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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
"Using a model that more realistically simulates atmospheric conditions, we discovered a new process that controls the habitability of exoplanets and will guide us in identifying candidates for further study," said Yuka Fujii of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), New York, New York and the Earth-Life Science Institute at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, lead author of a paper on the research published in the Astrophysical Journal Oct. 17. Previous models simulated atm...
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:40:00 +0100
NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the Sentinel-6A mission. Launch is currently targeted for November 2020, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The total cost for NASA to launch Sentinel-6A is approximately $97 million, which includes the launch service and other mission related costs. The Sentinel-6A mission, also known as Jason Conti...
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
NASA Team Finds Noxious Ice Cloud on Saturn's Moon Titan Researchers with NASA's Cassini mission found evidence of a toxic hybrid ice in a wispy cloud high above the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The finding is a new demonstration of the complex chemistry occurring in Titan's atmosphere-in this case, cloud formation in the giant moon's stratosphere-and part of a collection of processes that ultimately helps deliver a smorgasbord of organic molecules to Titan's surface. Inv...
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
ESO's fleet of telescopes in Chile have detected the first visible counterpart to a gravitational wave source. These historic observations suggest that this unique object is the result of the merger of two neutron stars. The cataclysmic aftermaths of this kind of merger - long-predicted events called kilonovae - disperse heavy elements such as gold and platinum throughout the Universe. This discovery, published in several papers in the journal Nature and elsewhere, also provides the strongest ev...
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra. Shortly after 8:41 a.m. EDT on Aug. 17, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope picked up a pulse of high-energy light from a powerful explosion, which was immediately reported to astronomers around the globe as a short gamma-ray burst. The scientists at the National S...
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:43:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space GmbH to develop the feed array system for the antenna on the European Space Agency's Biomass spacecraft. This equipment is essential to guarantee the full satellite performance. One of ESA's Earth Explorer missions dedicated to protect our planet, Biomass will help us understand the quantity of carbon stored in the world's forests within the global carbon cycle. Due for launch in 2021, Biomass is primarily designed to d...
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on Oct. 15 at 3:28 a.m. EDT. Designated NROL-52, the mission is in support of national security. "Today's launch is a testament to the tireless dedication of the ULA team, demonstrating why ULA continues to serve as our nation's most dependable and successful launch provider," said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch. "Af...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:05:00 +0100
The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel-5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The 820 kg satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST) today. The first stage separated 2 min 16 sec after liftoff, followed by the fairing and second stage at 3 min 3 sec and 5 min 19 sec, respectively. The upper stage then fired twice, delivering Sentinel-5P to its final orbit 79 min after liftoff. ...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:55:00 +0100
The first full-scale model of the rocket motor that will propel Ariane 6 and Vega-C into orbit has been cast and filled with inert propellant for testing at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. The P120C is the largest solid-propellant rocket motor ever built in one segment. Each P120C will hold over 140 tonnes of propellant in a carbon fibre casing almost 11.5 m long and about 3.4 m in diameter. It is derived from Vega's current first stage motor, the P80, which holds 88 tonnes of propell...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
There's no map showing all the billions of exoplanets hiding in our galaxy -- they're so distant and faint compared to their stars, it's hard to find them. Now, astronomers hunting for new worlds have established a possible signpost for giant exoplanets. A new study finds that giant exoplanets that orbit far from their stars are more likely to be found around young stars that have a disk of dust and debris than those without disks. The study, published in The Astronomical Journal, focused on ...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Our 4th Space Resiliency Summit is designed as an educational and training ''Town Hall'' forum, where thought leaders and key policy-makers across military services, defense agencies, and civilian organizations can come together for actionable discussions and debate. This year's summit will focus on technology and innovation needed to defend critical space assets against increasing and new threats. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference 2017 Summit Topics to Includ...
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:50:00 +0100
EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS) announced today that the EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite was successfully launched on October 11 at 6:53 PM EDT on a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. EchoStar 105/SES-11, a dual-mission satellite for EchoStar and SES, is a hybrid Ku and C-band communications satellite that provides EchoStar with 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz, marketed as EchoStar 105, and SES with a C-band payload of 24 transponders, marketed under the name S...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0100
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was recently selected by DigitalGlobe, Inc. as the next-generation WorldView Legion satellite imaging constellation payload provider. Under the contract, Raytheon will deliver the telescopes, detectors and combined electronics to Space Systems Loral, the WorldView Legion space vehicle integrator. Raytheon's new payload doubles DigitalGlobe's capacity to capture multispectral and 30 cm imagery, while tripling to quadrupling the company's capacity to image high-dema...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:32:00 +0100
Mission controllers completed a critical final rehearsal today, confirming that everything and everyone on ground are ready to take over control of Sentinel-5P in the harsh environment of space. A 'team of teams' working at ESA's control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, today conducted a final rehearsal for this week's launch of Sentinel-5P. They were joined by engineers working at ground stations on three continents and by teams responsible for the launcher and its payload in Plesetsk, Russ...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0100
Ushering in a new era of advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, the U.S. Air Force declared the first Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-built GPS III satellite "Available for Launch." The Air Force's "AFL" declaration is the final acceptance of Lockheed Martin's first GPS III Space Vehicle (GPS III SV01) prior to its expected 2018 launch. GPS III SV01 will bring new capabilities to U.S. and allied military forces, and a new civil signal that will improve future connectivity worldwide ...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 16:30:00 +0100
With four days to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The rocket will be fuelled two days before launch, set for Friday at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). The Sentinel-5P satellite has been at the cosmodrome since early September going through a series of tests and being readied for the big day. After being sealed from view in the rocket fairing last week, it was rolled out to the launch pad on Saturday. "This point in any...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0100
L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide Hawkeye(tm) III Lite VSAT satellite communications terminals and on-site training to the U.S. Air National Guard's Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC) teams. These terminals will facilitate direct communication from remote locations in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Additionally, these Army Strategic Command (ARSTRAT)-certified terminals will enable access to the Wideband Global SATCO...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:03:00 +0100
The third batch of Iridium(r) NEXT satellites built by Thales Alenia Space has been successfully launched by SpaceX from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. After the perfect commissioning of the first 20 satellites launched in January and June, thirteen of which are now interconnected and operating in full compatibility with the initial Block One Constellation, with seven being maneuvered to an adjacent plane, this new milestone allows to continue the fantastic Iridium(r) NEXT adventure. ...
Thu, 5 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Astronomers have identified a bumper crop of dual supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. This discovery could help astronomers better understand how giant black holes grow and how they may produce the strongest gravitational wave signals in the Universe. The new evidence reveals five pairs of supermassive black holes, each containing millions of times the mass of the Sun. These black hole couples formed when two galaxies collided and merged with each other, forcing their superma...
Wed, 4 Oct 2017 14:30:00 +0100
As preparations for the launch of Sentinel-5P continue on track, the team at Russia's Plesetsk site has bid farewell to the satellite as it was sealed from view in the Rockot fairing. Liftoff is set for 13 October at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). Since its arrival at the launch site at the beginning of September, Sentinel-5P has been through a series of stringent tests to confirm there was no damage during the flight from the UK. These tests have made sure that everything is in good working orde...
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     Date Submitted:29-12-2010
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     Employment Term:Permanent
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     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Operators, ,
     KeywordsTerrestrial Systems Engineer, Operations Chief, Network Operations Project Engineer
    CV

     

    Experience:

     

               

                Select Staffing Team Lead Contractor for Okabashi

     

                Okabashi, Buford, GA October 2010 to present

     

    ·         Operation of Plastic Injection Molding Machinery.

    ·         Plastic mixing for specified machines and colors.

    ·         Troubleshooting anomalies of production runs.

     

                Thunder Roads West Virginia Magazine Advertising Sales

     

                Thunder Roads West Virginia, Masontown, WV September 2009 to September

                2010

     

    ·         Sell advertising for Thunder Roads WV statewide and nationally.

    ·         Wrote articles for magazine.

    ·         Photographer for magazine.

     

     

                Network Operations Project Engineer

     

                JPL, Pasadena, CA / ITT Systems, Monrovia, CA.  August 2004 to

                September 2009.

     

    ·         Wrote instructions for operation of the Deep Space Network (DSN) to support

          JPL projects: Cassini, Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars Reconnaissance

          Orbiter, Genesis, Stardust, Spitzer and Voyager 1&2. 

    ·         Tested compatibility of JPL project spacecraft with DSN equipment.

    ·         Arranged testing supports.

    ·         Performed link budget calculations and analysis to support various JPL missions.

    ·         Monitored Real-Time supports of critical events of JPL projects to provide instruction and trouble-shooting.

    ·         Wrote reports of tests results and critical event supports.

    ·         Worked with domestic and international DSN complexes.

    ·         Worked with multiple divisions to resolve cause of outages.

    ·         Worked with other international space agencies such as ESA and JAX.

     

     

     

               Operations Chief of NASA/JPL Deep Space Network

     

                JPL Pasadena, CA /Honeywell, June 2002 to August 2004.

     

    ·         Oversaw Real-Time operations of the DSN.

    ·         Allocated resources to restore services.

    ·         Responsible for transmission of predicts to DSN Complexes.

    ·         Oversaw crew operations and supervision and training.

    ·         Responsible for notification of supervisors in the event of outages, spacecraft emergencies and other priorities.

    ·         Kept daily logs and various reports.

     

     

    Satellite Truck Operator: 

     

    Coastal Satellite Inc. Agoura Hills, CA March 2002 to June 2002

     

    ·         Operated Satellite Uplink truck and associated Television Equipment in

           remote locations as a freelance operator.

    ·         Worked with reporters and producers to achieve best camera shots possible in

    Field Locations.

     

     

    Terrestrial Systems Engineer:

     

    SES Americom, Princeton, NJ / GE Americom, February 2000 to March 15 2002.

     

    ·         Designed and installed Foreign and Domestic satellite ground systems from start to completion.

    ·         Worked with Marketing, Sales and Customers on a daily basis.

    ·         Worked with vendors for pricing and delivery times.

    ·         Wrote Cost Proposals.

    ·         Wrote Technical Proposals.

    ·         Performed satellite link analysis.

    ·         Drew block diagrams of system designs.

    ·         Field Engineer on deployed systems.

     

     

     

    Senior Satellite Systems Technician:

     

    GE Americom, Woodbine, MD. September 1991 to February 2000.

     

    ·         Performed accesses of video and data transmissions to GE operated satellites.

    ·         Performed transponder maintenance, initiated dispatches to resolve uplink problems.

    ·         Performed RFI troubleshooting and assisted field technicians in resolving outages.

    ·         Developed procedures and training for transponder maintenance of data and video transmissions.

    ·         Uplink technician for NBC analog video transmissions.

    ·         Troubleshoot data transmission lines used in Access Center.

     

     

    Senior Network Controller:

     

    Contel ASC, Atlanta Earth Station Ellenwood, GA.  November 1989 to September 1991.

     

    ·         Performed network control for a wide variety of Contel / GE satellite systems.

    ·         Performed Tracking, Telemetry and Commanding of RCA three-axis satellite.

    ·         Remote monitoring of commercial and government systems.

    ·         Remote testing of video-teleconferencing sites.

    ·         Assisted field technicians in troubleshooting.

    ·         Maintained databases.

     

     

    Field Service Technician:

     

    Contel ASC, Atlanta, GA.  September 1987 to November 1989.

     

    ·         Converted Atlanta Central Office from analog to a DEX CS system.

    ·         Installed and disconnected circuits for local, national, and international telecommunications companies.

    ·         Performed routine and restoral maintenance to the Central Office for copper, fiber optic, microwave and satellite transmission systems.

    ·         Performed routine and restoral maintenance to satellite earth stations including; Government sites, International Broadcast Systems, newspaper reproduction, video teleconferencing and data.

    ·         Maintained station logs, diagrams and databases.

     

     

     

    Crew Chief USAF:

     

    USAF, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma City, OK.  July 1984 to August 1987.

     

    ·         Performed routine and restoral maintenance to an Air Traffic Control Radar Complex, which was composed of an Airport Surveillance radar as well as a phased array Precision Approach radar

    ·         Trained crew members and handled administrative duties.

     

     

    Education:

     

    ·         GE Six Sigma training.  Green Belt Certified.

    ·         Satellite System Communications Engineering.

    ·         Dytel Call Center Gateway Technical Training, 36hrs.

    ·         Career Development Course; self-study advance technical training.  Received 96 on final exam.

    ·         USAF Technical School; basic electronics, radar and ancillary equipment theory and hands on training, 1806hrs.  Received Honor Graduate, highest grade ever achieved at that time.

    ·         Non-commissioned Officers Preparatory School; management skills and USAF policies.  Received Distinguished Graduate.

    ·         University of Northern Colorado, Greeley CO.  1977-1979.  General education courses.

    ·         Xavier High School, Middletown CT.  Graduate 1977.

     

     

    Awards:

     

    ·         NASA Honor Group Achievement Award for LCROSS Project Team.

    ·         NASA Group Achievement Award for DSN Service Preparation Subsystem Team, May 2008

    ·         NASA Group Achievement Award for Mars Exploration Rovers, June 2004.

    ·         Recognition of Excellence, GE Americom, July 2001.

    ·         “A” Team Award, GE Americom, December 1998.

    ·         Recognition of Excellence,


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