SPACE SYSTEMS ENGINEER
I presently maintain the Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) missile defense constellation with over three years of experience providing 24/7 command and control, spacecraft state of health checks, anomaly resolution, and mission planning utilizing the Air Force Satellite Contact Network (AFSCN). Prior to this I served for six years in the United States Air Force (AF Space Command) providing 24/7 command and control of the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite constellation, ground system configuration, and mission planning.
Current Top Secret/SCI
HIGHLIGHTED CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS
• Subject Matter Expert – Designated as the Lead Space Systems Operator for the first GPS Launch, GPS IIR-17(M), on the Launch and Early Orbit, Anomaly Resolution, and Disposal Operations (LADO) satellite contact system and on four additional GPS launches.
• Testing Experience - Three years of ground testing experience on the LADO satellite contact system identifying.
• Simulation/Training Expert - Spearheaded training program as the Primary Space Systems Instructor for six years.
• Space Systems Expert - Directed team efforts during real-time satellite and ground system anomalies, security threats, and safety incidents on both low-earth and mid-earth orbit satellite systems.
• Acquisition/Track Sensor Testing – Completed the first ever detection and track of a ballistic missile through all phases of flight from orbit, culminating in the ‘Holy Grail’ of missile defense.
Northrop Grumman, Aerospace Operations
Satellite Systems Engineer; March 2010 – Present
Maintained 24/7 command and control of the research and development Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) in low earth orbit, provided birth-to-death tracking of targets, and utilized a UNIX based ground system to complete satellite contacts.
Performed satellite contacts utilizing the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN); performed routine State of Health checks as well as both ground and spacecraft troubleshooting procedures.
Provided operations support leading to the detection and tracking of a ballistic missile launch through all phases of flight leading to the first ever birth-to-death tracking from orbit.
19th Space Operations Squadron, United States Air Force
Space Systems Operator; September 2003 – January 2010
Designated Subject Matter Expert; lead Space Systems Operator for the first GPS Launch, GPS IIR-17(M), on the LADO satellite contact system.
Space Systems Operator on five GPS Launches: GPS IIR-17, IIR-18, IIR-19, IIR-20, and IIR-21.
Completed First Acquisition and Initial Commanding on GPS IIR-17(M).
Directed team efforts during real-time satellite and ground system anomalies, security threats, and safety incidents.
Completeled daily command and control operations for GPS precision navigation and timing resulting in a 100% success rate from launch, daily operations, and vehicle end of life.
Supported satellites’ payload and subsystems, executing three distinct missions: navigation, precise time transfer, and nuclear detonation detection.
Resolved scheduling conflicts between operations complex and the Air Force Satellite Contact Network (AFSCN).
Intimate knowledge of the Air Force Satellite Contact Network (AFSCN).
Performed initial Command, Control, and Tracking testing with Vandenberg Air Force Base Remote Tracking Station Block Change (RBC) antenna.
Three years of testing experience on the Launch and Early Orbit, Anomaly Resolution, and Disposal Operations (LADO) satellite contact system identifying system errors and developing corrective procedures; allowed for the retirement of the archaic legacy command and control system.
Developed procedures and troubleshooting measures culminating in the first successful launch on the LADO satellite contact system and a 100% success record.
Trained and supervised 48+ personnel on the use of the LADO satellite contact system.
Space Systems Operator Evaluator responsible for ensuring the highest level of experience on the LADO satellite contact system.
American Military University
MS; Space Studies; Estimated graduation in November 2013
BA; History; May 2010
Community College of the Air Force
AS; Air and Space Operations Technology; October 2008
Space Operations Structure and Design
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