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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:55:00 +0100
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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:25:00 +0100
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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:43:00 +0100
Following the decision of the State Review Board, the Proton M/Breeze M integrated launch vehicle (ILV) carrying the Inmarsat- 5 F3 telecommunications spacecraft was rolled out to the Launch Facility, Area 200 earlier this morning of August 25. Here, the ILV was erected vertically onto the launch table and Khrunichev together with other space-industry companies, commenced Day 1 of countdown operations. Ground processing for the upcoming launch is proceeding on schedule. According to the Russ...
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0100
Space Systems/Loral, LLC (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced it was awarded a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to study on-orbit robotic assembly of geostationary communications satellites. Called Dragonfly, the program is designed to enable larger and more powerful satellites that cannot be launched fully assembled, to be packaged in pieces within a standard launch vehicle fairing. "The Dragonfly program gives SSL the ...
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:18:00 +0100
Half of the residents of the International Space Station will take a spin around their orbital neighborhood in the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft on Friday, Aug. 28. NASA Television coverage will begin at 2:45 a.m. EDT. Expedition 44 Commander Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineers Scott Kelly of NASA and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos will move the Soyuz from the station's Poisk module to the Zvezda docking port. The relocation maneuver will begin with...
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:03:00 +0100
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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0100
Last Friday, 21 August, ESA's billion-star surveyor, Gaia, completed its first year of science observations in its main survey mode. After launch on 19 December 2013 and a six-month long in-orbit commissioning period, the satellite started routine scientific operations on 25 July 2014. Located at the Lagrange point L2, 1.5 million km from Earth, Gaia surveys stars and many other astronomical objects as it spins, observing circular swathes of the sky. By repeatedly measuring the positions of t...
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:04:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) scientists are packing three times the power density into a key satellite cooling system whose previous design is already the lightest in its class. This project continues the company's effort to reduce component size, enabling compact, higher-power spacecraft payloads and smaller sensor platforms back on Earth. Highly sophisticated electronics like satellite sensors and cameras need to be cooled to detect what they're designed to capture, even to temperatures as l...
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:27:00 +0100
The first U.S. mission to return samples of an asteroid to Earth is another step closer to its fall 2016 launch, with the delivery of three cameras that will image and map the giant space rock. A camera suite that will allow NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission to see a near-Earth asteroid, map it, and pick a safe and interesting place to touch the surface and collect a sample, has arrived at Lockheed Martin Space Sy...
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:07:00 +0100
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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:32:00 +0100
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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:15:00 +0100
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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0100
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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0100
Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that a satellite designed and built for Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the leading provider of satellite services, was launched yesterday and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite, Intelsat 34, deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. It will begin firing its main th...
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:28:00 +0100
The EUTELSAT 8 West B communications satellite was successfully launched today from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, by an Ariane 5 rocket. Thales Alenia Space is the program prime contractor, working on behalf of Eutelsat Communications, one of the world's leading satellite operators. EUTELSAT 8 West B is the 25th satellite built by Thales Alenia Space for Eutelsat and the 74th satellite in the Spacebus family to enter service. This high-capacity satellite will be positio...
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 23:16:00 +0100
An Ariane 5 lifted off tonight from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, and delivered two telecom satellites into their planned orbits. The launch of flight VA225 occurred on 20 August at 20:34 GMT (22:34 CEST, 17:34 local time). Eutelsat-8 West B, with a mass of 5782 kg and mounted in the upper position atop Ariane's Sylda dual-payload carrier, was the first to be released about 28 minutes into the mission. Following a series of burns controlled by Ariane's computer, the Syld...
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:48:00 +0100
The build-up of another Ariane 5 began this week in French Guiana, initiating preparations for Arianespace's fifth heavy-lift flight of 2015 from the Spaceport. Using the well-established procedures employed since Ariane 5's introduction in the mid-1990s, the vehicle's core cryogenic stage was positioned over a mobile launch table inside the Launcher Integration Building. It was followed by rollout of the two solid propellant boosters for mating with the erected core cryogenic stage. This...
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:38:00 +0100
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Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:37:00 +0100
A very special week is about to begin for approximately 30 students from Aalborg University, in Denmark, as their satellite - AAUSAT5 - waits to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday 19 August*. A few weeks later, AAUSAT5 will be deployed into orbit around Earth, marking the first ESA student CubeSat mission ever launched from the ISS: the pilot project of ESA's 'Fly Your Satellite from the ISS!' education programme. AAUSAT5, a CubeSat satellite entirely built ...
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:51:00 +0100
The fourth heavy-lift Ariane 5 for liftoff in 2015 is now complete as Arianespace sustains the mission cadence with its full launcher family, which also includes the medium-weight Soyuz and light-lift Vega. During activity at the Spaceport's Ariane 5 Final Assembly Building in French Guiana, both passengers for next week's dual-payload mission to geostationary transfer orbit - EUTELSAT 8 West B and Intelsat 34 - have been installed atop their launcher, completing the build-up process. This c...
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     Date Submitted:30-04-2011
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     Current job:Senior Spacecraft Controller
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsMultifaceted, accomplished, technically savvy, satellite operations professional, distinguished track record, technology, communications, satellite, and security management functions, military and civilian environments
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    SATELLITE OPERATIONS PROFESSIONAL

    SYSTEMS ENGINEER | SR. SPACECRAFT CONTROLLER | SPACE VEHICLE OPERATOR | MISSION CONTROLLER

     

    Multifaceted, accomplished, and technically savvy satellite operations professional with a distinguished track record of experience in leading technology, resource, communications, satellite, and security management functions within military and civilian environments. 

     

    * Certified military instructor and experienced training coach with expertise in ground and spacecraft systems.

    * Certified Green Belt in Six Sigma Quality.

    * International Management Qualification (IMQ) certificate in Management through the Institute Of Leadership & Management. Hand selected to participate in this course and one of only four to receive the certificate (out of ten participants).

    * Recognized for strong operational leadership and insight with a proven track record of defining best practices and implementing standardized operational policies and procedures.

    * Hands-on experience in supporting project development and support initiatives with the ability to diagnose and provide immediate, cost effective recommendations to challenging technical matters.

    * Resourceful team leader with the skill to leverage exceptional cross-functional behavior competencies with the capacity to multitask in a fast-paced environment, manage competing priorities with ease while achieving organizational and customer objectives.

    * Exceptional communication skills with the ability to work with diverse groups while inspiring confidence at all levels.

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

     

    SES ENGINEERING (SES-World Skies), Sussex, NJ * 2000-Present

    SES is a world-leading telecommunications satellite operator, with a global fleet of more than 40 geostationary satellites that can reach 99% of the world's population.

    Senior Spacecraft Controller

    Provide operational leadership and direction of satellite operations, leverage 11 years of commercial geosynchronous satellite operations experience to oversee and lead the implementation, execution, and verification of operational procedures supporting spacecraft operations. Conduct independent performance monitoring and station keeping maneuvers of 21 satellites.

    * Certified on Satcom 3000, A2100, SpaceBus 2000, 3000, 4000, and StarBus series satellites.

    * Experienced in C-Band, and K-Band transponder communications.

    * Performed In-Orbit-Testing (IOT) for newly launched spacecraft to ensure spacecraft operational readiness.

    * Training coach for newly assigned personnel, delivering training on spacecraft operations through the use of simulation and on-the-job structured training.

    * Primary point of contact and designated spokesperson for ten spacecraft controllers.

     

    UNITED STATES AIR FORCE * 1984-2000

    Crew Chief, Satellite Systems Operations (Colorado Springs, CO * 1998-2000)

    * Planned, directed, and oversaw operations support for a constellation of military satellites with managerial and leadership responsibility of a crew of 18 enlisted members in performing the daily satellite command and control operations. Maintained and restored mission-critical equipment readiness through the efficient management and monitoring of ground resources and emergency response actions.

    * Commanded satellites into proper orbit and configuration, including the planning, launch, and early orbit operations from on-the-pad checks to on-orbit operations.

    * Optimized satellite payload and equipment performance, maintaining highly qualified ratings on satellite and ground system operations.

    * Line crew instructor on Defense Support Program, Midcourse Space Experiment, Technology for Autonomous Operational Survivability, and Advanced Composition Explorer satellite systems.

    * Performed telemetry, tracking and control (TT&C).

    * Troubleshot critical launch phase anomalies.

    * Configured wideband, narrowband, T1, WAN communications links.

     

    NCO In Charge, Wing Initial Communications Package (Little Rock, AR * 1996-1998)

    Led and managed all facets of secure and unsecure voice, data, and facsimile communications, with direct responsibility for the installation and operation of high frequency and very high frequency land mobile radios, SATCOM, and INMARSAT assets.

    * Communications Security Responsible Officer responsible for the consistent support of combat aerial delivery mission and for maintaining all classified material, publications, and equipment.

    * Certified instructor on high frequency, ultra high frequency, and satellite communications systems.

     

    Radio Communications Systems Supervisor (Tinker AFB, OK * 1992-1996)

    Direct oversight and responsibility for the provision of secure command and control voice operations to deployed commanders with full responsibility for the supervision of equipment and vehicle fleet operations and combat crew duties and tactical operations of a team of 23 enlisted troops.

    * Maintained communications security program and equipment, including the positioning, installation and operation of high frequency radio equipment.

    * Certified instructor on the AN/URC-119 HF radio transceiver and encryption devices.

     

    Air Force Satellite Communications Supervisor (RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom * 1984-1992)

    * Supervised, operated, and instructed HF point-to-point and air-ground-air communications, directing operations and the processing of emergency action messages with leadership responsibility for the training, progress, and development of 12 enlisted personnel.

    * Operated VHF, UHF, and Air Force Satellite Communications terminals with direct responsibility for the control of $2.7 million in communications equipment to ensure commanders maintain worldwide wideband and narrowband communications capabilities.

     

    EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    E-LEARNING COURSE WORK, SES Engineering, Princeton, NJ

    Visual Basic For Applications * Building Effective Intercultural Relationships

    Get Your Career On The Fast Track * Teamwork & Results Without Authority * Leading Successful Teams

    Basic Radio Frequency Radiation (RFR) Safety Course * Operations Security Fundamentals

    A2100 Station Keeping Maneuver Certification Course

     

    Institute of Leadership & Management

    International Managment Qualification (IMQ) - Introductory Certificate in Management

     

    AIAA Professional Development

    Satellite Payload Communications Course

     

    GE Six Sigma Certification

    Six Sigma Quality/Green Belt

     

    United States Air Force - Technical Training

    Enlisted Space Operations Training * Defense Support Program Initial Qualification

    Ground Radio Operations Technical School


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