Taking High Reliability Electronics Design to Mars, the Moon, and the US Border – Securing our Nation’s Future Through RF Communications, Avionics and Infrared Detection


IEEE Cincinnati March 28th Section Meeting

US Space Program Initiatives

Our nation spends a fortune on its military, preparing for traditional warfighting in traditional war zones. However, there is an emerging threat to the United States’ national interests that goes beyond the realm of traditional warfare, and that threat extends into space. Our entire national infrastructure depends upon availability of the resources we have in space – from GPS satellites navigating our air traffic, to Wideband Global Satcom satellites providing protected communications to our warfighters in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Our country’s national interests are intimately tied to the availability and affordability of Space assets to enable our national security. This presentation discusses the role of L3 Space and Sensors Technology Center (SSTC)’s role in defending our nation and providing affordable, rapid access to launch assets and satellite communications.



DINNER RESERVATIONS Members: $15.00. Non-members: $20.00. (Sorry we had to increase our dinner fees.) TWO WAYS TO PAY FOR DINNER (but you must register - use red and yellow REGISTER link below) 1) PayPal - Use the [Register and pay the fee now] button. 2) Check or cash at the door - Use the [Register and pay the fee at the meeting] button. Correct change appreciated. Make checks payable to "IEEE Cincinnati Section". Those desiring to use their bank's bill payer service to send a check, rather than paying at the meeting, should contact Reservations@ieeecincinnati.org for details.

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  Date and Time




  • Date: 28 Mar 2019
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 08:15 PM
  • All times are America/New_York
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  • 10160 Reading Road
  • Cincinnati (Evendale), Ohio
  • United States 45241
  • Building: Raffel's Catering
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  • Starts 06 March 2019 12:01 AM
  • Ends 27 March 2019 12:01 AM
  • All times are America/New_York
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Dr. Robert Hayes of L3 Space Avionics


Taking High Reliability Electronics Design to Mars, the Moon, and the US Border


Dr. Robert Hayes is the Director of Advanced Programs at L3 Space Avionics in Mason, Ohio. He leads a team of principle investigators in developing the new technologies that L3 is inserting into its space portfolio. His team’s current research interests include navigation processing for launch vehicles, low cost processing options for satellites, space sensing technologies for overhead persistent infrared (OPIR) missions for missile defense, and microwave technologies to enable high bandwidth communications between space assets and ground assets.

Mr. Gordon Samuels of L3 Space Avionics


Taking High Reliability Electronics Design to Mars, the Moon, and the US Border


Mr. Gordon Samuels is a Senior Principle Engineer at L3 Intelligent EO Solutions (IES) in Mason, Ohio. IES features a broad array of products ranging from baseball-sized, standard definition IR imagers to ultra large format systems with up to 36 Mpix of resolution. They are fielded on armored vehicles, tanks, fighter aircraft, UAVs, ships, submarine periscopes, foot soldiers, and satellites. IR sensors have emerged as a critical element in both offensive and defensive military and paramilitary systems and will play an increasingly important role in building and maintaining our space borne infrastructure. Mr. Samuels has a BSEE from the University of Cincinnati and an MSEE from the University of Texas at Arlington and has been an IEEE member since 1985.


Social Time: 5:30 - 6:00 (Cash bar, free soft beverages)

Dinner: 6:00 - 7:00 (Reservation requested)

Presentation: 7:00 - ~8:00 (You may attend the presentation without buying dinner).


Buffet Menu:

Raffel's Signature Hot Sliced Roast Beef in Gravy
Chicken Marsala
Eggplant Parmesan
Parsley Butterd Red Skin Potatoes
Green Beans Almondine
Tossed Salad
Dinner Rolls & Butter

Tea and soft drinks are included, and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.