Daniel Faber

Daniel Faber

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Daniel Faber's Overview

Current
Past
  • QB50 Sytems Engineer at von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
  • Co-Founder, Business Development Manager and Systems Engineer at Antarctic Broadband
  • Engineer at Adelphi Technology
  • Spacecraft Engineer at SpaceQuest Canada
  • Director and President at Canadian Space Society
  • Satellite Engineer at Dynacon Inc
  • Consultant at Aerospace Concepts
  • Founder, Project Manager at UNSW BlueSat project
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Daniel Faber's Summary

Systems Engineer and Entrepreneur, with experience managing complex, international projects and designing and building satellite systems and subsystems. Particular interest in new technologies and business models for space, telecommunications and mining industries.

Daniel Faber's Experience

2012Present (2 years) Texas/California

Board of Advisors

National Space Society

2007Present (7 years)

President and CTO

Heliocentric Technologies Inc

May 2005Present (9 years 5 months)

Project Manager & Systems Engineer

ISIS - Innovative Solutions in Space BV

December 2011March 2014 (2 years 4 months) Delft Area, Netherlands

Director

Spacecore

August 2010October 2012 (2 years 3 months)

Co-Founder and Senior Advisor

Heliocentric ZA

20122012 (less than a year) Cape Town Area, South Africa

20112012 (1 year)

Co-Founder, Business Development Manager and Systems Engineer

Antarctic Broadband

October 2009December 2010 (1 year 3 months) Canberra, Australia

Engineer

Adelphi Technology

May 2009October 2009 (6 months)

Spacecraft Engineer

SpaceQuest Canada

April 2005June 2007 (2 years 3 months)

Director and President

Canadian Space Society

20052007 (2 years)

Satellite Engineer

Dynacon Inc

February 2003April 2005 (2 years 3 months)

Consultant

Aerospace Concepts

September 2002February 2003 (6 months)

Founder, Project Manager

UNSW BlueSat project

19972000 (3 years)

Daniel Faber's Projects

  • MOST microsatellite mission

    • February 1996 to Present

    The Microvariability and Oscillations of STars mission is a space-astronomy microsatellite was developed by Dynacon Enterprises Limited for the Canadian Space Agency, at a total cost to CSA of CDN$7M (launch cost an additional $1M). Its mission, under the leadership of Principal Investogator Jaymie Matthews, is to make very precise photometric observations of stars, the data being used for asteroseismology and exoplanet research. Launched in 2003, and still operating as of 2012, it was a forerunner to later, larger missions such as Corot (CNES) and Kepler (NASA).

Daniel Faber's Skills & Expertise

  1. Systems Engineering
  2. Integration
  3. Aerospace
  4. Product Development
  5. Satellite
  6. Program Management
  7. Spacecraft
  8. Patent Searching
  9. Space Systems
  10. Technology Management
  11. Requirements Analysis
  12. Proposal Writing
  13. Sensors
  14. Software Engineering
  15. Programming
  16. Technical Writing
  17. Testing
  18. Requirements Management
  19. Electronics
  20. Engineering
  21. R&D
  22. Analysis
  23. Engineering Management
  24. Project Management
  25. Simulations
  26. System Design
  27. Earned Value Management
  28. Robotics
  29. Entrepreneurship
  30. Spacecraft Design
  31. Business Development
  32. Configuration Management
  33. Propulsion
  34. Physics
  35. Embedded Systems
  36. System Architecture
  37. Management
  38. Matlab
  39. Telecommunications
  40. Avionics
  41. Manufacturing
  42. Aerospace Engineering
  43. Defense
  44. Orbital Mechanics
  45. Finite Element Analysis
  46. Satellite Communications
  47. Signal Processing
  48. RF
  49. Simulink
  50. International Business Development

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Daniel Faber's Publications

  • Large area imaging of hydrogenous material using fast neutrons from a DD fusion generator

    • Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 675 (2012) 51-55
    • May 21, 2012

    A small-laboratory fast-neutron generator and a large area detector were used to image hydrogenbearing materials. The overall image resolution of 2.5 mm was determined by a knife-edge measurement. Contact images of objects were obtained in 5–50 min exposures by placing them close to a plastic scintillator at distances of 1.5 to 3.2 m from the neutron source. The generator produces 109 n/s from the DD fusion reaction at a small target. The combination of the DD-fusion generator and electronic camera permits both small laboratory and field-portable imaging of hydrogen-rich materials embedded in high density materials.

  • Advantages of Searching for Asteroids From Low Earth Orbit: the NEOSSat Mission

    • Earth, Moon, and Planets
    • November 8, 2004

    Space-based observatories have several advantages over ground-based observatories in searching for asteroids and comets. In particular, the Aten and Interior to Earth’s Orbit (IEO) asteroid classes may be efficiently sought at low solar elongations along the ecliptic plane. A telescope in low Earth orbit has a sufficiently long orbital baseline to determine the parallax for all Aten and IEO class asteroids discovered with this observing strategy. The Near Earth Object Space Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat) mission will launch a microsatellite to exploit this observing strategy complementing ground-based search programmes.

  • Antarctic Broadband – A Micro-Satellite Niche

    • International Astronautical Congress
    • September 2010

    The Antarctic Broadband consortium has commenced development of a broadband satellite communications service aimed at meeting the data transfer needs of the Antarctic community. The project has been supported through the Australian Government’s new Australian Space Research Program (ASRP) with the aim of building capacity and expertise in design, implementation and support of small-satellite systems in Australia. High bandwidth communications is the largest sector of the commercial satellite industry and while micro-satellites are yet to service this market, they may play a role in the future. The first applications are likely to be in niches that cannot be serviced by traditional communications satellites or terrestrial services. Antarctica is one such niche, with the communication needs dominated by climate change-related research, astronomy and other activities across the Antarctic continent. Traditional space and terrestrial communications solutions are not be able to meet these needs due to the
    inherent orbital limitations of geostationary communications satellites, the remoteness and harsh environment of the Antarctic continent and the limited market size. This paper presents the Antarctic Broadband system, describing the unique requirements of Antarctic Communications and how they can be addressed using micro-satellites.

  • The Business Case for Delivering Broadband to the Antarctic Using Micro-Satellites

    • International Astronautical Congress
    • October 2011

    Communications in the Antarctic region is heavily constrained by the harsh environment, and the low population density has made the deployment of a high speed digital communications system infeasible to date. The Antarctic Broadband consortium has investigated the business case for a minimalist broadband network based on low-cost micro-satellite platforms. End users in Antarctica have only a few usage scenarios, however they are quite divergent in terms of performance and value, including high reliability voice communications, low-speed remote monitoring and control of equipment, high volume data back-haul and "morale boosting" activities such as downloading videos and web surfing. The market is further complicated by the dominance of national research programs with often obscure decision-making and budgeting processes. On the supply side, a number of geostationary satellites are providing services to Antarctic bases on the edge of the continent, where they are visible on the horizon and usually at the edge of their beam patten. This results in large variations in the current price and quality of internet connectivity, making the business case for Antarctic Broadband overly complex and difficult to close on a commercial basis. This paper highlights the key features of micro-satellite system as it has matured through the design process, describes the challenges faced by prospective commercial operators in this market niche, and presents options for delivering Antarctic Broadband as an operational system.

  • High Velocity Penetrators for Planetary Mineral Exploration

    • Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium
    • 2005

    Penetrators offer many advantages over soft landers for placing sensors on and under the surface of solid bodies throughout the solar system, and also have the potential to aid mineral exploration and geological surveys in inaccessible places on the earth. The low complexity and mass of penetrators make them significantly cheaper than planetary soft landers. Similarly their low complexity and ease of deployment could make them useful tools for terrestrial field geologists. However the large shock loadings on impact, up to hundreds of thousands of times the force of gravity, require special design and construction techniques.

  • Long-Lifetime High-Yield Neutron Generators using the DD reaction

    • IAEA
    • May 2009

    The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Adelphi Technology Inc. have developed a series of high-yield neutron generators using the D-D reaction with an axial geometry. They operate with a single ion beam and can have a small origin size useful for immediate moderation and a high concentration of thermal neutrons. The generator uses RF induction discharge to efficiently ionize the deuterium gas. This discharge method provides high plasma density for high output current, high atomic species from molecular gases, long life operation and versatility for various discharge chamber geometries. These generators are open systems that can be actively pumped for a continuous supply of deuterium gas further increasing the generator’s expected lifetime. Since the system is open, many of the components, including the target, can be easily replaced. Pulsed and continuous operation has been demonstrated. In either mode of operation these generators have been used for Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis (PGNAA) and neutron activation analysis (NAA). Carleton University and Heliocentric Technologies are developing an Elemental Analyzer based on this neutron source.

  • Prerequisites for New Mining Paradigms

    • International Astronautical Congress
    • October 2012

    There has been much speculation, professional and enthusiast, on the current and future prospects of mining the Moon and near Earth asteroids. Most writings on the topic have concentrated on only one or two fields, such as the economic, legal or technical requirements in isolation of the larger picture and the interconnectedness of the various disciplines. The establishment of a viable mining operation on the Moon or asteroids would be a paradigm shift in the mining industry, and we gain much by comparing the situation to past paradigm shifts in the same industry. Understanding the pre-requisite factors for such paradigm shifts will allow us to pre-empt and facilitate such a change, and enable a more revealing analysis of proposed solutions. This paper examines several factors considered to be pre-requisites; price and total market size, capital availability, exploration and extraction technology, geological interpretation, and regulation. The inter-relation of these factors is considered in the context of a number of historic and contemporary examples, highlighting the implications for mining the Moon and near Earth asteroids.

  • Nanosatellite Deorbit Motor

    • 27th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites
    • August 2013

    This paper provides an overview of a recently developed deorbit system using a CubeSat sized solid rocket motor that was successfully tested in February 2013. It has sufficient propulsive capability to lower the perigee of a 3-unit CubeSat from a 1000 km altitude circular orbit to comply with the 25 year maximum orbit lifetime. Test results will be presented for the deorbit system, generating around 180 N thrust and 590 Ns total impulse at atmospheric pressure. Furthermore the challenges and solutions of implementing such a system inside a nanosatellite mission (both technical, programmatic and legal) will be addressed.

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