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Adapting Critical Operations in an Enterprise


Adapting critical operations in a stand-alone or “stovepipe” system can be much different than integrating critical operations into an existing enterprise or adapting critical operations as a collection of stovepipes migrate towards becoming an enterprise.  For standalone systems, architecture and design implementation decisions are solely governed by imagination, mission needs and budgetary constraints.  On the other hand, missions that are forming an enterprise or integrating into an existing one must balance mission optimization with enterprise requirements which will constrain some design implementation options.  This leads to a few questions:

  • Why transition from stovepipes to an enterprise?
  • How do operations change in an enterprise versus individual stovepipes?
  • Where is the optimal balance of design constraints (standardization) to allow some freedom to achieve mission design optimization and still achieve enterprise goals?

This workshop will have several panelists representing both commercial and government groups that either have or are migrating toward an enterprise.  They will present enterprise objectives, implementation methodologies and progress to date.  They will also present issues in transitioning or conducting critical operations in an enterprise paradigm.  The workshop participants will then have the opportunity to ask questions and apply their collective experience to the issues cited.

Lead Donald Sather, The Aerospace Corporation


Donald Sather has over 35 years’ experience working with the United States space community at The Aerospace Corporation.  The first 10 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 25 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 currently supports the Air Force’s Enterprise Ground Services (EGS) effort as well as many other programs.  He has served as the Chief Engineer of the AFSCN and the Launch Ranges.  He also has experience as a satellite operator and managed a telemetry processing center. His current position is Principal Scientist/Engineer in the Information Systems & Cyber Division of The Aerospace Corporation.


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Don Sather, The Aerospace Corporation
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