Donald Cornwell | Director, Advanced Communications and Navigation Division, SCaN Program
NASA | United States

Donald Cornwell, Director, Advanced Communications and Navigation Division, SCaN Program, NASA

Dr. Don Cornwell is responsible for all radio, optical, and cognitive communications and navigation technology across NASA.  Prior to moving to NASA HQ, Don served as the Mission Manager for the historic Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration in 2013 on NASA’s LADEE mission to the Moon.  Previously, Don served as the Vice President of Systems Engineering for a fiber telecom start-up, Corvis Corporation, where he was awarded eight patents for his work in Raman amplifier technology and was instrumental in the development and deployment of two nationwide fiber optic networks. Dr. Cornwell has a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park and has been awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and the National Space Club’s Nelson P. Jackson Award.


Conference Day Two @ 09:00

Internet from the heavens – are laser communications satellites finally ready for takeoff?

  • What’s changed in the field of laser communications?
  • How can serve as a complement (or competition?) to subsea communications and meet the booming demand for bandwidth
  • Limitations of laser technology – circumventing the cloud
  • 5-year horizon and potential applications

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