Commercialization, Innovation, and Synergies Office (CIS)
The Commercialization, Innovation, and Synergies (CIS) office identifies opportunities, nurtures diverse relationships, and implements collaborative solutions to enhance capabilities and technologies in support of exploration and space communications. CIS will foster synergistic relationships and accelerate infusion opportunities by leveraging private industry, other government agencies, and international partners.
CIS’ commercialization effort is a strategic focus within the Exploration and Space Communications (ESC) projects division. The office is dedicated to increasing the industry base for the new Near Space Network, which provides communication and navigation services to missions through both government and commercial assets. Building on an established blueprint of employing commercial providers, NASA is incentivizing the growth of the free market by encouraging a robust marketplace.
CIS infuses innovative technologies that will enable scientific discovery and space exploration. The office leverages Goddard’s rich history in robotic missions and human exploration support, as well as science and technology expertise to help meet agency goals. CIS has a small team dedicated to supporting current and future exploration efforts for the agency.
OFFICE CHIEF – NEAL BARTHELME
Neal Barthelme is the Office Chief for CIS, leading a team of experts devoted to engaging industry, academia, other government agencies, and mission teams to advance space communications and navigation capabilities.
DEPUTY OFFICE CHIEF – RUMA DAS
Dr. Ruma Das is the Deputy Office Chief for CIS and has more than 20 years of experience in information technology, cybersecurity, enterprise architecture, and program management, in both public and private sectors. For CIS, she leads the engagement teams, while also managing the office’s capabilities studies.
With over 60 years of communications and navigation experience, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is well-positioned to expand its scientific and technical reach by building relationships, creating partnerships, and leveraging the modern capabilities available in the commercial market.
The Commercialization, Innovation, and Synergies (CIS) office is focusing on increasing the participation of commercial communications service providers that will support missions operating in the near-space region, which extends from Earth to 2 million kilometers.
Connecting experts from industry, academia, and other government and international agencies will create a community of innovators dedicated to providing dependable communications, navigation, and data acquisition services. These services are critical to executing revolutionary robotic, science, and human missions in space.
This new approach to commercialization will enhance the alliance between industry and government, with industry leading, and NASA serving as a cornerstone to drive standardization and interoperability. Additionally, this is a shared opportunity for infusion of new and enabling technologies to provide for a robust marketplace with creative, cost-effective solutions.
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INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT LEAD - ALI HALE
Ali is responsible for the strategic development, implementation, and management of our industry engagement activities. She brings years of experience facilitating strategic partnerships with NASA, other government agencies, industry, and academia.
The Commercialization, Innovation, and Synergies (CIS) office’s mission engagement team works with user missions to define communications and navigation requirements. The office informs users of available capabilities and prepares them for the mission onboarding process to secure services.
In addition, the team can arrange support for potential new missions, helping formulation teams prepare new business proposals that are more responsive and competitive.
The mission engagement team defines processes, captures information, answers questions, and involves the customer throughout the process. Their work is focused on incorporating flexibility and reducing unnecessary processes and paperwork.
Communications and navigation solutions are ultimately fulfilled through NASA’s Near Space Network. If you are interested in working with the Near Space Network, please fill out our service inquiry form.
To read about the capabilities and services provided by the Near Space Network, download our service brochure.
CIVIL & DEFENSE SPACE PARTNERSHIPS
The Commercialization, Innovation, and Synergies (CIS) office will serve as an invaluable gateway for meaningful information sharing between NASA, the Department of Defense (DoD), and other U.S. government agencies. CIS is fostering mutually beneficial partnerships and long-lasting relationships that will advance overarching commercialization efforts driven by the Near Space Network (NSN).
The CIS Civil and Defense Space Partnerships team will encourage NASA, DoD, and other U.S. government agencies to explore, with participation from commercial industry, ways to work together to establish the standards, technology, and mechanisms to make commercialization successful and create an interoperable space communications ecosystem around the Earth, to the Moon, and beyond.
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CIVIL & DEFENSE SPACE PARTNERSHIPS LEAD - ANGELA HODGE
Angela fosters meaningful information sharing between NASA, the Department of Defense, industry, and other U.S. government agencies to establish standards, technology, and mechanisms needed to create an interoperable space communications ecosystem.
Space exploration has been NASA’s primary goal since the agency’s inception in the late 1950s. As we return to the Moon with the Artemis missions and then venture onto Mars, cutting edge technologies and capabilities will be critical to advanced exploration efforts.
The Commercialization, Innovation, and Synergies (CIS) office’s exploration team is at the forefront of developing cross-cutting advanced concepts for technology. The team also identifies and leads the adaptation of existing technologies to enable NASA’s next human and robotic forays into our solar system. To leverage all possible capabilities across the country, the exploration team collaborates with partners in industry, academic institutions, and a variety of NASA centers.
Human Exploration Analysis & Mission Support
CIS’ exploration team performs comprehensive analysis on human exploration options, such as habitation modules for cislunar space, the Moon, and beyond. The team analyzes integrated mission concepts, functions, and operations, involving habitation, tele-operations, avionics and software, augmented and virtual reality, Moon and Mars site design, and science operations. The team uses model-based systems engineering and a design lab at Goddard to perform important analyses. The team also provides mission support to NASA’s Human Landing Systems, Gateway, and robotic mission programs.
Lunar IceCube is a CubeSat set to launch on the Artemis I flight of the Space Launch System. Lunar IceCube will orbit the Moon, searching for water, ice, and other resources on the lunar surface. Working with Morehead State University, the CIS exploration team is developing the Broadband InfraRed Compact High-Resolution Exploration Spectrometer (BIRCHES), a critical component to the mission. Additionally, the team is leading the flight software development, the flight dynamics analysis, and the attitude control analysis for the mission.
Core Flight Software
CIS’ exploration team works with Goddard software engineers who implement the center’s core Flight Software (cFS) into human exploration systems such as Orion, future habitats such as Gateway, and lunar landers. Goddard’s cFS provides commonality, modularity, and significant costs savings for missions in development.
EXPLORATION LEAD - DR. RUTHAN LEWIS, PH.D.
Dr. Ruthan Lewis is the Exploration Systems Portfolio (ESP) Manager. She provides leadership and oversight for ESP projects including Moon and Mars exploration systems, human habitation, science and technology integration, and supporting initiatives in the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate.
The Commercialization, Innovation, and Synergies (CIS) office hosts engagement sessions to foster meaningful, long-lasting partnerships with industry, mission users, and government agencies.
Engagements will include introductory briefings, sessions to connect experts across industry and government, and forums to create a community of innovators dedicated to providing dependable communications, navigation, and data acquisition services. It is our mission to offer platforms for robust dialogue and collaboration on the critical services that guide revolutionary robotic, science, and human exploration missions in space. These will be shared opportunities for the infusion of new and enabling capabilities, and will provide for a vibrant marketplace with creative, cost-effective solutions.
If you are interested in attending one of the following sessions, please contact email@example.com. We look forward to connecting with you!
Civil and Defense Space Connection Sessions
Next Session: January 31, 2023
Topic: Autonomy and Cislunar Communications and Navigation
Speaker: Jim Schier, SCaN Chief Architect
The Civil and Defense Space Connection Sessions will provide an opportunity to casually engage with government, academia, and industry on issues affecting the future of space communications and navigation. The sessions will often feature a guest speaker and discussion topic but will always allow for open dialogue and conversation.
Space Communications and Navigation Workshop
May 16th from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Join NASA in harnessing the power of the electromagnetic spectrum to communicate, navigate, and build a holistic space ecosystem. This workshop will foster discussions surrounding new and emerging technologies, such as optical communications, radio frequency technologies, networking, quantum devices, and interoperability efforts. Sessions will feature speakers from NASA, other government agencies, industry, and academia who will speak to the growing importance of developments in space communications and navigation.