Dr Paul Jaffe is an electronics engineer and researcher with over 25 years of experience at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). He has led or held major roles on dozens of space missions and on breakthrough technology development projects for civilian, defence, and intelligence community sponsors, including SSULI, STEREO, TacSat-1, TacSat-4, ORS, MIS, PRAM, CARINA, RSGS, PTROL, S2FOBs, and LEctenna. He was responsible for electrical system and spacecraft computer hardware development. He served as coordinator and editor of two solar power satellite study reports and was the principal investigator for a ground-breaking space solar research effort. His current roles include program management and systems engineering of a portfolio of projects. He serves as a lecturer for the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Maryland. He has over 50 journal, conference, and patent publications and is the recipient of numerous awards. Dr Jaffe has made many international speaking and media appearances, including as a TEDx speaker, on MSNBC, and the Science Channel’s “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.” He is also active in educational and STEM outreach.
Where is the future of innovative satellite design heading? How can the international community mitigate further space junk to avoid satellite damage? What are the major problems facing the satellite industry? What role does the private sector have to play to overcome them? What does the democratization of the satellite industry resemble?