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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian atmosphere at over 12,000 mph (5.4 kilometers per second). Preparations for this mission have provided, for the first time, dramatic video of the parachute opening at supersonic speed. The Mars 2020 mission will seek signs of ancient Martian life by investiga...
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:07:00 +0100
The U.S. Navy's Communications Satellite Program Office, PMW 146, and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) handed over full operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC). The October 11 milestone followed the successful completion of the MUOS-5 satellite's on-orbit testing and delivery of all operational products needed to "fly" the satellite. In April, the Navy, working with Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT), con...
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
As part of ESA's strategy to foster commercial competitiveness in Europe while focusing on its core aims, the agency has transferred ownership of several ground tracking stations for reuse by external organisations. By the end of 2017, ESA will have transferred three stations to national organisations in Spain and Portugal, who will take over the provision of satellite tracking services to a wide variety of commercial customers. The three stations involved in the transfer are all equipped ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:00 +0100
Boeing [NYSE:BA] won large commitments across its twin- and single-aisle commercial airplane families, debuted key capabilities including the CST-100 Starliner docking and KC-46 refueling simulators, and announced services agreements at the 2017 Dubai Airshow. "This has been a very successful show for Boeing. Our regional customers have maintained their trust in our products and technology, and our partnerships in the Middle East region continue to grow," said Bernard Dunn, President, Boeing ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
A temperate Earth-sized planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from the Solar System by a team using ESO's unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world has the designation Ross 128 b and is now the second-closest temperate planet to be detected after Proxima b. It is also the closest planet to be discovered orbiting an inactive red dwarf star, which may increase the likelihood that this planet could potentially sustain life. Ross 128 b will be a prime target for ESO's Extremely ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:29:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), has been chosen by the Italian space agency ASI to develop an instrument called RIME (Radar sounder for Icy Moons Exploration) for the JUICE (JUpiter Icy moons Explorer) mission, part of the European Space Agency's "2015-25 Cosmic Vision" program. Scheduled for launch in 2022 with an expected arrival in 2029, the JUICE mission is designed to study the Jovian system and more specifically its icy moons, Ganymede, Call...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's December 12 year-ending flight for 2017 has completed its initial build-up at the Spaceport in French Guiana - where preparations also are moving ahead with four satellite passengers that will further expand Europe's Galileo global navigation system once in their final orbit. During activity in the Spaceport's Launcher Integration Building, this heavy-lift vehicle for Arianespace Flight VA240 underwent the assembly process that began by mating its two solid prop...
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:47:00 +0100
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth up to $12.8 million to develop an innovative space evaluation and analysis testbed to support the development, integration, evaluation and analysis of advanced space enterprise command and control (C2) tools and capability technologies. The U.S. military must be able to quickly establish situational awareness and execute operations in space. Within the space domain, many thousands of objects that ar...
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that the "S.S. Gene Cernan" CygnusTM spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station earlier this morning. This marks the company's eighth successful berthing with the orbiting laboratory. Cygnus launched into orbit aboard an Orbital ATK Antares(tm) rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on November 12. The spacecraft then executed a ser...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with ArianeGroup, prime contractor and design authority of Ariane 6, to design, develop, qualify and manufacture the telemetry transmitter of the new European launcher. The telemetry transmitter is responsible for transmitting to the ground the data generated by the launcher throughout the whole launch mission. It is the first contract of the company in Spain in the launchers segment. After three decades of activity in the space sector participating i...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
What seemed at first like a rare instance of a huge, ancient galaxy revealed itself to be an even rarer pair of extremely massive galaxies, seen on the brink of merging when the Universe was only a billion years old. This outstanding source was first identified by ESA's Herschel space observatory, and later exposed in greater detail with the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. The earliest galaxies in the 13.8 billion-year history of our cosmos starte...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100
Gas giant Jupiter, organic molecules in star-forming clouds and baby galaxies in the distant Universe are among the first targets for which data will be immediately available from the James Webb Space Telescope once it begins casting its powerful gaze on the Universe in 2019. Thirteen "early release" programmes were chosen from more than 100 proposals after a competitive peer-review selection process within the astronomical community. The programmes have been allocated nearly 500 hours of obs...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
After a successful year-long test campaign by Airbus at IABG in Ottobrunn near Munich, the twin GRACE-FO (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On) satellites will soon travel to their launch site in California. During testing, the gravity-measuring satellites, which will track the continuous movement of liquid water, ice and the solid Earth due to Earth's changing seasons, weather and climate processes, earthquakes and even human activities, were subjected to conditions similar to t...
Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:15:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched its Antares(tm) rocket carrying a Cygnus(tm) spacecraft today at 7:19 a.m. EST, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch is Orbital ATK's eighth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA. During the mission, designated OA-8, Cygnus will deliver vital equipment, supplies and experiments to the astronauts aboard the space station, as well a...
Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
A contract for two new generation communications satellites was signed today by Turksat with Airbus Defence and Space. The satellites, Turksat 5A and Turksat 5B, are based on the latest Electric Orbit Raising (EOR) version of Airbus' highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, which uses electric propulsion for in-orbit raising and station-keeping. "We are very pleased to welcome Turksat as a new Eurostar customer for the most powerful satellites of their fleet. We were the first to demonstra...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
NASA's Orion spacecraft aims to send humans further into space than ever before, and ESA's European Service Module will provide the essentials for keeping the astronauts alive and on course. A review of the programme by NASA to assess progress is now showing a launch date from December 2019 to June 2020. The first Exploration Mission-1 will circle the Moon without astronauts to lay the foundation and prove the technology for a second mission with a crew. In Bremen, Germany, integration ...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:42:00 +0100
A UK company has been selected to undertake the Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) for a satellite which will help tackle climate change, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced today. Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with the UK Space Agency to work on MicroCarb, a joint UK-French satellite mission which will measure sources and sinks of carbon, the principal greenhouse gas driving global warming. It is the first European mission intended to characterise greenhouse gas fluxes on Ear...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
At the Dubai Airshow, which runs from 12th to 16th November 2017, Airbus will showcase its wide range of innovative technologies, products and services, from market-leading commercial and military aircraft to helicopters and space systems. The Airshow, which was launched in 1986, represents one of the largest and most important aerospace events in the world. The Dubai Airshow is an important platform for Airbus to demonstrate its products and services to customers as the organisation looks to...
Wed, 8 Nov 2017 22:05:00 +0100
ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, today announced it expanded its relationship with JetBlue, and will serve as the direct in-flight internet service provider to the airline. JetBlue aircraft will be upgraded to the latest ViaSat hardware, and will have access to the additional coverage and capacity offered by ViaSat's next-generation ViaSat-2 and ViaSat-3 satellite platforms JetBlue first offered the ViaSat in-flight internet service, branded Fly-...
Wed, 8 Nov 2017 19:05:00 +0100
Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists were part of a team that helped to decipher one of the most bizarre spectacles ever seen in the night sky: A supernova that refused to stop shining, remaining bright far longer than an ordinary stellar explosion. What caused the event is puzzling. A Las Cumbres Observatory press release about the supernova, which was discovered by the Palomar Transient Factory in September 2014, noted that the explosion at first appeared to be an ordinary supernova. "Se...
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     Date Submitted:07-01-2011
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     Current job:Commercial & Business Development
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     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsInternational Sales & Marketing, Team Leadership, Market & Business Development, Service Delivery, Customer Management and Consulting. Previous positions at British Telecom, NTL (now Arqiva & Virgin Media), SES, Loral and Telesat. 13 years of technical ex
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    Problem-solver and new services agitator: an accomplished senior executive in commercial communications with over 10 years in technical duties followed by 25 years in general management, sales and business development. My career includes start-ups and new ventures for established players growing new services into new markets for revenue growth and protection. I have extensive experience in building and developing New Business, Major Accounts, Sales Teams, Channel & Reseller Partnerships, Client Relationships, Revenue and Market Penetration.

    I am currently partnering with international, inter-governmental organisations and NGOs to strengthen their HR Partner Recruitment Support; Psychometric Profiling with combined Behavioural Analysis & Competency Checks; bespoke managed staffing services for Real-time Operations and IT in Secure Data environments; optimising best practice on critical missions and operational support; business transformation; analysis of existing and routine processes; Programme and Project Management; putting the appropriate individuals with the relevant skill sets into the right teams.

    As individual contributor and team leader, I have worked in international sales, service delivery, customer and contract management, consulting, and business development:  documented success with complex bids across many technologies including satellite and terrestrial communications, Government & Defence, television and radio broadcast, multi-protocol networks, VSAT, SAT-IP, M2M, IoT, Cloud, Managed Services, hosting, co-location, ship-to-shore, comms-on-the-move, sustainable energy, fully-integrated service solutions and hardware sales. Built over many years, my extensive network of contacts worldwide includes many senior officers of Tier 1 &2 Telcos, Satellite and Mobile Network Operators, TV Broadcasters, Government and Defence organisations, and NGOs such as UNHCR and ICRC.

    Key Career Achievements

    Vodafone - £9m SDH radio contract then further £70m VPN on migration to fibre;

    Orange - £3m radio contract and later fibre order @£25m;

    AT&T - £25m fibre contract in UK;

    Verizon (formerly MCI) – Danish Ministries global satellite network;

    British Telecom - $20m broadcast TV contract into West Africa for Media Overseas/Canal+;

    Level 3 (formerly Global Crossing) – largest Network Services deal in company history @$25m for British Council global satellite network

    {above contract revenues between 20% and 35% profit)

    Employment:

    April 2017 – Present: Thorn SDS HR Partner Recruitment Support, managed staffing services, bespoke Psychometric Profiling, Alton –

    Commercial & Business Development. Partnering with international, inter-governmental organisations and NGOs to strengthen their HR Partner Recruitment Support; Psychometric Profiling with combined Behavioural Analysis & Competency Checks; bespoke managed staffing services for Real-time Operations and IT in Secure Data environments; reviewing independently the deployment of human resources to optimise best practice on critical missions, programme management and operational support.

    November 2015 – March 2017: Singtel Satellite Business Group, Satellite Operator, Singapore –

    Regional Sales Director. Reporting directly to the Department in Singapore remotely out of the UK, responsible for the sale of own satellite fleet and third party transponder capacity in EMEA and The Americas. Direct Sales, Business Development and Channel Partner disciplines on all opportunities that drive fleet utilisation;

    October 2009 - November 2015: Telecoms, Satellite, Television, Media, Defence & Technologytelecoms and satellite communications interim management consulting practise for converging technologies and emerging markets: Sales, Market & Business Development, Service Delivery and Customer & Contract Management, Alton -  Principal

    Client List:

    Inmarsat Global Government, London –

    Director, Indirect Sales EMEA in interim role. Directing and motivating widely dispersed team to achieve revenue and profitability objectives. Generating comprehensive, accurate forecasts on a regular and timely basis. Ensuring team is proactive, efficient and effective at generating complex sales in multi-faceted customer situations. Acting as role model to demonstrate skills and attributes of a highly competent salesperson;

    Hispasat, Satellite Operator, Madrid –

    Mediator with TV broadcasters and communications service providers for market expansion including Occasional Use, Maritime, Cellular Backhaul, Cloud Backbone, Satellite Enterprise Networks, UHDTV (4K), TV Distribution & Contribution, Digital Cinema, SAT>IP, Mobile & Satellite Broadband and Back-up/Disaster Recovery. Partnership agreement signed with iconic Goonhilly Earth Station;

    Signalhorn Trusted Networks (formerly GE-Satcom/Satlynx) critical network solutions provider, Stuttgart

    Vice President Government and NGO/Aid Agencies. Delivering confidential tailored solutions for government and non-government customer networks worldwide including NATO countries, US Government, other nation states and universally-known aid agencies. Supplying margin-conscious, competitive, robust and secure networks for mission-critical communications in remote and harsh environments. Speed, security and professionalism of the highest order to build infrastructure, support global diplomacy, provide aid, direct military missions, network embassies, and deploy command and control. Contracts won confidential;

    Belgium Satellite Services, Brussels

    Management Team role to expand into Africa and the Middle East with new channel partners, marcoms refresh and focused PR campaign leading up to Cabsat 2012;

    Mastek, global IT solutions & services Outsourcing provider, London

    Stakeholder Conference Facilitator - driving new business through closer collaboration with existing partners including British Telecom, Thales and the NHS;

    AMOS-Spacecom, Satellite Operator, Tel Aviv  –

    Representative - supporting satellite fleet expansion to serve new markets in Africa and Asia that led to significant new business contracts with Arqiva and Cable & Wireless;

    Inmarsat, Mobile Satellite Operator, London

    Consultant - driving network operator input in to Executive Management Team to influence Ka-band services market strategy ahead of Global Xpress;

    NewWave Broadband, Edinburgh and Johannesburg

    Business Development Executive – review and audit of South African subsidiary for leading global maritime VSAT operator to stem losses and sustain growth.

    October 2002 – September 2009: Telesat (formerly Loral Skynet) fourth largest Global Fixed Satellite Services Operator, 2002 revenue @$530m as Loral Skynet, 450 employees, 2009 revenue @$1bn as Telesat, London –

    Regional Sales Vice President, EMEA & Central Asia - integrated and restructured intra-regional satellite services and global networking businesses with sister company, Loral Cyberstar. Managed staff reductions through re-deployment and redundancy. Managed successfully through Chapter 11 administration keeping revenues and growth in excess of targets. Mentored new Sales Director who converted Major Account in jeopardy to significant $1m per month billings within 3 years: Region closed first pre-launch contract @$33m on new satellite to maritime customer (NewWave BroadBand). After Chapter 11 annual targets in the range of $9m-$11m achieved continuously between 2004 and 2009.

    May 1999 – October 2002: New Skies Satellites (now within SES) global satellite communications company founded December 1998 from first phase of privatisation of Intelsat, valued @$956m, 200 employees, London -

    Vice President European Sales – successfully led the Sales Team, growing new services of unknown operator into untried markets in Baltic and Balkan nation states. Promoted from Director to Vice President within first 12 months. Closed $8m new sector contract with major Broadcaster (European Broadcasting Union) against strong incumbent (Globecast/Eutelsat). After start-up year to mid-2002, annual targets @$4-6m achieved.

    February 1998 – May 1999: Independent Consultant, Alton - provided industry expertise from Internet to Television to Telephony Minutes; launched successful Internet Payments Gateway WorldPay at major exhibition; acquired programming for specialist, multi-lingual TV channel, ApnaTV; implemented new operational facility for switched minutes telco.

    December 1996 – February 1998: Orion Atlantic (regional satellite operator now within Telesat), London

    Director European Sales - opened up new markets across Europe for new entrant single-satellite operator, Orion Atlantic (now part of Telesat). Developed business with state monopoly telecoms operators. Delivered revenue growth from existing customers in France, Germany and Belgium. Won new business in Turkey and Romania. Sales target of $1m achieved in full business year of 1997.

    November 1993 – December 1996: NTL (TV broadcast & telecoms company now Arqiva and Virgin Media), Winchester - Head of Sales, Telecoms & Satellite - led Sales Team in Telecoms & Satellite business sectors. Won £9m SDH radio business with Vodafone. 15 months prior to radio contract fulfilment date, secured further £70m VPN contract with same customer on migration to optical fibre. Working with Management Accountant for project Capex, Opex & Labour ROI profiles and ownership of P&L for Sales. Secured £3m contract with pre-launch Orange to supply network services. Key player in negotiating team for £25m contract variation order with Orange and £25m contract with AT&T UK. Annual sales targets of £10m in Telecoms and £10m in Satellite achieved across 1994 to 1996 after business development and network build phases.

    1992-1993: Telewest (Cable TV/telecoms company) now within Virgin Media), Croydon – Business Telecoms Sales Consultant selling PSTN telephony services direct to businesses in South London and Surrey for cable operator ahead of relaxation of number portability rules. Sale to SMEs and large corporates, and national Account Management creation with Major Accounts headquartered out of region in collaboration with fellow cable companies.

     

    1990-1991: VMX UK (US voicemail pioneer and manufacturer now within Lucent Technologies), Maidenhead: Technical Support Specialist - set up support department and audited installed field systems at FTSE 100 and other companies including BP, BT, Esso, Honeywell, Bull, ICI and Standard Life.

    1979-1990: British Telecom (telecoms), Hereford and south-west LondonTechnician - various roles in installation and maintenance services from technician, foreman, Senior Technician to acting Group Manager.


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