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Monday, Feb. 29, 2016
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

Tutorials
Chair: Yogita Shah, The Aerospace Corporation

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

B. Data Analytics — From Data to Knowledge
Instructors: Susan Vogel, Stuart Kerr, and Kurt Roettiger, The Aerospace Corporation

C: Integrating Cybersecurity into the System Lifecycle Using the Risk Management Framework (RMF)
Instructor: Daniel Faigin, The Aerospace Corporation

D: An Overview of Ground Systems for Satellite Operations
Instructor: James Anderson, The Aerospace Corporation

E: A Proven Methodology for Developing Secure Software and Applying It to Ground Systems
Instructors: Barry Lyons IV, SGT, Inc., and Brandon Bailey, NASA IV&V

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

G: Introduction to CCSDS Mission Operations Services Standards
Instructors: Mehran Sarkarati and Mario Merri, European Space Agency

H: Architecting Effective Ground System Automation
Instructors: Linda Vandergriff and Lee Harkless, The Aerospace Corporation

I: Beyond Open Architecture: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities in Open Source Software Development (OSSD) for Aerospace and Defense Applications
Instructor: Walt Scacchi, Institute for Software Research

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

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Session 1: Keynote Session

Announcements
Rick Johnson, GSAW 2016 General Chair, The Aerospace Corporation

Welcome Address
Dr. Wanda Austin, President and CEO, The Aerospace Corporation

Keynote Address
Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Commander, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

Session 2: Operating Multiple Missions
Chair: Steve Benkufski, The Aerospace Corporation

Multi-Mission Satellite Operations System Overview
John Jeremy Bouvet, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

The Sentinels Mission Control Systems – A Versatile Approach to Deployment and Operations
Michael Koller and Diogo Bernardino, European Space Agency

The Earth Observing System (EOS) Ground System: Leveraging an Existing Operational Ground System Infrastructure to Support New Missions
David Hardison, Johnny Medina, and Greg Dell, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Session 3: Ground Automation
Chair: Kalyani Rengarajan, The Aerospace Corporation

Assessing the Ground Data System Automation that Enables Lights-Out Operation of SMAP
Antonio Sanders and Christopher Swan, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Satellite Operations Automation
Capt. Uri Mandelbaum and Brent Miller, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

True Operations Automation: from a GEO Fleet to a Single LEO Satellite
Enrique Rivero, Juan Gil, and Rosario Pérez, GMV

Featured Lunchtime Speaker (video)
Chair: Dan Smith, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Reaching for New Horizons
Alice Bowman, New Horizons Mission Operations Manager, Space Exploration Sector, Space Systems Implementation Branch, Space Mission Operations Group, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Session 4: Rapid Development Techniques
Chair: Navneet Mezcciani, The Aerospace Corporation

Software Systems Engineering and Rapid Development Methods
Tiara Johnson, David Mayo, and Kara Schmitt, The Aerospace Corporation

RapidScat: A “Rapid” GDS to Help RapidScat Capture Ocean Winds on the ISS
Wallace Hu, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Leveraging Adaptive Software Standards to Enable the Rapid Standup of Small Satellite Ground Systems
Mike Sotak, Kratos Technology and Training Solutions, Inc., and Jordan Klepper, RT Logic, Inc.

Session 5: Evolution or Revolution?
Chair: Kathleen Harmon, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

EGS-CC, not an Enterprise Ground Service but a European Ground Systems – Common Core
Nestor Peccia, European Space Operations Center, European Space Agency

Embracing Rapid Change Through Flexible Architecture – the CACE Case Study
Brian Bone and Kevin Hein, Kratos Technology and Training Solutions, Inc., and Capt. Jason Pausewang, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

Hams, Hackers, and Makers: Open Source Ground Stations for Fun, Education, and Inspiration
Dan White, Valparaiso University

Use of Smartphones for Receiving Telemetry and Commanding a Satellite
Rishabh Maharaja, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Capitol Technology University

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Session 6: Scheduling and Automation
Chair: Yogita Shah, The Aerospace Corporation

Container-Virtualization within the Space Industry
Jens Pfau, Sascha Schuenemann, and Pavol Safarik, CGI

Computer Technology Makes the Service of GeoScience Processing System More Convenient
Shengyang Li, Wanfeng Zhang, and Zhiwen Liu, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Designing a High Speed GDS Telemetry Repository using Open Source Technologies
Lloyd DeForrest, Farzad Saadat, and Philip Southam, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Session 7: Working Group Previews
Chair: Supannika Mobasser, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11A: Challenges and Experiences of Adopting Agile Ground Software Development
Supannika Mobasser and Steve Rosemergy, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11B: Cyber Defense in Practice
DJ Byrne and Bryan Johnson, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Session 11C: Evolving Model-Based Engineering to Keep Up With the Rapid Rate of Change
Ryan Noguchi and Robert Pettit IV, The Aerospace Corporation

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

Session 11E: Open Source Practitioners in Aerospace
Wayne Burke, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and Vale Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11F: Embracing Change via the Use of Service-Based Frameworks and Products in an Enterprise
Don Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Session 8: Keynote Session (video)

Announcements
Rick Johnson, GSAW 2016 General Chair, The Aerospace Corporation

Introduction
Dan Smith, Ground System Manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Keynote Address
Steven Kremer, Chief of the Wallops Range, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Wallops Flight Facility

Session 9: Business Considerations
Chair: Marilee Wheaton, The Aerospace Corporation

Too Big To Succeed
Rob Andzik, AMERGINT Technologies

Avoiding Overruns in the Specification of Non-Functional Requirements
Barry Boehm, University of Southern California

Session 10: Enterprise Approaches
Chair: Nestor Peccia, European Space Operations Center, European Space Agency

Technical Characteristics of an Enterprise Ground System
Michael LeBlanc, John Faure, and Dave Vititoe, Harris Corporation

Autonomous Closed-loop Tasking, Acquisition, Processing, and Evaluation for Situational Awareness Feedback
Stuart Frye and Daniel Mandl, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Pat Cappelaere, Vightel, Inc.

Guiding Principles for Successful Ground Systems – An Integrators Perspective
Gerry Simon and David Conway, Kratos Defense

Session 11: Working Groups

Session 11A: Challenges and Experiences of Adopting Agile Ground Software Development
Chairs: Supannika Mobasser and Steve Rosemergy, The Aerospace Corporation

To embrace the rapid rate of change in ground software system development, it is crucial to be flexible, resilient, and robust. Although there is no one-size-fits-all process, an agile approach has been increasingly popular and widely adopted in the software industry. Aerospace and defense contractors have gradually started to adopt agile principles and manifestos. Meanwhile, in the government sector, several programs are starting to embrace agile methods. However, there are questions on whether agile would be a good fit for large-scale, mission-critical programs, or, better yet, how do we know whether we should use agile? If so, should we use agile as it is used in commercial software-intensive industry or how should we tailor the process so that it is still agile but also be compliant with government regulations.

This working group will provide an opportunity for agile practitioners to share their experiences and learn from others. The format of the working group will be a combination of presentations, case studies, and interactive discussion focusing on different aspects of agile adoption on ground software system development.

Presentation:
Challenges and Experiences of Adopting Agile Ground Software Development
Supannika Mobasser and Steve Rosemergy, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11B: Cyber Defense in Practice
Chairs: DJ Byrne and Bryan Johnson, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Open forum to discuss experiences with cyber defense implementations, verifications and validations, and adaptations at an enterprise level. We’ll cover understanding the needs and requirements, putting programs in place, testing their effectiveness, measuring their impacts, and keeping them relevant over time.

Topics will include:

  • Lay of the land
  • Implementing an architecture
  • Organizational politics
  • After the implementation
  • Space peculiarities

Presentation:
Cyber Defense in Practice
DJ Byrne and Bryan Johnson, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

 

Session 11C: Evolving Model-Based Engineering (MBE) to Keep Up with the Rapid Rate of Change
Chairs: Ryan Noguchi and Robert Pettit IV, The Aerospace Corporation

In this working group session, we hope to foster a mutually beneficial discussion of the community’s lessons learned and best practices from the research, demonstration, and early production projects being conducted to advance the practice of model-based systems and software engineering. As in previous years, we plan to facilitate an open discussion of the issues and concerns of MBE to encourage broad participation from the assembled participants. We plan to open the session with a very brief presentation that sets the stage, but we have found that the discussion evolves on its own accord, leads the group in directions we can’t predict in advance, and results in the beneficial emergence of insightful conclusions and the identification of key challenges and opportunities that face the community. At last year’s session, we identified many benefits and challenges for MBE implementation and widespread adoption, and we determined that we need to continue to work on improving model interoperability, strengthening the integration between levels (enterprise, system, and software), and documenting and emulating success stories.

In keeping with this year’s GSAW theme, we would like to focus the working group’s discussions on two key topics: 1) improving organizational agility to support the rapid rate of change, and 2) improving interoperability between organizations’ MBE practices and models to facilitate improved communication and collaboration.

No presentations; Discussion only.

Session 11D: Cost Cloud Computing for Ground Systems VI
Chairs: Ramesh Rangachar and Craig Lee, The Aerospace Corporation

This is the sixth 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 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
  • 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:
Cloud-based Open Architecture approach for Common Enterprise Ground Services
Tom Vanek, Booz Allen Hamilton

Cloudy Ground: An Overview of ESA Cloud Computing Initiatives for Ground Data Systems
Mehran Sarkarati, ESA

Next Generation Cloud Based Ingest and Processing Framework for Environmental Data
Rich Baker, Solers, Inc.

Bridging Silos – A Demonstration of Federation Management Using the KeyVOMS Prototype
Craig Lee, The Aerospace Corporation

Advanced Information Systems Big Data Study for Earth Science
Daniel Crichton, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Michael Little, NASA Headquarters

Session 11E: Open Source Practitioners in Aerospace
Chairs: Wayne Burke, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and Vale Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

The generation and utilization of open source (OS) software has become commonplace and valued across industry, academia, and government. There are well-known advantages as well as challenges in the use of OS that the community as a whole has experienced, drawn lessons about, and made choices concerning the best ways to move forward.

This working group is conceived as a “birds-of-a-feather” gathering among OS practitioners for the purpose of sharing information about use cases, use models, and lessons learned, and to discuss the value and mechanics of forming a community of OS practitioners that can provide a collective voice for advocacy, addressing risks and concerns, and formulating policy toward the future of OS. The principle objective of the working group is community-building.

In keeping with the open source spirit of this event, we will organize this workshop using open space technology. This style of event is in keeping with the meritocratic nature of open source, with a focus on collaborative, engaging discussions that are proposed and facilitated by the participants themselves. Because the open source within this community is still new and exciting, this format will allow anyone with relevant experiences to share them and anyone with questions or issues they need advice on to receive it.

Presentation:
Open Source Practitioners in Aerospace
Vale Sather, The Aerospace Corporation and Chris Mattman, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

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Session 11F: Embracing Change via the Use of Service-Based Frameworks and Products in an Enterprise
Chair: Don Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

The whole landscape of satellite ground operations (both mission and bus) is shifting. Due to this shift, the days of building “one of a kind” stovepiped solutions that are purpose built to service only a single mission are dwindling fast. The rate of technological turnover in the area of satellite ground systems is growing rapidly. Coupled with this rapid turnover is a need to shorten the development cycle of satellite programs. Changes even extend to the way satellites are flown, while the role of satellite operators is changing from a traditional “hands-on” approach of flying a single program to one of tracking largely autonomous operations across, perhaps, many programs. To address the ever-changing cyber threat, the role of information assurance and cyber defense now needs to be designed from the ground up in new systems. To take advantage of the rapidly advancing state of the art, threat profile, and mission needs, ground systems must avoid vendor lock-in on products as well as take advantage of reusable service-based infrastructures that can service many different satellite systems across an enterprise. For the first time, many organizations that currently fly large numbers of disparate missions are having to determine what benefits they desire from the implementation of these infrastructures in order to properly optimize their enterprise as they move forward. New approaches to business practices, organization, architecture, acquisition, and operations are being evolved to become more agile and streamlined to address the changing landscape and threats. Proper application of new approaches can meet an organization’s goals; however, improper application can do the opposite. This working group will focus on the efforts, progress, plans, and lessons learned from several entities, including industry, that are pursuing different approaches and elicit feedback from participants on their plans and issues.

Panel Discussion:

  • Dan Smith, NASA Goddard
  • Eric Gottshall, NOAA
  • Col. James Planeaux, USAF SMC/ADY
  • Nancy Holt, USAF SMC/ADG
  • Brad Kizzort, Harris Corp (representing the OMG Space Task Force)

Presentations:
Opening Comments – NASA – Planning for NASA’s Future Ground Systems
Dan Smith, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

NOAA / NESDIS / OSGS / SED
Eric Gottshall, OSGS / NESDIS / NOAA / DOC

Service-based Frameworks
Brad Kizzort, Harris

Enterprise Ground Services (EGS) Overview and Standards
Maj. Derrick Langley, SMC/ADY

Enterprise Ground Services (EGS) Overview
Col. Jim Planeaux, SMC/AD

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

Session 12A: Ground Software Standards for Space Systems Operations
Lead: Alan Unell, The Aerospace Corporation

Using well-known nonproprietary standards allows the acquirers of space system ground stations to select the best software and hardware at any given moment to support the hosted missions and not be locked into any particular contractor.

Some techniques that may be valuable in such ground stations are service-oriented frameworks, cloud-based techniques, and the use of enterprise service buses for communication.

Many companies, FFRDCs, and government agencies have been developing service-oriented and cloud-based systems on their own and have generated a wealth of experience. This evening session seeks to capture this community’s experience to help put in place the best possible open standards, hardware, and software choices to keep that doorway of future flexibility open.

No presentations; Discussion only.

Session 12B: The Identification and Intersection of Operationally Realistic System Development Tests and Mission Operations Rehearsals
Leads: Julie White and Bruce Arnheim, The Aerospace Corporation

Prelaunch mission operations rehearsals have long been identified primarily as a training activity. For the past few years, discussions with development programs about performing “like you fly” system tests have led to some assertions that mission operations rehearsals essentially cover “like you fly” test objectives, so there is little need for a separate set of system tests. However, to the best of our knowledge, there has been very little codification of what needs to be in a mission operations rehearsal for training purposes and how that can be leveraged to include recognizable test objectives. We propose to conduct a facilitated workshop to identify essential features of mission operations rehearsals, identify key distinctions between rehearsals and operationally realistic system tests, and the conditions that would allow for conducting these either concurrently or sequentially to optimize resource usage.

This evening session will solicit and focus discussions with participants regarding the relationships and use of mission operations rehearsals with system tests. Virtually all system tests are focused on the verification (sell-off) of system requirements. System testing is performed using contractor test teams, and the tests frequently do not relate, in any fashion, to the way actual operations are conducted after operational acceptance. Mission rehearsals, while having a relatively high fidelity to actual operations processes, in other respects may be much less representative of operational interactions with other elements/segments.

No presentations; Discussion only.

Session 12C: Special GSAW/SPIN/INCOSE-LA/IEEE CS Evening Event
Leads: Jim Alstad and Barry Boehm, University of Southern California, and Marilee Wheaton, The Aerospace Corporation

Topic: Interactive Session on Cost Estimation for Next-Generation Ground Systems

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-ofsystems 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. The objective of this USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering research initiative 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 next-generation models 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
  • Return on investment of early feasibility assessments

This special evening session will be both informative and interactive, with a theme of how to gather data to support estimating systems engineering costs for ground systems using COSYSMO 3.0.

Presentations:
COSYSMO 3.0: Lessons Learned from Collecting Systems Engineering Data
Jim Alstad, University of Southern California, and Marilee Wheaton, The Aerospace Corporation

System Qualities Ontology, Tradespace and Affordability (SQOTA) Project
Barry Boehm, University of Southern California

COSYSMO 3.0: Cost Estimation of Systems Engineering in a Context of Rapid Changes
Jim Alstad, University of Southern California

COSYSMO 3.0: Data Collection Form
Jim Alstad, University of Southern California

 

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Session 13: Keynote Session (video)

Announcements
Rick Johnson, GSAW 2016 General Chair, The Aerospace Corporation

Best Presentation Award

Introduction
Dr. Willie Krenz, Vice President and CIO, The Aerospace Corporation

Keynote Address
Frank Konieczny, Chief Technology Officer, Office of Information Dominance; Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force

Session 14: Panel Discussion: Embracing the Rapid Rate of Change (video)
Chair: Anil Agrawal, The Aerospace Corporation

Moderator
Marilee Wheaton
Systems Engineering Fellow, The Aerospace Corporation

Panelists
Col. John Anttonen
Director
Operationally Responsive Space Office
Kirtland Air Force Base

Rishabh Maharaja
Deputy Flight Operations Team Lead, NASA’s EO-1 Mission;
Adjunct Professor, Capitol Technology University;
Project Hermes Principal Investigator, Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc.

Michael Moran
Director, Government Solutions
Intelligence Community and Air Force Programs
Harris Corporation

Jorge Potti
General Manager of Space
GMV

Dr. Jordi Puig-Suari
Professor
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Tom Soderstrom
IT Chief Technology Officer
NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Session 15: Summary Session (video)
Chair: Supannika Mobasser, The Aerospace Corporation

Working Group Outbriefs
Session 11A: Challenges and Experiences of Adopting Agile Ground Software Development
Supannika Mobasser and Steve Rosemergy, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11B: Cyber Defense in Practice
DJ Byrne and Bryan Johnson, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Session 11C: Evolving Model-Based Engineering to Keep Up with the Rapid Rate of Change
Ryan Noguchi and Robert Pettit IV, The Aerospace Corporation

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

Session 11E: Open Source Practitioners in Aerospace
Wayne Burke, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Session 11F: Embracing Change via the Use of Service-Based Frameworks and Products in an Enterprise
Don Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

Workshop Summary
Samuel Cantrell, The Aerospace Corporation

Closing Remarks
Rick Johnson, GSAW 2016 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
Announcements
Gretchen Lindsay, Classified Workshop Chair, The Aerospace Corporation

Introduction
Catherine Steele, Senior Vice President, National Systems Group, The Aerospace Corporation

Keynote Address
Edward Lane, Deputy Chief Architect, Ground Enterprise Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office

Session C17: Plenary Session

Presentations

Session C18: Plenary Session

Presentations

Session C19: Plenary Session

Presentations

Closing Remarks

Networking Hour

End of GSAW 2016

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