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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
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Wed, 8 Nov 2017 22:05:00 +0100
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Wed, 8 Nov 2017 19:05:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:16-01-2011
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     Current job:Software & Systems Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
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     KeywordsI have over 10 years' experience in operational support of payload data ground segment activities as well as technical involvement in GMES projects.
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    Personal Profile

     I am currently employed as a Software & Systems Engineer by Infoterra Limited, for whom I have worked for over 10 years.  I have strong interpersonal skills and am a committed and enthusiastic team player with team-leading experience.  I have varied technical experience and am keen to meet new and exciting challenges.

    Technical Skills

    During my IT career, I have gained exposure to a variety of technical skills, including system testing and Object-Oriented (OO) development using Java and C++.  I have good UNIX skills and have written a number of csh, ksh and bash shell scripts.  I also have experience writing AWK scripts and using PostgreSQL, MySQL and Oracle RDBMS.

     

    Infoterra Project Experience

    Project: UK-MM-PAF Operations

    (2000 - Present)

    I have supported the daily operational activities of the UK Multi-Mission Processing and Archiving Facility (UK-MM-PAF).  The UK-MM-PAF processes satellite data from the ENVISAT and ERS-1 and ERS-2 environmental satellites for the European Space Agency (ESA).  In 2006/07 the facility evolved to become a Multi-Mission Facility Infrastructure (MMFI).  Both historic ENVISAT and ERS-1/2 satellite data had to be been transcribed into the new Archive Management System (AMS), which is based around a StorageTek Powderhorn Silo.  I supported the transfer of operations to the new MMFI as well as the satellite-data transcription activities.

    My responsibilities include applying software upgrades, troubleshooting system and software problems, and the diagnosis, reporting and recovery of failed data productions.  To this end I have developed a number of UNIX shell and AWK scripts to facilitate the smooth running of the UK-MM-PAF facility.

    Project: EO Hub PDGS

    (2010 - Present)

    The Earth Observation (EO) Hub Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS) is part of a high-profile project intended to demonstrate a UK-capability in Earth Observation.  The EO Hub is a key component of the new International Space and Innovation Centre (ISIC) based at Harwell.  The Flight Operations Segment (FOS) is located at Harwell and is linked to the PDGS in Farnborough.  I am tasked with developing the test strategy and test procedures to validate the archiving, processing and dissemination capabilities of the EO Hub PDGS.  This multi-mission flight operations and payload data processing infrastructure could potentially underpin a future UK space mission.

    Projects: GENESI-DR and G-MOSAIC (EC)

    (2008 – Present)

    I have supported Infoterra’s contribution to two EC-funded GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) projects, GENESI-DR (Ground European Network for Earth Science Interoperations – Digital Repositories) and G-MOSAIC (GMES services for Management of Operations, Situation Awareness and Intelligence for regional Crises).

    I contributed to the Joint Research Activity (JRA) for the GENESI-DR project.  The aim of GENESI-DR is to establish open Earth Science Digital Repository access for European and worldwide scientific users to seamlessly access and share data, information, products and knowledge originating from space, airborne and in-situ sensors.

    I was involved in identifying the software tools that can be used to support many of the activities involved in data curation.  I worked on the requirements capture and then testing of a submission tool developed for GENESI-DR, which allows users to upload data and metadata for existing data sets to a digital repository, and define and populate metadata for new data sets, according to the GENESI-DR metadata model.

    For the G-MOSAIC project, I have been involved in integrating the Web Map Service (WMS) that runs on the G-MOSAIC Service Platforms.  This is based on the Open Source MapServer platform that allows spatial maps to be dynamically displayed via a web browser or suitable client.

    Project: PHAVEOS (ESA)

    (2009 – Present)

    The PHenology And Vegetation Earth Observation Service (PHAVEOS) has been developed as follow-on to the HiProGen Operational Level 3 service.  The aim of PHAVEOS is to provide an Earth Observation (EO)-based seasonal monitoring service for various customers including the Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).

    I have supported the prototyping of the different processing chains for the PHAVEOS service, including writing a few bash scripts.  The service has subsequently been deployed on ESA’s Grid Processing on Demand (G-POD) platform.

    As part of this project, vegetation maps of the UK were produced for the spring seasons of 2009 and 2010 (http://www.esa.int/esaEO/SEMF4QIK97G_index_0.html).

    Project: HiProGen Operational Level 3 Service (ESA)

    (2005 – Present)

    The HiProGen (High level Product Generation) Level 3 production service was further enhanced through additional funding from ESA.  I wrote ksh scripts to facilitate the transfer of near real-time MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer Level 2 (MER_RR__2P) data acquired at the UK-PAC via the Data Dissemination System (DDS) receiver to the HiProGen workstation.  A new Level 3 product, MERIS Terrestrial Chlorophyll Index (MTCI), which estimates the chlorophyll content over land, has been generated using the MER_RR__2P data.  The system has been run in an operational mode since October 2005 and I have been largely responsible for maintaining the operations to date.

    The HiProGen Level 3 production service currently generates regional and global composites based on the chlorophyll concentration for Case 1 waters (CHL1) and the MERIS Terrestrial Chlorophyll Index (MTCI) using Near Real Time (NRT) MER_RR__2P data.  The regional products are for Europe, Australia, Canada, USA/Mexico and northern and southern Africa.  The Level 3 products are generated for dekad (10-day) and monthly temporal periods.

    All the generated products including browse images are uploaded to the HiProGen FTP server (ftp://l3-server.infoterra.co.uk/).

     

    EDS Project Experience

    Role: Infrastructure Integration

    (2000)

    I worked as part of the Infrastructure Integration team on the OCEANICS FDPS2 project, concerning a proposed upgrade to an air-traffic control system for the North Atlantic.  I developed test cases and test procedures for the second phase of the development, which involved studying the design documents and liaising with the development and safety teams in order to produce suitable test cases.

     

    IBM Project Experience

    Role: Y2K Analysis and Testing

    (1998 – 1999)

    The project involved the scanning, analysis and testing of several MCI WorldCom applications, mainly billing applications, with the aim of certifying their Y2K readiness.  I was responsible for leading the test team who conducted the Y2K tests on the Customer Services & Billing (CSB) systems and for maintaining the documentation detailing the results of the Y2K testing.  I also liaised with the customer to obtain necessary information relating to the CSB systems and to relay the results of our Y2K testing and any errors or problems that emerged.

    Role: Development & Testing of GUI for Sybase RDBMS

    (1997 – 1998)

    I was involved in a project to create a Windows graphical user interface for a security database.  The GUI was implemented using Delphi client/server on a network of PCs connected to a central SYBASE SQL server.  My main responsibilities involved both development of the GUI using Delphi and testing the new software using Cyrano (suite of automated testing tools).

     

    Career Summary

    Software & Systems Engineer – Infoterra Limited (Oct 2000 – Present)

    Information Associate – Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Limited (Jan – Oct 2000).

    IT Specialist – IBM Global Services (Nov 1996 – Dec 1999)

    English Language and History Teacher at the China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, PR China (1994 – 1995) 

     

    Education

    DPhil in Biophysics, University of York (1989 – 1994)

    BA in Physics, University of Oxford (1986 – 1989)


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