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association news CHESAPEAKE BAY EXPLORES NASA’S ORION PROGRAM The speaker for the January Chesapeake Bay Roost monthly luncheon was Dr. Paul Mahata, the president of University Consultants. He spoke on the subject of “Risk Profile for NASA’s Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), aka Orion.” On January 14, 2004, the President of the United States of America announced a new vision for the civil space program based upon exploration of the moon. Following that, the President’s Commission on Implementation of a US Space Exploration Policy released a report addressing a “Journey to Inspire, Innovate and Discover.” Dr. Mahata presented a review of the process used to develop the risk profile for the Crew Exploration Vehicle – NASA’s replacement for the Space Shuttle, with the capability to travel beyond the low-Earth orbit and the moon. Since many major systems must interact effectively for a successful launch and exploration, the CEV is considered a system of systems (SOS) by NASA. The Chesapeake Bay luncheons are held the third Thursday of every month from September to May in the Pioneer Hall of the National Electronic Museum in Linthicum, MD (near BWI airport). For more information about the Chesapeake Bay Roost and its activities, contact Roost President John Hawkins at GOLDEN GATE CHAPTER VISITS DB CONTROL The Golden Gate Chapter met at dB Control’s 40,000 square-foot secure facilities in Fremont, California on January 12, 2010. After a brief networking session with food and beverages provided by dB Control, Meppalli Shandas, their VP of Technology and a 2008 inductee into AOC’s EW Hall of Fame delivered a presentation on EW applications of TWT amplifiers and microwave power modules. AOC attendees also had the opportunity to tour the facility and to discuss the future of the military industry with dB Control CEO Joseph Hajduk, whose industry viewpoint articles recently appeared in Military Embedded Systems, Microwaves & RF, Microwave Product Digest and US Tech. Meppalli Shandas, dB Control VP of Technology, gives a presentation to the Golden Gate Chapter. The Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2010 BILLY MITCHELL CHAPTER HOSTS UT PROFESSOR At its January luncheon the Billy Mitchell Chapter hosted Dr. David Akopian, associate professor of electrical engineering at University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Dr. Akopian spoke on assisted-GPS, smartphones, wireless device growth, and research and progress in being able to get more accurate GPS positions inside buildings and urban canyons, keeping the chapter’s attention for more than an hour. John Hawkins (right), president of the AOC Chesapeake Bay Roost, shakes hands with Dr. Paul Mahata, president of University Consultants, Inc., at the roost’s January luncheon. Dr. David Akopian, associate professor of electrical engineering at University of Texas at San Antonio, gives a presentation to the Billy Mitchell Chapter. Billy Mitchell Chapter President Greg Radabaugh prepares to present a gift to luncheon speaker Dr. David Akopian.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - March 2010

JED - March 2010
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Modernizing EW Ranges
Shooting Down the Good Guys
USAF EW Sustainment
Technology Survey: TWTs and MPMs
EW 101
AOC News
Industry/Institute/University Members
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - March 2010