Center For Space Standards & Innovation

CSSI Team Bios

Sal Alfano, Ph.D.

Dr. Sal Alfano

Dr. Salvatore Alfano has been a major contributor to the space operations community for more than 20 years at both the policy and technical development levels. As a senior research astrodynamicist for CSSI, his current work deals with determining accuracy requirements for meaningful conjunction assessments and improving satellite conjunction assessment algorithms. Alfano is well-versed in astronautical, electrical, and computer engineering. He pioneered work in kinetic energy guidance, satellite visibility and close-approach prediction, high-accuracy orbit determination, continuous-thrust orbit transfers, and collision probability. He significantly advanced the state-of-the-art in all these areas and is recognized for such by the scientific community. Additional accomplishments include: 38 industry publications; 10 awards & honors; five U.S patents; and eight professional association memberships.