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Qwaltec provides mission operations management and flight readiness management roles for the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP)/Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) program.
Qwaltec provides mission readiness support to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Flight Projects Directorate. Qwaltec develops simulation programs, serves as the simulation/rehearsal director, provides launch preparation support to mission managers, develops mission implementation plans, supports integration and test activities, and develops launch documentation. Programs include JPSS, NPP, GLORY, GLAST, LDCM, and STEREO.
Qwaltec provides systems engineering, operations preparedness, mission implementation, and I&T for the Space Environment Testbed (SET). Qwaltec documents customer requirements and coordinates engineering evaluations for the Instrument Synthesis & Analysis Laboratory (ISAL). Qwaltec developed a task analysis and training development plan for NASA Johnson Space Center’s Biomedical Systems Division Project Development Branch.
Qwaltec provides ongoing systems engineering support for an on-orbit satellite program as well as mission analysis, orbit maneuver analysis and planning, and on-call spacecraft anomaly and mission operations support. Qwaltec develops software requirements and test documentation, and conducts the command and control software testing.
Qwaltec has also provided mission readiness support for multiple satellite programs including operations concept development, on-orbit procedures and documentation, training plans, simulation planning and coordination, and integration and test support.
Qwaltec provided systems engineering support for the design and implementation of a new Mojave Control Center (MCC) project. The MCC was constructed for test and eventual mission support of the Stratolaunch aircraft, an air-launch platform to make access to space more convenient, reliable, and routine. Qwaltec developed initial documentation for mission operations, and system configuration management.
Qwaltec provides systems engineering, ground system integration and testing, and mission operations support for the Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper (LunaH-Map) CubeSat currently under development at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. Slated to launch on NASA’s SLS rocket in late 2019, LunaH-Map will take more than a year of low-thrust electric propulsion maneuvering to place itself into a lunar orbit flying within 10 kilometers of the lunar south pole. LunaH-Map maps hydrogen content in the moon’s permanently shadowed craters to indicate concentrated pockets of water ice.
Qwaltec software engineers develop both user interfaces and back-end services to include software development, onsite software integration, installation and checkout and analysis, implementation and review of software changes. Ground station application software is developed, HMI’s and GUI’s providing for control and display of vehicle status are designed and coded and complex real-time client/server software for Windows and Linux operating systems is designed and developed. Qwaltec also manages software releases and coordinates with customer integrators to ensure software releases incorporate required enhancements and bug fixes.
Qwaltec engineers also provide support for operations training, technical user documentation, requirements management and integration and formal testing. Ground station user documentation is developed and maintained and integration and test activities for final acceptance of ground control centers are supported. Qwaltec develops test procedures and performs formal qualification testing of system requirements. Qwaltec engineers coordinate and perform formal training ranging from 4 to 80 hours at factory, lab and customer locations.
Qwaltec develops computer-based training lessons in support of SeaTec’s work with American Airlines (AA) as AA transitions its current aircraft maintenance computer system to a SCEPTRE-based system. Qwaltec also developed a multimedia outreach video targeted to American Airlines executives and managers.
Qwaltec support to OneWeb’s Fleet Management Segment (FMS) includes providing simulations and rehearsals (S&R) for their initial launch as well as developing the Training Program for satellite operators and ground system maintainers. Qwaltec developed a S&R plan and is executing a 12-month series of S&R events to exercise the satellite operations team, ground software, processes, procedures, tools and interfaces. Qwaltec also generated a Training Plan and, after completing a Task Analysis for each operational position and course catalog, is creating training lessons and preparing the training program to support the new operations personnel who will operate and manage the OneWeb constellation of almost 900 satellites.
Qwaltec is the prime contractor for the US Navy Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC) Spacecraft Operations and Maintenance Services (SOMS) contract supporting the US Navy communications satellite constellations that include the Fleet Satellite (FLTSAT) constellation, the UHF Follow-On (UFO) constellation, the Polar EHF communication payloads, and the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) constellation. Qwaltec provides NAVSOC Telemetry, Tracking & Commanding (TT&C) operations conducted from two Satellite Operations Centers (SOCs) located within the continental United States (CONUS) at the NAVSOC Headquarters Facility (HQ) in Point Mugu, CA and an alternate SOC in Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, CO.
Qwaltec supports Alcyon Technical Services Joint Venture (ATS) as a team member on the NASA Systems Engineering Advanced Services (SEAS) contract which provides mission and instrument systems engineering support to NASA. Support to NASA’s next series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) includes pre- and post- launch requirements verification as well as risk management activities. Qwaltec supports the Instrument Design Lab (IDL) by performing detailed focus studies for defining instruments and observatory requirements based on investigator’s science requirements.
Qwaltec provides training design, development, and instruction to the Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS) project for upgrading ground-based portions of NASA’s Space Network (SN). In this role, Qwaltec develops the training plan, course framework, and lesson objectives to span across the entire system and train both operational and support positions. Qwaltec also develops classroom and online lessons, as well as performance based hands-on scenarios taught in a simulated environment.
Qwaltec provides engineering support to the Navy Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC) On-Orbit Engineering Satellite Services (OOESS) contract supporting the US Navy Fleet Satellite (FLTSAT), UHF Follow-On (UFO), Polar EHF and Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite constellations. Qwaltec provides engineering support for these constellations supporting the Navy satellite communication (SATCOM) system. Qwaltec provides services including on-console engineering support, anomaly troubleshooting and resolution support, mission planning support, training, and telemetry trending and analysis.
Qwaltec is a team member on the Ground System and Mission Operations 2 (GSMO-2) contract primarily supporting Mission Readiness for Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) missions. Qwaltec provides mission readiness for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to ensure its ground system meets launch requirements. Qwaltec also defined the Mission Rehearsal program ensuring the launch team is prepared for the ICESat-2 launch and provides Mission Readiness, Operations and Engineering support for a GSFC instrument to be flown on the Air Force Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) satellite. Qwaltec will ensure processes are in place for delivering instrument data to investigators.
Qwaltec provides operations, testing, and engineering support for the NASA Space Communications and Network Services (SCNS) O&M contractor. Qwaltec engineers command lead roles in the planning of the NASA Space Network (SN) transition from legacy operations to digital operations including training program design and development, subsystem testing, procedure and process mapping, and concept of operations development. Qwaltec also performed an analysis, trade study, and planning to be used in an O&M environment undergoing a major ground system change.
Qwaltec also supported the integration and test of Tracking, Telemetry, and Control (TT&C) modem subsystems and provided subject matter expertise for the NASA SN Automated Data Processing Equipment (ADPE) subsystems and derivatives. Qwaltec supported the User Services Subsystem Component Replacement (USS-CR) project including installation, check-out and functional and operational performance testing of its hardware and software subsystems.
As the CEO of Tectura (retired), Terry established Tectura as a global consulting leader by delivering business and technology strategies designed to help clients achieve their business performance goals. Terry’s commitment to delivering solutions that bring value and competitive advantage to clients is a cornerstone of the Advectus commitment to deliver The Better DMS Experience. Located in Arizona, US, Terry is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and is currently a director on several boards.
Gerry Dinkel is experienced as a Chief Executive Officer and Director across multiple industries and business situations, in both the public and private equity environments and in government, commercial and international markets.
Most recently he was President and a Director of e2v, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of e2v plc operating under a Special Security Agreement (SSA) with the U.S. Government. Earlier, he was Chief Executive Officer, President, and a Director of Colt Defense LLC, the privately-held manufacturer of small arms with one of history’s most iconic brands. Colt weapons have equipped U.S. and allied militaries for over 150 years and include the Walker Colt, Gatling guns, the 1873 Peacemaker revolver, the M1911 pistol and M16 and M4 rifles.
Prior to Colt, Gerry was Chief Executive Officer, President and a Director of White Electronic Designs Corporation (NASDAQ: WEDC), a leading supplier of mission-critical semiconductor memory and GPS receiver assemblies for defense and aerospace applications. Earlier, he was a vice president of Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) and President and Chief Executive Officer of the corporation’s defense segment, with overall responsibility for performance and growth of a 4800 person enterprise with a global presence and lines of business in government services, communications and training systems.
Gerry’s earliest career was with Westinghouse (now Northrop Grumman) Electronic Systems, where he played key roles in airborne radar and weapon systems development and international sales and offset programs.
Gerry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He has served on the Boards of White Electronic Designs Corporation, Colt Defense LLC, e2v, Inc. and on the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association. He currently is on the Board of Directors of North American Rescue LLC, the advisory board of The Spaceship Company unit of Virgin Galactic and serves as an Executive in Residence with Renaissance Strategic Advisors, a Washington, DC-based firm providing strategy, market assessment and M&A due diligence services to industry and financial sponsor clients in the aerospace, defense, space, intelligence and government services markets. He lives in San Diego.
Stuart O. Witt has been providing professional services to the commercial space industry since 2016. Prior to his consulting work, Witt was CEO of the Mojave Air & Space Port, where he was the force behind the nascent space industry. In June 2004 the FAA AST designated Mojave Air & Space Port the nation’s first inland spaceport where it played host to the world as Scaled Composites qualified and won the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE.
Witt paved the way for Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company, Stratolaunch Systems, XCOR Aerospace and Masten Space Systems to establish businesses in Mojave. The desert and the spaceport have witnessed scores of spaceflight successes along with numerous educational failures. During his tenure at Mojave Air & Space Port Witt was instrumental with drafting both state and federal legislation to move the industry forward.
Witt is a founding member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) and served as its Chairman from 2012 – 2014. The CSF promotes the development of commercial spaceflight, pursues ever-higher levels of safety and shares best practices and expertise throughout the industry. The CSF’s member companies, which include commercial spaceflight developers, operators, spaceports, suppliers, and service providers, are creating thousands of high-tech jobs nationwide, working to preserve American leadership in aerospace through technology innovation, and inspiring young people to pursue careers in science and engineering.
In addition to his prominent work in the commercial space industry, Witt is a 47-year aviation professional with extensive experience in operational, research and developmental test flying, engineering management and airport leadership. His military career took him to sea as an F-14 Tomcat pilot based on U.S.S. John F. Kennedy and as an FA-18A project pilot at the Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, CA. After the Navy, Witt joined what was then Westinghouse Electric Corporation for nearly nine years as an engineering test pilot on the B-1B, F-16C and F-23 testbeds. In 1993 he joined Computer Technology Associates, where he managed a $100-million contract as Executive Vice President.
Witt earned a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Northridge and is a graduate of the Naval Aviation Schools Command, the Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and the University of Maryland’s Center for Creative Leadership.
Chief Growth Officer
Robert Bassham is one of the founders and the Chief Growth Officer (CGO) of Qwaltec. He is responsible for business development, including strategic growth planning, forecasting and budgeting, sales pipeline(s), capture management, proposal development, post-award transition planning, and revenue & profit tracking.
Robert began his career as a Space Shuttle flight crew instructor in the Mission Operations Directorate at the NASA Johnson Space Center, and now has over 35 years of experience in space systems operations, engineering, mission readiness and program management. He has worked space operations concepts, mission readiness, and transition planning for DoD, NASA, National programs, and commercial endeavors including multi-satellite constellations and healthcare operations centers. Robert graduated from the University of South Alabama with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and from the University of Houston with an M.S degree in Finance.
Chief Operating Officer
Sonny Garza is one of the founders and the COO of Qwaltec. He is responsible for the leadership and direction for all of Qwaltec’s daily operations and managing all major activities associated with operation of the company. Prior to Qwaltec, Sonny worked as an Engineer at NASA and Scitor Corporation. He has over 30 years’ experience in government and commercial space systems operations and began his career as a Space Shuttle flight crew instructor at the NASA Johnson Space Center.
Sonny holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&I University and is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu engineering honor societies. He has also established a scholarship endowment fund to help minority and underprivileged engineering and science students achieve their educational goals.
Chief Executive Officer
Shawn Linam is the President and CEO and a founder of Qwaltec. She is responsible for the development, direction, and management of the company. Prior to Qwaltec, Shawn worked as an Engineer at Scitor Corporation, NASA, and Barrios Technology. She has extensive experience in space systems operations and has designed and implemented training systems for numerous government and commercial space programs. Shawn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Mississippi State University.
In addition to her professional responsibilities, she is active in promoting engineering and science for young women and minorities. She has served as a Girl Scout leader, the STEM director for the Girls Rule Foundation and created an Engineering Scholarship Fund to encourage young minorities and women in South Texas to pursue engineering and science degrees.