Systems Engineering Seminar

Iridium, Global Mobile Satellite Communications

Presented by: Dannie Stamp, Chief of Operations, Iridium Satellite LLC

August 2, 2005, 1:00 p.m.
Building 3 Auditorium

Abstract:
Iridium, Global Mobile Satellite Communications

Iridium Satellite LLC was relaunched in March 2001 after the bankruptcy of the original Iridium in 1999. Dannie Stamp, Chief of Operations, will address the engineering accomplishments of the original Iridium, as well as the business lessons learned, that help the company be a successful provider of the only truly global mobile satellite communications services today. Iridium's constellation of low-earth-orbit communication satellites recently achieved a world record of more than 500 satellite-years of in-orbit performance. Stamp will discuss the outstanding engineering that went into the original Iridium satellite designs. He will share Iridium's operational enhancements that have extended the satellites' lifespan beyond original design expectations. He will also discuss how the robust design and reliable performance of the satellites are largely responsible for the rapid growth Iridium Satellite LLC has experienced during the past few years. Dannie will conclude with how Iridium's service providers, third-party integrators and customers -- including NASA -- have come to rely on Iridium's dependable service providing global low-latency data and voice communications for users with the most demanding communication requirements.".

 

Biography:

Dannie Stamp is the Chief Officer of Operations for Iridium Satellite LLC, the only provider of truly global, truly mobile satellite voice, paging and data solutions with complete coverage of the Earth (including oceans, airways and Polar Regions). Mr. Stamp directs all of Iridiumís space system operations, including the Satellite Network Operations Center (SNOC), based in Leesburg, Virginia, where the Boeing Company operates Iridiumís constellation of 66 low-earth orbiting (LEO) satellites. Mr. Stamp also oversees the Iridium gateway operations in Tempe, Arizona and the Technical Support Center in Chandler, Arizona.

Stamp brings more than 35 years of experience to his position at Iridium, most recently serving as General Manager of the Satellite Network Division at Motorola, Inc., directing all phases of the Iridium program (excluding subscribers) during the complex restructuring phase. While at Motorola, he also held the position of Director of Space System Operations, managing and executing prime launch vehicle subcontracts and satellite subsystem contracts. Stamp was responsible for designing an innovative commercial satellite factory that was an integral part of his organization, producing an Iridium satellite every 4.8 calendar days. Additionally he successfully launched the entire satellite constellation from Russia, China, and the United States, setting several new world records. Stamp was also Vice President of Systems Solutions at Ultra Incorporated, where he was responsible for mission analysis and software development programs for government satellite projects.

Stamp is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air Force. During his 20-year military career, Stamp was involved in design, implementation and operation of various satellite systems.

Stamp holds a Bachelorís degree in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University, a Masterís degree in Operations Management from the University of Southern California and an additional Masterís degree in Business Economics from Claremont Graduate School.

 

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