Ed Kruzins started as the Director of the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex (CDSCC) on May 1, 2012, and has been responsible to make sure the complex meets its space tracking obligations to the fleet of 40 international space missions operating across the Solar system on behalf of NASA & CSIRO under the auspices of US/AS Bilateral Space Tracking Treaty.
Ed was most recently the Director General of Capability Science (DGCS) to the Australian Department of Defence (DoD), reporting to the Chief of Capability Development Group and representing the Chief Defence Scientist on major capital equipment acquisition under the National Defence Capability Plan. He was a permanent member of the star ranked Defence Options Review Committee and Capability Development Boards. Previously he was the Director General for Defence Simulation (DGSIM) within Australian Defence Headquarters and chair of the Defence Simulation Committee.
Ed was Engineering and Deputy Site Manager of the NASA Deep Space Communications Complex Tidbinbilla in Canberra where his tenure provided 24/7 ground station capability to 40 international space missions including the Cassini, Huygens Titan encounters, the Mars & Lunar Recon Orbiter, Spirit Rover, Deep Impact and the Voyager spacecraft, now the deepest space object made by man.
Prior Ed was employed with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) included joint authorship of Defences first Network Centric Warfare Roadmap. He played key roles in the development of Defences Space Based Surveillance capability and was lead scientific negotiator for the Aus/US Satellite Ground Facilities in central Australia. He was Australian National Leader for the five eyes Technical Cooperation Panel TTCP on Space Based Surveillance.
Ed began his working career in the UK with BAE Space Systems where he provided systems and design engineering for a suite of European commercial and military satellites, including Olympus 1, Inmarsat 2, Telecom 2, Skynet 4 and others on behalf of the UK government, NATO and the European Space Agency. With the European Union as sponsor his team provided the first study work on the European Galileo constellation.