Joseph Pelton is currently Director of the Telecommunications Program and Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Telecommunications, both at the University of Colorado. He is the author of ten books on satellites and telecommunications, including: Global Talk, Future Talk, Satellites International, The INTELSAT Global Network, Global Communications Satellite Policy, Economic and Policy Problems in Satellite Communications, and The Book of Satellite Communications. From 1974 to 1989 he served with the global satellite organization, INTELSAT, as Executive Assistant to the Director General, as Director of Strategic Policy, and as Director of Special Projects. Overall, he has more than 25 years of experience in telecommunications and space in positions with Rockwell International, COMSAT, NASA, George Washington University and INTELSAT.
Dr. Pelton is the founding President of the Society of Satellite Professionals International, a founding Board Member of the International Space University, a member of Who's Who International, the Executive Editor of the Journal of Space Communications and a member of six editorial boards of industry-related journals. He is also Managing Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, the former Managing Director of the U.S. Committee for World Communications Year 1983 (a Presidential appointment), and a former member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Communications (London, UK). He has served as a Director of the Public Broadcasting Station WETA in Washington, D.C. and holds the H. Rex Lee Award of the Public Service Satellite Consortium (PSSC) for his work in organizing and managing the worldwide Project SHARE demonstration for satellite health and education.
He holds degrees with honors from the University of Tulsa (1965, B.S. in Physics), New York University (1967, M.A. in International Relations) and Georgetown University (1973, Ph.D. in Political Science/International Relations).
Burton Edelson is Director of the Institute for Applied Space Research and Research Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at George Washington University. He is also active as a technical and management consultant to several government agencies and industrial firms.
From 1982 to 1987, he was Associate Administrator for Space Science and Applications at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. In that position, he was responsible for the direction of all NASA programs in space astronomy and astrophysics, planetary exploration, earth sciences, biomedical and microgravity sciences, space applications (including the development of communications satellites and earth observation satellites), and for institutional management of the Goddard Space Flight Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
From 1968 to 1982, Dr. Edelson held executive positions at the Communications Satellite Corporation, including Director of COMSAT Laboratories, Vice President for Systems Engineering and Senior Vice President.
Previously, he served as a naval officer in research and engineering positions in the Bureau of Ships, the Office of Naval Research, and the National Space Council.
Dr. Edelson received his B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1947 and his Ph.D. in metallurgy from Yale University in 1960. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a Registered Professional Engineer. He has been awarded the Navy Legion of Merit, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and the Yale University Wilber Cross Medal.
Charles Bostian is currently Executive Director of Virginia Tech's Center for Commercial Space Communications. After a short period as a research engineer with Corning Glassworks and two-years service as a U.S. Army officer, Bostian joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1969 and is currently Clayton Ayre Professor of Electrical Engineering. From 1972 through 1988 he headed Virginia Tech's Satellite Communications Group. On leave for the 1989 calendar year, he served as a Congressional Science Fellow on the staff of Representative Don Ritter, working on legislative issues related to the U.S. electronics industry and economic competitiveness.
Professor Bostian's principal research interests lie in radio wave propagation and in satellite communications. He has been Principal Investigator of sponsored research projects totalling approximately $3.7 million in funding and has published approximately 30 journal articles.
He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University in 1963, 1964, and 1967, respectively. A Fellow of the IEEE, Bostian is chair of the IEEE-USA Engineering R&D Policy Committee and a member of the IEEE-USA Technology Policy Council and the IEEE-USA Congressional Fellows Committee.
William Brandon is a Principal Engineer in the Communications Division of the MITRE Corporation. He has been involved in all military satellite communications systems at MITRE Corporation since 1966, including the Tactical Satellite Program (TACSATCOM), the Air Force Satellite Communications System (AFSATCOM), the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS), and the Survivable Satellite Communications Systems (SURVSATCOM). His contributions include definition of the 5 kHz UHF channel bandwidth, the concept of the dual capability modem, and the first microprocessor based modem, an important component in the MILSTAR system. He is noted for his original contributions in design of proliferated, small satellite systems for survivability; data courier or store and forward, low altitude digital message systems; and dual polarization and small terminal concepts for DSCS. Prior to joining MITRE, he worked on CW radar programs at Raytheon Equipment Division, designing magnetic components and transistor circuits, performing studies of millimeter wave (extremely high frequency) systems, and contributing to the development of S-Band (1700 and 2300 MHz) transmitters for space applications.
He was the project manager for the Apollo Lunar Excursion Module power amplifier used to return live television from the lunar surface. He was a member of the 1979 AIAA China delegation on applications satellites. He has served on several Department of Defense committees, including a panel for SHF modem interoperability and the DARPA Multiple Satellite System Program (MSSP) review committee.
Mr. Brandon is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and serves as chairman of the Technical Committee on Communications. He has published over 20 conference papers and journal articles and over 40 MITRE reports on satellite communications.
William T. Brandon received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S.E.E. in Communications from Northeastern University.
Vincent Chan is currently the Associate Head of the Communication Division at Lincoln Laboratory. He also serves as Director of the Wideband Optical Network Consortium formed among AT&T, DEC and MIT.
Born in Hong Kong, Dr. Chan received his B.S., M.S., E.E., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT in 1971, 1971, 1972, and 1974, respectively, in the area of communication. From 1974 to 1977, he was an assistant professor with the School of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University, teaching and conducting fundamental research in communication and optics. He joined Lincoln Laboratory in 1977 as a staff member of the Satellite Communication System Engineering Group. In January 1981, he became the Assistant Leader of the Communication Technology Group, starting a research and development program on optical space communication based on semiconductor lasers and coherent detection techniques. In July 1983, he formed and became leader of the Optical Communication Technology Group and Manager of the LITE (Laser Intersatellite Transmission Experiment) Program.
Dr. Chan's research interests are in optical communication, space communication and networks. Of particular interest is the interplay between systems, technology, economics and policy issues, how to create and demonstrate sensible communication systems, and the development of network applications that offer significant improvement in education, medical services, industrial productivity and marketability of network goods and services.
Paul Hager is presently an Associate Research Professor at George Mason University. He previously held the positions of Director for Studies and Analysis, Contel Federal Systems (GTE), and Principal Scientist for Modeling & Simulation for the Contel Technology Center. He was a Center Director, C3I Division, at ERC International, and a Senior Principal Engineer at Computer Sciences Corporation. This followed a distinguished career with the USAF which included several scientific and engineering positions, including Military Satellite Communications System Manager for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Mr. Hager participated in research and analysis of advanced satellite designs for the integrated services digital network (ISDN) under the NASA Satellite Communications Applications Research Program. He was a researcher with responsibility for modeling and simulation of telecommunications systems for all laboratories in the Contel Technology Center. He personally developed a computerized value model for assessing advanced technologies. He previously provided overall program direction for systems engineering and software development contracts in the satellite communications, local area networks, HF transmissions, and packet switching technologies. In addition, he participated in the early years of the Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI) program, and made significant technical contributions to the SDI architecture studies.
Mr. Hager received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Air Force Institute of Technology and his M.S.A. in information systems from George Washington University.
Neil Helm is currently a Senior Research Scientist in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Applied Space Research of the George Washington University.
From 1984 to 1990 Mr. Helm was the President of Helm Communications, a consulting firm providing satellite communications systems and services. In this capacity, Mr. Helm was the technical director for the integration, testing, launch and in-orbit demonstration of a DOD satellite. He has also provided consulting services to the NASA ACTS Experiments Program.
From 1967 to 1984, Mr. Helm was employed by COMSAT where he held senior technical and management positions including the Director of Marketing for the technical services division. At COMSAT Laboratories, he was responsible from 1971 to 1979 for the commercialization of R&D into operational systems and products. He was also active in COMSAT's experiments on the CTS program.
Mr. Helm received his B.S. degree from Georgetown University in 1966. He is a Senior member of the IEEE and an Associate Fellow of AIAA. He has published more than 25 technical articles.
Raymond Jennings is currently Engineer for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (NTIA/ITS) where his current responsibilities include leadership of four projects, Advanced Satellite Designs and Experiments for ISDN Service, Advanced Network Management Studies (to incorporate satellite networks), Satellite and Earth-Station Studies for PEACESAT, and Advanced Satellite System Performance measurements using ACTS.
Mr. Jennings has 25 years of experience in radio and telecommunications engineering, research, and development work. Twelve years of that experience are in satellite telecommunication, with special interests in Earth station technology. He also was Chief of the Satellite Network Analysis Group at ITS from 1981 to 1986. In 1987 he was the technical representative for satellite telecommunications in a four member NTIA Definitional Team that visited Chile and Peru at the request of the U.S. Department of State for the purpose of assessing their telecommunications capabilities and services. He is a member of CCIR Study Group 4 (Fixed-Satellite Service) and was a member of the United States Delegation to the World Administrative Radio Conference on orbital slot allocation, WARC-ORB 2, in the fall of 1988. As part of NTIA's support during 1989/90 to interim re-establishment of the PEACESAT Program throughout the Pacific Basin, Mr. Jennings developed technical specifications for an Earth station to operate with the GOES-2/3 satellites and participated actively in selection of the contractor, in technical evaluations of the contractor's performance, and in acceptance testing of prototype hardware.
Mr. Jennings graduated With Distinction from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1963, receiving the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in physics and mathematics.
Robert Kwan is currently the SATCOM Chief Engineer at Cal Tech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, responsible for the future direction of JPL's SATCOM program. Prior to joining JPL, he was with Ford Aerospace, COMSAT, and Telesat Canada.
As a Senior Scientist and Program Manager, he was responsible at Ford Aerospace for NASA's Advanced System Concept study concerning satellite applications on very small aperture terminal (VSAT) networks, broadband integrated services digital networks (B-ISDN), and integrated video services. At COMSAT, he served as the Senior Director for Program Development, responsible for the development of domestic, regional and global satcom networks and the definition and execution of INTELSAT's research and development activities. At Telesat, he was the Group Supervisor responsible for the implementation of the first commercial TDMA system.
Dr. Kwan received his B.A.Sc. degree from the University of British Columbia, and M. Eng. and Ph.D. from McGill University, all in electrical engineering.
Christoph Mahle is currently Executive Director of the Satellite Systems and Technologies Division at COMSAT Laboratories where he directs research and development in disciplines such as spacecraft bus technologies, microwave circuits for satellites and earth stations, analysis and verification of satellite transponder performance, microwave systems, and radio wave propagation. Prior to this position, Dr. Mahle was Executive Director of the Microwave Technology Division at COMSAT laboratories, where he directed research and development in microwave systems and circuits for satellites and earth stations, monolithic microwave integrated circuits, analysis and verification of satellite transponder performance, satellite and earth station antennas and radio wave propagation. Earlier, Dr. Mahle served as Acting Director of the newly formed Microelectronics Division, which was set up to combine COMSAT's efforts in analog and digital GaAs integrated circuits. He has directed several projects and studies such as development of the first contiguous-band satellite multiplexer, the first 14-GHz, 120 Mbits/sec direct demodulating DPQSK receiver, and of systems for in-orbit testing and monitoring of communications satellites. He designed and evaluated communications transponders for the INTELSAT IV, IV-A, V and COMSTAR programs, and was responsible for the design, development, and testing of the transponder orbited on ATS-6 as part of the COMSAT Propagation Experiment. In addition, he has been a major contributor to the state of the art of automated satellite in-orbit measurement.
Prior to joining COMSAT in 1968, Dr. Mahle was engaged in research and teaching at the Microwave Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland. He received the Dipl. Ing. in electrical engineering and the Dr. Sc. Techn. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in 1961 and 1966, respectively. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, has published many papers, and has been awarded a number of U.S. patents.
Edward Miller is currently Senior Scientist for Satellite Communications in the Space Electronics Division at NASA Lewis Research Center. With NASA since 1962, Dr. Miller presently is responsible for providing scientific and technical leadership in developing new opportunities and applications of satellite communications and in developing needed technologies to efficiently utilize the geostationary orbit/spectrum resource. He provides technical consultation and advice to national and international committees concerned with communications system planning and orbit/spectrum use. From 1962 to 1972 he performed communications system analyses and tests on projects related to satellite communications. In 1972 he became Head of the Systems Engineering Section, where he led activities related to the qualification, launch and on-orbit testing of the Communications Technology Satellite. In 1979 he was selected to initiate technology development for the ACTS experimental satellite program at 30 and 20 gigahertz. From 1979 to 1985, he headed the Technical Consultation Office which was responsible for long-term planning of spectrum and orbit use. From 1985 to 1993 he led the Communications Systems Branch in examining new satellite communications concepts for NASA, other government agencies, and commercial applications.
Dr. Miller received his B.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Case Institute of Technology in 1959 and 1969, respectively, and his M.E.E. degree from New York University in 1961. He frequently represents the United States in international technical meetings and conferences related to space technology and communications systems.
Lance Riley is presently Manager of the NASA Communications Technology Program at the California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a program which includes research in mobile satellite and optical deep space communications. From 1963 to 1967, he worked at Westinghouse Aerospace Division in Baltimore in the area of microwave parametric amplifier design for airborne radar systems. Following this, he was a research fellow at Johns Hopkins. Subsequently he worked at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory on the development of the spaceborne local oscillator system for the LES- 8/9 communications space satellites. He then worked for ORI, Inc. in Silver Spring, MD, for three years as a consultant to NASA microwave design projects.
Since 1978 he has worked at JPL, where he has been involved in research on microwave remote sensing instrument technology in the microwave and millimeter wave region of the spectrum. More recently his research activities have been in the area of solid state power amplifiers, MMIC devices and microwave high temperature superconductor components for space communication systems applications.
He received a Bachelor of Engineering Science in 1963, a Master's degree in 1967, and his Ph.D. in 1971 with a thesis on the transport properties of InSb at cryogenic temperatures, all in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.