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Wed, 24 May 2017 08:22:00 +0100
The Spaceport’s ability to support Arianespace’s launch cadence by enabling multiple missions to be readied in parallel is demonstrated once again with the two Ariane 5s currently undergoing processing in French Guiana. Inside the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building, the Ariane 5 for Flight VA238 is taking shape for a June 28 liftoff with a dual-satellite payload: the Hellas-Sat 3/Inmarsat S multi-mission relay satellite for Inmarsat and Hellas-Sat; and the Indian Sp...
Tue, 23 May 2017 17:50:00 +0100
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Tue, 23 May 2017 14:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 22 May 2017 15:54:00 +0100
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Mon, 22 May 2017 15:43:00 +0100
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Mon, 22 May 2017 12:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 22 May 2017 09:14:00 +0100
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Mon, 22 May 2017 08:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 22 May 2017 01:00:00 +0100
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Fri, 19 May 2017 08:06:00 +0100
Arianespace has orbited the SES-15 telecommunications satellite for European operator SES. Liftoff took place on Thursday, May 18 at 8:54 a.m. (local time in Kourou) from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Today’s launch was the fifth of the year for Arianespace, and the second by Soyuz from CSG to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO), as well as the first Arianespace launch carrying a satellite with all-electric propulsion. Through this latest ...
Thu, 18 May 2017 20:30:00 +0100
The Boeing [NYSE: BA] SES-15 satellite, launched today, will bolster connectivity for Wi-Fi and entertainment services on flights over North America, Mexico and Central America. It will also serve the government, enterprise and maritime sectors. This 702-model satellite also demonstrates that using 3-D printed parts can improve affordability and production. More than 50 such metallic parts are on the vehicle in the primary structure. “With its all-electric propulsion, and inclusion...
Thu, 18 May 2017 08:09:00 +0100
Authorization has been given for tomorrow’s Arianespace Soyuz launch from French Guiana, providing the “all clear” for this medium-lift mission that will orbit a telecommunications satellite for European-based operator SES. The approval was granted today after the regular pre-launch review for Arianespace flights – which confirmed the readiness of Soyuz and its SES-15 satellite passenger, the launch site and associated infrastructure at the Spaceport, as well as the ...
Wed, 17 May 2017 14:46:00 +0100
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Wed, 17 May 2017 13:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 17 May 2017 08:32:00 +0100
SES-15 is another step closer to its Thursday liftoff as this telecommunications satellite has now been positioned atop Arianespace's Soyuz launcher in French Guiana. Integration occurred this week during activity at the Spaceport, in which the basic three-stage Russian-built Soyuz vehicle was rolled out from its MIK integration building and erected on the launch pad. This was followed by transfer of the mission’s “upper composite” – consisting of SES-15, the ...
Tue, 16 May 2017 14:00:00 +0100
The fourth Boeing [NYSE: BA] Inmarsat-5 satellite, which was launched yesterday, will noticeably expand the high-speed broadband service available through Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network after the satellite becomes fully operational later this year. “Inmarsat-5 F4 joins our existing Global Xpress constellation, which is already being adopted as the new standard in global mobile broadband connectivity by companies, governments and communities around the world,” said Michel...
Mon, 15 May 2017 19:23:00 +0100
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Mon, 15 May 2017 18:29:00 +0100
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Mon, 15 May 2017 16:00:00 +0100
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (Nasdaq:CMTL) announced today that its Maryland-based subsidiary, TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS), through its Command & Control Technologies group, which is part of Comtech's Government Solutions segment, has been named as an awardee under the General Service Administration (GSA) Complex Commercial SATCOM Solutions (CS3) IDIQ Contract. This is a ten (10) year contract which enables U.S. federal agencies to purchase end-to-end, turnkey solutions which incor...
Mon, 15 May 2017 08:50:00 +0100
SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today that the SES-10 satellite is now fully operational at 67 degrees West and will be serving the thriving markets in the Latin America region. SES-10 was launched on 30 March 2017 from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida onboard a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The satellite is the first geostationary commercial satellite ever launched on a flight-proven first-stage rocket booster. Since then, extensive in-orbi...
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    Project Management & System Engineering Professional

     

    SC cleared Project Management & System Engineering Professional with over 30 years experience in the Defense, Aerospace & Space engineering industry working on complex collaborative international projects.

    Extensive experience of the full product development lifecycle applied to mission and safety critical systems with a pedigree in compiling technical documentation and delivering fully certified products for entry in to production and customer acceptance.

    Expert in building Work Breakdown Structures, planning and maintaining detailed schedules with complex dependencies, assigning work packages, and measuring progress against planned achievement and cost expenditure using schedule tracking metrics (e.g. EVM)

    Respected team leader with the ability to motivate and inspire team members to deliver against the schedule whilst fostering close working relationships with customers and senior stakeholders.

    Adept at operating in challenging/foreign environments, focusing on 'human connectivity' and delivering benefits.

     

    Skills

     

    Communication & Engagement

    Planning / Scheduling (MS Project)

    WBS Development

    Team Leadership

    Cost Control

    Product Delivery Management

    Use Case Analysis

    System Integration & Test

    Technical Documentation

    Stakeholder Management

    Schedule Control & Monitoring - including EVM

    Task Package Management

    Coaching & Mentoring

    Risk & Opportunities Assessment

    Supplier/Subcontract Management

    Through Lifecycle System Engineering

    Requirement Management

    Planning & Coordinating Certification Campaigns

     

    Major Programme Participation

    Aerospace (Military)

    Tornado (GR1/GR4)

    Eurofighter Typhoon

    Jaguar (96 Enhancement)

    Rooivalk Attack Helicopter

     

    Defense/Missile Systems

    Common Anti-Air Modular Missile

    Storm Shadow

    Advanced Short Range Air to Air Missile

    Space/Satellite Systems

    Meteosat (MTG & MSG)

    GeoEye (Orbview 5)

     

     

    Certifications

     

    Project Management Professional     - PMI PMP

    Managing Successful Programmes      - APMG MSP (Practitioner Level)

    Incorporated Engineer (IEng)                - Member of Institute of Engineering & Technology

    Master of Science (MSc) Degree          - Computing for Commerce and Industry

    Post Graduate Diploma                            - Computing & Manufacturing:

    BTEC Higher National Diploma             - Mechatronic Engineering

    BTEC National Certificate                        - Electrical & Electronic Engineering

    BAE Systems Apprenticeship                 - Electrical & Electronic Assembly (EITB)

    Currently studying:                       - Professional Coaching & Public Speaking

     

    Professional Experience

     

    MBDA SySTEMS, Stevenage UKMissile Systems Developer & Manufacturer

    Engineering Project Management (Contract), 08/2012 to Present

    Managing multiple product development streams (circa £40m) acting as equipment requirement authority to deliver electronic sub systems in to the overall missile system, and test capability into manufacturing facilities, customer service depots and field service deployments.

    Selected Accomplishments:

    Managed the development, delivery and commissioning of a full suite of test equipment into the factories to facilitate missile manufacture.

    Managed the final qualification and certification phases of the missile Electronics and Power Unit through to completion of the Certificate of Design.

    Rescued a failing project to deliver a field test system to an overseas customer, ensuring that the delivered system was both fit for purpose and delivered on schedule.

    Rapid development of a Field Test System prototype, providing an innovative solution to significantly enhance the customer experience whilst reducing unit cost by up to 75%.

    Identification and execution of the opportunity to provide a common missile test solution between factory and customer depot, significantly reducing development risk and increasing re-use across the test site portfolio.


    EUMETSAT, DARMSTADT, DEEuropean Meteorological Satellite Operations & Development

    Project Management & Control (Consultant), 05/2011 to 07/2012

    Leading the project planning & scheduling activities for the MTG, and MSG geostationary satellite programs (circa €4 Billion). This involved skillful team building, communication and motivation techniques to build successful relationships with a multinational, multidiscipline team, to introduce a significantly more rigorous plan-do-report cycle than had previously been attempted.

    Selected Accomplishments:

    Introduction and execution of a rigorous plan-do-measure reporting process enabling a highly accurate schedule performance indexing and rigorous schedule task risk analysis to be calculated on a weekly basis. This was used for reporting to the program executive and minimized uncertainty through early identification of schedule risk.

    Creation and maintenance of highly detailed integrated schedules for the MTG development phase.

    Provision and maintenance of the MSG 2 preparation and launch schedule, planned to a granularity scale of 1 hr.


    ACES Srl, Torino, ItAerospace Systems Consultancy

    Technical Project Manager (Consultant), 01/2009 to 04/2011

    Lead an Anglo-Italian team in Italy, working in support of Alenia Aermacchi, to produce a complete re-expression of the Detailed Functional Specification for the Eurofighter Typhoon Enhanced Safety Critical Armament Controller (ESCAC) using UML based state modeling (Statemate).

    Selected Accomplishments:

    Delivery of the re-expressed design over a series of quarterly capability points, using agile methods to facilitate delivery to time, scope and cost.

    Producing a fully animate-able and platform independent executable model using agile development methods that enabled significant reductions in software development lifecycle time including use of an automated test executable which reduced proving time by as much as 90% and enabled timely delivery into the SW team with minimal errors.

    Negotiating scope of deliverables for each agile milestone to ensure customer needs were fulfilled whilst maintaining consistency in the achievement of continued development.

    MBDA SySTEMS, Stevenage UKMissile Systems Developer & Manufacturer

    Platform Integration (Contract), 01/2007 to 12/2008

    Planning and delivering the missile-platform integration & verification activities to support Weapon Certification and Aircraft Design Authority approval.

    Selected Accomplishments:

    Liaised closely with the Aircraft Design Authority, setting new standards in cooperative working relationships, developing mutually beneficial working practices to deliver a joint integration and verification plan which subsequently became best practice.

    Developed the Planning, Estimations and Statement of Work for the Bid to carry out Storm Shadow integration to Eurofighter Typhoon.

    Preparation of a detailed Integration Verification & Means of Compliance Plan leading to the Release to Service Recommendations for Storm Shadow fitted to KSA Tornado.


    MDA, vancouver, caSpace Communications & Information Management

    System Engineer, 06/2005 to 01/2006

    Providing System Engineering support to development and test of the GeoEye (Orbview) Ground Segment data archiving and image reconstruction systems.

    Selected Accomplishments:

    Conducted a study to assess feasibility and define the requirements for implementing a high accuracy ephemeris processor into the Image Reconstruction System through a unique integration of the MicroCosm precision orbit and geodetic parameter determination software as a real-time application.

    Prepared RFQ Statement of Work for MicroCosm integration and verification.

    Contributed to the body of knowledge for Subcontract Management.


    zentech informatics, Torino, itAerospace Systems Consultancy

    Operations Manager & Technical Director, 01/2001 to 06/2004

    Managing an Anglo-Italian consulting operation, interfacing directly with the customer (Alenia Aermacchi) technical and commercial executives to assist in providing solutions to their work-package offload requirements.

    Selected Accomplishments:

    Grew Zentech Informatics from a turnover of £500k to £4m in 3 Years.

    Operationally responsible for up to 35 engineers working in a very challenging multi-national, multi-disciplinary environment.

    Responsible for ensuring customer satisfaction through effective management of the contracts, ensuring the operation met their aspirations and all deliverables were submitted to time and cost.


    Starline, UKAerospace Systems Consultancy

    Senior Consultant 04/1999 to 06/2004

    Providing system engineering and subcontract management consultancy services (to Alenia Aermacchi) in support of the Eurofighter Typhoon project.

    Selected Accomplishments:

    Lead a team to turn around a failing (Failed at CDR) UML State model design for the EFA Armament Weapon Stations - Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids by restarting the project from the beginning and delivering the model for final integration within the required development timeframe.

    Managed a supplier consortium to develop and certify the Eurofighter weapon station interface units, ensuring that development milestones and equipment deliveries were aligned to major program goals.

    Authored technical contract specifications and ICD documentation, and ensured that the weapon station interface units were safe and fit for purpose through extensive electrical, functional, environmental & EMC qualification testing leading to final certification.

    Used skillful negotiation with equipment suppliers to turn around (to complete final certification) equipment where the certification evidence provided by the supplier was in long term dispute.


    MBDA SySTEMS, Stevenage UKMissile Systems Developer & Manufacturer

    Platform Integration - (Contract), 06/1998 to 04/1999

    Planning and documenting of the Storm Shadow safety critical missile Flight Termination System certification activities. This included liaison and support to NAWC China Lake range safety office & support to system safety reviews & generation of system descriptions, compliance matrices & certification review items.


    ALENIA AERONAUTICA, ITDevelopment & Manufacture of Military Air Vehicles & Weapon Systems

    Senior Systems Engineer (Contract), 04/1996 to 04/1998

    Development of the Weapon Station Interface LRIs, ensuring delivery of the equipment into the project to time & specification. This included sub-contractor liaison & support, the preparation of technical contract specifications and ICDs, and the review & approval of supplier technical documentation (CDRLs).


    DRA (Quinetic), BOSCOMBE DOWN, UKMilitary Aerospace Research & Development

    Systems Engineer (Contract), 10/1995 to 04/1996

    Co-ordination of activities required to solve avionics system problems which included developing a tool and establishing a process for management & control of system problem reporting. In addition I conducted feasibility studies for integration of new avionics equipment in to the Jaguar aircraft.


    atlas aviation, saDevelopment & Manufacture of Military Air Vehicles & Weapon Systems

    Certifiction Engineer (Contract), 10/1994 to 10/1995

    Planning, coordination & documentation of air vehicle (rotorcraft) avionics & weapon system qualification & certification activities. This included the definition of equipment engineering and qualification directives to ensure best practice was followed, establishing the air vehicle airworthiness and user requirements database and establishing the means of compliance and qualification plan for the overall rotorcraft certification.


    bae systems, warton, UKDevelopment & Manufacture of Military Air Vehicles & Weapon Systems

    Lead Systems Engineer, 08/1984 to 10/1994

    Progressed from an Electrical/Electronic Apprentice to Lead Engineer in the Systems Engineering department where I was responsible for the preparation of Trials Requirements and Weapon System flight clearance documentation, the preparation of Armament Control Subsystem Requirement Specifications and ICDs, and the review & acceptance of supplier documentation for equipment development & qualification.



     


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