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GSAW 2018 Agenda, Presentations, & Tutorials

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Monday, Feb. 26, 2018
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

Tutorials
Chair: Anil Agrawal, The Aerospace Corporation

A. Agile/DevOps Development and Agile Acquisition: Differences, Similarities, and How to Implement
Instructors: Supannika Mobasser, Curt Holmer, and Brook Cavell, The Aerospace Corporation

B. Developing Machine Learning Solutions for Space Missions
Instructor: Zhenping Li and Biruh Tesfaye, ASRC Federal

C: Life Cycle Resilience Depends on Maintainability
Instructor: Barry Boehm, University of Southern California

D: Introduction to Satellite Communications
Instructors: Rob Andzik and Randy Culver, AMERGINT Technologies

E: Standards for Ground and Space Communications (CCSDS)
Instructor: Robert Ritter, RT Logic and Integral Marketing

F: Model-Based Systems Engineering for Ground Systems
Instructors: Myron Hecht and Mark McKelvin, The Aerospace Corporation

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

H: (Cancelled)

I: Reducing the Software Risk in Ground System Software
Instructor: Brandon Bailey, NASA IV&V

J: An Overview of Ground Systems for Satellite Operations
Instructors: James Anderson and Donald Town, The Aerospace Corporation

K: CCSDS Mission Operations Services in a Nutshell
Instructors: Mario Merri and Mehran Sarkarati, European Space Agency

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Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

Session 1: Keynote Session

Announcements and Introduction
Rick Johnson, GSAW 2018 Chair, The Aerospace Corporation

Welcome Address
Dr. Wayne Goodman, Executive Vice President, The Aerospace Corporation

Keynote Address
Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Commander, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

Session 2: Looking Forward
Chair: Denny Ly, The Aerospace Corporation

The Speed of Resiliency
Rob Andzik, AMERGINT Technologies Inc.

The Jungle or the Feedlot—Growing Resilient Ground System Enterprises Through the Power of the Marketplace
Gerry Simon, Kratos Defense, Federal Solutions

1998–2038, 40 Years of Satellite Ground Systems
Laurent Montoya and Patrick Pleczon, Airbus Defence and Space

Session 3: Cyber Security
Chair: Kalyani Rengarajan, The Aerospace Corporation

Achieving Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability in Virtualized Architectures
Michael Brady and Jason Stoudt, L3 Technologies

Automated Cyber Hardening of Mission Management Systems
Michael Worden and Austin Garret, Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services

A Better Space Mission Systems Threat Assessment by Leveraging the National Cyber Range
Charles Allen and Jonathon Doubleday, The Aerospace Corporation

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

Excitement of In Space Robotic Servicing (embedded video clips to be uploaded soon)
Brian Roberts, Robotic Technology Lead, Space Servicing Projects Division,
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Session 4: Data Analytics
Chair: Anil Agrawal, The Aerospace Corporation

Case Based Reasoning Tool Suite
Pooja Srivastava, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

EGS Data Exploitation Service (DEX) Platform
Carlos Rexach, The Aerospace Corporation

Application of Deep Learning Techniques in Satellite Telemetry Analysis
Gilles Kbidy and Greg Adamski, L-3 Communications T&RF; and Julian Spencer-Jones, Telenor Satellite AS

Developing Machine Learning Solutions for Space Missions
Zhenping Li, ASRC Federal

Session 5: Architecture Development
Chair: Donald Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

Achieving the Resilient Enterprise through Standards
Steven MacLaird, Object Management Group

Overview of Emerging ISO Standards on Architecture
James Martin, The Aerospace Corporation

Real-time Propagation of Spacecraft Tasking Interface Changes
Chris Ostrum, Eric Brenner, Rich Proctor, and Robin Blenden, DigitalGlobe

Session 6: Cloud-Based Systems
Chair: Krikor Geysimonyan, The Aerospace Corporation

Superior Mission Systems—Faster, Resilient, Secure & More Affordable
David Manley, Engility Corporation

The Ethereal Ground Segment
Enrique Fraga Moreira, Juan Gil, and Telesforo López Ciudad, GMV Aerospace and Defense

Cloud-Based Product Generation Platform—Lessons Learned
Justin Sanchez, James Gundy, and Michael Le Blanc, Harris Corporation

Session 7: Working Group Previews
Chair: Michelle Carter, The Aerospace Corporation

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

Session 11B: Achieving the Resilient Enterprise Through Model-Based Engineering
Ryan Noguchi and Robert Pettit IV, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11C: Realizing Resiliency in Space Systems Working Group
Donald Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11D: Achieving Resiliency with Agile Methods
Supannika Mobasser and Jodene Sasine, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11E: Emerging Technologies: Protections or Pitfalls
Scott Niebuhr, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11F: Intelligent Systems/Machine Learning for Space Ground Systems
Daniel Balderston and Andrew Brethorst, The Aerospace Corporation

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Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

Session 8: Keynote Session

Announcements
Rick Johnson, GSAW 2018 Chair, The Aerospace Corporation

Introduction
Chris Wallisch, Systems Director, Civil Space Programs Operations Development Directorate, The Aerospace Corporation

Keynote Address
Richard (Greg) Marlow, Deputy Director, Office of Satellite and Product Operations,
National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service, National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration

Session 9: Mission Operations
Chair: Antonio Sanders, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

METERON Operations Environment—Preparing Data Systems for Robotic Exploration
Sebastian Martin, European Space Agency (ESA)/European Space Operations Centre
(ESOC) and Mariarosaria Cardone, Terma GmbH for European Space Agency (ESA)/
European Space Operations Centre (ESOC)

Dynamic Autonomous Message Delivery Scheduling in a Nanosatellite Store-and-Forward Communication Architecture
Cherry Wakayama, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific and Kimberly Witke,
University of South Florida

What is a Science Operations Centre: Euclid SOC
Guillermo Buenadicha, John Hoar, Vicente Navarro, and Frank Keck ESA/ESOC; and Christophe Dabin, CNES

Session 10: Space/Ground Communications
Chair: Mauro Pecchioli, European Space Agency, European Space Operations Centre

A Modular Ground Segment Environment for Effective Space-link Security Protocol Validation
Daniel Fischer and Mariella Spada, European Space Agency

Swarm Communications Using a Sparse Array of Small Antennas
Jason Weaver and Greg Shreve, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Important Considerations for Transitioning Ground Systems to Operations
Robert Crombie and Eric Chang, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11: Working Groups

Session 11A: Cloud Computing for Ground Systems VIII
Leads: Ramesh Rangachar and Craig Lee, The Aerospace Corporation

This is the eighth 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:

  • State of the art in cloud computing and ground systems technologies;
  • Cloud reference models and roadmaps;
  • Cloud-based ground systems;
  • Cloud-related technologies such as DevOps and Big Data;
  • Cloud security, standards, and compliance;
  • Acquisition strategies for cloud-based systems;
  • Cloud computing economics; and
  • Cloud performance management.

This working group will consist of two parts. Part 1 will include presentations, case studies, and demonstrations related to cloud computing for ground systems. Part 2 will be a town hall meeting on cloud computing for ground systems. This will include a moderated discussion on the focus issues mentioned above, with expert opinions from panelists. Presenters, panelists, and participants will include ground systems providers, integrators, and operators, cloud solutions providers, and others interested in ground systems and cloud computing.

Presentations:

The Applicability of NIST Big Data Reference Architecture for Ground System Architectures
Ramesh Rangachar and Stephen Marley, The Aerospace Corporation

Flying Small Satellite Constellations in the Cloud
Chris Beam, Kratos|RT Logic

An Agile, Cloud Based Common Software Framework
Virginia Cevasco, Booz|Allen|Hamilton

Cloud-Based Product Generation Platform—Lessons Learned
James Gundy and Justin Sanchez, Harris Corporation

Session 11B: Achieving the Resilient Enterprise Through Model-Based Engineering
Leads: 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 in Model-Based Engineering (MBE). 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.

In keeping with this year’s GSAW theme, we would like to focus the working group’s discussions on how MBE can serve as a critical enabler for achieving the resilient enterprise. The emerging operational environment for government space and ground systems is being driven by a growing array of threat vectors, and MBE can improve organizations’ ability to architect and design ground systems to be resilient to these threats. Furthermore, the emerging acquisition environment for government space and ground systems suggests the growing need to keep up with rapid changes and their accelerating rate, and MBE can improve organizations’ ability to react and adapt to these rapid changes in technology, threats, policies, and other factors. We hope to learn how organizations have been using and improving MBE methods and practices to improve the resilience of their ground systems.

Presentation:

MBSE Framework and Generic Model Discussion
Ryan Noguchi, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11C: Realizing Resiliency in Space Systems
Lead: Donald Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

For space missions, resiliency is the ability to maintain mission success despite the many threats and failure scenarios which may be encountered. Historically, due to the high cost of launch and the large exquisite spacecraft required, space was the exclusive domain of wealthy companies and nation-states leaving it essentially uncontested and uncrowded. As cyber threats grow, cost pressures mount, launch costs drop precipitously and as satellites are built which are smaller than a breadbox, the architectural paradigms and assumptions used by systems for years to achieve resiliency don’t necessarily apply and they may only cover a portion of the new challenges. This working group will look at the many aspects of space mission resiliency – from the ground infrastructure to the spacecraft to the new approaches possible with large constellations of small satellites. The working group will have panelists from various Government and commercial organizations that will share their experience and approaches to improve the resiliency of their systems. The goal of the working group is to share information across the community, identify common issues and concerns as well as possible approaches to address the concerns regarding resiliency.

Presentation:

Realizing Resiliency in Space Systems Working Group
Steven Grippando, NOAA

Session 11D: Achieving Resiliency with Agile Methods
Leads: Supannika Mobasser and Jodene Sasine, The Aerospace Corporation

Agile software and system development is no longer a new topic for the Government sector. Several programs have gradually started to embrace agile methods. Ground software systems usually have large scale and high complexity, hence, there is a big challenge to use agile as it is used in commercial software-intensive industry. An additional challenge is how to balance the frequent delivery of system builds but still be robust and resilient. This working group will provide an opportunity for agile practitioners to share their experiences and learn from others on several topics regarding challenges in adopting Agile in the enterprise level on the following topics:

  • Architecture: build “-ilities” and resiliency in
  • Enterprise: cultural and paradigm shift
  • Mission assurance: trust but real-time verify
  • Roles and responsibilities: oversight or insight
  • Supporting infrastructure: required product and process resources

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.

Presentations:

Achieving Resiliency with Agile Methods
Supannika Mobasser and Jodene Sasine, The Aerospace Corporation

CAE-SCRUB for Incorporating Static Analysis into Peer Reviews
Lyle Barner, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Agile GS SW: Cheaper, Faster and Better
Enrique Fraga Moreira, GMV

Session 11E: Emerging Technologies: Protections or Pitfalls
Lead: Scott Niebuhr, The Aerospace Corporation

This working group will include participants from the civil, commercial, defense and intelligence communities. Emerging cyber technologies are creating new vectors for intrusion, attack and failures in our space systems. With this increase in innovation and capability from our adversaries, there is also an opportunity to counter these potential threats by outpacing the threat and deploying more resilient architectures, increasing enterprise agility, and leveraging collective collaboration within the tech industry, the DOD, the IC and space community at large. We plan to have technical, policy, and legal subject matter experts represented on the panel.

This working group will bring together key players from emerging technologies to discuss their role in cybersecurity and how they can both be utilized in defeating cyber defenses and increasing enterprise resiliency. Some of the technologies we plan to discuss are but not limited to; artificial intelligence / machine learning, honeypots / honeynets, malware detection using sequence classification, IoT aka the internet of things, quantum cryptography, microsegmentation of networks, disposable computing, and the use of blockchain.

Presentations:

Cyber Security Working Group
Scott Niebuhr, The Aerospace Corporation

Managing Cyber Risk w/ RedSeal
Brandon Bailey, NASA IV&V

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Session 11F: Intelligent Systems/Machine Learning for Space Ground Systems
Leads: Daniel Balderston and Andrew Brethorst, The Aerospace Corporation

Resilient Space Systems require timely and effective detection and response capabilities when anomalies occur. Engineering strives to define and manage foreseen anomalies, but unforeseen events and abnormalities often result in mission failure. Space system operations involve extremely large volumes of dynamic data that reflect nominal, expected, maturing and ultimately degrading space systems, all in a changing space environment where unforeseen events occur. Detection and response must be both timely and accurate for mission success, but must evolve with the systems, environments and actors involved. All segments are involved (i.e., space vehicle, ground control and mission data or service capabilities).

Adaptive automation is essential for success. The challenge is finding the proper balance between human involvement and autonomy. Intelligent systems and machine learning promise to address these challenges through self-evolving, efficient, and value-focused capabilities. These systems, however are often misunderstood, misapplied or insufficient for mission needs.

The “Intelligent Systems / Machine Learning for Space Ground Systems” working group will seek to identify and demystify where intelligent systems and machine learning currently exist in space ground systems, discover what emerging capabilities are being developed in the community, and to capture real-world impediments for adoption, and how intelligent
systems/machine learning has advanced space systems resilience.

Presentations:

Move the Algorithms; Not the Data!
Dan Brennan, Oracle

EGS Data Exploitation Service (DEX) Platform
Carlos Rexach, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 12: Evening Session

Session 12A: Special GSAW/INCOSE-LA/SPIN/USC CSSE Evening Event—“Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)—Driving the Future of Ground Systems”
Leads: Michelle Carter and Judy Kerner, The Aerospace Corporation

As the space domain becomes more crowded and contested, ground systems are driven to continue to evolve technologically to meet our nation’s challenges. Current and future technologies, such as speech recognition, smart speakers (e.g., Amazon Echo, Google Home), cloud computing, virtualization, and machine learning, are increasingly impacting our ground systems. The aerospace engineering community must encourage and support opportunities for the next generation to pursue more STEM-focused education and careers, to foster realization of these and other future technologies in ground systems. The objective of this
evening session is to highlight how the industry is currently supporting STEM initiatives, particularly in the areas of space and ground systems, and what attendees can do to foster more interest in STEM education and careers in their own communities.

The GSAW/INCOSE-LA/SPIN/USC CSSE evening session will focus on fostering STEM education and careers in the context of ground systems. The session will be broken into two segments: the first segment (about one hour) will feature presentations, and the second segment (about one hour) will feature an interactive panel session. Presentations in the first half of the evening session will include STEM presentations from students, educators, and industry describing approaches and experiences getting students interested in STEM education and careers. Our presenters will discuss their work in cultivating interest in STEM education and careers in aerospace; computer science education; and their personal experiences with STEM outreach. The panel session will follow up on the topics raised in the presentations and will include discussion and questions on STEM education and careers, and on attracting students to ground systems and to systems engineering in general.

Presentations:

Educating T-Shaped Computer Science Students
Barry Boehm, University of Southern California

Destination SPACE (Satellite Program for Aerospace-Centered Education) and STEM
L. DeWayne Cecil, Ph.D., Desitination SPACE

STEM and Systems Engineering: A Continual Need and Natural Fit
Stephen Guine, Northrop Grumman

A Student’s Perspective on Computer Science Outreach Methods
Paul Hudgins, Virginia Commonwealth University

Session 12B: Migrating Toward a Resilient Enterprise
Leads: Mike Campbell and Don Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

Most space systems that have not already adopted an enterprise ground approach are exploring or are actively engaged in migrating their ground segments from traditional single-purpose ground systems to more modern architectures based on an enterprise environment employing cloud-based infrastructure, common services, and increased reliance on COTS software and common mission frameworks. This industry-wide transformation is happening in the context of well-known, rapidly evolving technological trends in the commercial IT world, which are simultaneously: pushes, pulls, enablers, challenges, and constraints. We see that every organization facing this transformation is responding somewhat differently depending on their unique environment and definitions of resiliency; yet, some patterns are emerging that are nearly universal across all sectors of space: commercial, civil, and military / intelligence. This panel session will provide an opportunity for in-depth discussion of recurring patterns and significant opportunities, challenges, and risks that organizations are encountering as they migrate to resilient enterprise solutions.

Presentation:

Trends in Migration to Enterprise Space Ground Systems SMC-IT* Mini-workshop Summary
Michael Campbell, PhD, The Aerospace Corporation and Capt. Vincent Chen, Space & Missile Systems Center


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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Session 13: Keynote Session

Announcements
Rick Johnson, GSAW 2018 Chair, The Aerospace Corporation

Best Presentation Award

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

Keynote Address
Jim Schier, Chief Architect and Deputy Director System Engineering, Space Communications and Navigation Program, NASA Headquarters

Session 14: Panel Discussion: Achieving the Resilient Enterprise
Chair: Navneet Mezcciani, The Aerospace Corporation

Moderator
Marilee Wheaton
Systems Engineering Fellow, The Aerospace Corporation

Panelists
Col. Dennis Bythewood
Director, Remote Sensing Directorate (SMC/RS)
U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

Jim Caggy
Senior Manager, Department of Defense/National Security Programs
Amazon Web Services

Cesar Lindo
Satellite Operations and Ground Systems Program Manager
The Boeing Company

Prof. Clifford Neuman
Director, Center for Computer Systems Security
Information Sciences Institute
University of Southern California

Mauro Pecchioli
Head of Operations Centre System Infrastructure Section
European Space Agency
European Space Operations Centre

Session 15: Summary Session
Working Group Outbriefs

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

Session 11B: Achieving the Resilient Enterprise Through Model-Based Engineering
Ryan Noguchi and Robert Pettit IV, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11C: Realizing Resiliency in Space Systems Working Group
Donald Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11D: Achieving Resiliency with Agile Methods
Supannika Mobasser and Jodene Sasine, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11E: Emerging Technologies: Protections or Pitfalls
Scott Niebuhr, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11F: Intelligent Systems/Machine Learning for Space Ground Systems
Daniel Balderston and Andrew Brethorst, The Aerospace Corporation

Workshop Summary
Supannika Mobasser, The Aerospace Corporation

Closing Remarks
Rick Johnson, GSAW 2018 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
Denny Ly, Classified Workshop Chair, The Aerospace Corporation

Introduction
Dorothy Arbiter, General Manager, Ground and Communications Division, The Aerospace Corporation

Keynote Address
Col. Erich Hernandez-Baquero, Deputy Director, Ground Enterprise Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office

Session C17: Plenary Session

Presentations

Session C18: Plenary Session

Presentations

Session C19: Panel Discussion: Achieving the Resilient Enterprise
Chair: Dorothy Arbiter, The Aerospace Corporation
Moderator
Todd Nygren
Chief Engineer/General Manager, Corporate Chief Engineers Office, The Aerospace Corporation

Panel Discussion

Closing Remarks

Networking Hour

End of GSAW 2018

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