Working Group D

Working Groups

Working Group D

Enabling Interoperability by Enterprise Formation


Monday – February 27, 2023
12:30 PM-3:00 PM PT


It is acknowledged that the employment/enforcement of common data and messaging standards between any two parties can provide some level of interoperability; however, enterprise formation can enable interoperability at higher levels as well as offer potential cost savings. For the purpose of this working group, “enterprise formation” will be defined as the unification of what were independently developed operational programs with no original requirement for interoperability (e.g., stovepipes) into a cohesive operational unit that meets enterprise organizational objectives. Degrees of interoperability at a ground enterprise level can be accomplished through various means, including:

  • A common IT infrastructure (centralized or distributed)
  • Common software services or code base
  • A common user experience (human machine interface)
  • Common data and messaging standards
  • Common CONOPS across programs
  • Standardized spacecraft systems, components and/or interfaces

The establishment of any of these items has their own unique challenges. This working group will have panelists from various organizations that have completed or are in the process of enterprise formation. They will present enterprise goals, what they have done or plan to do to become more interoperable, the challenges they face and how they have or plan to overcome them. Panelists will also offer challenges they face to the audience for input. Participants will learn how others have or plan to meet interoperability challenges through enterprise formation. Panelists will have 15 minutes each for presentation, followed by 5 minutes of questions. After all panelists have presented, there will be a general audience discussion of challenges that the panelists have presented for input.

Lead Donald Sather, The Aerospace Corporation


Donald Sather has over 37 years of experience working with the United States space community at The Aerospace Corporation. The first 8 years of his career consisted of designing, integrating and testing radiation-hardened embedded processing components and systems for several different spacecraft programs. For the last 29 years, he has been designing, integrating, testing and upgrading individual ground systems as well as entire ground facilities to support various satellite and booster programs. He has served as the Chief Engineer for the US Air Force Satellite Control Network and Launch Ranges. He also has experience as a satellite operator and managed a telemetry processing center. He currently serves as a Technical Fellow of The Aerospace Corporation.