The threat to our national security has evolved beyond the traditional theaters of war, and it remains critical that our adversaries continue to have no place to hide. Centauri’s team of dedicated, mission-focused experts keep our nation at the forefront of space-based sensor technology development - and always ahead of our adversaries. Because defending the nation requires accurate and timely information, our research and development initiatives are designing the next generation of defensive technologies to ensure that every threat is detected, analyzed and mitigated.
Our Space Capabilities
Over the past decade, geo-positioning capabilities have improved vastly. Traditional high-resolution color imagery has largely been replaced by advanced techniques such as panchromatic (black & white), infrared and hyperspectral sensors.
Centauri works with our customers to deliver unambiguous space situational awareness, deploying highly-networked small cameras to provide insights into the Geosynchronous orbit region, operational satellites and orbital debris.
Geo-Positioning and Targeting
Geo-positioning, a fundamental attribute of geospatial data, can affect whether a vehicle’s navigation system accurately recognizes a road or whether meteorologists can pinpoint the location of a weather front.
Centauri approaches geo-positioning as a data-driven problem, pairing credentialed analytical professionals with experts in state-of-the-art technology and machine learning processes to identify patterns that have real-world impacts.
Space Situational Awareness
Space Situational Awareness (SSA) encompasses surveillance, detection, tracking, identifying and characterizing objects in Earth orbit, ranging from fully functional satellites to space junk and debris.
Centauri’s expertise in high-fidelity physics-based modeling and simulation enables extensive and accurate assessment of proposed and developed SSA systems, evaluating new mission utility and saving the government time and funding.
Modeling Simulation and Analysis
Modeling Simulation and Analysis (MS&A) is a group of engineering processes that involves study of system components, development of physics based algorithms that can coded into numerical software models and/or simulators.
Centauri’s MS&A team allows our customers to make data driven decisions. We help our customers understand how systems operate and translate operational concepts into model set up. Through analysis, we provide our customers more insightful translation of engineering parameters to actionable information that is useful in the decision making process of an acquisition program.
Centauri provides unbiased, non-conflicted launch and range expertise during all phases of a satellite’s life, including launch requirements development and verification, launch vehicle acquisition, hardware and software pedigree reviews, anomaly investigations, integration, launch readiness reviews and launch site ops.
Centauri’s uniquely qualified personnel can assist in all facets of launch—the most dangerous time in any satellite’s life. Our team is experienced in the full spectrum of launch vehicles and has supported over 400 launches and range ops from most world-wide launch sites.
Centauri provides critical acquisition and engineering services in support of spacecraft and sensor design, development and fielding of large flagship programs as well as agile research and development demonstrations for the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community.
Our team has extensive experience across a wide variety of satellite systems and mission applications, providing vital contributions in satellite technical requirements definition, design reviews and assessments, CONOPS and OPSCON development, integration and test activities, complex technical problem resolution and launch and on-orbit checkout.
Missile Warning and Defense
Centauri provides the highest caliber System Engineering and Integration services for Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) Missile Warning and Defense, the critical first element of the Nuclear Command and Control system, providing indications and warnings of a missile attack on the United States and its forces.
Our extensive understanding of OPIR data utilization enables us to lead in all phases of a program’s life-cycle from system requirements definition and trade studies, satellite sensor and ground system development, test and checkout, mission data processing and on-orbit sustainment.
Command and Control
Centauri provides exquisite systems engineering and integration (SE&I) support to Command and Control (C2) projects for both the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community, aimed at integrating C2 elements to achieve mission effects across the spectrum of conflict.
Centauri provides SE&I support to Air Force Space Command’s (AFSPC) Enterprise Ground Services (EGS) project, which empowers the space warfighter by delivering automated and universal tactical Satellite Operations (SATOPS) command and control (C2) services through a modernized and cyber-hardened network.
Centauri embraces the latest “state-of-the-art” machine learning technologies. Our analysts apply cutting edge deep learning algorithms to the most challenging problems in automatic target recognition, image processing and signals analysis.
By invoking the power of artificial neural networks, Centauri’s analysts and engineers have brought the power of artificial intelligence to our customers, enhancing their ability to perform AI enhanced analysis and derive deeper meaning from massive datasets and model systems too complex for the organic brain alone to comprehend.
Centauri provides critical leadership in development and operations of the nation's next generation geostationary and polar-orbiting weather satellite systems.
Centauri supports NOAA and NASA programs to ensure the development, launch and data delivery to the National Weather Service - from instrument to data processing. We also support the US Geological Survey in the development of next generation land observation architectures, ensuring LANDSAT data continues uninterrupted.
Doug Postman is the Senior Vice President of Space and Airborne Engineering. Doug has been with Centauri since 2004 having supported the NRO as a systems engineer with Boeing, AT&T, and GRCI for 30 years. While at Centauri, Doug has supported programs in IMINT, AS&T and SED providing acquisition engineering and enterprise architecting. The majority of his career has been focused on special access programs involving smaller teams of engineers and streamlined acquisition approaches. Doug completed a BS in letters and engineering from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from University of Michigan.
Wes Freiwald is the Senior Vice President of Space Superiority and Missile Defense. Wes has more than 25 years of direct experience in all aspects of research, development, integration, test, and production of complex software computing and electric-optical systems. He has received numerous professional awards to include the Air Force Research Laboratories Directed Energy Directorate Individual Contractor of the Year for complex and transitional accomplishments of critical technologies to the warfighter. Wes is a recognized senior engineer, program manager and entrepreneur with a well-established community reputation for excellence. Prior to joining forces with Centauri in November of 2013, Wes was a founder and President of Pacific Defense Solutions, LLC, a successful small business located in Kihei, Hawaii, specializing in space surveillance and scientific technical services. Wes holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Science with an emphasis on telecommunications and engineering technology from the University of Denver. Wes’s undergraduate degree is in Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico.
Rob Thomas, Senior Vice President of Intel and Cyber Analytics, is responsible for a team of highly-specialized team of scientists, engineers and senior acquisition professionals working next-generation image and geospatial related technologies and systems engineering and integration services for a myriad of national agencies. He has over twenty three years of defense support experience in program management and advanced research and technology development in the core area of imagery, geospatial-intelligence (GEOINT), and target intelligence with a focus on imagery quality and photogrammetric-based geospatial analysis and services. Prior to joining Centauri in November 2001, Rob served in a variety of program management and systems engineering positions within the Department of Defense as well as supporting National Agencies. These include the National Reconnaissance Office, (NRO), Headquarters United States European Command (HQ USEUCOM), Central Imagery Office (CIO), Headquarters United States Strategic Command (HQ USTRATCOM), and the Headquarters Strategic Air Command (SAC) as an Air Force Officer. Rob graduated in 1986 with an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Colorado and followed with a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Creighton University in 1995.
Mike Rigo is the Chief Information Officer. Over the past twenty years he has led efforts across the National Reconnaissance Office, Defense Intelligence Agency, Navy, Air Force, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and other United States Government customers. Mike joined Centauri in 2003, bringing a wealth of technical and management experience in the Defense Industry. Since joining Centauri, he has served as Director of DoD Programs, Director Special Programs, and Senior Principal Systems Engineer providing direct customer systems engineering support. Mike has broad leadership and technical experience in remote sensing, information technology, intelligence, and naval systems. Prior to Centauri, Mike worked in multiple engineering and program management positions with personnel and contracts across the DoD and Intelligence Community. Mike has held active and reserve positions with the US Navy and is currently an Engineering Duty Officer in the Navy Reserve and a certified DoD Acquisition Professional and Level III Systems Engineer. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, Master degrees in Applied Physics and Astronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and graduate coursework in Computational Science from George Mason University.
James "JP" Passaro
James “JP” Passaro is head of Space & National Defense Programs. JP has over 25 years of experience spanning all phases of the system acquisition lifecycle, with a wealth of expertise in the areas of technical program management, user requirements development (JCIDS), acquisition planning, and weapon system cost estimating. Prior to joining Centauri in 2006, JP held several key positions as an active duty officer in the USAF. His career in the Air Force included acquisition assignments at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and Headquarters Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), and included cooperative/joint efforts with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and other agencies. Since joining Centauri in 2006, JP has served as the Director of Defense Space Programs and as a Senior Systems Engineer delivering systems engineering support to a variety of customers in the NRO and the DoD. JP holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Oklahoma City University, a Master of Science in Cost Analysis from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), and has completed graduate course work in the areas of space physics, data warehousing, and business analytics.
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