(Contact information upon request
Katheryn L. Sato
Clearances: Continuous from
1977-2000: TS/SCI (Top Secret/SCI) with SBI/SSBI/EBI
mil/gov't projects in the Defense industry
Continuous Coverage from 1977-2000: TS/SCI SBI/SSBI/EBI
analysis and design of military NdYAG rangefinders for use in airborne
the algorithm for the high resolution MTI mode for the first TR-1A
ASARS-2 Synthetic Aperture Radar
AWG-9 Radar Fire Control System circuit engineer.
prototypes for EOCM (laser) used by Roland Missile in high radar
Imaging (Missile Guidance, Spaceborne Assets)
lead Thermal Imaging Tracker test bench for the first IIR Maverick
enhancements and fixes for the TRIGS U-2 Ground Station.
Defense (Strategc Defense Initiative)
radar signatures of Scud Missiles during Desert Storm to improve early
launch detection and accuracy for Hawk batteries protecting Israel.
Assets and orbital
analysis using Special and General Perturbations to create an extremely
high accuracy simulation of all sensors and satellites for SPADOC.
of US and Soviet ICBM launches for both Boost Phase Detection, creation
of state vector and covariance matrix at burnout.
scientists with the development of the equations used by DSP to be used
to improve the processing/analysis of data received for Red Bloc ICBM
space assets during launch and the boost phase, calculated the BEST
(Best Estimated State Vector) of the final stage after burnout, then
hand-over to mid-phase sensors.
Image Enhancement for a classified space sensor.
- Analyzed erosion of USAF and USN
nuclear RV durng both re-entry and possible laydown through mushroom
- Performed analysis of optics through
plasma surrounding SR-71
- more (tbd)
20+ yrs of military/gov't scientific/engineering work
BS Physics, minor Chemistry
California State Univ at Los Angeles
Continuous from 1977-2000: TS/SCI
(Top Secret/Secure Compartmented Information) with SBI/SSBI/EBI Background
to Rick: there is subtext here and my other page which seriously
applies to the organization the book series is based upon :)
USN F-14 Tomcat Air-Superiority
AWG-9/AWM-27 Fire Control System Phoenix Missile
Learned the system at Top Gun at Miramar NAVAIR, San Diego in order to
and maintanance on circuit cards for the fire control system as well as
Grumman, Riverhead, Long
Island, NY. Attended cross-cultural training for field work on
this program including basic Farsi
IIR MAVERICK AGM-65D.
Thermal Imaging Anti-Armor Missile. Lead System Engineer for the
design, implementation and testing of the optical bench to test the
Thermal Imaging Seeker head.
Utilized for testing critical functions such as FIR resolution and
tracking speed as well as discovering
spoofs and that the pilots of the little birds with the seeker head
loved the seeker mounted on the
Az/El gymbal which they panned like a modern FLIR to locate our
simulated armor battle (Eglin AFB
range around 0300).
Created, recorded simulated armor battlefield using a cryo cooled
somewhat portable Thermal (FIR)
for recording simulated engagements, with surface temperature readouts
and enhancement of the
imaging sensor for the IIR Maverick Missile system. (Meaning
running around Florida panhandle
swamps in a bombing test range with a 30-40 lb (old) Thermal IR camera
and tank of LN2 while
trying not to step on UXO CBUs!)
(I have a friend who was an A-10 pilot during Desert Storm. I
expressed concern about some of the
tracking problems we experienced during the early testing, but my
friend assured me that they worked
to perfection! Nice to hear.)
(Nice to hear that the TR-2 (U2) project was very successful before and
after Desert Storm precisely
mapping the Republican Guard as well as Bosnia despite mountainous
terrain. Also very happy to
hear it was instrumental in locating mass burial sites at the time as
well as being use to locate a lost
airplane in CONUS.)
ROLAND/DIVAD Anti Aircraft Armored
Designed a scanning Laser Radar to be used when the ECM environment
precluded the use of
TOW Wire Guided Anti Armor Missile,
ground, APC and M-60 mounted.
Wrote US Army FM/TMs on operation and maintanence for TRADOC.
Apache Attack Helicoptor Laser
Rangefinder for TOW Missile.
Performed Laser Rangefinding analysis and design for a Nd/YAG on-board
Rangefinder. Purpose: To allow Pilots to pop up and
launch the missile at the maximum wire length
in order to be out of range of enemy fire.
Seawolf SONAR Waterfall Display
Taught German Military Officers and Non-Coms the theory and use of a
Microwave/Spectrum Analyser Automatic Test Set.
TR-2 (successor to the U-2
Designed 2 dimensional FFTs for the Signal Processor which would create
high resolution Synthetic Aperature Radar Imagery (including
Moving Target Detection) for the TR-2. This was the prototype in
1978 for the very first use of SAR
on the U-2 (TR-2). NRO and (classified organization)
project. Now used in Global Hawk
Later designed, coded, integrated software for the TRIGS TR-2 operational ground station.
Miscellaneous projects: USAF
Space Defense Command, Cheyenne Mountain, CO
Simulations and analysis of space and
ground based assets utilizing Special/General Perturbation Theory
Simulations, analysis and
detectability of ballistic missiles during launch, boost, midcourse and
Performed calculations, algorithm
design, design, and simulation for near earth satellites,
geosynchronous and Soviet Ballistic
missiles (nuclear MIRV). Learned and utilized General and
Special Perturbation Theory for a
Prolate Ellipsoid WGS 89 Earth model. AF Space Defense
Command, Cheyenne Mt.
SCENE, for the USAF Space Defense
Command, NORAD Cheyenne Mountain.
Lead and sole engineer/system analysist/software engineer for the
creation of a program which could
be 'plugged' into the input of the mountain and create the reality that
Soviet ASATs were attacking US
Space Assets. In order to accomplish this, we utilized the same
algorithms (General and Special
Perturbation Theory of Gravity for the WGS 82 world model) used by
SPADOC to process/analyze
their sensor inputs. Features of SCENE was: To input to a
test input in Cheyenne Mountain, simulate
satellites crossing electronic and optical/IR/FIR sensors (land,space),
perform tracking and impact
prediction (TIP), Foreign Missile Launches, reentry prediction of
space debris, boosters, satellites
and RVs. Finally the accurate simulation of a Soviet Launch of a
Co-Orbital ASAT launching
and attacking US Space Assets. The program (120,000 lines of
Fortran 90 code 95% written by me
and working closely with ex USAF Space Analysis Officers) was
successful and when run in test
mode with a Test Commander sitting in the Command Director's chair
inside Cheyenne Mountain – it
appeared to both experienced Space Analysists and the USAF computers
(thus the Command
Director) that all events actually occurred. Naturally, our CINC
was pre-informed of the test and all
DEFCON outputs were temporarily disconnected. Made me think of
the old movie, "War Games"
Modeled and studied Launch profiles of Soviet Nuclear Launch vehicles
(incl MIRVs) and modeled
launch and (classified) detection US Space and Ground Based Assets.
Modeled classified means of detecting
Nuclear buses during mid-course, a particularily difficult place
to see anything.
Analyzed radar (one and two
dimensional) radar signatures of incoming SCUD missiles during Desert
Modelling, enhancement of algorithms
for Defense Support Program (DSP) early warning space
Performed Analysis of FIR sensors
viewed through window on SR-71 travelling at a (hyper-mach)
velocity where skin plasma made the
Performed analysis of MX Peacekeeper
and Navy Nuclear RVs traveling through mushroom clouds as
a result of Laydown of mutiple RVs
during a targeting plan.
BPSP (Boost Phase Stereo Processor)
Analyzed, worked with engineers on the original equations, designed,
lead the creation of an
application which would use two existing US Space Assets to use
'binocular' vision (FIR) to detect a
foreign ICBM launch, create a six dimensional state vector
(acceleration, velocity and position) plus
the Covariance Matrix (Three dimensional error ellipsoid) by
burnout. Using a Kalman Filter
optimized for specific Soviet launch bases, ballistic missiles and
Soviet Missile profiles the program
would propagate the State Vector (warhead bus position) and Error
Matrix to a Midcourse Radar site
(including multiple coordinate transformations to local topocentric
radar) which would then refine the
data and hand off to the terminal and targeting radar/optical sensors.
Brief work with NSA on a classified
Analyzed and designed on-board
software for the Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile (Cruise
Analyzed/debugged a classified algorithm used within TERCOM guidance if
became unavailable. Designed self-reliant Radar Site avoidance
algorithms. Project terminated
(extremely poor management unfortunately) yet still classified Secret
Software Engineering performed
communication enhancements for the EUCOM European NATO
Designed User Interface software for
an FAA Nexrad Weather Station system
Performed maintainance and upgrade of
satellite telemetry software at Loral Space Systems.
Designed and upgraded software for the
70 meter diameter Thermal Vacuum Satellite Testing Facility
at Loral Space Systems.
Senior Scientist (Chemistry, Structural Engineering), Linabond Inc
Assisted chief chemist and chief scientist in the synthesis and
optimization of proprietary polyurethane substances for the lining and
repair of city underground infrastructure tunnels and pipes
Performed chemical and structural analysis of degraded concrete
structures (including taking samples in a 100 yr old stockpen feeding
the 1890 Buena Vista Dam)
Wrote documentation and analysis supporting use of product for degraded
Utilized knowledge of microbiology and chemistry in both research and
presentations of the desulfovibrio/thiobacillus cycle in sewage
environments and defended the use of non-porous (size of H2S molecule)
polyurethane coatings on degraded concrete to both structurally support
and cease the influx of H2S for thiobacillus to create H2SO4 further
degrading the concrete structures.
Studied and purchased chemical and analytic tools (both chemical,
physical and structural) for the in-house laboratory.
Self-directed and thorough review of Environmental Organic Chemistry
Performing Arts (tbd)
Ballet 20+ years