March 2009 Meeting Summary

On March 11, 2009, the Southern California Chapter of the ION held a meeting, hosted by NavCom in Torrance, CA. The meeting included a presentation from GPS Space Wing Chief Engineer Col(S) David B. Goldstein on the subject of the new GPS III Space Vehicle and Modernization. 25 people were in attendance for the meeting. A short biography and abstract of the meeting follows, and the slides used during the meeting are attached.

Capsule Biography of Col(S) David B. Goldstein
Colonel Select David B. Goldstein is well familiar with the many aspects of the GPS program and is the Chief Engineer for the Global Positioning System (GPS) Space Wing at Los Angeles AFB, CA. Prior to his appointment as Chief Engineer, David was the Commander of the 4th Space Launch Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, CA. In a previous tour of duty at LA AFB, David also served as Chief: Engineering Branch Office, NAVSTAR Global Positioning System Joint Program Office. David was commissioned as an USAF officer in 1988 with a BS in Engineering Science from the US Air Force Academy. He pursued graduate work obtaining his Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Houston and obtained a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado.

He has experience in many areas, from leading large teams conducting satellite and launch systems engineering to conducting three years of graduate school research in the use of the GPS for real-time, precise satellite Orbit Determination (OD). He has taught astronautics and built small sats at the United States Air Force Academy. He is experienced in directing ballistic missile, Space Shuttle, and satellite payload integration, launch and on-orbit operations as well as managing and controlling contracts.

Abstract of Col(S) Goldstein’s talk
Slides: GPS III Space Vehicle and Modernization
Colonel (S) Goldstein will provide an overview of the new GPS Block III satellite series development approach as well as a description of the modernized capabilities that will become available in the future. The talk will describe the spiral development approach beginning with GPS Block IIIA, and the incremental increase in capability with each new series of GPS III Block vehicles, the Block IIIB and IIIC.