Dr. Patrick Binning

Program Chair Space Systems Engineering

Current Courses

Personal Bio

Dr. Patrick W. Binning became the Mission Area Executive for National Security Space of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory on July 5, 2016. In this role, he is responsible for APL programs that focus on space solutions to critical national security challenges. National Security Space, one of 12 mission areas at APL, provides innovative engineering, advanced technology development and technical advice to organizations within the national security community.

Staff members working in National Security Space develop and conduct innovative experimental missions, build space instruments, and produce applications to meet warfighter and intelligence community needs. The mission area leverages expertise and accomplishments from the Laboratory’s civilian space programs to address national security space capability gaps and needs. It also collaborates with other APL mission areas that share a deep understanding of intelligence community and warfighter challenges.

Dr. Binning has over 25 years of experience in program management, research and development, technology transfer, satellite operations and executive management in the aerospace field. Before his new post he managed intelligence community programs within the National Security Space mission area.

Dr. Binning joined APL in 2014, after serving as head of the Mission Management Office at the Naval Research Laboratory. He has also managed programs and directed research for the Missile Defense Agency, Office of the Secretary of Defense and National Reconnaissance Office, and served as Fellow in the Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellowship program.

He holds doctorate and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder; he earned a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Binning is a recognized domain expert, and presents and speaks regularly at national and international space and missile defense symposiums and conferences.

He lives in Annandale, Virginia with his wife and two teenage sons, enjoying sports and BoyScouting with them.

Education History

  • B S Aerospace Engineering, University of Cincinnati
  • M S Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado
  • Ph D Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado

Work Experience

Senior Professional Staff, JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

Publications

Binning, P., "Defining Moment's in NRL's Project Vanguard," Proceedings of AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Galveston, TX., 2008.
Binning, P., "End of an Era," Space Sentinel Journal, Summer Edition, 2007.
Binning, P., Middour, J.W., "A Brief History of NRL's Early Firsts in Spaceflight," Proceedings of AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Meeting, Mackinac Island, MI., 2007.
Highsmith, D.E., Binning, P., "Design and Test of an Algorithm for Satellite-to-Satellite Time Transfer," Proceedings of ION GPS Meeting, Salt Lake City, Ut., 2000.
Middour, J.W., Souka, M., Dasenbrock, R., Melvin, P., Pickard, H., Binning, P., "Orbit/Covariance Estimation and Analysis (OCEAN) Determination for Satellites," United States Patent Number 6,085,128, July 4, 2000.
Binning, P., Hope, A.S., Soyka, M.T., "Orbit Determination and Prediction Concept for NEMO, The Naval Earthmap Observer Program," Proceedings of ION GPS Meeting, Nashville, TN., 1999.
Binning, P., Soyka, M.T., Middour, J., "Orbit Determination Using Space to Ground Differential GPS in NRL's OCEAN Package," Proceedings of AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Meeting, Girdwood, Ak., 1999.
Binning, P., "A Widelane Integer Resolution Technique for Relative Navigation Between Spacecraft," Proceedings of ION GPS Meeting, Nashville, Tn, 1998.
Binning, P., Absolute and Relative Satellite to Satellite Navigation Using GPS, University of Colorado Ph.D. Thesis, 1997.
Binning, P., "Satellite Orbit Determination Using GPS Pseudoranges Under SA," Proceedings of AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting, Huntsville, Al., 1997.

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded a certificate of completion for the Senior Executives in National and International Security Program, December 2017, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education. (2017)
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellowship (ComSci) Program, Fellow (2007)
  • National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Senior Technical Civilian of the Quarter, AS&T (2005)
  • Certified Toastmaster, NRO Chapter of Toastmasters International (2004)
  • Co-Founder, NRO Chapter of Toastmasters International (2003)
  • U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Alan Berman Research Publication Award (2001)
  • U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Alan Berman Research Publication Award (2000)
  • Co-Patent holder, Patent 6,085,128, NRL Orbit Covariance Estimation and Analysis (OCEAN) System (2000)
  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics (1999)
  • University of Cincinnati, Dr. Bradley M. Jones Memorial Award for Most Outstanding Aerospace Senior (1991)

Professional Organizations

American Astronautical Society