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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:47:00 +0100
Space Situational Awareness remains a key priority for armed forces capable of operating above the Earth. Space is now extremely contested, congested and competitive as more and more countries and organisation gain access to space technology. However, high amounts of orbiting traffic is not the only threat; space weather, debris and ground based electronic and cyber threats could also have a massive impact on our operations by disrupting satellite activity and therefore military ability on the...
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:33:00 +0100
Arianespace’s second Ariane 5 launch of 2017 has been rescheduled for March 23, as continuation of the social movement in French Guiana has prevented today’s transfer of the heavy-lift vehicle to its ELA-3 launch zone. If the situation permits, the mission – designated Flight VA236 in Arianespace’s numbering system – will lift off on March 23 as early as possible within the following window: Between 4:31 p.m. and 7:20 p.m., Washington D.C. time Between ...
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:30:00 +0100
Rosetta scientists have made the first compelling link between an outburst of dust and gas and the collapse of a prominent cliff, which also exposed the pristine, icy interior of the comet. Sudden and short-lived outbursts were observed frequently during Rosetta's two-year mission at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Although their exact trigger has been much debated, the outbursts seem to point back to the collapse of weak, eroded surfaces, with the sudden exposure and heating of volatile m...
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:00:00 +0100
ESA's Swarm satellites are seeing fine details in one of the most difficult layers of Earth's magnetic field to unpick - as well as our planet's magnetic history imprinted on Earth's crust. Earth's magnetic field can be thought of as a huge cocoon, protecting us from cosmic radiation and charged particles that bombard our planet in solar wind. Without it, life as we know it would not exist. Most of the field is generated at depths greater than 3000 km by the movement of molten iron in ...
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:21:00 +0100
Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY) announced today that its subsidiary, Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC (TS&I), was awarded a $9.98 million contract from the French Space Agency, the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), to provide infrared detectors and electronics for the European Space Agency (ESA) JUICE mission to Jupiter. JUICE is expected to launch in 2022 and reach Jupiter in 2030 to undertake a three and a half year study of Jupiter and three of its moons: Callisto, Ga...
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:57:00 +0100
Serionix, a startup fundamentally changing the way we look at air, received a $750,000 contract from NASA to fund continued development of filters to remove toxic gases from next-generation spacesuit life support systems. The same technology is on its way into consumer products expected to launch within the year. Poor indoor air quality is widely associated with significant negative health impacts; however, as awareness of this connection increases, Serionix is committed to making air fresher...
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:02:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, provided propulsion, composite and spacecraft technologies to enable the successful launch of both the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket and the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) satellite that was launched yesterday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. "Orbital ATK's is proud to contribute a number of key technologies to ULA's Delta IV launch vehicle," said Scott Lehr, President of Orbital ...
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:01:00 +0100
Arianespace’s dual-payload mission to orbit telecommunications satellites for Brazil and South Korea has been given the go-ahead for a March 21 liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana, carrying the SGDC and KOREASAT-7 relay platforms. The approval came at the completion of today’s Launch Readiness Review, which confirmed the “go” status of Ariane 5, its two payloads, the Spaceport launch infrastructure and the network of flight trajectory tracking stations. Th...
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 02:45:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) satellite for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 on March 18 at 8:18 p.m. EDT. "This launch commemorates the 70th anniversary of the USAF." said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch. "We are absolutely honored to play a role in this important milestone, while safely delivering WGS-9 to orbit." This mission was launched aboard a Delta...
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 02:42:00 +0100
Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite launched into orbit today and will provide the United States and six allied nations with increased communications capabilities to prevent, protect against and respond to attacks. The WGS-9 satellite was funded through an agreement between the United States and Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and New Zealand, and will also serve Australia (which funded the WGS-6 satellite). Each partner country gains access t...
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:14:00 +0100
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will make two more spacewalks under NASA's plans to maintain the International Space Station during his mission. Though intended for the end of March and April, the dates may change because the sorties require equipment yet to be launched on a Cygnus supply vessel. The first will see Thomas and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough head outside to install a new computer, work on the electrical power distribution system, and disconnect a docking adapter to allow its mo...
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0100
Demanding electric, magnetic and power requirements, harsh radiation, and strict planetary protection rules are some of the critical issues that had to be tackled in order to move ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer - Juice - from the drawing board and into construction. Scheduled for launch in 2022, with arrival in the Jovian system in 2029, Juice will spend three-and-a-half years examining the giant planet's turbulent atmosphere, enormous magnetosphere, its set of tenuous dark rings and its sa...
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:00:00 +0100
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has completed another set of important science calibration tests before a year of aerobraking gets underway. The mission was launched a year ago this week, and has been orbiting the Red Planet since 19 October. During two dedicated orbits in late November, the science instruments made their first calibration measurements since arriving at Mars. The latest tests were carried out 5-7 March from a different orbit, and included checking procedures associated with ...
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:28:00 +0100
French Guiana has welcomed another payload for Arianespace’s fast-paced mission schedule in 2017 with yesterday's arrival of SES-15 – the first hybrid satellite for SES, which will be launched in April by a medium-lift Soyuz. SES-15 was delivered by a cargo jetliner that landed at Félix Eboué Airport near Cayenne. After unloading in its protective shipping container, the satellite was readied for transfer by road to the Spaceport. Designed and manufactured b...
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:17:00 +0100
Cobham's products and services contributed to the recent successful orbital deployment of Iridium NEXT satellites. Cobham's antennas, motion control solutions, and RadHard microelectronics enable various Iridium NEXT systems. Iridium NEXT is the company's next-generation satellite constellation which replaces and enhances Iridium's existing network of low-Earth orbit satellites. "Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions is proud to contribute to the next generation of commercial telecommunication...
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:00:00 +0100
New observations indicate that massive, star-forming galaxies during the peak epoch of galaxy formation, 10 billion years ago, were dominated by baryonic or "normal" matter. This is in stark contrast to present-day galaxies, where the effects of mysterious dark matter seem to be much greater. This surprising result was obtained using ESO's Very Large Telescope and suggests that dark matter was less influential in the early Universe than it is today. The research is presented in four papers, one ...
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:36:00 +0100
Just over a week after being lofted into orbit, the European Union's Sentinel-2B satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a glimpse of the 'colour vision' it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme. With a swath width of 290 km, the satellite's first acquisition began over the Baltic Sea and made a strip-like observation through eastern Europe, ending in northern Libya. The data were relayed in real time to the Matera ground station in Italy, where...
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0100
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that MDA US Systems, a division of MDA managed by SSL, was recognized by NASA's Johnson Space Center for its outstanding support of a robotic upgrade to the International Space Station's (ISS) power system which took place in January. The MDA team based in Houston played a critical role in planning and validating the robotic maneuvering both before and during the mission. NASA JSC Gr...
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:26:00 +0100
For its fourth launch of the year, and the second Ariane 5 mission in 2017 from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, Arianespace will orbit two satellites: SGDC for VISIONA Tecnologia Espacial S.A. on behalf of the Brazilian operator Telebras S.A., and KOREASAT-7 for the South Korean operator ktsat. This mission, designated Flight VA236 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, will be the seventh all-Thales Alenia Space mission, as both satellites were built by this man...
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:20:00 +0100
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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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