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Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:19:00 +0100
Friedrichshafen -  Airbus successfully tests the dispenser structure that will hold the twin satellites GRACE-FO (GRACE = Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, FO= Follow-On) during their launch. Once the satellites are integrated in place, the assembly to the launcher or fit check test is carried out. This test is used to demonstrate the mechanical and electrical compatibility between the satellites, the dispenser, and the launcher. Airbus (Friedrichshafen / Germany) is developing and manufacturing the GRACE...
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:40:00 +0100
The ILS Proton Launch Vehicle hardware for the Amazonas 5 launch arrived at the launch site in Baikonur via train on August 18th. The LV hardware includes the Proton, Breeze M, Payload Fairing, and Ascent Unit. Offloading into Halls 101 and 111 is now in progress. Launch is scheduled for September from Pad 39. The satellite will be used for both video content delivery and internet connectivity, among other services, in Latin America. The launch of Amazonas 5 will be the 95th ILS Proton missio...
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:35:00 +0100
NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M), which is the third and final in a series of next generation communications satellites, has successfully been placed into orbit following separation from an United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. TDRS-M launched Friday at 8:29 a.m. EDT from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Ground controllers report the satellite is in good health at the start of a four-month checkout in space by its manufacturer, Boeing. NASA will condu...
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:14:00 +0100
The sixth and final Boeing [NYSE: BA] Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), launched today, will enhance NASA's space communications network when the satellite becomes fully operational early next year. TDRS-M is the latest satellite in NASA's TDRS constellation and will provide high-bandwidth communications to spacecraft in low-Earth orbit. The TDRS network enables continuous communication with the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Earth Observing System and ot...
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:22:00 +0100
If we want to know more about whether life could survive on a planet outside our solar system, it’s important to know the age of its star. Young stars have frequent releases of high-energy radiation called flares that can zap their planets' surfaces. If the planets are newly formed, their orbits may also be unstable. On the other hand, planets orbiting older stars have survived the spate of youthful flares, but have also been exposed to the ravages of stellar radiation for a longer p...
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the NASA's Tracking Data and Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 Aug. 18 at 8:29 a.m. EDT. The TDRS-M is the third and final mission in the series of these third-generation space communication satellites to orbit, as part of the follow-on fleet being developed to replenish NASA's space Network. "ULA uses the TDRS system as a primary means of receiving and distributing launch vehicle telemetry data during eve...
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:24:00 +0100
Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) (TASE: ESLT) ("Elbit Systems") confirmed today, in an answer to media inquiries, that on August 7, 2017, a jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas found Hughes Network Systems, LLC, to have infringed one of its patent, which generally relates to high-speed satellite communications, U.S. Patent No. 6,240,073. The jury awarded Elbit Systems damages of approximately $21million plus interest. The court has yet to issue a final o...
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:56:00 +0100
On August 17, 2017 at 01:07 Moscow time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the Proton Breeze M launch vehicle successfully launched a spacecraft into the orbit in the interests of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The launch was the 100th heavy lift for Proton M, which has been in use since 2001, and the 414th launch in the Proton rocket since its maiden flight in 1965. The Proton M launch vehicle and the Breeze M upper stage are designed and produced at Khrunichev Space Center of...
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:07:00 +0100
Astrophysicists are joining sightseers in watching Monday's total solar eclipse across North America but, in the decade to come, they will be viewing eclipses that last for hours instead of a few minutes - thanks to a pioneering ESA space mission. Aiming for launch in late 2020, Proba-3 is not one but two small metre-scale satellites, lining up to cast a precise shadow across space to block out the solar disc for six hours at a time, and give researchers a sustained view of the Sun's immediat...
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:00:00 +0100
Observations of "Jellyfish galaxies" with ESO's Very Large Telescope have revealed a previously unknown way to fuel supermassive black holes. It seems the mechanism that produces the tentacles of gas and newborn stars that give these galaxies their nickname also makes it possible for the gas to reach the central regions of the galaxies, feeding the black hole that lurks in each of them and causing it to shine brilliantly. The results appeared today in the journal Nature. An Italian-led team o...
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0100
DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced that it signed a Direct Access Program (DAP) contract with the Australian Department of Defence. This multi-year agreement will allow the Australian government to access DigitalGlobe's industry-leading commercial satellite imaging constellation to support defense and intelligence missions. The contract is expected to deliver $83.0 million USD in incremental revenue to Dig...
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0100
Ten spacecraft, from ESA's Venus Express to NASA's Voyager-2, felt the effect of a solar eruption as it washed through the Solar System while three other satellites watched, providing a unique perspective on this space weather event. Scientists working on ESA's Mars Express were looking forward to investigating the effects of the close encounter of Comet Siding Spring on the Red Planet's atmosphere on 19 October 2014, but instead they found what turned out to be the imprint of a solar event. ...
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:38:00 +0100
Friedrichshafen, Germany -  ND SATCOM announces full interoperability with General Dynamics Mission Systems Fortress® LTE solutions. Validation testing confirmed excellent interoperability between the Fortress decentralized network architecture for autonomous LTE deployables and SKYWAN satellite mesh capabilities for a resilient and bandwidth efficient distributed network of sites with full end-to-end network communications and mobility The combined platform provides an ideal suite for transportable and fixed LTE ...
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:44:00 +0100
Experiments seeking a better understanding of Parkinson's disease and the origin of cosmic rays are on their way to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft following today's 12:31 p.m. EDT launch. Carrying more than 6,400 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies, the spacecraft lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the company's 12th commercial resupply mission. It will arrive at the space station...
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:47:00 +0100
Orbit Communications Systems Ltd. (TASE: ORBI) announced today that it intends to expand the development of its new Multi-Purpose Terminal (MPT) for airborne satcom to include helicopters. The company received an order for approximately US$3 million from a global provider of defense products and services for the delivery of helicopter systems to a leading air force between 2018 and 2022. Built to military standard (MIL-STD), the 30-cm antenna (MPT30) will deliver data communications via satel...
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:31:00 +0100
Cosmic radiation is considered the main health hazard to human spaceflight and space exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond, which is why ESA has made cosmic radiation a focus of its research programme. Radiation poses a risk to the human body in the form of cancer, central nervous system disorders, cardiovascular problems and tissue degeneration. Beyond Earth's magnetic field, its full force is a barrier to human exploration of the Solar System. "Crewmembers may be exposed to different ...
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0100
The payload module of MetOp-C, developed and built by Airbus in Germany, was delivered to Toulouse after it completed a series of tests at ESTEC, the technical centre of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The satellite, weighing in at four tonnes, is now almost complete after successful coupling of its payload and service module. In preparation for the launch scheduled for October 2018 from Kourou, French Guiana, MetOp-C will undergo a further series of radio-electr...
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 20:10:00 +0100
A team of engineers and technicians at Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has completed the integration of the company's first modernized A2100 satellite. The spacecraft, known as Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1, now moves into final assembly and testing, on track for launch in the second quarter of 2018. Built for Arabsat and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia , the satellite will provide advanced telecommunications capabilities, including television, internet, telephone and se...
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:27:00 +0100
The Amazonas 5 satellite for HISPASAT of Madrid, Spain, arrived at the Baikonur Cosmdrome in Kazakhstan aboard an Antonov cargo jet on August 8 in preparation for mission integration and launch aboard an ILS Proton Breeze M launch vehicle in September. The satellite will be used for both video content delivery and internet connectivity, among other services, in Latin America. The launch of Amazonas 5 will be the 95th ILS Proton mission and the 30th with a Space Systems Loral (SSL) satellite. ...
Wed, 9 Aug 2017 22:30:00 +0100
NASA has selected six astrophysics Explorers Program proposals for concept studies. The proposed missions would study gamma-ray and X-ray emissions from clusters of galaxies and neutron star systems, as well as infrared emissions from galaxies in the early universe and atmospheres of exoplanets, which are planets outside of our solar system. The selected proposals, three Medium-Class Explorers missions and three Explorers Missions of Opportunity, call for focused scientific investigations an...
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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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