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Tue, 6 Dec 2016 20:00:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) newly upgraded Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) ground system received sign-off from the U.S. Air Force, enhancing the constellation's ability to deliver infrared data that is critical to early missile warning and defense. The new SBIRS ground system serves as the nerve center for the constellation, collecting large amounts of data from the satellite's powerful sensors and converting it into actionable reports for defense, intelligence and civil applications....
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:23:00 +0100
NASA has awarded the Restore-L Spacecraft Bus and Support Services contract to Space Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, California. Restore-L is a robotic spacecraft equipped with the tools, technologies and techniques needed to service satellites currently in orbit. The contract has a firm-fixed-price and includes a three-year core period and a two-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity portion. The total maximum value of the contract is $127 million. Space Systems/Loral will provide space...
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:07:00 +0100
Arianespace today launched a Vega rocket on a commercial mission to deliver a Turkish Earth observation satellite into orbit. Liftoff of Vega's eighth flawless mission from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana came at 13:51 GMT on 5 December (14:51 CET; 10:51 local time). With a mass at liftoff of 1060 kg, Gokturk-1 was manoeuvred into its target Sun-synchronous orbit about 57 minutes into the mission after a series of burns of Vega's upper stage. Complying with debris regulation...
Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:00:00 +0100
Our new spaceship, VSS Unity, has successfully completed its first free flight! Today's important test flight marks the first time that a vehicle built by our sister organization, The Spaceship Company, has flown fully under its own control. Today, VSS Unity was piloted by Mark Stucky and Dave Mackay, with pilots Mike Masucci and Todd Ericsson as well as flight test engineer Dustin Mosher in WhiteKnightTwo. Over the course of the 1 hour 20 minute flight-particularly the 10 minutes of free fli...
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0100
Cubic Corporation ( NYSE: CUB ), today announced that its subsidiary GATR Technologies (GATR), which operates within the Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division, received the Most Innovative New Product (MIP) Award in the Defense, Transportation and Cybersecurity category at the 2016 CONNECT MIP Awards that took place at an awards ceremony on Dec. 1, in San Diego. In its 29 th year, the annual awards program continues its tradition of honoring San Diego's leaders of innovation and ground...
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:21:00 +0100
The Russian space agency Roscosmos has confirmed a Progress cargo resupply spacecraft bound for the International Space Station has been lost. The spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Thursday on a Soyuz rocket, but experienced an anomaly around six and a half minutes into its flight. Six crew members living aboard the space station are safe and have been informed of the mission's status. Both the Russian and U.S. segments of the station continue to operate normally ...
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 19:53:00 +0100
A contract to build a laboratory at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, has been awarded to W.M. Jordan Co. in Newport News by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The $95.6-million agreement is for construction of the Measurement Systems Laboratory, which is scheduled for completion in late 2019. The contract is the largest awarded for NASA Langley in recent history. The 175,000-square-foot lab will be the biggest of the new facilities built so far as part of NASA L...
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:07:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has completed a major upgrade to modernize the current ground control system of the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite constellation. The Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Upgrade #2 (CUP2) project is the latest step in the Air Force's multi-year plan to refresh technology and transform the legacy Operational Control Segment - known as the Architecture Evolution Plan (AEP) -- into a modern, high-performance command and control system. On Octob...
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:29:00 +0100
LeoSat Enterprises, which is launching a constellation of up to 108 low-earth-orbit communications satellites, has entered into a strategic agreement with the Globalsat Group, the leading Pan-American satellite services provider, to market the fastest, most secure and widest coverage HTS data network in the world. The Globalsat Group is an award-winning industry leader delivering mission-critical, voice, data and M2M/IoT solutions. Through this agreement, LeoSat will provide the Globalsat Gro...
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0100
Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) today announced the acquisition of Vocality International, a leading provider of embedded technology that unifies communications platforms, enhances voice quality, increases video performance and optimizes data throughput. The addition of Vocality, which is headquartered in Shackleford, United Kingdom, further expands Cubic Mission Solutions' (CMS) portfolio in Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) for sec...
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0100
By studying the light emitted from an extraordinarily dense and strongly magnetised neutron star using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers may have found the first observational indications of a strange quantum effect, first predicted in the 1930s. The polarisation of the observed light suggests that the empty space around the neutron star is subject to a quantum effect known as vacuum birefringence. A team led by Roberto Mignani from INAF Milan (Italy) and from the University of Zielona ...
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:25:00 +0100
The eighth Vega lightweight launcher to be operated from the Spaceport in French Guiana has been fully assembled and “topped off” with the GÖKTÜRK-1 optical satellite payload, readying it for Arianespace’s mission to Sun-synchronous orbit on December 5. Designated Flight VV08 in Arianespace’s numbering system, this Vega launch is to deploy GÖKTÜRK-1 during a mission lasting just under two hours. With Vega now in full commercial operation, Fligh...
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100
Following a competitive bidding process, Safran Electronics & Defense, the European leader in navigation systems, was selected by Airbus Safran Launchers to supply the SpaceNaute inertial reference system for Ariane 6, the new-generation launch vehicle now being developed for the European Space Agency (ESA). The first systems will be delivered in time for the first Ariane 6 launch, scheduled for 2020. Safran Electronics & Defense will ramp-up production to sustain an annual rate of 11 launche...
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:51:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that it has begun a public-private partnership with NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) to establish a Commercial Infrastructure for Robotic Assembly and Services (CIRAS) in space. The CIRAS program will advance key technologies for in-orbit manufacturing and assembly of large space structures that will help the agency meet its goals for robotic and human exploration of the solar system....
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:30:00 +0100
ESA's new ExoMars orbiter has tested its suite of instruments in orbit for the first time, hinting at a great potential for future observations. The Trace Gas Orbiter, or TGO, a joint endeavour between ESA and Roscosmos, arrived at Mars on 19 October. Its elliptical orbit takes it from 230-310 km above the surface to around 98 000 km every 4.2 days. It spent the last two orbits during 20-28 November testing its four science instruments for the first time since arrival, and making important...
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:32:00 +0100
Madrid -  The engineering and technology group SENER and Thales Alenia Space start effectively their pioneering agreement to execute a joint business plan that will lead the Spanish industry in the development of optical payloads for space missions. The strategic agreement, signed by the CEO of Thales Alenia Space Spain, Eduardo Bellido, the Space and Defence Director of SENER, Diego Rodríguez, and the Vice President for Science and Earth Observation of Thales Alenia Space France, Hervé...
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:26:00 +0100
NASA's International Space Station Rapid Scatterometer (ISS-RapidScat) Earth science instrument has ended operations following a successful two-year mission aboard the space station. The mission launched Sept. 21, 2014, and had recently passed its original decommissioning date. ISS-RapidScat used the unique vantage point of the space station to provide near-real-time monitoring of ocean winds, which are critical in determining regional weather patterns. Its measurements of wind speed and dire...
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:20:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced it successfully completed its sixth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA. Known as OA-5, the mission marked the company's return to flight operations from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia and the second time Cygnus(tm) has been used as a platform for conducting research in space. "The OA-5 mission was filled with numerous accomplishments," said Frank ...
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:21:00 +0100
Preparations for Arianespace’s latest mission at the service of Earth observation are entering their final phase, with the GÖKTÜRK-1 optical satellite now transferred to the launch zone for integration on its lightweight Vega launcher. During activity in French Guiana yesterday, GÖKTÜRK-1 was moved by a special transporter vehicle to the Spaceport’s SLV launch site.  The spacecraft – which previously had been encapsulated in a protective payload fa...
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:16:00 +0100
First Phase in Dramatic Endgame for Long-Lived Cassini Spacecraft A thrilling ride is about to begin for NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Engineers have been pumping up the spacecraft's orbit around Saturn this year to increase its tilt with respect to the planet's equator and rings. And on Nov. 30, following a gravitational nudge from Saturn's moon Titan, Cassini will enter the first phase of the mission's dramatic endgame. Launched in 1997, Cassini has been touring the Satu...
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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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