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Monday, March 2, 2015
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015

Tutorials
Chair: Kalyani Rengarajan, The Aerospace Corporation

A. Resilient Cloud-Based Ground Systems
Instructor: Kenneth Cureton, Network-Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC)

B. A Model-Based Approach to Architecting Ground Data Systems
Instructors: Elyse Fosse, Kathleen Crean, and Marc Sarrel, NASA/Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

C: Introduction to Ground Systems
Instructors: James Anderson and Donald Town, The Aerospace Corporation

D: Introduction to Satellite Communications: Satellite Telemetry and Command Paths
Instructors: Rob Andzik, Randy Culver, and Dennis Connors, AMERGINT Technologies

E: Big Data Considerations for Ground System Environments
Instructors: Daniel Crichton, Emily Law, J. Steven Hughes, Shan Malhotra, Thomas Huang, and Thomas Fuchs, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

F: Agile Development: Myths, Monsters, and Fables
Instructors: Mary Ann Lapham and Suzanne Miller, Software Engineering Institute

G: Security Risk Management using the Security Engineering Risk Analysis (SERA) Method
Instructor: Carol Woody, Software Engineering Institute

H: Introduction to Space Domain Task Force (SDTF) Specifications — XTCE, GEMS, SOLM, XUSP
Instructors: Brad Kizzort, Harris Corporation; Gerry Simon, Kratos Integral Systems; Rob Andzik, AMERGINT Technologies

I: Introduction to Systems and Software Architecture
Instructor: John Reeves, The Aerospace Corporation

J: Introduction to Satellite Communications: Vehicle RF Communications
Instructors: Rod Morris, ViaSat, Inc.; Randy Culver and Dennis Connors,
AMERGINT Technologies

 

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Session 1: Keynote Session (video)

Introduction and Announcements
Todd Kaiser, GSAW 2015 General Chair, The Aerospace Corporation

Welcome Address (no charts)
Dr. Rami Razouk, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology Group, The Aerospace Corporation

Keynote Address (no charts)
Maj. Gen. Robert McMurry Jr., Vice Commander, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

 

Session 2: Multimission Approaches
Chair: Navneet Mezcciani, The Aerospace Corporation

Multimission Elements: Key Assets for EUMETSAT Programmes
Michel Horny, Graziano Mori and Eric Bouchez, EUMETSAT

Adapting a Sophisticated Ground Data System for use by a Deep Space Cubesat Mission
Dave Santo, George Rinker, and Andy Klesh, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Common Ground Architecture — Lessons Learned and Identified Barriers to Overcome
Michelle Harper, Charles Reeves, and Jessica Sanford, Booz Allen Hamilton

 

Session 3: Model-Based Engineering
Chair: Thom McVittie, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Applying Guiding Principles in the Development of Architectures, Acquisition Specifications, and Operating Practices for Affordable and Resilient Satellite Ground Systems
Asya Campbell, Kevin Wilson, Lawrence Miller, Donald Sather, Alan Unell, and Diana Webber, The Aerospace Corporation

SSA Data Centers, from Concept to Reality
Vicente Navarro, Nicolas Bobrinsky, Gian Maria Pinna, Mariella Spada, Norrie Wright, and Mehran Sarkarati, European Space Agency; Hauke Ernst, Airbus; Juan Arregui, GMV; Noelia Sánchez, Deimos; P. Jacques, Spacebel; P. Beltrami, Etamax; Ole Kverneland, Capgemini

Assisting Test Development with Architecting Techniques
Robert Morgenstern, NASA Joint Polar Satellite System Project; Alan Jeffries, Jeff Hayden, and Patrick Barnes, Jeffries Technology Solutions, Inc.

 

Featured Lunchtime Speaker (video)
Chairs: Maj. Jason Seyba, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center;
Sky Troyer, The Aerospace Corporation

Adaptive IT Innovation
Frank Konieczny, Chief Technology Officer, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force

 

Session 4: Cybersecurity
Chair: Yogita Shah, The Aerospace Corporation

Attribute Based Access Control Model for Multimission Data in Space Ground System
Somdatta Nath, General Dynamics C4 Systems

A Space Mission Cybersecurity Study
Julio Vivero, GMV; Luca del Monte, European Space Agency

Real-time Cyber Situational Awareness for Satellite Ground Networks
Ted Vera, RT Logic

 

Session 5: Big Data and the Cloud
Chair: Nestor Peccia, European Space Operations Center, European Space Agency

ISIS DataStore: A High Performance Distributed Archive for Time-Series
M. Nicolas Champsavoir, CNES (French Space Agency)

Hybrid Architectures: Supporting Data Science Analytics for Multiple Missions with Streaming, Interactive and Batch Analytics Components
Eric Dull and Steven Reinhardt, Cray/YarcData

A Unified Situational Awareness Dashboard for Spacecraft Operations
Haisam Ido, Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc.

Space Ground Services in the Joint Information Environment (JIE)
Scott Niebuhr, Jeremy Burton, Judy Kerner, and Sky Troyer, The Aerospace Corporation

 

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Session 6: Scheduling and Automation
Chair: Supannika Mobasser, The Aerospace Corporation

Automated Scheduling, Configuration and Monitoring of Ground Station Network Services
Petros Pissias and Holger Dreihahn, European Space Agency/European Space Operation Center

Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System Demand Access System Augmentation
Keith Hogie, Edward Criscuolo, Asoka Dissanayake, Bruce Flanders, and Haleh Safavi, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

 

Session 7: Working Group (Session 11) Previews
Chair: Jonathan Becker, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11A: Evolving Model-Based Engineering Practices and Integrating
Model-Based Engineering Across Enterprise, System, and Software Levels
Ryan Noguchi and Robert Pettit IV, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11B: Frameworks in Action — A Foundation for Service
Based Architectures
Donald Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11C: Lessons Learned on Agile Ground Software Development
Supannika Mobasser and Yogita Shah, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11D: Cost Estimation II for Next-Generation Ground Systems
Jim Alstad and Barry Boehm, University of Southern California

Session 11E: Cloud Computing for Ground Systems V
Ramesh Rangachar and Craig Lee, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11F: Ground System Enablers and Future Small Sat Development
Catherine Venturini and Steve Mazuk, The Aerospace Corporation

 

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Session 8: Keynote Session (video)
Chair: Thom McVittie, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Introduction and Announcements
Todd Kaiser, GSAW 2015 General Chair, The Aerospace Corporation

Keynote Address
Bill Possel, Director, Mission Operations and Data Systems, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)

 

Session 9: Changing Paradigms and Challenges
Chair: Frank Fong, The Aerospace Corporation

A Modest Proposal to Transition from Stovepipes to an Enterprise
Donald Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

Outsourcing Software Maintenance Services in a Cost Controlled Manner
James Eggleston, European Space Agency/European Space Operation Center

Tools for Space Systems Cyber Situational Awareness
Wayne Wheeler, The Aerospace Corporation

 

Session 10: Standards
Chair: Carl Sunshine, The Aerospace Corporation

Plug and Play — Technologies for Robotic Operations
Paul Steele and Felix Flentge, European Space Agency/European Space Operation Center

Will XTCE Work for Your Organization? It will for Us! Infusion of XTCE to NASA Missions
Michela Muñoz Fernández, George Rinker, and Marti DeMore, NASA/Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; Dan Smith and Ron Jones, NASA Goddard
Space Flight Center; Kevin Rice, ASRC

Secure Delay Tolerant Networking Using SBSP and IPMEIR
Assi Friedman, Jeff Janicik, and David Andaleon, Innoflight; Ed Birrane, Tolerant Network
Solutions

 

Session 11: Working Groups
Chair: Jonathan Becker, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11A: Evolving Model-Based Engineering Practices and Integrating Model-Based Engineering Across Enterprise, System, and Software Levels
Chairs: Ryan Noguchi and Robert Pettit IV, The Aerospace Corporation

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and many practicing systems engineers envision model-based systems engineering (MBSE) practices will dominate the continuing evolution of systems engineering (SE), offering significant improvements over current document-centric practices in addressing the complexities and acquisition responsiveness that increasingly complex systems will drive.

Model based software engineering methodology has gained a strong foothold in largescale software development organizations and projects, but the methods, processes, and tools needed for the disciplined practice of MBSE are still an active area of research and development, and it may be many years before model-based techniques — particularly MBSE — becomes the mainstream state of practice in the acquisition, development, and operation of complex satellite ground systems. The continued maturation of MBSE capabilities and their successful demonstration in pilot and smaller acquisition projects is needed before MBSE can win over the hearts and minds of experienced systems engineers and program managers.

In this working group session, we hope to foster a mutually beneficial discussion of the community’s lessons learned from the research, demonstration, and early production projects being conducted to advance the practice of MBSE and to better integrate MBSE methods, processes, and tools with model-based systems engineering for the development of computer software configuration items; with enterprise architecture to support enterprise decision processes; with the MBSE performed by peer organizations responsible for the concurrent development or maintenance of interoperating systems; and with MBSE processes crossing the acquirer-provider contractual boundary.

 

Session 11B: Frameworks in Action — A Foundation for Service-Based Architectures
Chair: Donald Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

Due to fiscal constraints, many organizations are currently looking for cost savings by viewing their enterprise horizontally across stovepiped missions as opposed to the more traditional approach of looking vertically through each individual mission. This opens new and exciting possibilities for changes in acquisition, architecture, culture, and CONOPS that could potentially increase capability for a lower lifecycle cost. The use of application frameworks is one way to enable the horizontal integration of ground systems as well as the sharing of services. The use of application frameworks is relatively new to the government space sector. Representatives from many different government organizations will present how their organizations have implemented, plan to implement, or are studying frameworks. They will present benefits, and lessons learned, as well as plans for the future. After the presentations, there will be questions and answers with the audience.

Presentations:
Neptune Software Introduction
Jeffery Cleveland and Brian Cassidy, Naval Research Laboratory

Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Space-Ground Segment Interests
Mark Harter, Space Knowledge Center

Transitioning to an Enterprise Ground System
Lt. Col. Matt Kimsal, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

CHOPS Design Review Consolidated High-throughput Operational Products System (CHOPS)
Joseph Mani and Lee Marks, NESDIS

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Open Architecture Framework
Dan Smith, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

 

Session 11C: Lessons Learned on Agile Ground Software Development
Chairs: Supannika Mobasser and Yogita Shah, The Aerospace Corporation

Agile software development has been used in the commercial sector for more than a decade. Meanwhile, in the government sector, budget pressures are providing an incentive to examine whether successful programs can be achieved with leaner processes. Some ideas from agile development, such as continuous integration, provide clear benefits. On the other hand, some of the challenges of applying an

  • agile approach on federal programs have been in
  • providing information to a large number of stakeholders
  • dealing with technical complexities that require the collaboration of many specialists
  • preserving knowledge as personnel turn over on multiyear projects

In accordance with the agile mindset of continuous improvement, this workshop will provide an opportunity for agile practitioners to share their experiences and learn from others. We’d be interested in sharing ideas on how to balance agility and discipline with respect to topics such as the following:

  • Schedules and milestone decisions
  • Interactions between contractors and government program offices
  • Requirements volatility and scope management
  • Metrics
  • Contract types
  • Personnel turnover
  • Scalability

 

Session 11D: Cost Estimation II for Next-Generation Ground Systems
Chairs: Jim Alstad and Barry Boehm, University of Southern California

In today’s cyber-physical-human world, we need to model and estimate single system development, existing system and software upgrades, and development of new system of systems capabilities, while at the same time exploring alternatives in the solution space for affordability and expedited/rapid delivery of solutions. Often initial system development is not the total cost driver for total ownership costs. Manufacturing, maintenance, sustainment, and retirement/disposal costs can often overshadow development costs, and a lack of investment in flexibility and affordability can mean a shorter life for the system and a corresponding reduction in the return on investment for the initial development costs.

USC, The Aerospace Corporation, USAF/SMC, the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and the Naval Postgraduate School are collaborating in developing a next-generation cost model for next-generation space and ground systems. This model, known as COSATMO, will immediately address system cost and schedule; it will also benefit risk management by providing a baseline to which actual costs can be compared during system development.

The objective of the COSATMO research is to build on current capabilities in existing cost models and to fill gaps in the capabilities of our current estimating tools. Some of the planned objectives of the COSATMO effort are to be able to perform:

  • Cost model analysis to evaluate tradeoffs between affordability, quality, security, flexibility, performance, and other goals;
  • Cost modeling and estimation to support analysis of alternatives; and
  • Return on investment of early feasibility assessments.

Presentations:
COSATMO: Developing The Harmonized COSYSMO 3.0 Model Including the Coalesced Effort Multiplier Submodel
Jim Alstad, USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering

Current and Future Challenges for Ground System Cost Estimation
Barry Boehm and Jim Alstad, USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering

 

Session 11E: Cloud Computing for Ground Systems V
Chairs: Ramesh Rangachar and Craig Lee, The Aerospace Corporation

This is the fifth year of this working group. The main objective of the working group is to continue to drive into specifics for the adoption of cloud computing in satellite ground systems. The Cloud Reference Model and Roadmap produced by Aerospace will be used to frame the discussion, while specific mission requirements will be used to prioritize initial steps. The working group will focus on:

  • Cloud experts’ perspectives on ground services;
  • State of the art in cloud computing and ground systems technologies;
  • Cloud reference models and roadmaps;
  • Necessary infrastructure and application service provider (ISP/ASP) capabilities;
  • Cloud-based ground system applications;
  • Ground systems data analysis using Big Data
  • Mobile applications for ground systems;
  • Cloud security, standards, and compliance;
  • Cloud computing economics; and
  • Cloud performance management.

This working group will be a combination of presentations, case studies, demonstrations, and free format discussion on the focus issues mentioned above. Presenters and panelists will include ground systems providers, integrators, and operators, cloud solutions providers, and others interested in ground systems and cloud computing.

Presentations:
The SMC Enterprise Ground Architecture Cloud Studies
Craig Lee, Joe Bannister, Mel Cutler, Doug Enright, Bob Lindell, Eric Coe, Eltefaat Shokri, Richard Yee, and Wayne Wheeler, The Aerospace Corporation

Managing Disaster Response through On-Demand Resource Federation
Craig Lee, Nehal Desai, and Andrew Brethorst, The Aerospace Corporation

NOAA Big Data Partnership
Jeff de La Beaujardière, NOAA Data Management Architect

Big Data for Satellite Business Intelligence
Loic Coulet, Kratos ISE

Taming the Big Ocean Data
Thomas Huang, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Cloud Research for Science Data Systems
Emily Law, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

The USGS Landsat Big Data Challenge
Brian Sauer, USGS EROS

A 3-D Approach to the Implementation of Ground Segments in Clouds
Martin Dillman, EUMETSAT

 

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Session 11F: Ground System Enablers and Future Small Sat Development
Chairs: Catherine Venturini and Steve Mazuk, The Aerospace Corporation

Current ground systems, while capable, provide limited services to mission designers for all sizes of space systems, e.g., intermittent connectivity, scheduled links, and limited ground network antennas. Last years’ GSAW session, “Current and Future Ground systems for CubeSats,” identified mission concepts that are challenging to perform using today’s ground systems, e.g., constellations, interplanetary. The objective of this session is to identify limitations of ground systems, and what additional or new services could be provided to enable innovative flight concepts. Potential changes for space vehicle capabilities to enable new services will also be explored. The rapid development cycles of small satellites (micro/nano/pcosats) enable space mission designers to envision new operating modes, perform on-orbit tests and mitigate risks on a 12–24-month cycle, with modest budgets compared to large space systems. Small sats provide a platform to rapidly innovate in a budget-constrained environment, and reduce risks for systems of all sizes.

This working group will bring together experts/practitioners from government, industry, and academia to help better understand the needs of future small sat missions, the state-of-the-art in ground-system support, and to identify the critical areas where changes to ground systems capabilities will enable new space capabilities.

Presentations:
Ground System Enablers and Future Small Sat Development
Catherine Venturini and Steve Mazuk, The Aerospace Corporation

Ground System Enablers and Future Small Sat Development Discussion Summary
Catherine Venturini, Steve Mazuk, and Adam Darley, The Aerospace Corporation

Commercial Perspectives: “Ground System Enablers and Future Small Sat Development”
Eric Eliasen, Universal Space Network, Inc.

AFRL Small Satellite Portfolio
Kyle Kemble, Air Force Research Laboratory

Tyvak Overview – Ground System Enablers and Future Small Sat Development
Marco Villa, Tyvak NanoSatellite Systems Inc.

 

Session 12: Evening Session
Chairs: Judy Kerner and Rick Johnson, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 12A: The Role of COTS Vendors in Future Ground Systems
Chair: Dan Smith, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

This session will provide an opportunity for commercial product vendors to discuss their roles in future ground systems in our ever-changing environment. We plan to include reps from multiple COTS control center product vendor companies as well as members of multiple government and commercial space organizations to allow for a broad discussion of key topic questions, including:

  1. What should the balance be between government programs specifying exactly what they need and allowing the COTS vendors to innovate and present the new
    ideas to the government?
  2. What are the potential new COTS product growth areas? Are cloud-ready products available?
  3. Government studies continue to recommend common software baselines as a way to significantly reduce costs. What is the vendor community viewpoint on larger and larger blocks of missions potentially going to a single product baseline? Are there other answers?
  4. The push to CubeSats is changing the cost-points and business models for COTS products. What changes might we see soon?
  5. What’s the government doing right in terms of working with COTS vendors? What could be improved?
  6. Who is moving toward standards such as the evolving CCSDS Mission Operations Services?

 

Session 12B: Special GSAW/SPIN/INCOSE-LA/IEEE CS Event
Topic: You’re in my Space: Agile’s Roles, Responsibilities, and Competencies
Speakers: Mary Ann Lapham and Suzanne Miller, Software Engineering Institute

Agile is becoming more prevalent in the federal government space. This usage is raising questions about how Agile methods fit into the highly regulated environment commonly seen in that space. This presentation will provide an overview of the expanded role of the program office in the Agile space including roles, responsibilities and competencies required of the program office, and how the new DOD Instruction 5000.02 could fit in to support DOD programs with Agile contractors. Some time will be devoted to a practical description of the issues that may confront the government role as product owner. In addition, a brief discussion of Agile in the larger ecosystem will include a description of the forms of obstacles posed by the surrounding “systems engineering ecosystem.”

 

Session 12C: Future SATOPS Planning and Enterprise Ground Architecting (EGA) — Achieving Resiliency for Increased Commercial Multimission Support
Chairs: Roberta Ewart, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC); Joseph Betser, The Aerospace Corporation

Speakers: Maj. Michael Molesworth, SMC; Wayne Wheeler, The Aerospace Corporation

The Future SATOPS EGA (FSEGA) Evening Session is focused on facilitating a discussion on the modernization of the interoperable SATOPS Enterprise Ground Architecture (EGA) infrastructures, encompassing capabilities such as (but not limited to) command and control; tracking, telemetry, and commanding (TT&C); launch, early orbit, and anomaly (LEO&A) resolution; and space situational awareness in support of the national security space community. In particular, FSEGA is aimed at understanding the need to transition from existing constrained and contested environments to advanced IP-enabled technologies in order to maintain mission critical capabilities in a cost-efficient manner. Driven by fiscal constraints and potential budget opportunities, the stage is set for recapitalization in a new
environment whereby advanced IP can be brought to bear on existing shortfalls. This evening session will discuss several recapitalization ideas, including:

  1. Enable IP architectures for ground and space and increased adoption of commercial technologies
  2. Support enterprise ground architecting
  3. Enhanced cyber resilience.

 

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Session 13: Keynote Session (video)
Chair: Dan Smith, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Introduction and Announcements
Todd Kaiser, GSAW 2015 General Chair, The Aerospace Corporation

Best Presentation Award

Keynote Address
Steven Petersen, Director of the Office of Satellite Ground Services, National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Session 14: Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Ground Services (video Part 1) (video Part 2)
Chair: Anil Agrawal, The Aerospace Corporation

Moderator
Marilee Wheaton
Systems Engineering Fellow, The Aerospace Corporation

Panelists
Dr. John Bellardo
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
California Polytechnic State University

Dr. Mal De Ponte
Senior Vice President
National Systems Group
The Aerospace Corporation

Matthew Debski
Senior Software Engineer
Google, Inc.

Frank Konieczny
Chief Technology Officer, Office of Information Dominance and
Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force

Dan Smith
Ground System Manager
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Miguel Tortosa
Ground Segment Programs Manager
Satellite Control
Eutelsat

 

Session 15: Summary Session (video)
Chair: Jonathan Becker, The Aerospace Corporation

Working Group (Session 11) Outbriefs
Session 11A: Evolving Model-Based Engineering Practices and Integrating Model- Based Engineering Across Enterprise, System, and Software Levels
Ryan Noguchi and Robert Pettit IV, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11B: Frameworks in Action — A Foundation for Service Based Architectures
Donald Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11C: Lessons Learned on Agile Ground Software Development
Supannika Mobasser and Yogita Shah, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11D: Cost Estimation II for Next-Generation Ground Systems
Jim Alstad and Barry Boehm, University of Southern California

Session 11E: Cloud Computing for Ground Systems V
Ramesh Rangachar and Craig Lee, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11F: Ground System Enablers and Future Small Sat Development
Catherine Venturini and Steve Mazuk, The Aerospace Corporation

Workshop Summary
Samuel Cantrell, The Aerospace Corporation

Closing Remarks
Todd Kaiser, GSAW 2015 General Chair, The Aerospace Corporation

End of General Workshop

 

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Sessions C16-C19
Special Session Agenda (held at The Aerospace Corporation)

Session C16: Keynote Session
Introduction and Announcements
Sky Troyer, Classified Workshop Chair, The Aerospace Corporation

Keynote Address
Dr. Mal De Ponte, Senior Vice President, National Systems Group, The Aerospace Corporation

Session C17: Plenary Session
Presentations

Session C18: Plenary Session
Presentations

Session C19: Plenary Session
Presentations

Closing Remarks

Networking Hour

 

End of GSAW 2015

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