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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0100
At a ceremony today at ESO's Headquarters four contracts were signed for major components of the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) that ESO is building. These were for: the casting of the telescope's giant secondary and tertiary mirrors, awarded to SCHOTT; the supply of mirror cells to support these two mirrors, awarded to the SENER Group; and the supply of the edge sensors that form a vital part of the ELT's huge segmented primary mirror control system, awarded to the FAMES consortium. The second...
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +0100
On the heels of a successful launch of the first ten Iridium NEXT satellites on Saturday, January 14th, Aireon announced today that it has signed a data services agreement with Isavia, the Icelandic Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP). Isavia will deploy Aireon's space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) service throughout the Reykjavik Oceanic Control Area (OCA). In addition to providing enhanced redundancy to existing terrestrial surveillance resources in the southern p...
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:30:00 +0100
The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will launch the next Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite on Jan. 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch window is between 7:46 and 8:26 p.m. EST. SBIRS GEO Flight 3 was designed and built at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California, as the next in a series of Air Force satellites that provide multi-mission surveillance in the areas of missile warning, missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awa...
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0100
New images taken with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed otherwise invisible details of our Sun, including a new view of the dark, contorted centre of a sunspot that is nearly twice the diameter of the Earth. The images are the first ever made of the Sun with a facility where ESO is a partner. The results are an important expansion of the range of observations that can be used to probe the physics of our nearest star. The ALMA antennas had been careful...
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0100
Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) reached another milestone in developing the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, with the completion of the Factory Qualification Test of the Launch and Checkout System (LCS). GPS OCX will unleash dramatically increased performance and security of the GPS system that benefits millions of people worldwide. Raytheon tested 74 OCX segment requirements at its Aurora, Colorado, factory in a cyber-hardened enviro...
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:24:00 +0100
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet completed his first spacewalk last Friday together with NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough. The duo spent five hours and 58 minutes outside the International Space Station to complete a battery upgrade to the outpost's power system. The main task was to replace nickel-hydrogen batteries that store electricity from the Station's solar panels with newer lithium-ion batteries that arrived recently aboard Japan's cargo vessel. Thomas and Shane's speed allowed them to p...
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:07:00 +0100
MCLEAN, Va. -  Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today the successful launch of its first ten Iridium NEXT satellites. The satellites were delivered into low-Earth orbit approximately one hour after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:54:39 a.m. PST. Iridium NEXT is the company’s next-generation satellite constellation, replacing and enhancing its existing network of low-Earth orbit satellites spanning the entire globe – the l...
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:37:00 +0100
Searching for planets around other stars is a tricky business. They’re so small and faint that it’s hard to spot them. But a possible planet in a nearby stellar system may be betraying its presence in a unique way: by a shadow that is sweeping across the face of a vast pancake-shaped gas-and-dust disk surrounding a young star. The planet itself is not casting the shadow. But it is doing some heavy lifting by gravitationally pulling on material near the star and warping the inner...
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:30:00 +0100
Aireon announced today the successful launch and deployment of the first ten satellites hosting its space-based automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) system. Part of the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, Aireon's space-based ADS-B network will transform air traffic management capabilities, providing real-time air traffic surveillance and flight tracking across 100 percent of the planet. Currently, more than 70 percent of the earth, including oceanic and remote airspace, has no...
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:35:00 +0100
NASA has awarded a contract to KBRwyle Technology Solutions, LLC of Columbia, Maryland, for engineering services to support more than 20 NASA exploration missions. The Ground Systems and Missions Operations-2 contract is cost-plus-award fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, with a total maximum ordering value of $442 million. The effective ordering period begins March 1 and runs through Feb. 28, 2022. KBRwyle will support a wide range of mission operations, including concept studie...
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:52:00 +0100
This week, ESA deep-space radio dishes on two continents are listening for signals from the international Cassini spacecraft, now on its final tour of Saturn. ESA's sensitive tracking antennas at New Norcia, Western Australia, and Malargue, Argentina, are being called in to help with crucial observations during Cassini's last months in orbit, dubbed the 'Grand Finale'. The Cassini-Huygens mission is one of the most successful exploration endeavours ever. Launched in October 1997, the Ca...
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:36:00 +0100
Monster black holes sometimes lurk behind gas and dust, hiding from the gaze of most telescopes. But they give themselves away when material they feed on emits high-energy X-rays that NASA's NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) mission can detect. That's how NuSTAR recently identified two gas-enshrouded supermassive black holes, located at the centers of nearby galaxies. "These black holes are relatively close to the Milky Way, but they have remained hidden from us un...
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The report, now available on ASDReports, "Aerospace Robotics Market by Type (Scara, Cylindrical, Articulated, Catesian), Component (Controller, Processor, End Effector, Drive, Sensor) Technology (Traditional, Collaborative), Application and Region - Global Forecast to 2022", The aerospace robotics market is projected to grow from USD 1.81 Billion in 2016 to USD 4.54 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 16.55% during the forecast period. Factors such as increasing use of robots for efficient aircraft...
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:15:00 +0100
Some of us may be easing ourselves gently into the New Year, but for the team readying Sentinel-2B for liftoff on 7 March it's full steam ahead. On 5 January, the satellite was shipped from ESA's site in the Netherlands - where it had been undergoing testing since June - and arrived safe and sound in French Guiana the following day. The Sentinel-2 mission is designed as two satellites working in tandem - Sentinel-2A has been in orbit since June 2015. Offering 'colour vision' for Europe'...
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:39:00 +0100
Sentinel-2B has touched down in French Guiana, bringing the second satellite for Europe’s Copernicus program closer to its early March orbiting by Arianespace on a Vega lightweight launch vehicle. Arriving at Félix Eboué Airport near Cayenne last week, Sentinel-2B was delivered by a chartered Antonov An-124 cargo jetliner. Following its unloading process, the satellite was readied for transfer by road to the Spaceport. As a follow-on to Sentinel-2A – lofted by a...
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:30:00 +0100
The U.S. Air Force's next Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), was encapsulated on Jan. 7 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, where it will launch on Jan. 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Encapsulation refers to the sealing of the satellite in a protective launch vehicle fairing-one of the last steps a satellite must undergo before launch. The SBIRS GEO Flight 3 satellite is the latest to join an orbiti...
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:45:00 +0100
Rocket Crafters, Inc. (RCI) announced today a U.S. patent was granted to co-founder, President & CTO Ronald Jones for a method for designing and fabricating flawless, high-performance, safer handling fuel grains for hybrid rocket engines using additive manufacturing technology (also known as 3D printing) which will allow the fabrication of an inherently safe and less expensive launch vehicle with only two moving parts. Jones stated that 3D printing of the rocket combustion chamber allows RCI's e...
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:05:00 +0100
Careful sleuthing through decade-old images has enabled ESA's asteroid team to decide that a newly discovered space rock poses little threat of hitting Earth any time soon. Spotting a previously unknown asteroid for the first time always raises the big question: is there a risk it will impact Earth? Yet, upon discovery, analysts often have very little to go on. The initial image from the observatory, survey team or individual backyard astronomer who spotted the rock typically gives only ba...
Mon, 9 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0100
ESO has signed an agreement with the Breakthrough Initiatives to adapt the Very Large Telescope instrumentation in Chile to conduct a search for planets in the nearby star system Alpha Centauri. Such planets could be the targets for an eventual launch of miniature space probes by the Breakthrough Starshot initiative. ESO, represented by the Director General, Tim de Zeeuw, has signed an agreement with the Breakthrough Initiatives, represented by Pete Worden, Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize ...
Mon, 9 Jan 2017 10:18:00 +0100
Interstellar forecast for a nearby star: Raining comets! NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has discovered comets plunging onto the star HD 172555, which is a youthful 23 million years old and resides 95 light-years from Earth. The exocomets — comets outside our solar system — were not directly seen around the star, but their presence was inferred by detecting gas that is likely the vaporized remnants of their icy nuclei. HD 172555 represents the third extrasolar system wher...
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     Date Submitted:17-10-2009
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     Current job:Undergraduate Student - Ending July 2010
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     Industry:Space Tourism
     KeywordsElectronic Engineering Spacecraft Systems Design Mission Analysis Near Earth Environment Near Earth Objects 3D Animation Space outreach
    CV

    Objective

    To start an exciting career in mission analysis and spacecraft systems design, in line with my skills and passion. I have strong abilities and knowledge in a range of areas including electronics, near earth sciences, spacecraft platforms and computing. I am very enthusiastic about space utilisation and my previous work experience and achievements demonstrate my ability to learn new skills and tackle challenges head-on.

    Core Skills

    • Excellent knowledge and skill in electronic engineering.

    • Broad knowledge of solar system science and the near-earth environment.

    • Good understanding of orbital mechanics and mission design.

    • Practical experience in computer hardware and programming (including engineering modelling).

    • Strong interest in animation, with years of experience in Blender 3D.

    • Adaptable and keen to learn new skills.

    • Able to fit well into a team atmosphere, as well as being organised enough to manage projects independently.

    Education and Qualifications

    MENG Degree in Electronic Engineering with Space Science and Technology (4th year), University of Bath, UK, Oct 05 – Present

    • Areas of study include: Digital Electronics, MATLAB, Unix and C, Electromagnetics, Electronic devices and Circuits, Space Vehicles and Platforms, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences, and the Space Environment.

    • An average of 2:1 (66%) achieved for both my first, second, and third years.

    A Level Examinations, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, June 05

    • A2: Physics (B), Maths (C), Computer Studies (C) AS: Music Technology (C)

    GCSE Examinations, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, June 03

    • 10 passes including Information Technology (A), Maths (B), Electronics (B), Science Double Award (BB).

    Clean Full UK drivers license (Category B)

    Work Experience

    Design Engineer Placement, Clyde Space Ltd, Glasgow, UK, July 09 – September 09

    • Given 8 weeks to individually design a Sun Sensor that would be commercially attractive to the pico-satellite market and also integrate into existing Clyde Space products.

    • Very quickly taught myself the use of off-the-shelf components in space.

    • The project was successfully accomplished and resulted in an expected manufacture cost an order of magnitude lower than the nearest competitors.

    Medical Engineer, Gloucester Royal Hospital, Gloucester, UK, Aug 08 – Aug 09

    • Industrial Placement, an optional part of my degree course, working as a full time Medical Engineering Technician.

    • Primary responsibility was maintenance and repair of essential hospital equipment including defibrillators, ventilators and electrocardiograms.

    • Writing maintenance schedules for new equipment.

    Kitchen Assistant, Emily Jackson House, Sevenoaks, UK, June 05 – Aug 06

    Domestic Assistant, Emily Jackson House, Sevenoaks, UK, June 04 – Sept 04

     

    Work Experience Placement, ARM, Los Gatos, California, USA, Feb 03

    • One week work experience at the microprocessor design and sales division.

    Achievements and Activities

    Somerset & West Wiltshire Younger Member Paper Presentation Competition, May 2009

    • Awarded second place in the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) competition.

       

    Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) NEO Working Group, Sep 08 - Present

    • Co-lead of the Near Earth Object (NEO) working group which has the primary task of assisting in developing the UN legal framework for international cooperation on NEOs. It has secondary tasks of encouraging thinking about new Asteroid deflection concepts and public outreach projects.

    • Produced and Directed a 30 minute professionally made outreach documentary on behalf of the SGAC to raise awareness about the policy issues surrounding Near Earth Objects and Planetary Defence.

    • Ran a successful SGAC campaign to gather volunteers for a Secure World Foundation project to create a wiki-based user guide for the new ESA Planetary Database.

    • Sponsored to represent the SGAC at the 2009 Planetary Defence Conference in Grenada, Spain and also presented a poster on my original paper “A method for the fragmentation and orbital disruption of the Asteroid 99942 Apophis using resonantly timed impactors” with the full paper being published in the conference proceedings.

    • Co-lead the team that orchestrated the successful international technical paper competition; “Move An Asteroid 2009”. Website: www.spacegeneration.org/asteroid

    BathSEDS, July 08 – Present

    • Founded BathSEDS, the newest chapter of UKSEDS (UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space).

    • This is a student society with the purpose of promoting students from the University of Bath to the UK Space Industry as well as introducing Bath students to space industry careers.

    • The chapter has 27 members and I organised a highly successful trip to the UKSEDS 20th annual conference at Southampton University (22nd –23rd November 2008).

    Move An Asteroid 2008, Space Generation Congress (SGC), Glasgow, Sep 24th – 28th 08

    • Awarded second place in the “Move an Asteroid” competition. As part of the prize I attended the SGC and International Astronautical Congress in Glasgow 2008.

     

    ESA Student Training Workshop, ESTEC, Netherlands, Aug 25th – 29th 08

    • Awarded sponsorship to attend the workshop for “System Engineering and Technology for Space Missions”.

     

    SEDSAT II Ground Station Project, Mar 08 – Present

    • Heading the Ground team segment of the international student Cubesat SEDSAT-II.

    • Formed a team at the University of Bath to design and build a satellite ground station on the roof of the Electrical Engineering Department.

     

    UKSC/SEDSIC Rover Design Competition, Mar 08

    • Won first prize for my design of a lunar scouting robot; my entry and presentation are available on the website below.

    • Competition Website: http://earth.seds.org/rovers.php

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