Robert Strauss Born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1927, passed away on the evening of November 25, 2020 at his home in McLean, Virginia at the age of 93. At the height of his career, Mr. Strauss was Director of Reliability and Standards for COMSAT. His specialty was microwave amplification transmission and linearizing power systems including photovoltaics. He was instrumental in the develop of Early Bird.Following retirement from INTELSAT, Mr. Strauss worked 27 years as a consultant in communications satellites: Users and builders of space craft, earth stations, critical failure analysis and power microwave amplifiers. He also served as technical adviser in the establishment of SIRRUS Radio. He received degrees in engineering from Cornell University and MSEE from Lehigh University. He worked as Department Head of Traveling Wave Tube development at Sperry Rand and device development at Bell Laboratories. He is survived by his children, Stephen Elliot Strauss, Susan Elisabeth Strauss and Diane Elise Strauss; and two grandchildren Geneva and Lukas Strauss-Wise. No services are planned at this time.
Published by The Washington Post on Dec. 27, 2020.
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
I first met Robert (Bob) in 1979 when he was working at Comsat Labs. He was always genial and insightful. A gentlemanly and knowledgeable technologist for sure. Later, when he had become an independent contractor, we worked together collaboratively at INTELSAT, co-publishing a first-of-its-kind analysis of the in-orbit reliability of the entire fleet of operational INTELSAT V series satellites. It transpired that that work had financial ramifications for all geostationary telecommunications satellite operators (well beyond what we two together thought was just an interesting survey and some allied statistical projections). Bob initially undertook all of the survey of in-orbit anomalies and satellite component failures, very thoroughly, over many months, during which time I did not take his efforts too seriously at all. But, he gradually talked me around. (I really benefitted from his patience and encouragement.) The outcome was a neat professional accomplishment on his part, given his much earlier involvement with the INTELSAT I (Early Bird) program. I am truly saddened to learn of his passing and offer sincere condolences to his family.
December 28, 2020
I worked with Bob shortly after I joined INTELSAT R&D in 1979. My early work was with TWTAs which I had no background in and Bob became my mentor Our paths continued to intersect for the next 30 years. I will miss Bob.