JPL DESCANSO - Deep Space Communications and Navigation Center of Excellence



Stan Butman

Stanley A. Butman, received his B. Engineering from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec), his MSEE from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston), and his PHD in communication theory from California Institute of Technology. He joined JPL in 1967 as a senior research engineer where he has been serving in line or project management.

Dr. Butman was the principal investigator (PI) of the successful Ka-band Link Experiment (KaBLE) on Mars Observer in 1992 and the PI for KaBLE-II on Mars Global Surveyor in 1996. Since then he has been the telecom program element manager (PEM) on the 2001 Odyssey mission (where he led the definition and development of the UHF relay); on the 2005 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and on the 2007 Phoenix Lander. Currently he is overseeing telecom for the Gravity and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) Mission to the Moon, and he is the PEM for the soil Moisture Active and Passive (SMAP) mission.

In 1977 he was the chairman of IEEE National Telecommunications Conference (now GLOBECOM). He became a Fellow of the IEEE in 1984.

He has about 90 publications. He has received four NASA Exceptional Service/Achievement Medals, many group achievement awards, and four NASA patents.

Author or co-author of the following article(s) of the DESCANSO Design & Performance Summary Series - Telecommunications: