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With the ''Space Strategy for Europe'' from the European Commission and the new ESA roadmap on the table, the European space stakeholders will have the great opportunity to debate and influence, at the highest level, the medium and long term development of European space programmes and of the spread of space services in many economic and societal activities as well as in a wide range of public fields, including security and defence. Download Conference Agenda | Register to a...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:19:00 +0100
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Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:13:00 +0100
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Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0100
The international Cassini mission has concluded its remarkable exploration of the Saturnian system in spectacular style, by plunging into the gas planet's atmosphere. Confirmation of the end of mission arrived at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at 11:55 GMT/13:55 CEST with the loss of the spacecraft's signal having occurred 83 minutes earlier at Saturn, some 1.4 billion km from Earth. With the rocket propellant for manoeuvering the spacecraft fully expended as planned touring Saturn and i...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:17:00 +0100
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Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:33:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin (LM) unveiled a new small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that has been designed and developed in the UK at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI). OUTRIDER is a lightweight, canister launched UAS that has been designed by engineers at Lockheed Martin UK's Havant facility in partnership with Wirth Research, an engineering company with specialisation in aerodynamics and composite materials. At only four inches wide and weighing only 1.7 kilograms, it is designed...
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced significant progress on the industry's first commercial in-space satellite servicing system. The Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) spacecraft successfully completed its critical design review earlier this year and is now in production with about 75% of the platform and payload components already delivered to the company's Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Virginia. The spacecraft will begin system-level testi...
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:07:00 +0100
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Wed, 6 Sep 2017 16:31:00 +0100
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Wed, 6 Sep 2017 15:24:00 +0100
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Tue, 5 Sep 2017 14:07:00 +0100
Launch is the most strenuous part of a satellite's life. To survive the extreme sound wave pressure and pounding vibrations generated by more than 700,000 lbs. of thundering rocket thrust, spacecraft need a solid, reliable design if they hope to arrive operational on orbit. On July 13, Lockheed Martin (LMT)'s second, fully-assembled GPS III space vehicle (SV) completed a realistic simulation of its future launch experience and passed this critical acoustic environmental test with flying color...
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:39:00 +0100
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Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0100
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Sat, 26 Aug 2017 09:35:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced its Minotaur IV space launch vehicle successfully launched and placed into orbit the U.S. Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS-5) spacecraft on August 26, 2017. The Minotaur IV launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 46 (SLC-46), which is operated under license by Space Florida. This mission marks the 26th consecutive successful launch for the company's Minotaur product line. ...
Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:37:00 +0100
Rockwell Collins recently delivered the latest generation of Digital GPS Anti-Jam Receiver (DIGAR) airborne anti-jam and anti-spoofing technology to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The enhanced solution provides unsurpassed airborne anti-jam capability with over 10,000 times improved jamming resistance over the previous model. "From advanced fifth-generation aircraft to ground and maritime applications, this receiver is the most reliable military-grade GPS solution avai...
Thu, 24 Aug 2017 22:00:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced it is in final preparations to launch the company's Minotaur IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on Friday, August 25, at approximately 11:15 p.m. EDT. The Minotaur IV will carry the U.S. Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS-5) spacecraft, which will monitor satellites and space debris to aid the U.S. military's space situational awareness. Building on the Minotaur...
Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:53:00 +0100
ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Matthias Maurer joined 16 Chinese astronauts earlier this month for nine days of sea survival training off China's coastal city of Yantai. The ultimate goal is for ESA to establish a long term cooperation with China and ESA astronauts to fly on China's space station. Returning from space, astronauts need to be prepared for any eventuality - including landing in water. Sea survival is a staple of all training but this is the first time that other ast...
Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:31:00 +0100
NASA has selected Jacobs Technology of Tullahoma, Tennessee, to provide a broad spectrum of engineering and scientific support services at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama and the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The Engineering Services and Science Capability Augmentation (ESSCA) contract is a cost-plus-award-fee indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract that has a potential period of performance of eight years. It is a follow-on effort to the ESSSA contrac...
Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:52:00 +0100
The industry-funded Low Cost Terminal (LCT) was successfully tested this month with an on-orbit Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. This critical milestone demonstrates the ability of an affordable tactical terminal to connect with the DoD's most highly assured protected communications network. The industry development team is led by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). The AEHF system, designed for both strategic and tactical users, enabl...
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    Senior Scientist // Technical ManageMEnt

     

    Technology Business Development // Scientific Research and Development

    Technical Program Management // Electro-optical Systems Engineering

     

    My career and education represent a combination of technical expertise and management acumen. Ambitious, energetic and creative, I am widely traveled and proficient in three languages. Led proposal efforts that brought in more than $160 million in new business. Recognized internationally as an expert in space debris and space situational awareness, and the characterization of space objects.

     

    Experienced in both corporate and academic settings, I have extensive experience with numerous complex technical and scientific programs. Invited to serve on NASA's SEU Technology Working Group, as well as the US delegation to the UN COPUOS LTSSA expert working group on space debris and space situational awareness.

     

    Offering an extensive network of contacts in government, university, and corporate environments.

     

    q   Awarded BS, Physics, BS, Humanities and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1984; Ph.D., Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1991. Ball Aerospace Management Training, 1996 – 1999. MBA, International Space Business, from the International Space University, 2012.

     

    EXEMPLARY ACHIEVEMENTS

     

    Technical Management. Led a team of scientists that created a new business area for the company; commercial space situational awareness. Conducted technical demonstrations that showed the value of this to both internal and external customers. Internal customer adopted this for new line of electric propulsion satellites. Multiple external customers have engaged our services, and our techniques have been adopted internally for GEO satellite support. Results presented at internal and external forums, and privately to customer teams, both domestically and internationally.

     

    Program Management. Led process to develop bold new solutions for NASA. Assembled team of engineers and analysts, brainstormed, and applied out of box thinking. The team developed a new concept that met NASA’s strict scientific requirements as well as ambitious cost goals. Sold concept to NASA resulting in a follow-on contract. NASA recognized my contribution, and I was asked to serve on a government advisory/planning committee.

     

    New Business Development. Led Ball Aerospace engineering team to produce technical implementation of competitive proposal resulting in an $80 million contract. Collaborated with designers to overcome numerous obstacles to complete the technical implementation section of the proposal. Our technical design was superior to our close competitor's, and we were awarded the $80 million contract. At Boeing, worked to bring in new technologies and customers to the Air Force Research Lab.

     

    CAREER HISTORY

     

    ² MASSAM Consulting LLC, May 2017-present.

                Owner, Providing consulting services to industry and government in space situational awareness, space traffic management, and space object characterization.

     

    ² Senior Member of the Technical Staff, The Boeing Company, 1999 – May 2017.

    Program Manager and principal investigator for Boeing effort to offer new commercial space situational awareness services for commercial and government satellite owners and operators involving observations of commercial & civil geostationary satellites. Research results presented at various forums. Negotiations with Customers to initiate services underway.

    Project Manager and Research Scientist for the Broadband Array Spectrograph System (BASS) sensor operating at AMOS. Worked closely with an Aerospace Corporation team to integrate and operate the BASS sensor at AEOS on a multi-year, multi-million dollar observing campaign to support various Air Force missions. Involvement with planning, coordinating, procuring, observing, as well as data analysis and publication and presentation of results. Developed the specialty of IR space object characterization. Awarded multi-year DARPA and Air Force SBIR funding.

    Research Scientist at the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC) for the PAN-STARS project. Assisted MHPCC team with systems engineering on this massively parallel supercomputing project. Software developed and delivered to University of Hawaii customer.

     

    Instrument Scientist for the Michigan-AEOS-Rice Gamma-ray burst Experiment (MARGE). Designed and integrated camera systems for two university groups to detect and monitor optical afterglows of gamma-ray bursts. Multi-year effort; many bursts detected; presented results to scientific conferences and in published papers.

    Project Manager for Atmospheric Monitoring and Prediction effort at AMOS. Designed, procured, integrated and installed a new multi-sensor, multi-data display system for atmospheric monitoring at AMOS. Project completed within budget; all requirements met. Published papers on results.

    Test Director for completion of the Air Force’s Advanced Electro-Optical System (AEOS) telescope facility. Verified that AEOS telescope facility met all requirements as set forth in system specification documents.

     

    ² Senior Systems Engineer, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, 1996 – 1999.

    Technical Manager/Team Leader for Ball Aerospace Kepler Discovery Numerical Simulations study; performed end-to-end modeling of Kepler Observatory. Designed numerical simulation experiments, wrote analysis software, produced and analyzed data, wrote system engineering, monthly, and final reports, delivered reports to Customer and external Technical Advisory Group. Managed $ 160 k study, tracked cost and schedule, finished, at Customer request, 1 month early. Results: better, lower-risk observatory/system design, verification of relative photometry technique for Earth-like planetary detection from space.

    Science and Technical Lead for Civil Space Systems new business development. Marketed spacecraft and instruments to, and interacted and negotiated with, NASA and University PI's. Arranged strategic partnerships between technology stakeholders and mission PI's, developed winning science mission strategies for PI proposal teams, wrote and reviewed technical proposals in response to Government opportunities for Ball and PI teams. Created and maintained large marketing/proposal resource intranet web site for internal use by Civil Space Systems Staff, to enable 'corporate memory' and facilitate proposal preparation and marketing activities. Personally involved in proposal efforts that resulted in over $160 M of new contracts.

    Program Manager for NASA Constellation-X Mission Architecture Study. Followed program during pre-proposal phase, attended Facility Science Team meetings, wrote winning proposal to NASA for $240 k study, managed study and led team, presented results to NASA and to scientific community. Finished under budget. Results: Customer changed baseline design to match our study output, and we received a second contract for further development of our concept. Wrote paper.

    Senior Systems Engineer and Science Instrument Liaison on Chandra Science Instrument Module. Managed GFRC thermal pre-conditioning effort and special studies; these efforts verified requirements, maintained hardware safety, and saved money. Co-developed SIM and Science Instrument integration and test plan. Assisted with requirements management.

     

    ² Research Associate Faculty Member, Penn State University, 1991 – 1996.

                Deputy Manager, CUBIC project. Supervised students, technicians, and engineers in design, construction, calibration, and testing of CUBIC space flight hardware. Attended formal meetings and working groups and gave presentations at NASA, and in Argentina, Italy, Brazil, and Uruguay to coordinate interfaces, and resolve design and mission issues. Results: interfaces successfully specified and controlled, all issues resolved successfully prior to launch.

                Detector and Mission Operations Scientist for CUBIC satellite experiment. Designed, tested, and characterized novel CCD detectors; assured system survivability in space environment by analysis and laboratory testing; wrote scheduling, attitude control, and target acquisition software, and specified command flow and data products. Delivered, integrated, and tested working flight payload to Argentina. Authored papers on technology developed, calibration and analysis results. Satellite successfully launched November 1996.

    Principal Investigator for beam-time at UW-Madison/NSF Synchrotron Radiation Center

     

    ² Research and Teaching Associate, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1984 – 1991.

                Technology Development Specialist for NASA Space Shuttle SHEAL “Diffuse X-Ray Spectrometer” payload.

    Cryogenic Detector Development.

    Observational X-ray Astronomy hardware development.

    ² Resident Director, Haleakala Gamma Ray Observatory, Maui, 1989-1991.

                End-to-end Observatory Systems Engineering.

    ² Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982 – 1984.

    Observational X-ray Astronomy data analysis. 

     

    Computer and other special skills

    Computers: Forty years experience with various computer languages

    Foreign Languages: Danish (conversational), Spanish (conversational)

    International Business experience: Argentina, Denmark, Brazil, Spain, Italy, UK, France, United Nations (Vienna)

    Professional-level SCUBA diver, over 25 years.

     

     

    GOVERNMENT SERVICE

     

    Member US delegation under the auspices of the Satellite Industry Association, 2011-present. Supporting US State Dept. delegation to United Nations COPUOS expert working group on space debris and space situational awareness. Working in collaboration with multi-lateral delegations to develop new set of guidelines and best practices regarding space debris and SSA for actors in the space arena. Preliminary set of guidelines adopted by UN COPUOS, and submitted to UN General Assembly.

    Participant in the USAF JASON Spacecraft Characterization study, July 2012-present.

    NASA Structure and Evolution of the Universe Technology Working Group member, 1999. Provided input to NASA Strategic Plan for cryogenics and detector technology for future (next 25 years) NASA Space Science missions.

     

     

    MEMBERSHIPS, CITIZENSHIP, CLEARANCES

     

    Member, American Physical Society, Astrophysics Division. Member of the American Astronomical Society. Member International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) Technical Committee.

    Past president and member of the Board of Directors of the Kahakuloa Acres Private Water Company, 2000-2014

    International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) technical committee on space hazards

    U.S. Citizen

    DOD Top Secret/SCI Clearance, granted January 2013.

    PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

     

    Over 150 publications and invited or contributed presentations in space surveillance, space situational awareness, space traffic management, resident space object characterization, detector development, X-ray and gamma-ray astronomy, and space mission architecture. Complete lists are available upon request.


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