Three of my recent projects are the Darkstar UAV, the Commercial Remote Sensing System (CRSS), and the A2100 Bus Program.

The Darkstar UAV

The Darkstar UAV is an autonomously piloted stealth reconnaissance aircraft. The "U" stands for "unmanned". It is flown entirely by computer, from takeoff through landing! If you are interested in other Skunk Works aircraft, check out the Skunk Works page.


The Commercial Remote Sensing System (CRSS) will "provide high resolution black and white and multispectral digital imagery and other geographical information products to commercial, civil and government customers". It will be the world's first commercial satellite that will provide images with 1 meter resolution. The Metro recently wrote up a news article on it and other remote sensing satellites. If you are interested in ordering pictures, check out Space Imaging. They call CRSS "Ikonos". If you are interested in how satellites are built, check out the Tech Museum of Innovation. This site was put together with the help of Lockheed. You'll see CRSS there as an example of a remote sensing satellite, and also as a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite.

A2100 Commercial Satellite

I recently took a new assignment on the A2100 Bus Program. It is a part of Commercial Space Systems. This is the first time I've worked in mass production since university. I was the lead software engineer for GE-7, 8, and 9 programs. They provide phone, telemedicine, and radio service to Alaska and Hawai`i. Right now I'm the lead for Newskies 6. It will provide an internet link to the Middle East, India, China, Australia, parts of Africa, and the South Pacific. I'm having a blast!

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Last update 12/11/99.