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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +0100
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:26:00 +0100
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:30:00 +0100
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has partnered with NASA's Johnson Space Center to successfully complete thermal vacuum testing for the James Webb Space Telescope - validating its ability to operate in the frigid space environment. The Webb telescope will be the premier space observatory of the next decade, and will study galaxy, star and planet formation in the universe. Harris' team helped safeguard the telescope in Houston during Hurricane Harvey and ensured uninterrupted testing - including ...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:31:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, contributed to the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket as it lifted off Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, carrying the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft. Orbital ATK's contributions to the Delta II include nine Graphite Epoxy Motors (GEM 40) and a large composite fairing for the rocket. This event marks the penultimate launch of the Delta II rocket. It i...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:03:00 +0100
Today, NASA launched NOAA's next-generation polar satellite, the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, into space. Two Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) weather programs are mission-critical components of the satellite's mission: the JPSS Common Ground System and the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite sensor. Svalbard, Norway, is home to part of a global network of receiving stations that process and distribute polar satellite data to users worldwide. Photo taken at Kongsberg Satellite Services plateau, ...
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) for NASA and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 on Nov. 18 at 1:47 a.m. PST. The JPSS program provides the nation's next generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system, delivering key observations for the nation's essential projects and services, including forecasting weather in advance and assessing environmental hazards...
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:07:00 +0100
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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:00 +0100
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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
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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
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     Date Submitted:11-01-2011
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     Current job:ESA Young Graduate Trainee
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     Keywordsteam worker, spacecraft operations, Systems engineering, project management, software testing & validation, spacecraft design
    CV

    Curriculum Vitae

    Date and place of Birth          December 23, 1981, Groningen, the Netherlands

    Nationality                               Dutch

     

    Personal Information

    Fields of interest

    Power system integration, Space weather, Spacecraft Operations, Astronomy

    Technical skills

    Systems engineering, project management, software testing & validation, spacecraft design

    Personal skills

    Teamwork, organizing/planning, loyal

    Computer skills

    Matlab, IDL , Pro-Engineer, STK, MUST (ESOC in house), FOPGEN (ESOC in house), LaTeX,   Microsoft Office & Lotus Notes (advanced)

    Eclipse, Maple, Unix, Java, Python & Visual Basic (basics)                      

    Language skills

    Dutch (Native), English (Fluent), German (Good), French (Moderate) and Italian (Basics)

     

    Work experience

    09/2009 – 12/2010                Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) at European Space Agency, INTEGRAL & XMM Flight Control Teams (FCT) at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), Darmstadt, Germany

    During my YGT I was a member of the XMM & INTEGRAL FCT and involved in the daily operations of both the satellites. My main tasks were the setup, testing and verification of MUST (Mission Utility & Support Tools, ESOC in house tool for storing and viewing telemetry) for both missions, managing the development and testing of an automatic reporting tool, testing of the new SEISOP software (Space Environment Information System for Operations).

    01/2009 – 07/2009                Member of the S&T Experts Pool (STEP) at S[&]T, based as Asset Development Manager at E.ON Benelux, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

    The department Asset Development is responsible for the development of different projects, from start-up to financial approval, and the support of projects in the implementation phase. Next to that, Asset Development assesses new technologies on their applicability and economical potential.

    My focus was on ‘Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)’, the potential to capture and store carbon dioxide (CO2) released during combustion processes in the power plant. Amongst my tasks was the coordination between the technology developers and E.ON Benelux and between E.ON Benelux and E.ON Engineering. Next to that I was involved in the preparation of the documents for the European tender on a CCS demonstration plant.

    10/2008 – 01/2009                Part-time student job at Deltares, a Dutch independent research institute for water, soil and subsurface issues.

    Technical documents in Microsoft Word had to be converted into LaTeX.

    02/2007 – 06/2007                Instructor engineering mechanics course, faculty of Aerospace Engineering

    As student-assistant my task is to weekly supervise a group of 30 students Aerospace Engineering during a computer aided practical and to provide extra help with exercises during a classical instruction hour. Both the practical and the classical instruction are part of the Engineering Mechanics course in the first year.

    08/2006 – 01/2007                Internship at ESA-ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany

    The Internship is an obligatory part of the master Aerospace Engineering. At ESA-ESOC I was a member of the Venus Express Flight Control Team. I analysed the thermal behaviour of the satellite Venus Express.

    09/2004 – 03/2006                Public Relations of Delft University of Technology

    As member of the student promotion team I visited secondary schools in the Netherlands, to give information on the different studies of Delft University of Technology. Next to that I supervised workshops for 3rd grade pupils, held at the university.

    10/2005 – 12/2005                Course Space Instrumentation of faculty of Aerospace Engineering

    Together with the instructor I was involved in the preparation of the set up of the course and the writing of the lecture notes, which involved research on different subjects.

     

    Education

    09/2000 – 09/2008                Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering

    Master of Science                  Space Engineering; profile Space Mission Design, English, 140 ECTS*

    (09/2008)                                 MEMS Gravity gradiometer on board of a Titan balloon mission.

    Goal of my project is to connect expected gravity signatures from Titan's surface and interior with expected performance of a balloon-borne gravity-gradiometer based on MEMS technologies.

    Bachelor of Science              Aerospace Engineering, English, 180 ECTS*

    (08/2006)                                 Design Synthesis Exercise (DSE), grade: 8.

    TheDSE is the final project of the bachelor Aerospace Engineering. With a group of eleven students we had the assignment to, in ten weeks, design a concept for an asteroid deflection mission: saving the earth from a possible collision with an asteroid.

     

    09/1994 – 08/2000                O.S.G. West-Friesland, Hoorn NH, the Netherlands (Dutch secondary school)

    Dutch (7), English (8), Greek (7), Physics (8), Mathematics A (8), Mathematics B (8), Biology (8), Chemistry (8)

     

    Extra curricular activities

    09 – 14/07/2007                     London Case Tour 2007

    During this week the companies Philips, ABN-AMRO, Corus, The Boston Consulting Group and Oliver Wyman presented a case. The participation of the Case tour was determined trough a CV selection by the participating companies.

    09/2007 – 07/2008, 09/2005 – 07/2006                 Trainer of a hockey team.

    My task was to weekly provide 1.5 hour training. In 05/06 to a group of 16/17 year old girls and in 07/08 to a group of 11/10 year old girls.

    09/2003 – 08/2004                Board member of the Society of Aerospace engineering Students ‘Leonardo da Vinci’.

    The SAS ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ has 1700 members and is responsible for the sale of the study books and the distribution of old exams. The board consists of seven students who run the society full-time and supervise 23 committees. In my post ‘Space Affairs’, I was responsible for several committees and supervised all space related activities.

    09/2002 – 08/2003                Board member of the RuimteVaart Dispuut (RVD).

    The RVD is a committee of SAS ‘Leonardo da Vinci’. During this year I was the treasurer and involved in organizing various lectures and an excursion to space companies in the UK.

    09/2000 – 08/2002                Member of several committees of the SAS ‘Leonardo da Vinci’

     

    Personal interests

    Sports                                      Hockey, two to three times a week, Running (together with people)

    Other                                        Reading, Playing board & computer games with friends, Cooking


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