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Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) wrote to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai saying the agency “must consider whether sufficient spectrum will remain available to accommodate today's C-band services,” among other issues. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:00:40 +0000
One take-away from last week’s Global MilSatcom conference in London is that the satellite communications industry is giving government buyers more choices than they can handle. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:00:45 +0000
Space transportation startup Momentus raised $8.3 million in seed funding for its business of offering satellite operators rides from one orbit to another, the Santa, Clara, California company announced Nov. 14. SpaceNews.com
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Geospatial imagery and services provider DigitalGlobe secured a $900 million contract extension from the National Reconnaissance Office to provide commercial imagery until August 2023. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:00:17 +0000
Elections have consequences. But exactly what the new power structure in Washington means for the future of the Space Force will not be known for some time. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:31:29 +0000
The Army’s interest in small satellites has not wavered. Pentagon contractor Dynetics announced last week it has been selected to develop small satellites for the USASMDC/ARSTRAT under a program named Gunsmoke-L. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:07:08 +0000
"The end of the development of Ariane 6 and the need to increase competitiveness in the European rocket launch business compel ArianeGroup to reduce its capacity by the equivalent of 2,300 full-time jobs by 2022," the company said in a statement. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 01:36:05 +0000
Griffin said nothing has yet been decided on how the Space Development Agency should be organized. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 23:50:40 +0000
The smaller crew complement on the International Space Station created by last month’s Soyuz launch abort has not affected research activities there or plans to send new experiments on upcoming cargo missions. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:27:05 +0000
The European Space Agency expects to carry out the qualification flight of the Space Rider spaceplane in 2021 followed by multiple demonstration missions before handing over the program to industry, according to Lucia Linares, head of ESA space transportation strategy and policy. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:59:42 +0000
China unveiled a heavy-lift launch vehicle it is developing to carry a next-generation crewed spacecraft and power human spaceflight missions beyond low Earth orbit. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:49:02 +0000
The European Space Agency plans to launch an Earth observation satellite equipped with an artificially intelligent processor that would enable the spacecraft to make decisions regarding what to image and which data to send to the ground. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:00:23 +0000
Rupert Pearce, Inmarsat’s CEO, said Nov. 8 that the company is taking steps to retain customers in its largest market segment, having identified broadband for social use among crews as the missing component of Inmarsat’s maritime service offering. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:20:10 +0000
A week after the sudden firing of Roberto Battiston as the head of the Italian Space Agency, the reasons for his ouster remain unclear while a grassroots effort is underway to restore his job. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 08:34:23 +0000
The FCC will vote this week to considerproposed changes to orbital debris guidelines that could alter deployment plans for some satellite constellations and shorten the orbital lifetime for experimental satellites. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:33:48 +0000
NASA is planning to replace its two-decade-old virtual institute devoted to astrobiology with a looser network of research teams, a move the agency said reflects the maturity of the field but which has some scientists concerned. SpaceNews.com
Sun, 11 Nov 2018 04:53:41 +0000
Rocket Lab successfully launched its Electron rocket Nov. 10 on a long-delayed first commercial mission for the small launch vehicle. SpaceNews.com
Sat, 10 Nov 2018 04:21:24 +0000
NASA signed an agreement in September with a foundation to support initial studies of a privately funded mission to a potentially habitable moon of Saturn. SpaceNews.com
Sat, 10 Nov 2018 01:02:53 +0000
The Trump administration’s desire to establish a Space Force could be in jeopardy next year after Democrats assume control of the House, while the departure of a key House appropriator could spell trouble for NASA missions to the potentially habitable moon of Europa. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 11:49:52 +0000
NASA has certified SpaceX’s Falcon 9 to launch the agency’s most important science missions, giving the agency new options that could result in lower costs. SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:04-04-2011
     Last Modified:04-03-2013 (12:56)
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     Current job:Flight Director
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsSpaceflight Mission Operations Director; 15 years experience; leading multi-element and international/cross–cultural teams; managing end-to-end projects; evaluating talent and readiness; industry relationships; satellite, human, military, and civilian.
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    CAREER SUMMARY
    Accomplished and dedicated Spaceflight Mission Operations Director with 15 years of experience. Demonstrated expertise in integrating and leading multi-element and international/cross–cultural organizations, preparing and managing end-to-end projects, evaluating talent and readiness, cultivating professional growth, and fostering strong industry relationships. Innovative leader with industry experience in diverse operational settings, including satellite, human, military, and civilian programs.
     
    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
     German Space Operations Center Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
     6/2009 – Present   Deutsches Luft- und Raumfahrt Zentrum
    Flight Director
    Lead the Flight Control Team (FCT) of the Columbus Control Center (Col-CC), with overall responsibility for mission and payload operations, as well as all decisions regarding safe and expedient flight.
     
    Consult with NASA and other International Partner Flight Directors to ensure Crew safety, vehicle safety, and mission success for the International Space Station (ISS).
     
    Identified and resolved several issues with Emergency procedures for Crew.
     
     12/2008 – 6/2009   VEGA Deutschland GmbH
    Training Group Lead
    Responsible for all Col-CC flight controller training, facilitation, assessment, and curriculum content and design. Liaised with NASA to ensure currency of applicable lessons, updated and improved existing lessons, then created and delivered new lessons where appropriate.
     
    Monitored flight controller certification process. Supported joint NASA-ESA and standalone ESA simulations, monitoring FCT performance.
     
    Instituted Oral Boards for FCT certification.
     
    OBT Liaison
    Supported On-Board Training (OBT) telecons between NASA, Col-CC, and the European Astronaut Center (EAC), providing input and feedback on Columbus (and non-Columbus) Emergency OBT events. Led all Columbus Emergency OBT events from Col-CC.
     
    Represented Col-CC at NASA OBT Technical Interchange Meetings at EAC.
     
    Coordinated, created, and delivered dedicated Emergency training to the FCT.
     
     NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center — Houston, Texas
     2/2001 – 12/2008   United Space Alliance
    JAXA CSCT Lead
    Reviewed and forged multilateral and multinational agreements pertaining to ISS Expedition Crew training as a member of the Division-level Core Systems Crew Training (CSCT) Board. Tracked and identified relevant tasks, skills, and lesson flows for joint training.
     
    Liaised with Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to coordinate and integrate training flow between NASA and JAXA. Worked directly with JAXA to significantly improve integrated lessons, multinational training curricula, and communication between JAXA and NASA.
     
    Soyuz Taxi Crew Training Flow Lead
    Organized and led Division effort to create and document a new training curriculum for Soyuz Taxi Crewmembers (to include visiting Space Tourists).
     
    Crew Monitor
    Interfaced between Instructors and Crew during simulation exercises to interpret system operations and/or malfunctions, and to summarize expected actions for Crew. Assisted Crew with timelined and off-nominal activities in order to ease workload and improve fidelity of Crew response.
     
    Emergency OBT Lead
    Conducted in-flight Emergency training of Expeditions 13 and 14 from MCC-Houston.
     
    Selected technical content for exercises, and advanced them through the draft, review, negotiation with external organizations (Flight Control, Flight Director, and Russian counterparts), finalization, and conduct phases.
     
    Evaluated Crew and team performance during exercises.
     
    ICE Lead
    Standardized and streamlined instructional development within groups and between the Training and Flight Control Divisions as Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Lead to the Division-level Instructor Certification Enterprise (ICE).
     
    JAXA Liaison / Flight Lead, 1J (STS-124) and 13A (STS-117)
    Performed Flight Lead duties for ISS Assembly Flights 1J and 13A.
     
    Liaised with JAXA to integrate ECLSS/Emergency training flow, class content, and simulator capabilities. Developed and tested NASA/JAXA simulators in anticipation of joint simulations, and supported joint planning meetings and simulations.
     
    Developed specialized knowledge of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM).
     
    Increment Lead, ISS Expedition 13
    Determined the flight readiness of the Expedition 13 prime and back-up Crews as it pertained to ISS ECLSS/Emergency. Tracked Crew multi-year and multinational progress through entire ISS ECLSS/Emergency training flows.
     
    Advised Station Training Lead in managing several unique factors for this Expedition, including the return to three-person Crew and numerous Crew change outs resulting from several launch slips.
     
    Instructor Development Lead / Mentoring and Orientation Lead
    Voluntarily pioneered a mentoring, orientation, and instructional design program within the group, and constructed supporting processes and material. Successfully mentored incoming instructors and interns, simultaneously improving quality and reducing overall certification time. Consequently selected to serve as Instructor Development Lead for the group.
     
    Conducted all Oral Boards for certification.
     
    Participated in hiring selection and interviews.
     
    ECLSS-Engineering Liaison
    Selected to serve as liaison between the ECLSS Training group and the external ECLSS Engineering organization in order to further interaction and positive communication between the Mission Operations and Engineering communities.
     
    Significantly enhanced group cognizance of on-orbit configuration and anomalies.
     
    Instructor
    Fully certified to conduct lessons in classroom, mockup, and simulator settings for the purpose of preparing astronauts, cosmonauts, and flight controllers for ECLSS operations as well as response to spacecraft emergencies aboard ISS.
     
    Responsible for providing insight into new technology, operational concepts, and procedural changes to assigned Crews and the ECLSS training team.
     
    Pursued additional certification in the ISS Command and Data Handling (C&DH) system.
     
    Manifest Flight Lead, 9A (STS-112)
    Managed integration template and reported manifest status to various ISS and Space Shuttle Program (SSP) programmatic boards. Oversaw and assessed all engineering issues affecting integration function.
     
    Coordinated with Launch Package Manager, Increment Manager, International Partners, and ISS community to identify and negotiate solutions and recommendations. Interfaced with hardware providers and technical organizations assessing manifest feasibility against vehicle transportation and ISS capabilities.
     
     USAF Schriever Air Force Base — Colorado Springs, Colorado
     7/1997 – 2/2001   Lockheed Martin Technical Operations
    Rehearsal Committee Member
    Devised, developed, and delivered all simulation activities for Milstar Launch Readiness exercises and rehearsals, spacecraft software upgrades, payload readiness, and procedure validation.
     
    Commended for creativity of scenarios and efforts to increase simulation fidelity.
     
    Instructor
    Developed specialized knowledge and technical capability in various satellite subsystems. Taught and updated subsystem training materials.
     
    Recognized by management for revising subsystem training and for voluntarily providing specialized training and mentorship. 
     
    Ground Controller
    Configured Ground Segmentequipment for satellite contacts. Resolved anomalies and analyzed mission impact during outages or failures. 
     
    Telemetry and Database Programmer
    Programmed and maintained multiple database systems for decommutation and analysis of satellite and launch vehicle telemetry.
     
    Flight Controller / Mission Analyst
    Performed real-time on-console and mission planning functions during exercises, rehearsals, launch, early orbit testing, and on-orbit operations. Provided engineering and technical support to Air Force Crews for Milstar spacecraft. Generated operational and contingency procedures for all phases of the Milstar mission.
     
    Internships — University of Texas at El Paso
    1/1997 – 7/1997   Southern Union Gas — El Paso, Texas
    Preliminary design of mechanical systems associated with a variety of alternative energy equipment and associated economic feasibility studies.
     
    1/1995 – 10/1995   Joseph Pollack Corporation — Juárez, Mexico
    Established PCAD database for Engineering Department. Designed and developed protective shielding using AutoCAD. Prepared dashboard prototype for testing.
     
    EDUCATION
    Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, December 2008
    University of Colorado at Boulder
     
    Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, May 1997
    University of Texas at El Paso
      
    ACTIVITIES & AWARDS
    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics – Vice Chair of Operations, 2003-2005; Member since 2003.
     
    Mars Settlement Design Competition – Acted as CEO for team of high school students competing for best Mars base design, 2003-2004; Served as Technical Expert, 2005.
     
    E.I.T. – Qualified as an Engineer in Training in the state of Texas.
     
    SCUBA – Certified PADI Open Water Diver.
     
    Pilot Training – Currently pursuing ground school training for VFR Private Pilot license.
     
    Languages – Working knowledge of German; basic Russian, Italian, and Japanese.
     
    United Space Alliance On-The-Spot Award – Simultaneous support of the 13A and 1J Flights, pursuit of Emergency certification, and creation of a mentoring program.
     
    United Space Alliance Employee of the Month Teamwork Award – Development of new Crew lessons to make training more efficient and relevant for assigned Crews.
     
    Lockheed Martin Award – Implementation of new TM decommutation system.
     
    Milstar MCT GC Award – Ground Controller support during an anomalous launch.
     
    Lockheed Martin Award – Excellence as Flight Controller advisor to Air Force Crews.

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