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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
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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:29-11-2005
     Last Modified:20-06-2012 (12:35)
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     Current job:Flight dynamics engineer
     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
     Keywordsaeronautic space engineer with good experience as code developer ( C/C++, Matlab, Fortran, python and GNU/Linux administration) ATV ground center development Interplanetary missions operations (smart 1, mars express) Mission analysis (Herschel/Plank, B
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    PERSONAL INFORMATION

    Nationality: Spanish

    Year of birth:1977

    Position: Project Engineer

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Since 10/2008: GMV AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE S.A. At Thales Alenia Spacio

    Performance engineer at the Galileo GMS Performance Team:

    • Develop and maintenance of the EPATp tool for system performance monitoring and control

    • Support and development of tools for the ionosphere and ULS contact plan performance analysis.

    • Participation in the AIV activities and FOC early activities.

     

    2008: Galileo Flight Dynamics at GMV S.A.

    01/06-01/10 Flight dynamics engineer

    • Unitary tests and development environment for several parts of the NAPEOS based Galileo Flight dynamics

     

    2004-2008: GMV AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE S.A. at ESOC

    09/04-08/06 Manoeuvre optimization Officer in the OPS-GFI Department at ESA/ESOC

    • SMART-1: Manoeuvre optimization from the Lagrange point crossing to the end of the mission, including the mission extension and the controlled accurate impact on the Moon’ surface at 05:42 UT 3 September 2006. The propulsion was primary an electric propulsion Xenon based engine but the attitude thrusters were also used for orbit correction in the later phases.

    • Mars Express and Venus Express: Support for the routine operations, keeping the satellite in a Mars bound orbit as close as a reference orbit as possible with the delta velocity component of the WoL and control manoeuvres to control the orbit resonance

    • Herschel/Plank: Operations studies and launch window estimation for the injection in separated Lissajous orbits around the Lagrange point L2. The work includes preparing thrusters models for both spacecrafts

    • Bepi-Colombo: Preliminary orbit studies for the complex trajectory including several swing-bys to Moon, Earth, Venus and Mercury and a gravity capture in Mercury (using the weak stability boundary model). The spacecraft includes 4 different modules (MTM, MPO, Sun shield and MMO) and a mixed propulsion chemical and electric.

    • ORATOS-NG: Effort to re-engineer the common software layer for the missions controlled from ESOC -current ORATOS-. The objective is to apply actual software development techniques to rationalize and upgrade the ORATOS facilities.

     

    2002-2004: GMV AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE S.A.

    05/02-08/04 Project Engineer in the Flight Engineering Division

    • ATV. Complete implication in the ATV project. Develop of the T-ORM module to calculate the manoeuvres needed to approximate the ATV vehicle to the ISS. This includes the detailed design and implementation in Fortran 95 (using object-oriented techniques), test suit (unitary, integration and system tests) and delivery.

    • Focus: Analysis of coordinate transformation accuracy and correction of anomalies

    2002: Centro de Tecnologías Aeronáuticas (CTA). Alava, Spain

    03/02-05/02: Developer Engineer of the I+D+I Department

    • IDA: Gyroscope based actuator for spacecraft vehicles. Studies of feasibility, dynamical behaviour and possible applications around a 2-gyroscopes device synchronously nutated to obtain a reaction torque.

     

    2000-2001: TUDelft University. Delft, Holland.

     

    10/00-03/01: Grant holder in the Low Speed Wind Tunnel Department

    • X-Soaring: Program to calculate glider’s actuation. Complete reverse engineering over an existing FORTRAN 77 program, analysis and update of the algorithms used, new object oriented design and code in FORTRAN 95.

     

     

    EDUCATION

    Since 2007: Computer Sciences Student from the National Distance University

    1995-2000: Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

    • Speciality in Space Vehicles

    • Thesis: Fast interplanetary orbit calculation and visualization in the solar system.

     

    Languages

    Spanish: Mother tongue

    English: Fluent written and spoken

    French: intermediate level.

     

    SPECIFIC SKILLS

    Computer Languages: FORTRAN (77, 95, 2003), C, C++, python, IDL, TCL/Tk, MATLAB, Bash, VBA

    Platforms: Sun OS 10, Windows XP/Vista, Linux (Gentoo, Ubuntu), Mac Os 10

     

    PUBLICATIONS

    SMART-1 Moon Impact Operations, A. Ayala & R. Rigger. 20th International Symposium in Space Flight Dynamics 2007. (http://ntrs.nasa.gov/details.jsp?R=529756)


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