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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:11:00 +0100
Spaceflight Industries, a next-generation space company enabling access to space and redefining global intelligence, announced the successful launch of its BlackSky Pathfinder-1 satellite into a sun synchronous orbit from India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). From Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, liftoff occurred on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 11:42 p.m. EDT, with the satellite separating from the rocket's upper stage at 1:57 a.m. EDT Monday. The Spaceflight Industries laun...
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:55:00 +0100
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high altitude water vapor plumes. The observation increases the possibility that missions to Europa may be able to sample Europa's ocean without having to drill through miles of ice. "Europa's ocean is considered to be one of the most promising places that could poten...
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:40:00 +0100
Airbus Defence and Space is continuing to future-proof its site at Friedrichshafen, Germany, with the construction of a new Integrated Technology Centre (ITC). At the heart of the four-storey centre with a basement and a footprint of around 4,200 m² will be a large central clean room for the development and construction of satellites. The building, with dimensions of around 70 x 60 metres and a height of over 20 metres, will be an expansion of the existing Hall 6 – the current sa...
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0100
Brief but powerful outbursts seen from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko during its most active period last year have been traced back to their origins on the surface. In the three months centred around the comet's closest approach to the Sun, on 13 August 2015, Rosetta's cameras captured 34 outbursts. These violent events were over and above regular jets and flows of material seen streaming from the comet's nucleus. The latter switch on and off with clockwork repeatability from one comet ro...
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:57:00 +0100
Two's company, but three might not always be a crowd - at least in space. Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, and a trick of nature, have confirmed the existence of a planet orbiting two stars in the system OGLE-2007-BLG-349, located 8,000 light-years away towards the center of our galaxy. The planet orbits roughly 300 million miles from the stellar duo, about the distance from the asteroid belt to our sun. It completes an orbit around both stars roughly every seven years. The...
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:00:00 +0100
International teams of astronomers have used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to explore the distant corner of the Universe first revealed in the iconic images of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF). These new ALMA observations are significantly deeper and sharper than previous surveys at millimetre wavelengths. They clearly show how the rate of star formation in young galaxies is closely related to their total mass in stars. They also trace the previously unknown abundance...
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:45:00 +0100
Boeing [NYSE: BA] veteran Jim Chilton will succeed Craig R. Cooning as president of the company's Network & Space Systems (N&SS) businesses, effective Oct. 21. Chilton was vice president of the company's Strategic Missile & Defense Systems organization. Before that he spent much of his 32-year career leading space launch, payload processing and rocket engine programs. Cooning is retiring after 11 years at Boeing. "These businesses made significant operating improvements under Craig's leade...
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:36:00 +0100
LinQuest Corporation is proud to announce that the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Advanced Systems and Development Directorate (AD) Ground Systems and Space Operations Division (ADG) at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM has awarded the Space Test and Engineering Contract 2014 (STEC14) contract to LinQuest, making this the first time the contract has been awarded to the incumbent contractor. The contract's scope includes engineering support and operations of one-of-a-kind researc...
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0100
An international team using ALMA, along with ESO's Very Large Telescope and other telescopes, has discovered the true nature of a rare object in the distant Universe called a Lyman-alpha Blob. Up to now astronomers did not understand what made these huge clouds of gas shine so brightly, but ALMA has now seen two galaxies at the heart of one of these objects and they are undergoing a frenzy of star formation that is lighting up their surroundings. These large galaxies are in turn at the centre of...
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:02:00 +0100
Pre-flight activities for Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 mission are ramping up at the Spaceport in French Guiana, with launcher and payload preparations advancing in parallel for the October 4 liftoff. In a major milestone reached this month, Ariane 5 was rolled out from the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building – where its core cryogenic stage, two solid boosters and cryogenic upper stage were mated – to the Final Assembly Building. This process formally trans...
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:30:00 +0100
Delivering the most detailed images of the sun's lower atmosphere ever recorded from space, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), built and operated by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) for NASA, has received more time to deliver groundbreaking space science. A recent $19.4 million contract extends Lockheed Martin's support for the orbiting observatory through September 2018, with a further extension possible through September 2019. "IRIS has taken more than 24 million images or spectra...
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:00:00 +0100
ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, today announced it was awarded a $33,291,975.00 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the Protected Tactical Service Field Demonstration (PTSFD), which will provide wideband anti-jam communications to tactical users across both government and commercial satellites. This program will include the development of a Protected Tactical Waveform (PTW) modem as well as an embedded cryptographic unit. The Protected Tactical Sy...
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:01:00 +0100
London, UK -  SMi Reports: SMi are excited to announce Harriett Baldwin, Minister of State for Defence Procurement, UK MoD will provide and opening ministerial address at Europe’s leading military communications event for satellite professionals.SMi Group are delighted to announce Harriett Baldwin, Minister of State for Defence Procurement, UK MoD has joined the 18th annual Global MilSatCom conference and exhibition, taking place in London, UK, on the 8th-10th November 2016, to provide the opening min...
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:50:00 +0100
Leidos (NYSE: LDOS) will support the Army Geospatial Center's (AGC) High-Resolution, 3-D (HR3D) Geospatial Information program through a prime contract from the General Services Administration (GSA). The single-award task order awarded under the GSA One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) contract has a one-year base period of performance and includes four one-year options. If all options are exercised, the contract carries a total value of $777 million. Under the contract, t...
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:30:00 +0100
Arianespace launched a Vega rocket on a complex mission early this morning that demonstrated the flexibility of its upper stage and multisatellite carrier. In its first six flights, Vega delivered a wide range of satellites into very different orbits, demonstrating its flexibility. Liftoff of the seventh mission from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana came at 01:43 GMT on 16 September (03:43 CEST; 22:43 local time on 15 September). Four SkySat microsatellites for Terra Bella, w...
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:00:00 +0100
The mystery of a rare change in the behaviour of a supermassive black hole at the centre of a distant galaxy has been solved by an international team of astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope along with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. It seems that the black hole has fallen on hard times and is no longer being fed enough fuel to make its surroundings shine. Many galaxies are found to have an extremely bright core powered by a supermassive black ...
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:56:00 +0100
The company has been awarded the deployment in Spain of the complete S3T space surveillance system, which may be used to catalog uncontrolled orbiting objects As part of the project, Indra will develop a radar that is set to establish Spain as one of the few countries with surveillance capabilities in orbits of between 200 and 2,000 km This new Spanish infrastructure will enable security for satellites, space missions and launches into space Its services include collision warnings, obje...
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:30:00 +0100
The first catalogue of more than a billion stars from ESA's Gaia satellite was published today - the largest all-sky survey of celestial objects to date. On its way to assembling the most detailed 3D map ever made of our Milky Way galaxy, Gaia has pinned down the precise position on the sky and the brightness of 1142 million stars. As a taster of the richer catalogue to come in the near future, today's release also features the distances and the motions across the sky for more than two mil...
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:05:00 +0100
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has chosen Arianespace to launch its GSAT-11 telecommunications satellite. The satellite will be launched by an Ariane 5 launch vehicle, from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in 2017. The GSAT-11 satellite, designed, assembled and integrated by ISRO, will weigh about 5,725 kg at launch. GSAT-11 is an advanced communication satellite with multi spot beam coverage over the Indian mainland and nearby ...
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:03:00 +0100
By converging in orbit, a pair of small satellites will open a new view on the source of the largest structure in the Solar System: the Sun’s ghostly atmosphere, extending millions of kilometres out into space. The two satellites together are called Proba-3, set for launch in late 2019. Through precise formation flying, one will cast a shadow across the second to open up an unimpeded view of the inner area of the ‘corona’, which is a million times fainter than the blinding...
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     Date Submitted:28-04-2011
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     Current job:Director
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Business Services
     KeywordsSuccessful, accounts, people management, proactive, career minded, positive, problem solving, assertive
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    PERSONAL DETAILS

    Nationality: British

    PERSONAL PROFILE

    Planned bids for, negotiated, contracted, and closed several multi-year and multi million pound contracts with the major International companies such as M-Net South Africa, Discovery Communications, National Geographic Society, MTV and Al Jazeera for programme content and distribution services via Digital Satellite.  Energized by the challenge of developing and beating budgets and targets, with demonstrable success.  Long term account management and development successes at CEO level while at BBC Worldwide with the Home Nations Rugby Unions, The Rugby Football League, and Aintree and Ascot Racecourses.    Career minded and highly experienced individual in buying and selling TV programming and TV services in the international market (including international positions) -  Head hunted for this position by previous client.  Fully conversant with the World’s Digital Distribution Media, their behaviours and strategic goals – both traditional and new.  Open, collaborative and strategic Digital Media thinker with positive and progressive attitude to developing and managing business and accounts.  Comfortable and successful in communicating, presenting to and negotiating at all levels with CEOs and Divisional Directors and colleagues across all disciplines. 

    CAREER DETAILS

    Director, PJA Consulting

    January 2011 - present

    Achievements / Responsibilities

    Retained by major European Satellite services and capacity provider to spearhead their development in the DTH and VSAT market.

     

    Director of Business Development, Broadcasting for Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (Norwegian ownership)
    May 1998 – December 2010

    Achievements / Responsibilities

    • Multi million pound contract delivery and account management for Broadcast customers such as MTV, Discovery, National Geographic and Al Jazeera English.
    • Researched and advised company on new international Digital business opportunities in IPTV.
    • Researched and wrote business case supporting 250m USD Satellite purchase for Digital distribution in Central and Eastern Europe.
    • Managing Business Development for Telenor Satellite Broadcasting’s Broadcasting Sales Division focusing on the Nordic and Central and European Satellite TV markets.
    • Managing Telenor Satellite Broadcasting’s Capacity sales efforts.
    • Responsible for sales and account management in the following business areas:  Full time broadcasting, Teleport Services, Capacity Sales and Occasional Use.  Tasked with selling end of life satellite.
    • Budget creation and delivery for these sales areas.
    • Led project with International broadcasters operating from the UK for broadcast rights to Central and Eastern Europe.
    • Individual and team development and line management responsibilities for a highly successful Occasional Video sales team.

    Director of Sports Acquisitions, ProNet (Services) B.V. (Holland)   Dec 95- Dec 97 – Part of Naspers / Multichoice group – Lived in Holland

    Achievements / Responsibilities

    • Successfully negotiated long-term Pay TV rights for the group TV platforms in Nordics, Central and Eastern Europe, Benelux, Italy  and Greece with NBA and major soccer leagues (Italian Serie A and German Bundesliga).
    • During hand over period to Canal +, efficiently handled management of surplus sports rights including deal closures with boxing promoters and settlement payments.
    • Co-ordinated sports programming requirements with producers from Nethold / Canal + Pay TV channels.
    • Negotiated and contracted for sports rights with International sports rights holders to suit channels needs.
    • Thorough knowledge of contractual and operational issues Offer sound advice to sports producers on level of rights fees, market intelligence and sports federations requirements. 

    Manager - Distribution, Broadcast Services, Maxat Limited, (Part of France Telecom) Feb 1993 – Dec 95

    Achievements / Responsibilities

    • As new entrant into the satellite service provision market, successfully contracted with BBC World, BBC Prime, MTV Europe and VT-4 Belgium.
    • Prospect UK and European marketplace for uplink and support contracts on Pan European Distribution satellites.
    • Thorough knowledge of Digital compression and transmission systems, conditional access, uplinking, downlinking and Pan European and regional satellite systems.

    Business Development Manager, BBC Enterprises Sport Sales         Feb 1986 – Jan 1993

    Achievements / Responsibilities

    • Renewed Multi Million pound distribution contracts and renewals with major sports federations such as Home Rugby Unions, Rugby Football League, Aintree, Ascot, RAC Motor Sports.
    • Sales, acquisitions, and marketing of sports rights to the international broadcast community.
    • Market experience in North America, Africa, Europe and UK.
    • Effective communication with BBC TV Sports producers.

    Education

    Professional Certificate of Management, Open University               
    Southampton University, BA Hons, French with Italian

    John Fisher Grammar School, Surrey

    Activities and Interests

    Keen Golfer and Sports enthusiast (Watching Rugby and Cricket, Walking, Gym and mountain biking); Cinema, Television, Reading, Wine and Food. Clean driving license.  Extensive international travel and assignments overseas.  Competent French speaker.


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