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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:37:00 +0100
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Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:51:00 +0100
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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:34:00 +0100
An ESA tracking station has acquired signals from the international Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn, across more than 1.4 billion km of space. Following a seven-year journey to Saturn, the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini orbiter delivered Europe's Huygens probe to the surface of Saturn's mysterious moon Titan in January 2005, just a few months after becoming the first spacecraft to enter orbit around the giant gas planet. Since then, Cassini and Huygens have returned a wealth of information on the...
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:06:00 +0100
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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:28:00 +0100
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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:00:00 +0100
Astro Aerospace, a Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) company, has completed the preliminary design review (PDR) of the AstroMesh(r) radar antenna reflector for the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) satellite. The antenna reflector, furnished by Astro Aerospace, is part of the NISAR L-band synthetic aperture radar managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Scheduled to launch in 2021, NISAR will be the first radar imaging satellite to use dual L-Band and S-Band frequencies, pr...
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:34:00 +0100
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Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0100
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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:31:00 +0100
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Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 10 Aug 2016 22:33:00 +0100
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Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:25:00 +0100
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Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 9 Aug 2016 23:55:00 +0100
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Tue, 9 Aug 2016 23:30:00 +0100
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Mon, 8 Aug 2016 19:30:00 +0100
Southern Research was awarded a 5-year sole source contract renewal from NASA in the amount of $9.95 million to provide continued support of the Airborne Imaging and Recording System (AIRS) used on WB-57 research aircraft for more than a decade. This is the second sole source contract received by the Birmingham -based non-profit organization for work on this unique high altitude research program. The first was granted in 2011 for a total value of $28.5 million . Southern Research began workin...
Mon, 8 Aug 2016 17:21:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:17-02-2011
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     Current job:Senior Aerospace Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsLaunch Engineering ~ Strategic/Tactical Planning ~ Mission Capability Assessment ~ Operational and Developmental Test and Evaluation ~ National Reconnaissance Operations ~ Budget Management ~ Quality Improvement ~ Technical Inspector ~ Scheduling ~ Mon
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    SENIOR AEROSPACE ENGINEER

    Experience throughout USAF operational and test communities. Proven ability to establish strategies for major project initiatives.  Broad communications ability, routinely composing, staffing, briefing missile - space systems performance, operational testing, and tactics documentation through senior leadership.  Leadership, Management experience, providing guidance/advisement to senior leadership and junior personnel.

     

    Launch Engineering ~ Strategic/Tactical Planning ~ Mission Capability Assessment ~

    Operational and Developmental Test and Evaluation ~ National Reconnaissance Operations ~

    Budget Management ~ Quality Improvement ~ Technical Inspector ~ Scheduling ~ Monitoring ~ Evaluating

     

    • Results driven, with extensive experience in the Aerospace industry specifically with design, test/evaluation, implementation, management and support.  Continually demonstrated success in creative problem solving and implementing solutions to complex technical challenges.
    • Interacts well with diverse groups, building consensus, developing/nurturing working relationships.  Recognized for leadership skills in difficult situations and ability to communicate clearly with workforce, executives, customer base. 
    • Proven ability to establish strategies for major project initiatives with accountability for refinement and implementation of those technical endeavors.  Demonstrated mastery of skills in complex research, analyzing, translating and solutions to support goals and objectives.

     

    PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT

     

    • Engineering:
    • Provided critical support and technical research for NRO Satellites and Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles missions.  Earned qualifications, launched vehicles as Remote Ground Facilities Operator.
    • United Nations (UN) Missile Inspector in Iraq – Performed over 80 inspections supporting UN, Security Council Resolutions of 40 facilities security and sustainability, Research and Development production, military bases and weapons storage and accountability.  Verified Iraqi programs implementation and compliance with stringent UN Resolution standards.
    • Qualified two monitoring systems designed to track vehicles and acquire vehicle telemetry.  Technical support included, pre-launch data flows and sector scans for vehicle acquisition.
    • Directed five member team performing MM-III ICBM (re-entry and guidance systems, liquid propulsion 4th stage), support systems maintenance.  Sole organizational team chief qualified to execute seldom-performed maintenance for MM-III weapons system (umbilical, suspension, locking and launcher closure systems). 
    • Performed extensive research, identified opportunity to expedite launch and early orbit checkout time to push newly launched satellites to fully operational status.  Reduced launch progression by 20% from 60 to 48 days
    • Uploaded hypergolic propellants (Hydrazine [MMH], Nitrogen Tetroxide [N2O4]) into the Titan IV core and Titan II launch vehicles, and several satellites. Familiar with cryogenic propellants and properties.
    • Provided extensive coordination, data/systems support and war related communications for North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD and U.S. Central Command/USAF Central areas of operations. 
    • Monitored four launch campaigns in Russia and Kazakhstan, four site surveys in Russia, participated in several technical interface meetings.

     

    • Management
    • Superintendent, Plans & Programs, Space Warfare Center.  Managed a $41M budget; allocated $380M in resources for the execution of education, training, operational priorities and tactics development/validations.
    • Supervised over 250 military and contractor personnel in the processing of Titan space lift vehicles and satellites in support of the Department of Defense highest and most critical operational priority. 
    • Superintendent Space Test Operations (Space Warfare Center [SWC]). Managed daily operations and control of the launch range (Range Standardization and Automation (RSA), missile warning (MW), Command and Control (C2), space surveillance, navigation, communications, weather (Wx) test programs.  Provided direct liaison with higher headquarters on the development and direction of Operational Test and Evaluation (OTE) policy and execution.
    • Initiated Procurement Quality Corrective Action Board to review, determine cause and effect, propose solutions to resolve problems of delivery, receipt & inspection, storage of EELV components supplied by commercial vendors.
    • HQ 14 AF representative to the AFSPC Current Launch Schedule Review Board (CLSRB).
    • Senior Enlisted Advisor – Provided seasoned guidance, advisement to senior leadership, junior personnel on enlisted personnel matters about career development, counseling, resource management, disciplinary actions. 
    • Led 14 AF Quality Improvement program, developed more efficient processes to improve/enhance AFSPC space operations, satellite, spacelift, payload processing operations. 
    • Ensured mission capability status to a diverse customer base – provided high demand technical services to 635 end users, at six units diversely located throughout the US.
    • In support of Department of Defense, Technical Support Administration, verified compliance with U.S. government technical operation and security directives integrating US satellites on foreign boosters.

     

    • Operational Development:
    • Evaluated U.S. spacelift systems ensuring readiness, asset availability for satellite launch and deployment.
    • Evaluated and validated procedures for receipt, inspection, processing, assembly and checkout of space vehicle hardware, SRMs, Titan launch vehicles, DOD and Weather satellites.
    • Routinely composed,staffed, presented complex briefings on development of OTE policy/guidance and operational systems status, tactics documentation, to/through senior leadership (HQ/USAF, AFSPC, SMC, ESC, and SWC).
    • Revised Spacelift Operations Plans, drafted RSA and EELV Concepts of Operations (CONOPS).
    • DevelopedRSA, EELV test plans.  Drafted initial USAF Tactics, Techniques, Procedures (Multi Command Manual 3-1) Spacelift, Force Applications, Space Support sections.
    • Drafted mission plans, established procedural benchmark for delivery of future education, training, and OTE. 
    • EELV Source-Select team member, evaluated final 4 proposals.
    • Developed ULA procedures (Command Media) from heritage Boeing and Lockheed Martin documents for parts procurement and processing Delta and Atlas EELVs.
    • Directed activities at 12 sites (downstage, guidance, launch, separation facilities), integrating Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC) and contractor personnel developing, processing, and launching ICBMs.
    • Redefined 576 Flight Test Squadron mission-support plans to out-source non-mission essential functions in direct support of an institution wide manpower and procedural effectiveness study. 
    • Thoroughly developed UN initial inspector training program, highly recognized for creativity/effectiveness to quickly identify deficiencies, provide immediate feedback, develop corrective action plans and associated training. 

     

    EDUCATION

    • MS, Space Systems Operations Management (Engineering Track), Webster University
    • BS Applied Management, National American University
    • AAS, Missile Maintenance Technology, Community College of the Air Force

     

    CAREER SUMMARY

    • Procurement Quality Engineer, Verify Inc, supporting United Launch Alliance, Centennial, CO (2008-2010)
    • Launch Engineer, NRO, Ops Squadron, Northrup Grumman, Colorado Springs, CO (2004-2008)
    • Superintendent, Plans & Programs, 595 Space Group, Schriever AFB., Colo Springs, CO (2003-2004)
    • Superintendent, Space Test Operations, Space Warfare Center, SAFB, Colo Springs, CO (1996-2003)
    • Superintendent, Spacelift Operations, Headquarters 14 Air Force, Vandenberg AFB, CA (1993-1996)
    • Superintendent, Spacelift Operations, 6595 Aerospace Test Group, VAFB, CA (1991-1993)

     

    ADDITIONAL CAREER POSITIONS

    • Superintendent ICBM Test Control Branch, AFOTEC ICBM Test Team, VAFB, CA
    • Missile Maintenance Flight Chief /Team Chief/Instructor/Technician, 91 Missile Wing, Minot AFB, ND

     

    TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

    • Titan Engine Training Course, Aerojet Inc., Sacramento, CA
    • 595 SG Test and Evaluation Course, Colorado Springs, CO
    • SeniorNCO Academy (Senior Management/Leadership Training), Gunter AFS, AL
    • Space Applications Advanced Course, SWC/DOT, Schriever AFB, CO
    • Defense Threat Reduction Agency TSM Training Course, Alexandria, VA
    • Introduction to Acquisition Management, Los Angeles AFB, CA
    • Principles of Instruction, Minot AFB, ND, instructed by the USAF Technical Training School


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