Jeff Valania

Principal Systems Engineer
Sierra Nevada Corporation


Mr. Valania has over 18 years of experience as a Systems Engineer in the aerospace industry with expertise in systems engineering, system architecture design, fault protection, mission operations, orbit dynamics and ground system development. He is the Chief Engineer of SNC’s NextSTEP-2 Appendix A Habitat Systems program, and served as the Chief Engineer of the Appendix C Power and Propulsion Studies program. Mr. Valania is the technical lead for SNC’s Advanced Development group where he is responsible for leading the development of innovative concepts for emerging space exploration markets. Prior to joining the Advanced Development group, Mr. Valania was the Mission Operations lead responsible for the successful in-orbit testing and hand-off of the ORBCOMM Generation 2 satellite constellation. As the Mission Operations Lead, Mr. Valania developed in-orbit test plans, nominal and contingency satellite procedures, mission operations processes, and the operational concept for SNC’s first multi-satellite launch. Mr. Valania was also the lead developer for the OG2’s on-board Fault Protection software. Mr. Valania led anomaly investigations, design trades, and developed spacecraft design verification tests.
Prior to joining SNC, Mr. Valania served as a Systems Engineer with Lockheed Martin for 11 years. He was a Satellite Systems Engineer for the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO) program. In this role, Mr. Valania supported development of the anomaly and daily planning processes. He performed on-console Systems Engineering during launch and in-orbit test. He also developed telemetry, tracking, and control graphical displays to support in-orbit test activities. In addition, Mr. Valania was the Project Lead of the Geolocation Solutions Group for a government satellite program. In this role, he led a team of engineers to ensure quality and timely delivery of analysis in support of operational geolocation missions. Mr. Valania also served as a Systems Engineer performing orbit dynamics analysis and constellation planning for operational satellite systems.


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