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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:02:00 +0100
NASA has completed the first developmental test series on the RS-25 engines that will power the agency's new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on missions deeper into space than ever before. The test series wrapped up Thursday with a seventh hot fire test of a developmental RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The test ran for a full-duration 535 seconds. "The completion of this test series is an important step in getting SLS ready...
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:50:00 +0100
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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:55:00 +0100
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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:25:00 +0100
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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:43:00 +0100
Following the decision of the State Review Board, the Proton M/Breeze M integrated launch vehicle (ILV) carrying the Inmarsat- 5 F3 telecommunications spacecraft was rolled out to the Launch Facility, Area 200 earlier this morning of August 25. Here, the ILV was erected vertically onto the launch table and Khrunichev together with other space-industry companies, commenced Day 1 of countdown operations. Ground processing for the upcoming launch is proceeding on schedule. According to the Russ...
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0100
Space Systems/Loral, LLC (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced it was awarded a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to study on-orbit robotic assembly of geostationary communications satellites. Called Dragonfly, the program is designed to enable larger and more powerful satellites that cannot be launched fully assembled, to be packaged in pieces within a standard launch vehicle fairing. "The Dragonfly program gives SSL the ...
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:18:00 +0100
Half of the residents of the International Space Station will take a spin around their orbital neighborhood in the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft on Friday, Aug. 28. NASA Television coverage will begin at 2:45 a.m. EDT. Expedition 44 Commander Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineers Scott Kelly of NASA and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos will move the Soyuz from the station's Poisk module to the Zvezda docking port. The relocation maneuver will begin with...
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:03:00 +0100
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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0100
Last Friday, 21 August, ESA's billion-star surveyor, Gaia, completed its first year of science observations in its main survey mode. After launch on 19 December 2013 and a six-month long in-orbit commissioning period, the satellite started routine scientific operations on 25 July 2014. Located at the Lagrange point L2, 1.5 million km from Earth, Gaia surveys stars and many other astronomical objects as it spins, observing circular swathes of the sky. By repeatedly measuring the positions of t...
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:04:00 +0100
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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:27:00 +0100
The first U.S. mission to return samples of an asteroid to Earth is another step closer to its fall 2016 launch, with the delivery of three cameras that will image and map the giant space rock. A camera suite that will allow NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission to see a near-Earth asteroid, map it, and pick a safe and interesting place to touch the surface and collect a sample, has arrived at Lockheed Martin Space Sy...
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:07:00 +0100
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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:32:00 +0100
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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:15:00 +0100
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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0100
NASA's Johnson Space Center has awarded to Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) a contract extension with a potential value of $101.9 million . Raytheon will continue to provide operations, maintenance and engineering services for up to four years to NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) and Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF), facilities that are critical to safe human spaceflight. The NBL is the deep water pool astronauts use for spacewalk training. The SVMF hosts full-size mockups and simulators for t...
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0100
Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that a satellite designed and built for Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the leading provider of satellite services, was launched yesterday and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite, Intelsat 34, deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. It will begin firing its main th...
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:28:00 +0100
The EUTELSAT 8 West B communications satellite was successfully launched today from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, by an Ariane 5 rocket. Thales Alenia Space is the program prime contractor, working on behalf of Eutelsat Communications, one of the world's leading satellite operators. EUTELSAT 8 West B is the 25th satellite built by Thales Alenia Space for Eutelsat and the 74th satellite in the Spacebus family to enter service. This high-capacity satellite will be positio...
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 23:16:00 +0100
An Ariane 5 lifted off tonight from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, and delivered two telecom satellites into their planned orbits. The launch of flight VA225 occurred on 20 August at 20:34 GMT (22:34 CEST, 17:34 local time). Eutelsat-8 West B, with a mass of 5782 kg and mounted in the upper position atop Ariane's Sylda dual-payload carrier, was the first to be released about 28 minutes into the mission. Following a series of burns controlled by Ariane's computer, the Syld...
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:48:00 +0100
The build-up of another Ariane 5 began this week in French Guiana, initiating preparations for Arianespace's fifth heavy-lift flight of 2015 from the Spaceport. Using the well-established procedures employed since Ariane 5's introduction in the mid-1990s, the vehicle's core cryogenic stage was positioned over a mobile launch table inside the Launcher Integration Building. It was followed by rollout of the two solid propellant boosters for mating with the erected core cryogenic stage. This...
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     Date Submitted:03-04-2012
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     Current job:Lead Software/ Systems Engineer
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    I am a systems engineer with hands-on experience verifying complex US Air Force space and ground systems that must meet very high DoD reliability standards. As a leader, I am proficient in understanding the stated and underlying needs of critical programs and impart enthusiasm into the team members to get the job done with high quality and on schedule. I am also comfortable with computer software and hardware to develop innovative solutions to complex analysis and verification issues.

    Current DoD TS/SCI Clearance

     

    2009 – PRESENT KTSi, El Segundo, CA - Lead Payload Software/Systems Engineer

    • Led software acquisition on collaborative US Air Force team executing the $35 million Self Awareness Space Situational Awareness (SASSA) program, to develop a ground segment and satellite payload including a common interface unit and radar warning receiver from contract award to payload delivery.
    • Led the evaluation and analyses of activities related to all phases of the software life cycle from requirements definition, design and development through system testing.
    • Led the review and assessment of ground and flight software, system architecture, system & software requirements, design, code and test activities, trade studies, COTS/GOTS products, reuse software, test tools, simulators, software verification & validation and system test & integration.
    • Reviewed, analyzed and approved SW verifications of space and ground requirements
    • Government authority for signing-off software functional qualification tests and system tests.

     

    2004 – 2009 MITRE Corporation, El Segundo, CA - Lead Space Systems Engineer

    • Led $1 billion Block 10 Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS)program’s Integrated Test Team (ITT)
    • Initiated ITT Team and executed the test program in partnership with AFOTEC in compliance with AFI 99-103
    • Initiated and authored the SBSS Block 10 ITT Charter and Test & Evaluation Master Plan and developed the integrated test schedule.
    • Developed contractor system and ground segment requirement verification products.
    • Resolved technical and programmatic issues leading to successful on-time system test
    • Initiated and authored the SBSS Block 10 Information Support Plan (ISP), a description of the SBSS operational and system architectures in compliance with DoDI 4630.8
    • Generated operational, system and technical architecture products architectures for SBSS per DoD Architecture Framework
    • Ensured that the SBSS ground segment was interoperable with external operational systems
    • Resolved technical issues to work the ISP through government channels and get final approval.
    • Staffed ISP to signature level of LGEN Hamel
    • RAIDRS Block 10
    • Authored RAIDRS ISP & developed architecture products per DoD Architecture Framework
    • Evaluated systems engineering factor in proposals for source selection
    • GPS & NAVWAR
    • Authored net-centric analysis sections for the GPS OCX ISP
    • Developed GPS OCX requirements
    • Modeled mission scenarios using the GPS Interference and Navigation Tool (GIANT) to analyze GPS guided weapon performance under jamming
    • Developed from concept to implementation cluster computer lab running Linux with parallel MATLAB processing for modeling, simulation & analysis of NAVWAR scenarios.

     

    1999 –2004 LinCom, Los Angeles, CA - Lead SATCOM Systems Test Engineer

    • Provided systems engineering expertise for the Air Force’s Milstar and Advanced EHF satellite programs.
    • Resolved technical issues with the AEHF digital processor design
    • Wrote AEHF requirement & system test verification plans
    • Developed Networked AEHF System Testbed Tool (NAST-T) & AEHF Universal System Terminal Testbed (AUST-T) ground terminal simulator
    • Authored the AEHF program office’s operating instruction for verification, validation and accreditation (VV&A) of models and simulators to be used for requirement verification and sell-off.
    • Evaluated proposals for AEHF source selection
    • Planned and Implemented  Milstar on-orbit inter-segment system testing
    • Developed plans to test LDR & MDR protocols with scenarios including over-the-air rekey, crosslink acquisition and constellation fragmentation/defragmentation
    • Created on-orbit communication plans for satellite constellations and payload tables using the MCPT-i communications planning tool using the Milstar LDR and MDR waveforms.
    • Operated the MCPT-i tool controlling the SMART-T and SCAMP terminals at contractor and military facilities during on-orbit inter-segment testing.
    • Analyzed inter-segment test reports and data for requirement verification
    • Resolved anomalies occurring during test

     

    1997 – 1999    SoftOpt Engineering, El Segundo, CA - SATCOM Software Test Engineer Consultant

    • Designed the AEHF engineering model testbed for testing AEHF protocols and signal processing on a prototype engineering model at Hughes Space and Communications.
    • Developed testbed data requirements and software test plan
    • Developed specification and VCRM
    • Wrote and executed test plans for Milstar LDR, MDR & XDR protocol processing.
    • Created pre and post processing tools using MS Excel, Visual Basic, UNIX shell and AWK for protocol and CRC verification
    • Analyzed test results and resolved anomalies

     

    1991 – 1997 AT&T Bell Labs, Bellcore, BroadBand Technologies and Lucent Technologies

    Telecommunications Systems Test & Software Engineer Consultant

    • Developed state-of-the-art digital communication network systems.
    • Hands-on system testing of Lucent Globeview 2000 ATM switch and its network management system. Resolved defects from fielded switches.
    • Developed and executed test plans for SONET add/drop multiplexers and the Bellcore NMA network management tool. Extensive use of TL1 and X.25 protocols.
    • Developed operation, administration, maintenance and provisioning (OAM&P) requirements for long distance services. Interfaced with work center personnel, software engineers and corporate project managers for input to this effort.
    • Tested system software for the TRANSVU transmission network surveillance and control system in a UNIX environment. Worked with NMUs, G2, TL1 and X.25. Used HP and FELINE protocol analyzers. Wrote test scripts using SHELL and AWK
    • Developed real-time software for a fiber-in-the-loop SLC96 remote digital terminal broadband communication system.

     

    1986 – 1990    AT&T Bell Labs, Holmdel, NJ - Member of Technical Staff

    • Systems Engineer for planning AT&T's next generation long distance network. Focused on network databases, software portability, ISDN and Q.931/CCS7 interactions.
    • Developed real-time, multi-tasking, multi-processor software for an embedded MC68000 based E1/DS1/DS3 cross-connect switch in a C/UNIX environment running the pSOS operating system.
    • Wrote software requirements, design documents, test plans.
    • Tested software at the unit, subsystem & system integration levels.
    • Resolved anomalies using MC68000 assembler, XRAY+ ICE, pROBE debuggers and TL1

     

    1983 – 1986    Hughes Aircraft Company/EDSG, El Segundo, CA - Member of Technical Staff

    • Developed software for the HEXAGON interactive optical design tool used for state-of-the-art space, air and ground optical systems in FORTRAN and assembler.

     

    1976 – 1978    Peace Corps, Nakuru, Kenya

    • Taught high school and college level mathematics.

     

    PUBLICATIONS

    • D. Romm, “SBSS Block 20 Communication Architectures for Using GEO Satellites as a Relay Satellite for a Satellite in LEO”, June 2006, MITRE Report WN 06B 0000018, briefed to SBSS SPO
    • D. Romm & Maj. B. Beavers, “SBSS Block 10 ITT Charter”, July 17, 2007, Published on SMC Livelink for SBSS SPO
    • D. Romm, “RAIDRS Block 10 ISP”, August 16, 2007, Published on JCPAT-E for RAIDRS SPO
    • D. Romm, “SBSS Block 10 ISP”, October 27, 2007, Published on JCPAT-E. for SBSS SPO
    • D. Romm, “SBSS Block 10 TEMP”, February 12, 2008, Published on SMC Livelink for SBSS SPO
    • D. Romm, “JDAM Accuracy under OWS GPS Jamming Scenarios”, January 2009, MITRE Report to division management
    • D. Romm, “Locating Combinatorial Matrices with Small Determinants and Computing the Automorphs of C8Over the General Permutation Matrices”, December 1980, Published UCSB Library

     

    CREDENTIALS

    • M.A. Applied Mathematics,, University of California, Santa Barbara
    • B.A. Mathematics, University of California, Irvine
    • P.E. Electrical Engineering, California Board for Professional Engineers E18297
    • FCC General Radiotelephone Operators License PG1511946
    • FCC Extra Class Amateur Radio License WB6VMY

     

    AWARDS

    • KTSi Commitment to Excellence Award 2011 for leadership of successful completion of the SASSA software acquisition effort and customer satisfaction.


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