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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:38:00 +0100
The U.S. Air Force Materiel Command has awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a contract with an initial value of up to $375 million over six years to sustain and modernize the Air and Space Operations Center Weapon System, or AOC WS. Under the contract, Raytheon will update the existing AOC WS baseline software and develop and deploy new software upgrades to improve air and space command and control operations. Air and Space Operations Centers provide a strategic capability for the U.S. Air F...
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:05:00 +0100
ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, today confirmed the scheduled launch date for the ViaSat-2 satellite is June 1, 2017. The ViaSat-2 satellite will launch aboard an Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite will be sent into geostationary transfer orbit by the launch vehicle and will provide broadband services from an orbital slot located at 69.9o west longitude. ...
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:00:00 +0100
Vencore, Inc. announced today that it was awarded a prime position on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Multi-Intelligence Analytical and Collection Support Services (MACSS) program. The multiple award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract is valued at $980 million with a performance period of five years. NGA is both a combat support and an intelligence agency of the United States government, with the primary mission of collecting, analyzing, and distributi...
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:30:00 +0100
After nearly 13 years in orbit around Saturn, the international Cassini-Huygens mission is about to begin its final chapter: the spacecraft will perform a series of daring dives between the planet and its rings, leading to a dramatic final plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on 15 September. On 22 April, Cassini successfully executed its 127th and final close flyby of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The manoeuvre put the spacecraft onto its 'grand finale' trajectory: a series of 22 orbits, each ...
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:15:00 +0100
Thanks to some high-tech improvements, ESA's radio dish in Argentina will be ready to receive the rising torrent of scientific data beamed back by future missions exploring deep in our Solar System. Since 2012, ESA's deep-space tracking station at Malargue, about 1200 km west of Buenos Aires, Argentina, has provided critical links to some of Europe's most important missions, including ExoMars, Mars Express, Gaia and Rosetta. The data-gathering capabilities of upcoming exploration missions ...
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:26:00 +0100
The fifth Lockheed Martin (NYSE-LMT)-built Mobile User Objective System ( MUOS -5) satellite is now delivering secure, beyond-line-of-sight communications to troops with legacy Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radios. The U.S. Navy, working with Army Forces Strategic Command, configured one of MUOS-5's two communications payloads - its legacy UHF payload - to provide additional support for the Navy's legacy UHF satellite communications mission. Today, narrowband UHF communications is used by every ...
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:09:00 +0100
If anything should break in space, let it be records. The astronauts of Expedition 50 have done just that by setting a new record for most time spent on scientific research on the International Space Station. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson, and cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky, Andrei Borisenko and Sergei Ryzhikov clocked a combined 99 hours of science in the week of 6 March. To put this into perspective, astronauts average a 40 hour working week sp...
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:45:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that its CygnusTM spacecraft successfully completed rendezvous and berthing with the International Space Station earlier today. Known as OA-7, the mission marks the company's seventh cargo delivery mission under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-1) contract. The OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft is named the "S.S. John Glenn" in keeping with Orbital ATK's tradition to name its Cygnus spacecraft in honor of...
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:00:00 +0100
Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the northern lights, a new feature was discovered recently. Nobody knew what this strange ribbon of purple light was, so ... it was called Steve. ESA's Swarm magnetic field mission has now also met Steve and is helping to understand the nature of this new-found feature. Speaking at the recent Swarm science meeting in Canada, Eric Donovan from the University of Calgary explained how this new finding couldn't have happened 20...
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:00:00 +0100
With the help of an automated supernova-hunting pipeline and a galaxy sitting 2 billion light years away from Earth that's acting as a "magnifying glass,'' astronomers have captured multiple images of a Type Ia supernova-the brilliant explosion of a star-appearing in four different locations on the sky. So far this is the only Type Ia discovered that has exhibited this effect. This phenomenon called 'gravitational lensing' is an effect of Einstein's Theory of Relativity-mass bends light. This...
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:29:00 +0100
After a six-hour flight, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos arrived at the International Space Station at 9:18 a.m. EDT Thursday where they will continue important scientific research. The two launched aboard a Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:13 a.m. (1:13 p.m. Baikonur time), orbited Earth four times, and docked at the space station. The arrival of Fischer and Yurchikhin increased the sta...
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:16:00 +0100
This stunning cosmic pairing of the two very different looking spiral galaxies NGC 4302 and NGC 4298 was imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The image brilliantly captures their warm stellar glow and brown, mottled patterns of dust. As a perfect demonstration of Hubble's capabilities, this spectacular view has been released as part of the telescope's 27th anniversary celebrations. Since its launch on 24 April 1990, Hubble has been nothing short of a revolution in astronomy. The fir...
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:47:00 +0100
NASA has selected 399 research and technology proposals from 277 American small businesses and 44 research institutions that will enable NASA's future missions into deep space, and advancements in aviation and science, while also benefiting the U.S. economy. The awards have a total value of approximately $49.9 million. The agency received 1,621 proposals in response to its 2017 solicitation for its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program...
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:00:00 +0100
An exoplanet orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth may be the new holder of the title "best place to look for signs of life beyond the Solar System". Using ESO's HARPS instrument at La Silla, and other telescopes around the world, an international team of astronomers discovered a "super-Earth" orbiting in the habitable zone around the faint star LHS 1140. This world is a little larger and much more massive than the Earth and has likely retained most of its atmosphere. This, along w...
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0100
The testing of the Launch and Checkout System for the Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, scored high with a pass rate of 97.7 percent and is now transitioning from the Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) factory to Schriever Air Force Base. The LCS, which performs early orbit checkout, will next go through complete site-specific qualification and acceptance testing, including qualification and verification of the system's external interfaces and perform...
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:33:00 +0100
Military Satellite Communications Satellite and communication technology has been rapidly evolving in recent years, and show no signs of slowing down. And the same can be said for the ever-changing threat landscape, which is particularly true in the case of military satellite communications. Combatting future threats and enabling the nation's armed forces to succeed requires robust and secure satellite communications. This is why we are organizing the MILSATCOM Summit where top space...
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:23:00 +0100
Madrid -  Thales Alenia Space completes delivery of panels for South Korea’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2 satellites Madrid, April 18, 2017 – Thales Alenia Space has sent South Korea the third of three panels making up the communications payloads on the two GEO-KOMPSAT-2 satellites being built by Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). This last panel will be integrated in the GK2B satellite, and follows the two panels already delivered by the company at the end of last year for the GK2A satellite. ...
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 01:00:00 +0100
This new report, now available on ASDReports, the Governmental Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Solutions Market Report 2017-2027: Leading National Markets, Submarkets (Systems Engineering, Solution Design & Support/COTS Software Solutions & Deployment/Analytical Services & Products), Digital Mapping, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Cloud-Based Geo-Analytics & Geo-Data Exploitation For Defence & Homeland Security indicates that the global GEOINT solutions market will see over $12bn in spen...
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 01:00:00 +0100
This new report, now available on ASDReports, the Aerospace & Defence Telemetry Market 2017-2027: Regional and National Market Forecasts, Leading Companies, and Market by Component (Receiver, Transmitter, Antenna), by Sensor (Global Positioning System, Load Cell, Torque, Weather Prediction, Others) & By Region (North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, RoW) indicates that the global Aerospace and Defence Telemetry market will see $1.9bn in spending in 2017. The lead analyst of the report said: "Th...
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:53:00 +0100
The International Space Station will be capable of dozens of new scientific investigations from NASA and around the world when Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft delivers more than 7,600 pounds of cargo Saturday, April 22. Orbital ATK's seventh cargo delivery flight to the station launched at 11:11 a.m. EDT Tuesday on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Expedition 51 astronauts Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Spa...
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     Date Submitted:21-05-2009
     Last Modified:22-06-2010 (10:48)
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     Current job:Student
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services,
     KeywordsRecently completed Aerospace Engineering MEng course achieving a First Class Honours and currently looking for a graduate level job.
    CV

    Skills Profile:

    Project management: (Major group project)

    • Broke the task down into sections.
    • Assigned each section to different members of the group with respect to their individual skills and particular interests by communicating with each person.
    • Made a detailed plan taking into account the time taken for each task and deadlines.
    • Liaising with group at least once a week to monitor progress, discuss any problems faced and how each person can move forward.

     

    Technical engineering skills:

    • CAD systems: Experienced in using NX and Catia.
    • Engineering programs: Experienced in MATLAB, ANSYS, Fluent, Gambit and AAA.
    • Microsoft Office programs: Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

     

    Analytical and problem solving:

    • Ability to dissect a problem and immediately know how to tackle it - Gearbox project: converging solutions together to form a new better solution.
    • Used a logical and methodological approach to solving problems - Numerical modelling projects: breaking them down into smaller tasks and completing each respectively, making the overall task easier.
    • Speed and accuracy of numerate skills developed through teaching students.

     

    Interpersonal and teamwork:

    • Teamwork skills: Bringing a group together to discuss and solve a problem.
    • Communication skills: Able to explain concepts from teaching. Not afraid of asking someone appropriate for extra information in a problem - Major individual project.

     

    Education:                                                                                              Full clean UK driving licence

     

    2006 – 2010:                                       Brunel University Uxbridge.

    First Class Honours                          Aerospace Engineering MEng                    

     

    Key modules covered:

    • Strategic Management and Enterprise
    • Research Methodology and Innovation
    • Design and Analysis of Aircraft and Aerospace Vehicles
    • Advanced Aerodynamics, Advanced Propulsion Systems and Space Mechanics
    • Current Topics in Aerospace
    • Aircraft Structures, Stability and Control
    • Introduction to Aircraft Design, and Application of Numerical Modelling
    • Aircraft Airworthiness, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
    • Major Individual and Major Group Projects

     

    2002 – 2006                                        Mellow Lane School Hillingdon

     

    A level (2005 – 2006): Maths B, Physics B, and Chemistry C.

    AS level (2004 – 2005): Biology C and Citizenship D.

    GCSE (2002 – 2004): 12 A-C including English (B), Maths (A), Triple Science (A).

     

    2000-2003                               BTEC Intermediate Award in Aviation Studies                   Level 2

     

    Modules covered:


    Basic aviation and navigation

    Aircraft handling

    Satellite communication

    Air navigation


    Project experience:

    Masters year Major Group Project: Helirotor Project

    Task: Vibrational analysis of NACA0012 aerofoil using numerical modelling and experimentation.

    • Chosen as project manager – Organising the project and the group.
    • Literature review – Reading into previous research material relevant to the task.
    • Multiple degree of freedom analytical analysis of the blade.
    • Detailed 3D Finite Element Analysis on the blade using ANSYS Workbench and Catia.

     

    3rd year Major Individual Project: Human Powered Helicopter

    Objective: identify problems faced and suggest alternative solutions.

    • An optimised concept design was produced based on other solutions, innovation and research.
    • Extensive research into aerodynamics, helicopter performance and human power.
    • Contacted past and present project teams around the world.
    • Performance calculations on existing designs and new solutions.
    • Time management: Detailed plan of project and a realistic timeframe for completion of tasks.

     

    3rd year Numerical modelling – Task: Use computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis programs to analyse the flow and stresses in the respective problems.

    • Individual projects, in which the resulting grades were a 1st for both.
    • Required proficient usage of engineering programs, Fluent and Gambit for CFD, and ANSYS Classic for FEA.
    • Numerical models supported with background theory and hand calculations.

     

    2nd year Gearbox project - Task: Analyse and improve a current gearbox design.

    • Technical analysis of an existing design using relevant equations and theory.
    • Experience in the design process, including a concept design and using specific equations for gears and stresses.
    • Convergence of new solutions to a single improved design as a group.
    • Keeping in regular contact with piers to make sure everything is going according to plan.

     

    2nd year Silicon gun project - Task: Analyse and improve a current silicon gun design.

    • Innovative concept design, the original design was completely changed from a mechanical to an electrical solution.
    • Performance calculations performed for review of the original mechanical design and the new electrical design.
    • Concept design created using CAD systems.
    • Organised the group by making sure set tasks were completed on schedule.
    • Kept regular communication with piers in case of any problems encountered.

     

    Employment history:

    2005 – Present                                   Part-time maths personal tutor

    • GCSE syllabus and some A level on a one to one basis in a home environment.
    • Gained preparation and organisation skills in lesson planning.
    • Developed communication skills in presenting information and explaining basic concepts using analogies and examples.

     

    Additional skills, interests, and activities:

    • Air Training Corps 1999-2003. First piloted an aeroplane at 12 years old.
    • Selected for the drill squad three years in a row at the Air Training Corps.
    • Participate in chess and strategy games, which demonstrate problem solving skills and broad background knowledge of history.
    • Regularly solve Sudoku puzzles and Rubik’s cubes of various sizes.
    • Moderate to advanced skills in playing the drums.
    • Active interest in space and the universe from a young age.
    • Enjoy participating in sports and am a member of a local Virgin Active gym.

     

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