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Robert D. Briskman

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AESS Past Chairman 1969

Robert D. Briskman was Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President, Engineering of SIRIUS XM Radio since its founding in 1991 as Satellite CD Radio Inc. and is currently its Technical Executive. As the technical innovator of mobile satellite radio services, he was responsible for the development, implementation and operation of SIRIUS’ broadcast distribution system. His technology development responsibility included design of low cost satellite receiving terminals for automobiles and of broadcast sound programming, earth station, terrestrial repeaters and satellite control facilities. During 2000, Briskman supervised the launch of three SIRIUS satellites into a unique operational orbital constellation which he designed.

For over three decades, Briskman has directed the implementation of satellite telecommunications systems at COMSAT and NASA. He holds a BSE degree from Princeton University and an MSEE degree from the University of Maryland. Briskman is a Fellow of IEEE and AIAA. He has published over 50 technical papers, holds a number of patents, and has been inducted into the Space Foundation and SSPI Halls of Fame.

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“Development of Civilian Satellite Communications and Broadcast Systems”
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For development of Commercial and Broadcast Satellites Over the Past 40 Years.
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“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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