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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:56:00 +0100
Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have found that Markarian 231 (Mrk 231), the nearest galaxy to Earth that hosts a quasar, is powered by two central black holes furiously whirling about each other. The finding suggests that quasars—the brilliant cores of active galaxies – may commonly host two central supermassive black holes, which fall into orbit about one another as a result of the merger between two galaxies. Like a pair of whirling skaters, the black-...
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 02:00:00 +0100
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has partnered with ViaSat and Optus to offer the Australian Defence Force (ADF) a proven solution for its utilisation of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system. Under the team's response to the ADF's tender request, Australia has the opportunity to gain access to Northrop Grumman's Satellite Communications Operations and Planning Element (SCOPE) network management system, which is the only managing, operating and monitoring system that has already been...
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:35:00 +0100
An International Launch Services (ILS) Proton Breeze M successfully placed the Inmarsat-5 F3 (I-5 F3) satellite into a super-synchronous transfer orbit (SSTO) today. The spacecraft was launched for Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. I-5 F3 is the third of Inmarsat's next-generation Global Xpress satellites, which launched on an ILS Proton. This marks the third Proton launch of the year and the 5th SSTO mission for ILS, a leader in providing launch ...
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:30:00 +0100
The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, here on Monday, August 31, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch window is between 6:07 a.m. and 6:51 a.m. EDT. We continue to monitor Tropical Storm Erika for potential impact to launch. Early-rising Californians may be particularly interested in the webcast to watch one of their "hometown" satellites launch live. Th...
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:10:00 +0100
When the third Boeing-built [NYSE: BA] Inmarsat-5 satellite, which is now in orbit, becomes fully operational later this year it will provide the technology and coverage necessary for worldwide high-speed broadband access. Inmarsat-5 F3 sent signals from space following its launch yesterday on an International Launch Services Proton Breeze M launch vehicle. After reaching final orbit, the spacecraft will undergo testing and checkout before becoming operational. "The Inmarsat Global Xpress ...
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:29:00 +0100
NASA has awarded a contract to Harkins Contracting Inc. of Salisbury, Maryland, for the construction of a new Mission Launch Command Center (MLCC) at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The new 14,174 square-foot facility will serve as the hub for interfacing with and controlling rockets, their payloads and associated launch pad support systems during flight operations at Wallops. "The Wallops launch range mission set has seen steady growth, transformation and...
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:27:00 +0100
Europe's latest Galileo satellites are fully fuelled, leaving them ready to be attached to their launcher upper stage in preparation for their 11 September launch. Galileo 9 and 10 are due to launch atop a Soyuz launcher at 02:08 GMT on 11 September (04:08 CEST; 23:08 local time, 10 September) from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. Technicians donned spacesuit-like SCAPE (Self Contained Atmospheric Protective Ensemble) suits to fill each satellite with sufficient hydrazine fuel for thei...
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:02:00 +0100
NASA has completed the first developmental test series on the RS-25 engines that will power the agency's new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on missions deeper into space than ever before. The test series wrapped up Thursday with a seventh hot fire test of a developmental RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The test ran for a full-duration 535 seconds. "The completion of this test series is an important step in getting SLS ready...
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0100
Space Systems/Loral , LLC (SSL) today announced that a high performance satellite designed and built for Australia's new nbn(tm) broadband network has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana , where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace . The high capacity broadband satellite, which will provide service to more than 200,000 Australians, demonstrates SSL's leadership in providing satellites for high speed internet access. SSL has provided the...
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:50:00 +0100
Early September will see the very first force-feedback-based teleoperation of a rover-based robotic arm system on Earth from the International Space Station, orbiting 400 km above our heads. Danish ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen will take control of the Interact Centaur rover, which incorporates a pair of arms to perform precision operations. In the process Andreas will make use of haptic control - providing him with force feedback to let him feel for himself as the robotic arms encounter ...
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:55:00 +0100
The shimmering colors visible in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image show off the remarkable complexity of the Twin Jet Nebula. The new image highlights the nebula’s shells and its knots of expanding gas in striking detail. Two iridescent lobes of material stretch outwards from a central star system. Within these lobes two huge jets of gas are streaming from the star system at speeds in excess of one million kilometers (621,400 miles) per hour. The cosmic butterfly pictured i...
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:25:00 +0100
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) delivered on schedule the telescope structure for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Aug. 24 to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, paving the way for the integration of the 18 hexagonal mirrors that will help scientists observe the formation of the first stars and galaxies over 13.5 billion years ago. Northrop Grumman is under contract to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and leads the industry team that designs and develops the Webb Te...
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
United Launch Alliance (ULA) and the U.S. Air Force have demonstrated a commitment to innovation and continuous improvement through implementation of Off-site Vertical Integration (OVI) of several structural elements and the Centaur upper stage for the Atlas V launch vehicle. OVI significantly reduces the number of lifting operations performed at the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) at Cape Canaveral , taking them off the critical path and allowing for reduced time between launches. Relocati...
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
On 20 August 2015 the Director General of ESO, Tim de Zeeuw, and the Director General of ESA, Johann-Dietrich Woerner, signed a cooperation agreement between the two organisations at ESO's offices in Santiago, Chile. The ESA Director General was accompanied by Alvaro Gimenez, Director of Science and Robotic Exploration at ESA, and Fabio Favata, Head of the ESA Programme Coordination Office. There is considerable overlap of interests between ESO, pre-eminent in ground-based astronomy, and ESA,...
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     Date Submitted:27-04-2012
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     Current job:Research Fellow
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Space Tourism
     Keywordsflight hardware design analysis radiation environment
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    Career Summary:

    • A highly motivated and capable scientist and engineer with several years experience in the space sector, primarily in the area of space environment and effects.
    • Holds a PhD and MPhys degree in Space Science from the University of Surrey, including studies in spacecraft dynamics, applications and systems.
    • Can deliver high quality space hardware on a challenging schedule with a limited budget.
    • Fully competent with Microsoft Office, programming experience in Fortran, IDL and Matlab.
    • Experienced in programming of 8051 architecture microprocessors at source and assembly level. MCAD and ECAD design of space hardware.
    • Simulations of nuclear effects processes using SRIM and GEANT-4 basedmodelling. Sector shielding analysis with FASTRAD and SSAT.
    • Design and assembly of small scale electronic circuits using surface mount devices to perform bespoke purposes. Design of gas pressure systems to simulate frictionless satellite maneuvering.
    • Experience working in a clean room environment and associated procedures.
    • Proven to learn new skills rapidly for immediate application to problems. Committed to diversify areas of expertise.
    • Professional communication skills including presentation of research findings to good reception at world leading conferences.
    • Contributed on a number of successful research bids as a key member of technical team, as well as providing support to management and administration of these projects.
    • Experienced in forming and maintaining national and international collaborations.

     

    Career Objective:

    Seeking a mid-level science and engineering job in the North American space industry with room for eventual advancement. Wish to utilize experience in space science and generate new opportunities for growth in related fields.

     

    Experience:

    2008-Present   Research Fellow   -   Surrey Space Centre, Guildford, Surrey, UK

    • Leading role in the design and development of an air-bearing satellite simulator for use in the AAREST modular space telescope mission in conjunction with CalTech. Involves use of machine vision, precision pneumatic systems and CubeSat satellite design for automated maneuvering and docking of telescope components.
    • Development of radiation models for terrestrial and interplanetary environments under ESA contract.
    • Design and manufacture of miniaturised space radiation detection hardware for flight on upcoming missions. Largely an individual effort requiring the design of all electronic, mechanical and software aspects. First generation of payloads due for launch at the end of 2012 on TechDemoSat-1 built by SSTL and base-lined for several future spacecraft.
    • Prepared a number of research proposals to ESA ITTs, European FP7 and UK EPSRC funding sources, both for the development of hardware and for data analysis, securing funding with a high success rate.

     

    2005 - 2008        PhD Student   -   Surrey Space Centre, Guildford, Surrey, UK

    • PhD research centred on improving the understanding of the radiation environment in orbits encountered by GNSS satellites. Required calibration and analysis of data from instruments on-board the GIOVE-A spacecraft in support of the Galileo program.
    • Embedded with SSTL, the builders and operators of the spacecraft, to facilitate research. Diversified inputs with the company, contributing to other projects in the field of space environment and effects on spacecraft systems.
    • Worked closely with the European Space Agency.
    • Well published, with a number of presentations at the Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC), RADiation Effects on Components and Systems (RADECS) conference, International Astronautical Congress (IAC), European Space Weather Week, Space Environment and Effects Network of Technical Competences (SEENoTC) and the development of numerous technical reports for ESA.

     

    2004 - 2005     Research Placement   -   Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL, Dorking, Surrey, UK

    • Placement year as part of undergraduate degree.
    • Research aimed at designing electrostatic analyzers to study the space plasma environment for a number of scientific missions investigating the Earth and Sun.
    • Working independently and using computermodellingto simulate instrumentation.
    • Good early understanding of the working environment in space research during undergraduate degree.
    • Development of initial research to be supplies as payload for Solar Orbiter for launch in 2017

    Education:

    2005-2008         University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK

                              PhD Electronic Engineering

     “Radiation Monitoring In The MEO Environment With GIOVE-A”

     

    2001-2005         University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK

    MPhys Physics with Satellite Technology: 1st Class Honours

     

    1999-2001         Barton Peveril Sixth Form College,Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK

    A-levels: 3 A grades in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

     

    1994-1999         Romsey Community School, Romsey, Hampshire, UK

    GCSEs: 10 GCSEs grades A-B including Mathematics, IT, Physics, German, English, Chemistry, Biology and Geography        

     

    Personal Profile:

    I have completed two degrees at the University of Surrey and am looking to expand the scope of my career to new areas. I am a confident and outgoing person. I enjoy a challenge and feel comfortable in a range of working roles. I am used to working alone when required, however I find working in a team more productive and am happy in both situations. I am hard working and keen to learn in addition to being friendly, reliable and a good problem solver.

    I have a number of interests and hobbies. My primary interests are in science and technology, and this is the path I have chosen for my career. I have a telescope and enjoy making observations of the solar system and sharing the experience with friends who are less familiar with the subject. I am very interested in the history of science, particularly space science and have prepared a number of talks on more unusual subjects.

    Aside from this I have a healthy interest in current affairs, politics, and history. I enjoy reading both non-fiction and fiction literature in a wide range of fields and genres. I have a passion for travel and do so whenever I have the opportunity and the means.

    I speak some German and am currently learning Mandarin Chinese. I am interested in languages and aim to learn a number of different tongues in the years to come.


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