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JPSS Program Visualized

The NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio has created an excellent description and visualization of the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Program. NOAA has partnered with NASA to implement the series of polar orbiting environmental satellites which began with the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership satellite (S-NPP) and is continuing with the development and planned launch of JPSS-1 and JPSS-2.

JeTSI is proud to be part of the system engineering and architectural team developing and implementing the JPSS program with NASA and NOAA.

View the video telling the JPSS story and its Multi Mission Concept of Operations.

 

AMS 2016 Presentation Slides

JeTSI team member Dr. Stephen Marley presented “O2R2O – A 21st Century Approach to the Operationalization of Weather Science” at the 12th Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems during the 2016 American Meteorological Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Click the link above to view the presentation slides.

 

JeTSI at AMS 2016

JeTSI team member Dr. Stephen Marley was selected to provide a presentation at the 12th Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems during the American Meteorological Society’s annual meeting.

Dr. Stephen Marley will present “O2R2O – A 21st Century Approach to the Operationalization of Weather Science” on Thursday, January 14.

This presentation will explore the application of new technologies for the operationalization of weather science. It will review the current practices within the NOAA/NESDIS enterprise and identify how emerging technologies might be integrated into a more flexible architecture that provides for the efficient integration of the latest weather science understanding into operational use.

The meeting be held in New Orleans, Louisiana January 10-14, 2016

The presentation slides will be posted on our website after the conference is held. You will be able to find them in the Published Papers link at www.jetsi.com.

Press Release AMS 2016

JeTSI Presentation Accepted – GSAW 2016

Jeffries Technology Solutions, Inc. (JeTSI) is pleased to announce that our submission to GSAW 2016 has been accepted as part of the “Enterprise Approaches” session scheduled for the morning of March 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Architecture from Concept through Acceptance Test: Reducing Technical Management Costs for Systems-of-Systems” will show how Unified Profile for MoDAF and DoDAF (UPDM) was critical in achieving a new level of technical insight, technical management, and cost control. With the advent of the UPDM in DoDAF 2.0, along with implementations of UPDM provided by various commercial tools (e.g., MagicDraw by No Magic), the long anticipated potential to reduce costs and enhance the technical management of large Systems-of-Systems using “architecture” is beginning to be realized. UPDM’s relational model infrastructure removes the engineers from having to ensure every relationship, every interface, and every perspective remains consistent with each update to the model. This allows the Systems Engineering group to unleash the true power of the “architecture” throughout the life cycle, from Concept Definition and now through Acceptance Testing.

JeTSI has been on the forefront of this new technical management paradigm applying DoDAF modeling to the Constellation Program and providing key support for the Space Network Modernization Ground Sustainment System. Working since 2010 with NASA and NOAA on the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Ground Project (GP), JeTSI is also leveraging the JPSS GP architecture to assist NOAA’s Office of Satellite Ground Services (OSGS) in charting the overall NESDSIS ground system architecture into the next decade. For both NASA and NOAA, JeTSI has been in a unique position to support major system trades (capability, cost, and schedule) as NOAA charts its new course into the future of weather satellites. This presentation will present the highlights of these efforts, and how UPDM was critical in achieving this new level of technical insight, technical management, and cost control.

The presentation slides will be posted on our website after the conference is held. You will be able to find them in the Published Papers link.

Press Release GSAW 2016

 

JeTSI Supports Give to Science Day

Jeffries Technology Solutions, Inc. (JeTSI) is pleased to once again support the Society for Science & the Public’s (SSP) Give to Science Day.

SSP engages the public in scientific research and education. They inspire young people around the world through their competitions – the Intel Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and Broadcom MASTERS – and their publications – Science News and the freely available Science News for Students.

Support SSP through their website – www.societyforscience.org.

Press Release JeTSI Supports Give to Science Day

JeTSI – Meeting Industry Workforce Challenges Head-on

 

A pioneer in the area of corporate teleworking, Alan Jeffries determined quickly that JeTSI did not need a dedicated office space to be successful and to meet client needs. JeTSI’s unique telework approach provides experienced and premier engineering resources while reducing enormous energy costs for facilities and commuting. Additionally, there are a number of other factors in the American workforce as a whole, and some unique to the aerospace industry, which make JeTSI’s teleworking model advantageous for all sides. The number of workers reaching and approaching retirement age coupled with the lack of experienced, skilled workers to take their place, and the significant drop in American students pursuing careers in the engineering, math, and science arenas has the possibility of leaving America without space industry expertise. These are serious and valid industry concerns.

According to HR Magazine, “Economists at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) project that most new U.S. job openings in the coming decade will not stem from newly created jobs but rather from a need to replace workers exiting from existing jobs.” And the 2012 Space Report cites 45% of NASA’s current workforce is between the ages of 45 and 59. NASA will be facing a wave of retirement by the 2020’s significantly reducing the level of experienced workers. Furthermore, if you widen the age range to 40-60 year olds, more than 70% of NASA’s workforce is in that range while the overall U.S. labor pool is less than 45%.

Unfortunately finding younger workers to train and replace the retiring workforce is difficult. In 2001, there were only 148,000 degrees awarded to Americans in the engineering, math, and physical sciences – a 50% drop from the 1960’s and the lowest number in two decades. Despite the evidence that the unemployment rates for college graduates with degrees in STEM fields are lower than other fields, and salaries are higher (as much as 50% higher over a lifetime), only 16% of college students graduate in STEM fields according to a 2012 Georgetown University study.

Meeting the challenge with a 1,2,3 punchAs company owners, engineers, and science lovers, Alan and Leslie feel strongly about making a difference and turning these statistics around. They have a three-pronged approach:

  1. Providing aerospace engineers and scientists the ability to work a schedule that meets their lifestyle needs and still contribute to the industry even after retirement. For some, the ability to take care of children or other family members while retaining their professional career is the optimum situation. JeTSI matches the engineers’ skill sets and availability with the clients’ project requirements and schedule providing a win-win solution.
  2. Donating time and resources to schools and teachers working to foster a love, appreciation, and understanding of engineering, math, and science principles. It is vital to engage students while they are in school – from elementary and on through high school, and into college.
  3. Creating part-time internships and junior engineering positions within JeTSI to help train and mentor young adults who are still attending college and just getting started, or are still early in their careers.

This approach complements JeTSI’s commitment to provide exceptional response, reliable service, and innovative solutions to clients; a challenging and fun work environment for our employees; and to develop a love for science and technology in today’s youth.

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are encouraging all of us to be knowledgeable, aware, and ready to take action in the event of an emergency. Are you ready?

We at JeTSI are using this month to make sure our Business Emergency Preparedness Plan is in place, and that our employees are well informed to create their own Family Emergency Plan and Recovery Kit. We hope you are doing the same!

Educate:

Learn about the potential risks – http://community.fema.gov/take-action/hazards

Learn how to be ready – http://www.ready.gov/

Stay Informed:

The latest weather maps – http://www.weather.gov/

Up to date weather news – http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/

Have wireless emergency alerts sent to your phone – http://www.ready.gov/alerts

Take Action:

Create a Family Emergency Plan – http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

Prepare a Disaster Recovery Kit – http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio – http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/

Be an Example:

Share Your Story – http://community.fema.gov/

Teach Your Kids – http://www.weather.gov/owlie/

Participate in NOAA’s Weather in Focus Photo contest – http://www.weather.gov/photocontest/

 

September National Preparedness Month

 

 

 

Technology Firm in Herndon Donates Graphing Calculators Bound for Eastern Fairfax County Schools

JeTSI recently donated several high end graphing calculators through the Collect for Kids school supply drive in full swing each July and August.  The computers are bound for schools in eastern Fairfax County where they will be part of a high schools loan pool.

To give cash (for school supplies), backpacks or calculators, visit www.collectforkids.org.

Thank you JeTSI! FCPS.edu

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto

After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday, about 7,750 miles above the surface — roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India – making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth.

“I’m delighted at this latest accomplishment by NASA, another first that demonstrates once again how the United States leads the world in space,” said John Holdren, assistant to the President for Science and Technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. “New Horizons is the latest in a long line of scientific accomplishments at NASA, including multiple missions orbiting and exploring the surface of Mars in advance of human visits still to come; the remarkable Kepler mission to identify Earth-like planets around stars other than our own; and the DSCOVR satellite that soon will be beaming back images of the whole Earth in near real-time from a vantage point a million miles away. As New Horizons completes its flyby of Pluto and continues deeper into the Kuiper Belt, NASA’s multifaceted journey of discovery continues.”

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft phoned home just before 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday to tell the mission team and the world it had accomplished the historic first-ever flyby of Pluto.

“I know today we’ve inspired a whole new generation of explorers with this great success, and we look forward to the discoveries yet to come,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “This is a historic win for science and for exploration. We’ve truly, once again raised the bar of human potential.”

Click here to keep up with the mission details.

JeTSI at NOAA 2015 Satellite Conference

JeTSI presented a poster at NOAA’s 2015 Satellite Conference in Greenbelt, Maryland on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The poster depicted diagrams of the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Interface Data Processing Segment (IDPS). A top-level view of the IDPS science data processing system and several examples of different views were depicted, along with a demonstration of how the model is derived. JeTSI Space Science Systems Engineer, Laura Ellen Dafoe was on hand to describe the model and views.

Click to view the poster “Accurate Data Flow Management Tool Facilitates Operational Stability and Risk Management in a Complex and Dynamic Science Processing Environment”.