Space, Changing the Way We Live, Enabled by Microwave Innovations

Monday, 20 June 2022
17:30 - 19:00

Gregory E. Edlund, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Abstract: Space is becoming the high ground for many missions and applications that are revolutionizing the way we live. The space industry is in the midst of dramatic advancement of applications, markets, and demand supporting global situational awareness (including weather, climate and earth science), communications, missile defense, positioning navigation and timing, and exploration. This mandates small, low weight, low power consumption electronics, with a continual push for lower cost and reduced development and test schedules. For this unprecedented challenge, Lockheed Martin is introducing next-generation space vehicles and payloads that include advanced multi-beam Electronically Steerable Arrays (ESA), multi-channel System-in-Package (SiP) and signal-processing RF units accentuated with flexible, advanced digital signal processors. Microwave engineering is at the forefront of these applications and this talk will address the challenges associated with operating in the harsh environment of space and the development and testing of custom MMICs and new RF Photonic Integrated circuits to support these applications.

Biography: Greg Edlund is the Vice President and Chief Architect at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. He is responsible for understanding the mission priorities and industry landscape to set the vision and strategy for enterprise subsystem and product roadmaps. Prior to his current role Greg lead the RF Payload Center of Excellence at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.  Greg brings over 38 years of leadership and experience working at The Aerospace Corporation, as an independent Consultant, at Northrop Grumman, and at Lockheed Martin. Prior to Lockheed Martin he was with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems where he worked in program management, new business, and engineering space solutions across DoD, commercial, civil and restricted efforts. He also supported integrated air/space solutions, and the development and execution of several airborne platforms.

Prior to Northrop Grumman, Greg worked as an independent consultant developing business and capture strategies for Commercial, Military and Restricted space business areas. Greg also consulted with the US government focused on advancing the future DOD, civil and restricted communications architectures and specifically the initiation of the TSAT program.

Greg started his career with The Aerospace Corporation, where he supported the DoD, civil and national space programs. He managed the MILSATCOM advanced plans group, a communications subdivision directorate and opened The Aerospace Corporation’s Washington, DC Field Office.