a measurement campaign designed to investigate tropical cirrus cloud physical properties and formation processes; program manager for WB-57F Airborne Video Experiment, a suite of sensors designed to obtain visible and infrared imagery of launch vehicles during boost phase; and as a scientist on the NASA Hypersonic Thermal Imaging  experiment.

In addition to his work at Aerospace, Ross is an Adjunct Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, teaching physics, meteorology, and the history of science. Prior to coming to Aerospace, Ross worked at Loral Space Systems, and was a research assistant in the Department of Earth and Space Science at UCLA.

Educational Background

Ross earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan. He also holds a master’s and a Ph.D. in planetary and space physics, both from UCLA. 


Ross is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Association of Teachers, and Sigma Xi. 


  • Ross, M. N., “Rocket Impacts on Stratospheric Ozone,” presented at the Symposium on the Effects of Aircraft in the Stratosphere. Paris, Oct. 14, 1996b.
  • Ross, M. N., J. O.  Ballenthin, R. Gosselin, R. W. Meads, P. F. Zittel, J. B. Benbrook, W. R. Sheldon, “In-situ Measurement of Cl2 and O3 in a Stratospheric Solid Rocket Motor Exhaust Plume,” Geophys. Res. Letts., 24, 1755 – 1758. 1997a
  • Ross, M. N., J. R. Benbrook, W. R. Sheldon, P. F. Zittel, D. L. McKenzie, “Observation of Stratospheric Ozone Depletion in Rocket Plumes,” Nature,  390, 62 – 65. 1997b.
  • Ross,  M. N., et al., “Observation of Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Associated with Delta II Rocket Emissions,” Geophys. Res. Letts., 27, 2209 – 2212. 2000.
  • Ross, M. N. et al., “Global Ozone: Past and Future, in Scientic Assessment of Ozone Depletion,” United Nations Environmental Program, Ch. 4. 2002.
  • Engblom, W. A. and M. N. Ross, “Numerical Model of Airflow Induced Particle Enhancement for Instruments Carried by the WB-57F Aircraft,” Aerospace Tech Report ATR-2004(5084)-1. 2003.
  • Ross, M. N., M. K. Danilin, D. K. Weisenstein, M. K. Ko, “Ozone Depletion Caused by NO and H2O Emissions from Hydrazine Fueled Rockets,” J. Geophys. Res., 109, 21305. 2004.
  • Ross, M. N., et al., “Space Shuttle Entry Thermographic Imaging,” to appear, AIAA Aerospace Sciences. 2008.
  • Ross, M. N. et al., “Limits on the Space Launch Market Related to Stratospheric Ozone Depletion,” Astropolitics, 9, 68 – 97. 2009.
  • Ross, M. N., D. Toohey, M. Mills, “Potential Climate Impact of Black Carbon Emitted by Rockets,” Geophys. Res. Letts., 37, L24810. 2010.