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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:29:00 +0100
A new understanding of our galaxy's structure began in an unlikely way: on Twitter. A research effort sparked by tweets led scientists to confirm that the Milky Way’s central bulge of stars forms an “X” shape. The newly published study uses data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. The unconventional collaboration started in May 2015 when Dustin Lang, an astronomer at the Dunlap Institute of the University of Toronto, posted galaxy maps t...
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:19:00 +0100
Cobham will provide motion control technology for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) instrument to be flown on the Joint Polar Satellite System 3 (JPSS-3) and 4 (JPSS-4) satellites. Hauppauge, NY - Cobham recently received an award from Northrop Grumman valued at approximately $8 million for motion control technology for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) instrument to be flown on the Joint Polar Satellite System 3 (JPSS-3) and 4 (JPSS-4) satellites. The work will ...
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0100
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced it has received $20.7 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design and build robotic arm flight hardware for the first phase of the agency's Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program. SSL is receiving the funds through MDA US Systems, a division of MDA managed by SSL, and is working with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), which ...
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 22:24:00 +0100
NASA is joining with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston to operate a new institute charged with researching and developing innovative approaches to reduce risks to humans on long-duration exploration missions, including NASA's Journey to Mars. Work under the Translational Research Institute Cooperative Agreement, overseen by NASA's Human Research Program, begins Oct. 1. Translational research is an interdisciplinary model of research that focuses on translating fundamental research co...
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:08:00 +0100
Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the first search for atmospheres around temperate, Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system and found indications that increase the chances of habitability on two exoplanets. Specifically, they discovered that the exoplanets TRAPPIST-1b and TRAPPIST-1c, approximately 40 light-years away, are unlikely to have puffy, hydrogen-dominated atmospheres usually found on gaseous worlds. "The lack of a smothering hydrogen-helium enve...
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:58:00 +0100
Radiation is an invisible hazard of spaceflight, but a new monitoring system for ESA astronauts gives a realtime snapshot of their exposure. The results will guide researchers preparing for deep-space missions to come. A key element of the new system launched to orbit with Monday's Falcon 9 launch to the International Space Station, ensuring it is in place for ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet's November mission to the Station. As a general rule, radiation exposure increases with altitude - peo...
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:23:00 +0100
An international team of astronomers has discovered and confirmed a treasure trove of new worlds using NASA’s Kepler spacecraft on its K2 mission. Among the findings tallying 197 initial planet candidates, scientists have confirmed 104 planets outside our solar system. Among the confirmed is a planetary system comprising four promising planets that could be rocky. The planets, all between 20 and 50 percent larger than Earth by diameter, are orbiting the M dwarf star K2-72, found 181 l...
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:08:00 +0100
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for one of several Next Mars Orbiter (NeMO) conceptual study efforts to develop concepts for a potential future orbiter. In the four-month study, the Northrop Grumman team is thoroughly evaluating a range of potential solutions using a variety of the company's production and heritage spacecraft platforms and designs. The study's focus is NeMO mission objectives and requirements, including ...
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:48:00 +0100
NASA’s Juno is now poised to shine a spotlight on the origins and interior structure of the largest planet in our solar system. As we wait for Juno's first close-up images of Jupiter (to be taken Aug. 27 during the spacecraft's next pass by the planet), NASA continues to explore our solar system to help answer fundamental questions about how we came to be, where we are going and whether we are alone in the universe. “Juno is the latest example of the extraordinary scienc...
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 19:04:00 +0100
After an extensive review process and passing a major development milestone, NASA is ready to proceed with final design and construction of its next Mars rover, currently targeted to launch in the summer of 2020 and arrive on the Red Planet in February 2021 . The Mars 2020 rover will investigate a region of Mars where the ancient environment may have been favorable for microbial life, probing the Martian rocks for evidence of past life. Throughout its investigation, it will collect samples of...
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:30:00 +0100
Today SpaceX confirmed that the company is targeting the launch of its ninth NASA Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-9) aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. on Monday, Jul. 18 at 12:45 a.m. EDT. As with prior NASA Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) missions, Falcon-9 will launch with an instantaneous launch window. If needed, a backup launch opportunity is available on Jul. 20 at 12:00 a.m. EDT. In addition to the primary mis...
Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0100
Jon Weiner 510-486-4014 . July 14, 2016 A team of hundreds of physicists and astronomers have announced results from the largest-ever, three-dimensional map of distant galaxies. The team constructed this map to make one of the most precise measurements yet of the dark energy currently driving the accelerated expansion of the Universe. "We have spent five years collecting measurements of 1.2 million galaxies over one quarter of the sky to map out the structure of the Universe over a volume ...
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 23:00:00 +0100
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that the JCSAT-16 satellite, which it designed and built for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, has arrived at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where it will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The satellite, which is currently being prepared for launch, will function as an in-orbit back-up that will ensure stability for existing services and further strengthen th...
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 22:45:00 +0100
Final preparations are underway at Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) to ship DigitalGlobe's (NYSE:DGI) WorldView-4 earth imaging satellite to Vandenberg Air Force Base for a Sept. 15 launch. The Lockheed Martin team is completing final satellite testing and checkout before shipment. Testing includes calculating the weight and center of gravity of WorldView-4, completing a health check of major systems, and testing out image collection and downlinking capability. "The high resolution and high acc...
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:00:00 +0100
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has made the first ever resolved observation of a water snow line within a protoplanetary disc. This line marks where the temperature in the disc surrounding a young star drops sufficiently low for snow to form. A dramatic increase in the brightness of the young star V883 Orionis flash heated the inner portion of the disc, pushing the water snow line out to a far greater distance than is normal for a protostar, and making it possible to obs...
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:20:00 +0100
Getting the bigger picture on the health of our planet drew another step closer today as Europe's Sentinel-3A satellite was handed over to Eumetsat for operations. Since it was launched in February, the satellite and its instruments have been meticulously fine-tuned to make sure that everything is fit and ready for the task in hand: to systematically map Earth's surface for a myriad of services related to both the oceans and land. ESA's Bruno Berruti has been responsible for taking Sentine...
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100
Safran Reosc, a subsidiary of Safran Electronics & Defense, has signed a contract with ESO, the European Southern Observatory, to polish, measure and test the M2 mirror, the secondary optics on the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), which will be the world's most powerful telescope (*). Safran Reosc will also be responsible for the development and construction of the high-precision optical test bench, designed to measure the M2 mirror's optical quality throughout the polishing proces...
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0100
ESO's HAWK-I infrared instrument on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile has been used to peer deeper into the heart of Orion Nebula than ever before. The spectacular picture reveals about ten times as many brown dwarfs and isolated planetary-mass objects than were previously known. This discovery poses challenges for the widely accepted scenario for Orion's star formation history. An international team has made use of the power of the HAWK-I infrared instrument on ESO's Very Large Telesco...
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:31:00 +0100
The UK's Farnborough airshow today saw ESA's commitment to the next step in developing a revolutionary air-breathing rocket engine that could begin test firings in about four years. The Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, SABRE, is a unique engine designed to use atmospheric air in the early part of its flight to orbit before switching to rocket mode for its final ascent to space. The UK's Reaction Engines Ltd has been working on SABRE for many years. Success could lead to single-stag...
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:30:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo-Finmeccanica (33%), today announced the signing of a new contract with Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE:OA) a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The announcement was made at the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, UK. Under terms of the agreement, Thales Alenia Space will supply nine additional Pressurized Cargo Modules (PCM) to Orbital ATK for upcoming cargo resupply missions to the International Sp...
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     Date Submitted:02-06-2010
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     Current job:Astrophysics & Space Science Student
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    QUALIFICATIONS

    2006 – 2010: The University of Kent, Canterbury

    MPhys in Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics – expected 2:1.Final year Physics Research Project (expected 70% minimum) on the evolution of high redshift radio galaxies, using computational methods to estimate redshift from photometric data. Other modules include:

    4th Year: The Sun, Earth & Mars; Cosmology & the Interstellar Medium; Elementary Particles; Space Astronomy & Solar Science

    3rd Year: Third Year Physics Project; Relativity Optics & Maxwell's Equations; Rocketry & Human Spaceflight; Stars, Galaxies and the Universe; Physics Literature Review; Thermal and Statistical Physics; Image Processing; Physical Science Research Planning

    2nd Year: Quantum Physics, The Multiwavelength Universe, Optics & Electromagnetism, Spacecraft Design & Operations, Physics Laboratory II, Mathematical Techniques & Differential Equations, Multimedia for Astronomy

    1st Year: Mathematics; Physics; Computing; Astrophysics; Disasters; Skills for Physicists

     

    1999 – 2006: Verulam School, St. Albans

    A-Levels: Physics (C), Mathematics (D)

    AS Levels: Electronics (C), Critical Thinking (D), Art (D)

    GCSEs: 10 (A to B) including Mathematics, Science, English, French and German

     

    EMPLOYMENT

    Autumn 2008 – Present:University of Kent – Physics Outreach Team

    Promote physics as a subject and generate interest from secondary school pupils with ‘Cool Physics’ demonstrations. Guide tours of the physics department and present informatory talks to prospective students attending UCAS open days. Teach basic astronomy and rocketry to children aged 11-18 at the annual Kent Space School.

    Autumn 2009: University of Kent – PH301 Demonstrator

    Assisted stage 1 students with coursework from the PH301 physics module, which requires a deep understanding of the assessed problems and the ability to convey the fundamental physics without revealing the solution. 

    Summer 2009: University of Hertfordshire – Summer Placement

    Completed an 8 week project to collect ancillary data for galactic objects in the Herschel-ATLAS fields and performed cosmological calculations to study the evolutionary trends of high redshift galaxies. Practiced with various computational methods and independently learnt the astronomical rudiments.

    Summer 2007 & 2008: DHL London Colney – Data Entry for European Returns

    Managed emails and independently maintained the returns department for 3 weeks.

    2004 – 2006: Waitrose St. Albans – Dry Goods Shop Floor Assistant

    Skilled in multiple areas of the store with responsibilities including training new staff and assisting to run the section.

     

    SKILLS

    Communication: Effective skills developed through:

    • Confidently speaking to large audiences on a regular basis for Space Soc.
    • Frequently writing academic reports and newsletter articles for the physics dept.
    • Courteous interactions with customers and personnel during my employment.

    Teamwork:

    Learned to work as a valuable team member throughout my employment to complete tasks precisely and efficiently. Applied leadership skills as Space Soc. president by delegating tasks to the committee, liaising with members and overseeing all events.

     Computational:

    Obtained an extensive knowledge of computer software, hardware, networking and maintenance. Experienced with Windows & Linux operating systems and programming languages including FORTRAN, MatLab, SQL, IDL, IRAF & HTML.

     

    INTERESTS

    • President of Space Soc., April 2007 – March 2010. Committed to over 400 hours of volunteering and achieved the Institute of Physics award for best overall physics society 2008 & Kent Union’s society of the year 2009. Duties include organising telescope nights, rocketry sessions & trips to ESA centers and communicating with Kent Union. Increased membership from 37 (2007) to over 80 (2009).
    • Pursued the Duke of Edinburgh Challenge to Silver level
    • Enjoy activities such as cycling, walking & football and have a keen interest for technology.

     

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