PSI Annual Technical Achievement Awards

Nov 08, 2018

In this newsletter we present the 2018 Technical Achievement Awards to formally recognize the most significant technical achievements by our staff this past year. With hundreds of ongoing projects and numerous noteworthy contributors, the selection process is always difficult, and these awards recognize only a small fraction of the many significant accomplishments by our talented staff. B. David Green, President and CEO, recently presented the awards to recognize significant achievements on four very diverse activities, which include: Maritime Tagging Tracking and Locating, GOES spacecraft operational capability recovery, a complex laser sub-system, and a Mobile Urban Radiation System.

DARPA Maritime Tagging Tracking and Locating

Marc MacLeod and Alex Mednick, Senior Research Scientist/Engineers; Sean Torrez, Principal Research Engineer; and Alex Moerlein, Principal Engineer, received Technical Achievement Awards for their accomplishments in the DARPA Maritime Tagging Tracking and Locating (MTTL) Program.

<! MTTL Winners
Alex Moerlein, Alex Mednick, Marc MacLeod, and Sean Torrez

They successfully developed and demonstrated the MTTL Payload, including the MTTL tag, launch assembly, laser rangefinder and Image Intensified Camera. The MTTL Payload has been demonstrated under day and night conditions, both on land and during sea trials. Efforts under the program included payload design, fabrication and integration, land testing, and at sea testing, culminating in a successful night test at sea. On this project we would also like to recognize the important contributions of Mark Merritt, Adam Duff, and Joe Goodwin.

GOES Spacecraft Operational Capability Recovery

Chris Rollins, Vice President of Research Support Instruments, a wholly owned subsidiary of PSI, was presented with a Technical Achievement Award for his effort in helping the most recent GOES spacecraft recover operational capability.

GOES image
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The Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on the sister spacecraft GOES East provides the many clear images of the hurricanes we see on the news. The GOES-17 Spacecraft was launched in early March of 2018 and a serious deficiency with the primary instrument's cooling system was detected. That system is responsible for cooling the focal plane arrays, thus reducing background noise in the 16 spectral channels in the instrument. Chris conceived and developed, and then strongly advocated for the operational method that has now been implemented on the spacecraft. As a result, the spacecraft is able to meet over 85% of its original requirements and has since been commissioned as GOES West, effectively saving an important part of this $B spacecraft's mission. Chris' initiative and creative thinking is a testament to the cornerstone philosophy of our companies and is the reason that our partners at NASA and the Navy look to RSI for support.

Q-Peak's Delivery of the Largest, Most Complex Laser Sub-system

James Burgess, Senior Research Scientist; Victor Kozakevich, Project Specialist; and Ken Stebbins, Project Engineer of Q-Peak, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PSI, were presented with Technical Achievement Awards in recognition for the design, fabrication and test activity that enabled Q-Peak to build and deliver the largest, most complex laser sub-system in their history.

Q-Peaks award
James Burgess, Victor Kozakevich and Ken Stebbins

This sophisticated laser, designed to be fully mil-qualified, will illuminate far field objects and guide the Laser Weapon System Demonstrator. This team worked with our major aerospace prime partner to meet complex requirements. The awardees greatly benefited from the team experts at Q-Peak including Chris DePriest, Nadia Baranova, Ilya Bystryak, and Bhabana Pati. They delivered this first-of-a-kind laser that has demonstrated long-term stable operation.

Mobile Urban Radiation System

Tom Schmit, Product Manager, Detection Systems; John Wright, Principal Research Scientist; Daniel Brown, Senior Research Scientist; Daisei Konno, Principal Analyst; and Forrest Otsuka, Senior Engineer, were presented with Technical Achievement Awards in recognition of their development and delivery of our Mobile Urban Radiation System.

MURS Awards
Daisei Konno, Daniel Brown, John Wright, and Tom Schmit

This powerful capability builds on the radiation detection technologies developed to permit fast isotope identification when combined with impressive algorithms for enhanced sensitivity and false alarm suppression. These technologies have been recognized previously, but when combined with directional detection and contextual information, allow spatial geo-location of specific threats while on the move in complex urban environments. We have trained and delivered systems that have been in use for many months, receiving enthusiastic endorsement from the operational users. Again, in this project, many others made important contributions. Specifically, we note the efforts of Evan Brown, Jon Rameau, Adam Duff, Matt Belley, Shing Chang, Daniel Fernandez, and Kirill Shokhirev in making this breakthrough advance in homeland security.

PSI In The News

PSI has been featured in many magazines, publications and news articles, below are a few highlights:

NARUC and DUP Visit PSI Headquarters in Andover, MA

Candidate Lori Trahan Meets with Local Small Business Leaders at PSI Headquarters

Technology for Recovering REEs from Coal Ash Takes Step Forward (World Coal, September 19, 2018)

In InstantEye News:

Military Tackles the Problems and Potential of Drones (Aviation Week, April 12, 2018)

Marine Corps' "Quads for Squads" has been cleared for flight (C4ISR NET, June 29, 2018)

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