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Thu, 4 Feb 2016 17:42:00 +0100
The 18th and final primary mirror segment is installed on what will be the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever launched. The final mirror installation Wednesday at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland marks an important milestone in the assembly of the agency's James Webb Space Telescope. "Scientists and engineers have been working tirelessly to install these incredible, nearly perfect mirrors that will focus light from previously hidden realms of planetary atm...
Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:16:00 +0100
Kongsberg Gallium, an Ottawa-based developer of real-time, mission critical, geospatial visualisation software, announced today that they will be changing their name to Kongsberg Geospatial Ltd., effective immediately. The move is part of a comprehensive rebranding strategy to more effectively align the Company’s name with its future strategy and functional role as part of the Kongsberg family of companies. The Company’s ownership and staff has not changed.  “We fel...
Thu, 4 Feb 2016 10:00:00 +0100
There are no large caverns inside Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. ESA's Rosetta mission has made measurements that clearly demonstrate this, solving a long-standing mystery. Comets are the icy remnants left over from the formation of the planets 4.6 billion years ago. A total of eight comets have now been visited by spacecraft and, thanks to these missions, we have built up a picture of the basic properties of these cosmic time capsules. While some questions have been answered, others have b...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 20:00:00 +0100
Engineers at Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) recently proved their design for the world's most powerful Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite can operate in and withstand the harsh conditions it will experience on orbit. On December 23, Lockheed Martin's first GPS III satellite for the U.S. Air Force completed system-level Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) testing, validating the design of the entire assembled satellite. TVAC is a rigorous test designed to prove a satellite's integrity and operational ca...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 18:32:00 +0100
ESA's Expose facility was retrieved today from outside the International Space Station by cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko and Sergei Volkov, who were completing a spacewalk to place new experiments on the outpost's hull. Expose is a series of chemistry laboratories that place samples in the harsh environment of space unprotected. Subjected to vacuum, radiation, temperature differences and the full blast of our Sun's energy, 46 species of small organisms and over 150 organic compounds have returne...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 17:00:00 +0100
The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and NASA Orion team has secured the 2,700 lb. Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) Orion crew module into its structural assembly tool, also known as the "birdcage." The crew module is the living quarters for astronauts and the backbone for many of Orion's systems such as propulsion, avionics and parachutes. "The structure shown here is 500 pounds lighter than its Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) counterpart," said Mike Hawes, Lockheed Martin Orion vice president and ...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 16:21:00 +0100
With the launch of Sentinel-3A confirmed for 16 February, preparations for liftoff are charging full speed ahead. The tricky task of fuelling the satellite has now been ticked off the 'to do list' and the propulsion team is already decontaminating their equipment before returning home. Official confirmation of the new launch date had to come before the team could start this delicate operation. The hydrazine fuel is extremely toxic so only a few specialists remained in the cleanroom during ...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0100
Cubic Corporation ( NYSE: CUB ) today announced it received final Hart-Scott-Rodino regulatory approval and completed its acquisition of GATR Technologies (GATR), a manufacturer of next-generation deployable satellite communication terminal solutions based in Huntsville, Alabama. Cubic completed the acquisition of GATR on February 2, 2016 for a purchase price of $232.5 million. GATR Technologies will operate within the Cubic Global Defense business unit and greatly expands the company's footp...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:00:00 +0100
Astronomers have used the ALMA and IRAM telescopes to make the first direct measurement of the temperature of the large dust grains in the outer parts of a planet-forming disc around a young star. By applying a novel technique to observations of an object nicknamed the Flying Saucer they find that the grains are much colder than expected: -266 degrees Celsius. This surprising result suggests that models of these discs may need to be revised. The international team, led by Stephane Guilloteau ...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:00:00 +0100
SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SJC) has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a contract for JCSAT-17, a satellite based on the A2100 common design. "We've built a number of satellites for SJC and we're honored that they have placed their trust in us again," said Carl Marchetto, vice president and general manager of Commercial Space at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. "And with the sale of an additional A2100, it adds yet another satellite to our healthy backlog." JCSAT-17 is an S band satellit...
Tue, 2 Feb 2016 17:46:00 +0100
The first flight of NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), will carry 13 CubeSats to test innovative ideas along with an uncrewed Orion spacecraft in 2018. These small satellite secondary payloads will carry science and technology investigations to help pave the way for future human exploration in deep space, including the journey to Mars. SLS’ first flight, referred to as Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), provides the rare opportunity for these small experiments to rea...
Tue, 2 Feb 2016 17:00:00 +0100
A newly upgraded camera that incorporates light sensors developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is now one of the best cameras on the planet for studying outer space at red wavelengths that are too red for the human eye to see. Very distant astronomical objects appear much redder when observed on Earth due to an effect known as redshift, so this sensitivity to red light enables the camera to detect objects many billions of light years ...
Tue, 2 Feb 2016 11:08:00 +0100
The human body is made for living on Earth - take away the constant pull of gravity and muscles and bones begin to waste away. Living in space is hard on astronauts and ways must be found to keep them fit and safe. Bedrest study ESA and NASA are planning to confine human subjects to bed for 60 days in 2017 in Cologne, Germany to probe the effects of spaceflight, with periods in a centrifuge to test if artificial gravity can keep them healthy. Bedrest studies offer a way of testing measure...
Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:38:00 +0100
Europe's ninth and tenth Galileo satellites have started broadcasting working navigation messages. These two satellites were launched together on 11 September last year. Once safely in orbit and their systems activated, their navigation payloads and search and rescue transponders were subjected to a rigorous process of in-orbit testing, to ensure their performance reached the necessary specifications to become part of the Galileo system. Radio-frequency measurements of the Galileo signa...
Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:40:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space Belgium announced today that it has signed a contract with Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), prime contractor for the Ariane 6 launcher on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), to particpate in development of the range safety system for Ariane 6, including a qualification launch. The new Ariane 6 launcher was approved by ESA's ministerial-level council meeting in December 2014 to ensure that Europe retains its leadership in the fast-growing commercial launch services mar...
Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:22:00 +0100
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s second flight of 2016 has completed its basic build-up, marking a key milestone as preparations advance for this early March mission from the Spaceport in French Guiana – which will carry the EUTELSAT 65 West A relay satellite. During activity this week inside the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building for Ariane 5, the “upper composite” – consisting of its cryogenic upper stage and equipment bay – was installed a...
Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:00:00 +0100
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has announced that it will offer an all-digital navigation payload for GPS III Space Vehicles (SV) 11 and beyond. Harris' fully digital navigation payload will add value to the U.S. Air Force's GPS mission by offering enhanced performance and enabling on-orbit reprogramming. The all-digital payload expands on the advanced features of the current 70-percent digital solution Harris provides for Lockheed Martin's GPS III SV 1-8 satellites. The features provide great...
Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:49:00 +0100
Indra has been awarded the contract to expand the Hispasat ground segment for an amount of more than 5 million euros and an execution period extending until January 2017. The company will prepare the ground segment so that it can carry out the monitoring and control of the new Hispasat 1F and Amazonas 5 satellites. Among other tasks, the company will supply four ground stations. Two of them will be installed in the Hispasat control center in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) while another will be put i...
Sat, 30 Jan 2016 08:36:00 +0100
International Launch Services (ILS) successfully placed the EUTELSAT 9B satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit today, for Eutelsat Communications of Paris, France. With this mission, ILS, a leader in providing mission integration and launch services to the global commercial satellite industry, completed its 92nd Proton launch overall and 1st Proton launch of 2016. Since its maiden flight in 1965, this was the 410th aggregate launch for the Proton vehicle, including both Federal and commerc...
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:05:00 +0100
The European Data Relay System's first laser terminal has reached space aboard its host satellite and is now under way to its final operating position. EDRS-A was launched on 29 January as part of the Eutelsat-9B telecom satellite at 22:20 GMT (23:20 CET, 04:20 30 January local time) atop a Proton rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The satellite was released at 07:32 GMT today, around 36 000 km over the equator, and is now moving towards its final geostationary position at 9oE over Europe, ...
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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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