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Who We Are

NAL Research Corporation leads the industry in providing the latest cutting-edge Iridium satellite communication and tracking capabilities. NAL is a highly specialized satellite communications company focused on designing, developing, manufacturing, and supporting new enterprise and custom Iridium-based capabilities. Our products are proudly designed, manufactured, and assembled at NAL Research facilities in the USA, leveraging vetted supply chains for enhanced security benefits. We provide global connectivity and secure communications that are trusted by government and enterprise customers around the world.

Mission

NAL Research Corporation leads the industry in providing the latest cutting edge Iridium satellite communication and tracking capabilities. NAL is a highly specialized satellite communications company focused on designing, developing, manufacturing, and supporting new enterprise and custom Iridium based capabilities, products and services; all from our Headquarters in Manassas, Virginia.  Our solutions provide global connectivity and secure communications that are trusted by government and enterprise customers around the world.

Vision/Values

NAL’s vision is to be the leader in global satellite communication and PNT device solutions for mobile users and systems with demanding size, weight, and power constraints. We aim to be the partner of choice for the unique demands of our customers in the government, commercial, and international sectors by being the first in new satellite technology developments. 

NAL earns trust by delivering high quality products and conducting our business with integrity, exercising discretion, and being fully committed to customer privacy and security. We remain on the cutting edge of research and development, allowing us to quickly transition new technology into products for our customer’s unique requirements.

History

1997

NAL Research is Established

We are trying to stray away from using “Corporation” unless in an official capacity. NAL Research is easier said and read.

1997

1998

Our Hand in SBD

Dr. Hoang worked closely with Iridium, spearheading early SBIR work on Short Burst Messaging, also known as Short Burst Data (SBD).

1998

2008

The birth of the SHOUT

The first Iridium SHOUT prototype was developed to satisfy a U.S. Government contract.

2008

2012

NAL Research Begins to Grow

NAL Research engineers develop the SHOUT ts, 9602-LP, and 9603 transceiver.

NAL Research also moves into new headquarters at innovation park in prince William Country, Virginia.

2012

2016

Purchased by TJC

 ACR Group, the leading provider of satellite-based tracking, data communications, and EMS products and services, acquires NAL Research
2016

2017

The NEXT Launch

Iridium launches the 1st round of NEXT generation satellites into Earth’s lower orbit via Tesla’s SpaceX program.

Iridium names satellite #13 after NAL Research, honoring their long-lasting relationship.

2017

2021

Launching the Midband Product Line

Iridium launches its midband service.

NAL Research announces the QUICKSILVER modem, utilizing Iridium’s new Certus-100 midband service.

2021

2022

Milestone: 25 Years

NAL Research celebrates its 25yr anniversary!

2022

Our Executive Team

Robert Bills

President

Richard Cellucci

VP of Engineering

Zee Safi

Sr. VP of Sales, BD, & Marketing

Dean Luman

VP of Finance

Ngoc Hoang

Chief Technology Officer

John Borg

Director of Operations

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Robert Bills

President

As President of NAL Research, Robert Bills brings over 20 years of commercial and Department of Defense civilian experience. NAL delivers innovative military-grade global SATCOM and Assured Position, Navigation, and Timing (A-PNT) Solutions – for the defense, research, and commercial sectors.

Robert’s career has focused on delivering advanced technology solutions to meet the most difficult challenges for U.S. warfighters. His multi-disciplinary leadership includes experience in tactical RF communications, A-PNT, micro-electronics, advanced additive manufacturing, autonomous unmanned systems, and embedded sensors. He has held a wide range of positions leading research, development, test and evaluation, integration, and fielding technical capabilities for high-visibility missions and needs. At NAL, Robert has built an outstanding leadership team that is expanding the company’s historic strength in Iridium SATCOM products into the newest generation of mid-band capabilities to meet DoD and commercial needs; and has developed the company’s A-PNT portfolio into a new growth engine for the company.

Immediately prior to joining NAL Research, Robert was a senior leader at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. Robert successfully led the Asymmetric Systems Division, a multi-disciplinary organization focused on advanced payloads, special technology integration, intelligence and surveillance systems, biometrics and forensics, and expeditionary command and control to field multiple nationally significant technical capabilities in support of the special operations and intelligence communities.

Robert earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga. and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

Richard Cellucci

VP of Engineering

As Vice President of Engineering at NAL Research Corporation, Rick Cellucci leads a team of over 30 software, electrical, mechanical, and systems engineers. Prior to NAL, Mr. Cellucci served for almost ten years as the Director of Systems Engineering at QRC Technologies in Fredericksburg, VA, where he directed QRC’s day-to-day systems engineering and hardware efforts. He spearheaded the design of all conduction-cooled cellular-survey and radio transcorder devices beginning in 2012 and was responsible for both computer architectures and RF designs. Additionally, for over twelve years, Mr. Cellucci assumed the role of President of Hartwood Software Engineering, a small consulting business founded to provide for both government and commercial customers. He served primarily as a contractor at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., in the Applied Optics branch of the Optical Sciences division. He gained field experience with missile warning and tactical countermeasure systems on a variety of airborne platforms, as well as extensive skill in military systems/software engineering design. Mr. Cellucci earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1989.

Ziad Safi

Sr. VP of Sales, BD, & Marketing

Ziad Safi joined NAL Research as Senior Vice President of Sales, Business Development, and Marketing. Mr. Safi is a global business executive who began his career in the Defense Aerospace industry as a manager at Boeing in August 1995. From there, he moved on to work with some of the biggest names in the industry throughout his career.

Mr. Safi spent more than 27 years working on regional and international sales development with Raytheon and later shared his expertise with L3 Harris Commercial Aviation and Cubic Mission & Performance Solutions. His extensive sales experience, communication skills, and strategic mindset were exceptional strengths when developing business overseas. Mr. Safi generated revenue by successfully brokering business with governments, corporations, and enterprises in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East over his 16 years in the industry.

Mr. Safi earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration in Engineering at the Washington State University in Pullman, WA.

Dean Luman

VP of Finance

As Vice President of Finance for NAL Research, Dean Luman has over 15 years of experience in the Finance and Accounting industry. Mr. Luman began his career working for a logistics company before becoming a team member at a small accounting firm in Northern Virginia. There, he made a name for himself as an expert at assisting small government contractors with financial analysis, compliance, presentation, and taxes, all while providing consultation on growing their businesses. Since joining NAL Research as an accountant, Mr. Luman has consistently advanced within the company until he reached his present role as VP of Finance. He has been with the company for over 10 years and has been essential to transitioning NAL from a small company to a dynamic market leader as part of ACR Group. Mr. Luman earned a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and has been a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Virginia since 2016.

Ngoc Hoang

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Ngoc Hoang is the Founder and current Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of NAL Research. As CTO, Ngoc leads new technology development in NAL’s core focus areas and supports our customer’s most challenging initiatives. Prior to becoming CTO, Ngoc led NAL as its President for over 21 years, guiding the corporation from his garage to become the leading developer and manufacturer of Iridium Satellite-based tracking and communication solutions for the US Government.

While President, Ngoc led all internal engineering efforts on the design and manufacturing of Iridium transceivers, tracking terminals, and handheld devices. Under his leadership, NAL helped transition new Assured Position, Navigation, and Timing (A-PNT) technologies from the benchtop into fieldable capabilities for US forces. Ngoc has also worked extensively with 406MHz Cospas-Sarsat, UHF MILSAT, and INMARSAT geosynchronous and ORBCOMM low-Earth orbit satellite networks.

In addition to his leadership in SATCOM and A-PNT, Ngoc has over 25 years of experience building sensors. He has extensive research experience in the use of lasers and optical parametric oscillators for particle sizing, velocity, and flow-field characterization using advanced optical techniques. His background includes intrusive and non-intrusive velocity measurement techniques, pressure measurement systems, and data acquisition systems. He has over 40 invited and refereed papers in various conferences and journals. He worked for ARINC Research Corporation in Annapolis, Maryland, from 1985 to 1987 as a Reliability Engineer. He worked for Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, from 1994 to 1997 as Project Manager and the Head of Payload Systems Group responsible for the development of all manned and unmanned payloads. He earned his B.S. (1984), M.S. (1989), and Ph.D. (1992) in engineering at VA Tech.

John Borg

Director of Operations

John Borg, Director of Operations at NAL Research, brings more than 18 years of experience in the information technology and manufacturing industry. Prior to NAL, Mr. Borg served as Materials Manager at Cornet Technology and Director of Operations for CIS Securing Computing. He has gained experience in leading strategic business initiatives, managing multiple vendors and accounts, building consensus among critical resources, recognizing success factors, mitigating risks, and identifying revenue opportunities. Mr. Borg earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from the University of Utah.