Daniel O'Connell
Chief System of Systems Architect

Dan is an engineering professional with over 35 years experience in the aerospace and digital communications industries. He began his career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center after acquiring a B.S. in Mathematics from Cleveland State University. After supporting the Space Shuttle program in several engineering capacities, Dan worked at large and small aerospace engineering and high tech companies in a variety of roles, including Martin Marietta (now Lockheed/Martin), Loral Space Systems, and Orbital Sciences Corp.

Dan has extensive experience in space mission analysis and design, system engineering, integration and test operations, launch vehicle and satellite GN&C and trajectory analysis, sensor performance analysis, radar and RF systems, mathematical modeling, communications system engineering, GPS and navigation systems, and project management. Notable achievements include developing prototype radars for NASA, generating guidance parameters for Titan IV launchers and missile interceptors, deploying test labs for digital cable networks in Amsterdam, conducting advanced navigation studies for DARPA, and supporting Iridium operations in RF communications.

Dan is one of the originators of the NorthStar concept, developed at KinetX Aerospace.