Working Group I


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Working Group I

Leveraging New Space for Ground System Enterprise




This WG aims to establish a collaborative forum for the discussion of the evolution of future ground systems. Satellite ground enterprises for federal agencies have traditionally consisted of predominantly Government Owned/Government Operated solutions. In recent years, however, commercial offerings such as Commercial Ground Stations and Commercial SATCOM Service have emerged and are beginning to disrupt this traditional model. New Space is potentially highly disruptive to current ground operations business practices. Innovation in flight architectures needs to be enabled through innovation in the ground enterprise. Outsourcing satellite operations services or implementing hybrid solutions that integrate both government and commercial services allows for potentially more agile and efficient ground operations.

The WG will engage a broad range of government agencies, industry, and international partners to discuss the role of commercial services in the future satellite ground enterprise. It will explore the reimagining of the government/contractor relationship, including the exploration of relevant technology and business services offerings that may transform daily operations. It will also consider strategic business issues such as the acquisition, regulatory, and cultural transformations necessary for government agencies to exploit relevant commercial technology and business services effectively, affordably, and securely.

Proposed Format:

The WG will be managed by two co-chairs, one from the government and the other from Aerospace. The WG will consist of a presentation session followed by a panel discussion. The presentation session will consist of short overviews from government agencies (domestic & international) that are actively engaged in leveraging New Space. The panel discussion will consist of invited participants from government and industry to provide a balanced perspective on the key questions about leveraging New Space within government:

  • How does the government take advantage of rapid innovations and commoditization of commercial space services?
  • How does government position itself to effectively to acquire ground services rather than developing and purchasing ground systems?
  • How does government take advantage of industry’s willingness to invest in new ideas and take business and technological risks?
Leads Raad Saleh, OSAAP/NESDIS/NOAA and Stephen Marley, The Aerospace Corporation


Dr. Raad Saleh is with NOAA and leads the NESDIS Ground Enterprise Study which aims at defining future ground segment architecture for 2035-2050. Before NOAA, Raad was the USGS as the Innovation Lead with the EROS Calibration and Validation Center of Excellence, and earlier with the Astrogeology Science Center, in Flagstaff, AZ, working on planetary surface mapping in support of space exploration. Earlier, Raad was an Associate Professor of Geospatial Information Science and Engineering at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Earlier, Dr. Saleh was an Associate Scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison managing a multi‐year research project funded by NASA and US‐Dept of Transportation. Ra’ad has a Ph.D. in Geospatial Information Engineering (Civil and Env. Eng.), University of Wisconsin, Madison; M.Sc.E in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Canada; and B.Sc.E. in Surveying Engineering, University of Baghdad, Iraq. Raad has several publications on advanced satellite sensing systems and automation of information extraction from satellite images.

Dr. Stephen Marley
As a Ground Systems Enterprise Architect, Dr. Marley is focused on complex/scientific data information systems in support of environmental observation science and ground system operations. Approaching 30 years’ experience of successful leadership and participation in the design of satellite ground systems for the European Space Agency’s European Remote Sensing satellites, NASA’s Earth Observing System, USGS Landsat program, and most recently NOAA’s Geostationary and Polar satellite programs. As part of NASA’s Geosciences Interoperability Office (GIO), Steve promoted the use of open community-based standards for IT systems interoperability throughout NASA and into Federal partner agencies, facilitating the adoption of NASA’s Earth science research results within Federal partner agency decision-support systems. Most recently, working within the EA team within NOAA/NESDIS, he helped establish the EA best practices and tools that will define the technical framework for the realization of the future NESDIS Ground Enterprise. Steve is a graduate of the University of Leeds with a bachelor’s degree in Physics with Astrophysics, and a Ph.D. in Infrared Astronomy. He is a FEAC Certified Enterprise Architect, an Associate Editor of The Journal of Enterprise Architecture and an alumnus of the International Space University.


Working Group I Outbrief
Raad Saleh, OSAAP/NESDIS/NOAA and Stephen Marley, The Aerospace Corporation
Leveraging New Space for Ground System Enterprise Evolution
Towards an Enterprise System
Mauro Pecchioli, ESA/ESOC
Re-engineering Space for the Cloud
Sheryl Olguin, The Aerospace Corporation