Working Group H

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Working Group H

Space Enterprise Integration to advance U.S. Leadership in Space: Strategic Framework and High-Profile Use Cases


This working group will address challenges and opportunities associated with space enterprise integration for high profile use cases including space and ground systems linked to decision support systems to advance U.S. leadership in space. The working group will examine community perspectives on applying a common understanding and support for a strategic framework addressing high profile Use Cases:

  • Space Operations Architecture
  • Artemis Program for Moon to Mars Exploration
  • Establishing the National Defense Space Architecture
  • Space Based Environmental Monitoring (SBEM)

The working group will consist of two parts.

Part 1 includes a government panel with key representatives from space faring agencies, including United States Space Force (USSF), Space Development Agency (SDA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  The panel members will discuss space enterprise integration operational implementation, best practices and lessons learned. The panel will address strategic framework foundational elements for space enterprise integration, outlining applicability to several use cases to advance U.S. Leadership in space.

  • USSF – Col. Brian Denaro – Space Development
  • NASA – Michael Hess – Commercial Crew and International Space Station
  • SDA –  Col. Kalliroi Landry – National Defense Space Architecture
  • NOAA – Vanessa Griffin – Space Based Environmental Monitoring (SBEM)

Part 2 includes a town hall to engage key representatives from space faring agencies, including USSF, SDA, NASA, and NOAA, along with practitioners across the space enterprise.  The town hall will include facilitated discussions on select uses cases with experience shared by panelists.  Topics include space enterprise integration needs and benefits, and approach to identify and mitigate threats, risks, gaps, and seams to sustaining operations of space enterprise systems of systems in the face of multiple stakeholders and continuous change.

The workshop will address Space Enterprise Integration in the context of maintaining up-to-date information for real-time operations through horizontal and vertical integration of systems interconnections, data interchange, data product exchange, and distributed computing environments across participating organizations in continuously changing operating environment with dynamically evolving threats and opportunities.  For purposes of this workshop session, the following descriptions apply in this context:

  • Space Enterprise – all organizations contributing to space activities (e.g. government, commercial, academia, international)
  • Operations – spans life cycle from architect to acquisition to develop to deploy to integrate to evolve to dispose
  • Systems – anything or anyone who produces or  processes information (e.g. people, machines, computers)
  • Data interchange – any mechanism for transferring data and/or information between systems (e.g. communications, networks)
  • Data products exchange– information resulting from processing and/or manipulation of data by tools (e.g. locations, maps, targets)
  • Distributed computing – systems and services capable of processing and storing data (e.g. cloud computing, control systems)

Discussions for space enterprise use cases will apply a common framework for information and data flow spanning data source systems, information processing systems, and decision support systems, with associated computing and communications infrastructure consistent with Figure 1 below.

A workshop report compiling briefings, observations, and findings will be a deliverable of the session.

Leads Mark Silverman and Ron Birk, The Aerospace Corporation


Mark Silverman, General Manager of the Corporate Chief Engineer’s Office (CCEO), is responsible for the technical execution of the Corporation’s mission assurance (MA) responsibilities focused on 100% mission success. CCEO is the primary corporate-level technical MA interface to external agencies and organizations — Aerospace’s “one voice” on technical positions related to mission assurance, enterprise systems engineering, and the corporate quality management system. The Corporate Technical Instructions and Procedures are managed by the office. Mr. Silverman holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from University of California Irvine.

Ron Birk, Associate Principal Director, Development Directorate in the Civil Systems Group, is responsible for aligning emerging market needs with Aerospace SE&I FFRDC capabilities for civil and commercial applications across the space and related complex systems enterprise. Ron has 38 years of experience in management, business development, program management, and strategic planning associated with advancing societal benefits of civil space systems. Mr. Birk served as co-chair of the U.S. Group on Earth Observations developing the Strategic Plan for the U.S. Integrated Earth Observation System. Mr. Birk serves on the Board of the American Astronautical Society and on the Earth Information Services Working Group of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. Ron earned a B.S. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame.


Working Group Outbrief
Mark Silverman and Ron Birk, The Aerospace Corporation
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