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Philip Baldwin

Operations Manager, Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program


Mr. Philip Baldwin has been at NASA over 15 years; 5 years as a contractor and 10 years as a civil servant.

As Operations Manager for NASA Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program at NASA Headquarters, Philip Baldwin strives to ensure that NASA’s science and exploration goals are met through its three communications networks: the Deep Space Network (DSN), which enables communication and data sharing with distant spacecraft like Mars Curiosity and Voyager 2; the Space Network (SN), which shares voice and video with crews aboard the International Space Station (ISS); and, the Near Earth Network (NEN), for the downloading and worldwide distribution of scientific data from Earth-observing satellites.

At NASA Goddard, Philip served as a Mission Manager for the Technology Enterprise and Mission Pathfinder Office (TEMPO) in the Exploration & Space Communications Projects Division at NASA Goddard. His worked focused on advancing new technologies with to goal of rapid infusion into operations. His portfolio included electronically steered antenna arrays, Delay Tolerant Networking (DTN), and advanced navigation technologies. Previously, Mr. Baldwin served as the Near Earth Network (NEN) Chief Engineer, leading technical and engineering teams in developing innovative solutions for the NEN and ensuring engineering best practices are followed as the independent technical authority for the NEN. Prior to joining the NEN team, Mr. Baldwin worked in the Formation Flying Testbed (FFTB), which developed mission concepts for multi-spacecraft missions. This work contributed to the successful record breaking Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission using GPS for navigation and formation flying.

Mr. Baldwin earned a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Virginia. During this time working as a software contributor to UC Berkley’s Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems (CHESS) were he co-created a wireless sensor package that has been published in numerous journals and books and was included as undergraduate coursework for studying wireless sensor networks. This work was included in Mr. Baldwin’s undergraduate thesis entitled “Modeling of Wireless Sensor networks in Ptolemy II”

Fun Facts. Mr. Baldwin lead a project developing a system at McMurdo, Antarctica and have made 4 trips there. His dad worked at NASA for 39 years and was inspired by the technology, the space exploration, and the science.


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