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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:53:00 +0100
With the ''Space Strategy for Europe'' from the European Commission and the new ESA roadmap on the table, the European space stakeholders will have the great opportunity to debate and influence, at the highest level, the medium and long term development of European space programmes and of the spread of space services in many economic and societal activities as well as in a wide range of public fields, including security and defence. Download Conference Agenda | Register to a...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:19:00 +0100
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. This light-eating prowess is due to the planet's unique capability to trap at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere. The oddball exoplanet, called WASP-12b, is one of a class of so-called "hot Jupiters," gigantic, gaseous planets that orbit very close to their host ...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:13:00 +0100
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will continue its support for NOAA's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System program that ingests and analyzes weather data, creating useful visualizations for forecasters and distributing time-sensitive weather statements such as watches and warnings across the United States. Used by more than 140 National Weather Service field offices, the AWIPS program informs decisions that save lives and protect property during natural disasters. Under the $269 mill...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0100
The international Cassini mission has concluded its remarkable exploration of the Saturnian system in spectacular style, by plunging into the gas planet's atmosphere. Confirmation of the end of mission arrived at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at 11:55 GMT/13:55 CEST with the loss of the spacecraft's signal having occurred 83 minutes earlier at Saturn, some 1.4 billion km from Earth. With the rocket propellant for manoeuvering the spacecraft fully expended as planned touring Saturn and i...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:17:00 +0100
Four of the latest set of Galileo navigation satellites will be launched on Ariane 6 rockets - ESA's first contract to use Europe's new vehicle. The launches are scheduled between the end of 2020 and mid-2021, using two Ariane 62 rockets - the configuration of Europe's next-generation launch vehicle that is best suited to haul the two 750 kg navigation satellites into their orbits at 23 222 km altitude. Under development, Ariane 6 is Europe's newest launcher, designed to extend guaranteed ...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0100
The Space Alliance, formed by Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Leonardo 33%) and Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33%), today signed a partnership with the US-based company Spaceflight Industries which includes the following elements: A minority investment in Spaceflight Industries, which through its BlackSky business, has developed a geospatial platform and plans to build and operate a constellation of 60 small high-resolution observation satellites featuring very short revisit times; ...
Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:33:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin (LM) unveiled a new small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that has been designed and developed in the UK at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI). OUTRIDER is a lightweight, canister launched UAS that has been designed by engineers at Lockheed Martin UK's Havant facility in partnership with Wirth Research, an engineering company with specialisation in aerodynamics and composite materials. At only four inches wide and weighing only 1.7 kilograms, it is designed...
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced significant progress on the industry's first commercial in-space satellite servicing system. The Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) spacecraft successfully completed its critical design review earlier this year and is now in production with about 75% of the platform and payload components already delivered to the company's Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Virginia. The spacecraft will begin system-level testi...
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:07:00 +0100
Boeing will design and build seven super-powered medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites for SES, delivering efficient high-performance data communications services to users around the world. The O3b mPOWER satellites will include Boeing's most-advanced digital payload technology and will be built using electronics from the flight-proven 702 satellite platform customized to support the unique MEO environment. "With this new technology and design, Boeing is able to build satellites faster and m...
Wed, 6 Sep 2017 16:31:00 +0100
EchoStar Corporation and Lockheed Martin announced today that the EchoStar III satellite has been successfully recovered following an anomaly that occurred in late July and retired per the FCC regulations. "After the initial loss of contact, with a joint effort by EchoStar and Lockheed Martin, a command and control link was reestablished and deorbit maneuvers performed" said Derek de Bastos, chief technology officer for EchoStar Satellite Services L.L.C. "EchoStar III is now safely in a grave...
Wed, 6 Sep 2017 15:24:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, recently completed an important qualification test of the avionics system for the solid rocket boosters the company has developed and is now manufacturing for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Completion of this milestone is an important step toward preparing the SLS and Orion spacecraft for their first flight in 2019. Two Orbital ATK-developed five-segment rocket boosters will be used on each SLS launch to help provide initial ...
Tue, 5 Sep 2017 14:07:00 +0100
Launch is the most strenuous part of a satellite's life. To survive the extreme sound wave pressure and pounding vibrations generated by more than 700,000 lbs. of thundering rocket thrust, spacecraft need a solid, reliable design if they hope to arrive operational on orbit. On July 13, Lockheed Martin (LMT)'s second, fully-assembled GPS III space vehicle (SV) completed a realistic simulation of its future launch experience and passed this critical acoustic environmental test with flying color...
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:39:00 +0100
Stevenage -  Europe’s pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor has left Airbus’ Stevenage site and is on its way to the launch site, the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia. Launch is currently planned on 9 October on a Rockot rocket. The journey that will last 5 days, will start with a flight to Moscow aboard an Antonov 124, followed by another flight to Archangelsk in the northwest of Russia. The last leg of the journey will be a train ride taking the satellite 200km south of Archange...
Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0100
Star Storm, an explosive performance inspired by stellar processes in the Universe, will be premiered at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, on 10 September. The creator of the show is Aoife van Linden Tol, the recipient of the first art&science@ESA residency organised by Ars Electronica in partnership with ESA. A multimedia artist working primarily with explosive materials, Aoife spent six weeks at ESA's technical heart in the Netherlands to research her project. Durin...
Sat, 26 Aug 2017 09:35:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced its Minotaur IV space launch vehicle successfully launched and placed into orbit the U.S. Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS-5) spacecraft on August 26, 2017. The Minotaur IV launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 46 (SLC-46), which is operated under license by Space Florida. This mission marks the 26th consecutive successful launch for the company's Minotaur product line. ...
Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:37:00 +0100
Rockwell Collins recently delivered the latest generation of Digital GPS Anti-Jam Receiver (DIGAR) airborne anti-jam and anti-spoofing technology to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The enhanced solution provides unsurpassed airborne anti-jam capability with over 10,000 times improved jamming resistance over the previous model. "From advanced fifth-generation aircraft to ground and maritime applications, this receiver is the most reliable military-grade GPS solution avai...
Thu, 24 Aug 2017 22:00:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced it is in final preparations to launch the company's Minotaur IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on Friday, August 25, at approximately 11:15 p.m. EDT. The Minotaur IV will carry the U.S. Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS-5) spacecraft, which will monitor satellites and space debris to aid the U.S. military's space situational awareness. Building on the Minotaur...
Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:53:00 +0100
ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Matthias Maurer joined 16 Chinese astronauts earlier this month for nine days of sea survival training off China's coastal city of Yantai. The ultimate goal is for ESA to establish a long term cooperation with China and ESA astronauts to fly on China's space station. Returning from space, astronauts need to be prepared for any eventuality - including landing in water. Sea survival is a staple of all training but this is the first time that other ast...
Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:31:00 +0100
NASA has selected Jacobs Technology of Tullahoma, Tennessee, to provide a broad spectrum of engineering and scientific support services at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama and the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The Engineering Services and Science Capability Augmentation (ESSCA) contract is a cost-plus-award-fee indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract that has a potential period of performance of eight years. It is a follow-on effort to the ESSSA contrac...
Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:52:00 +0100
The industry-funded Low Cost Terminal (LCT) was successfully tested this month with an on-orbit Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. This critical milestone demonstrates the ability of an affordable tactical terminal to connect with the DoD's most highly assured protected communications network. The industry development team is led by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). The AEHF system, designed for both strategic and tactical users, enabl...
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     Date Submitted:20-05-2011
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     Current job:Research Scientist
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordsremote sensing, data analysis, radiometric correction, software development, image analysis, atmospheric modelling, spectroscopy, radiative transfer, atmospheric corrections.
    CV


    SUMMARY

    I have 20 years of experience in research and software development with a broad range of skills from different industries and academia. I have 5 years of experience as University Lecturer at the Universities of Sydney and Wollongong, Australia. My key skills are remote sensing, climate modelling, radiative transfer, instrumentation, satellite observations, GIS, data analysis, image processing and spectroscopy. I have strong skills in software development in mathematically complex fields. I have a doctorate and Masters in physics with minors in chemistry and biology.


    MAJOR AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE

    • Earth system modelling; atmospheric composition, transport and chemistry; biosphere

    • Radiative transfer, remote sensing, spectroscopy and signal processing

    • Interpretation of satellite observations and processing of satellite raw observations.

    • Computational physics and advanced software development

    • Image processing & image analysis including 3D.

    • Instrumentation and instrumental control

    • Software development in C, C++, Python, Java, FORTRAN, TCL on Linux and Windows.

    • Advanced user of Linux supercomputing clusters

    • Teaching, mentoring, scientific writing


    PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

    • Hands-on person who takes initiative and delivers on time

    • Well-organised and self-driven with attention to detail

    • Team player with a positive attitude.

    • Excellent communication skills


    MANAGEMENT

    Solid skills in managing teams and tasks: As Technology Manager for a bio-technology company, I was responsible for the IT area and all things technical and contributed to the company growth from 10 to 75 employees over a 4 years period. For example, I suggested and implemented a backup power generator which only 2 weeks after completion protected the company from loosing its core assets (frozen & live cell-lines) during a 6 hours power outage. At University I managed industry linkage grants, the development of a new type of spectrometer and have been supervising and mentoring students. In earlier work I noticed inconsistencies in a central remote sensing code from NASA and took the lead in its revision which required perseverance and diplomatic skills. I even participated in 4 Arctic expeditions, thereof one as expedition leader.

    PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

    I am presently working as a climate modeller with the earth system model EC-Earth quantifying the feed-back of changes in soil moisture. I have implemented improved corrections on satellite imagery to allow for higher spatial resolution products such as woody/non-woody vegetation. These annual state-wide products are used routinely in NSW for compliance cases. I co-developped the first lunar FTIR spectrometer which has been operated routinely on Spitsbergen since 1994. I have created a number of instrumental control and user interface software for a nuclear research facility. I lead the development of a prototype delta-sigma Fourier Transform Spectrometer, a copy of which was sold to CSIRO. Real-time signal-processing allows to correct for imperfections in the mechanical movement of the scanning mirror thus improving the quality of the spectra recorded substantially. I developed a software suite for the analysis of atmospheric remote sensing data that is respected internationally as is evident from my consultancy roles. I have also developed proprietary software for electrophoresis gel analysis and DNA sequence matching which all were critical for the successful filing of over 50 patents. I have designed and developed 3D medical imaging software that is being used at Sydney hospitals. It assists clinicians in the identification and quantitative classification of pulmonary diseases and is based on a texture analysis of the lung tissue. I have written scientific and technical reports and user manuals. I am the principal author of a spectroscopic atlas that has been sold in 16 countries.


    FINANCIAL

    I have always kept my projects within budget and delivered on time. I'm experienced at writing competitive grant applications, nationally and internationally.


     

    WORK EXPERIENCE & ACHIEVEMENTS

    Date:

    Since 2012-03-01

    Company:

    University of Lund, Centre for environmental and climate research

    Title:

    Research Scientist (permanent staff)

    Duties and achievements

    Climate studies with the EC-Earth global climate model within the MERGE project. Participation in the multi-model experiment GLACE-CMIP5 that quantifies the soil moisture feedback in 6 different climate models. Testing of new versions of EC-Earth, coupling with the ecosystem model LPJ-GUESS.

    Date:

    2009-09-15 to 2011-12-31

    Company:

    NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water

    Title:

    Remote Sensing Analyst (permanent staff)

    Duties and achievements

    Developed and implemented software for the radiometric correction of satellite imagery on a supercomputer cluster, processed state-wide annual imagery to derive changes in native vegetation, woody vegetation etc, implemented image enhancement software boosting the spatial resolution on ground from 10m to 2.5m, developed a pseudo-natural colour product from SPOT imagery.

     

     

    Date:

    Apr 2009Sep 2009 full time, Oct 2009 to June 2011 contract work

    Company:

    ANSTO Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

    Title:

    Contractor

    Duties and achievements

    Developed and deployed software for the remote control of scientific instruments in the neutron beam. These included Linux drivers for temperature controllers, gauss-meters and for a superconducting 1 Tesla magnet as well as data logging and data visualisation software for both Linux and Windows platforms. Since Oct 2009 I completed 14 contracts for software development.

     

     

    Date:

    Aug 2006-Mar 2009

    Company:

    The University of Sydney

    Title:

    Research Associate & Lecturer

    Duties and achievements

    Developed and deployed 3D image analysis software for clinical applications, including 3D segmentation, 3D texture analysis and disease classification that is now in use at public hospitals. Teaching of the image analysis course (MCAN5004). Supervision of PhD students.

     

    Date:

    2002-2006

    Company:

    Apollo Life Sciences (Sydney)

    Title:

    Technology Manager

    Duties and achievements

    In my role as technology manager I was responsible for all things technical from back-up generators over cell manipulators down to the last PC. In my scientific role as bio-physicist and senior software developer I worked with human cell-lines that were used to express cytokines and for the transfer of genetic material. For the former I carried out gene sequence analysis and developed a software for electrophoresis gel analysis and for the latter I co-developed a patented single-cell manipulator with built-in electro-porator and wrote large parts of the software for it (GUI, instrument control). I contributed to over 50 successful patent applications.

     

     

    Date:

    1999 - 2002

    Company:

    University of Wollongong

    Title:

    Research Associate & Lecturer

    Duties and achievements

    Analysis of remote sensing data and interpretation with respect to climate change and air pollution. Project manager for a new data acquisition system (real-time data acquisition, signal processing, socket communication and kernel driver development). Reported on the combined observations of local bush-fire plumes as observed from ground and satellite with world-record concentrations of ammonia, methane and life-threatening levels of carbon-monoxide and its implications for fire-fighters and local population. Teaching of atmospheric remote sensing methods (Lecturer).

     

     

    Date:

    1996 - 1998

    Company:

    Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna (Arctic)

    Title:

    Research Scientist

    Duties and achievements

    Modified a commercial FT-spectrometer for lunar-terrestrial spectroscopy allowing to record complete diurnal cycles for the first time in the field. Development of remote sensing software, refining lunar spectroscopy and profile retrieval. Recorded and analysed thousands of terrestrial infra-red spectra and analysed these for the concentration profiles of trace gases relevant to ozone destruction and greenhouse warming. Pioneering work on ozone isotopic measurements providing new insights into ozone formation

     

     

    Date:

    1993 - 1996

    Company:

    Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar & Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany

    Title:

    Research Scientist

    Duties and achievements

    Developed the first lunar absorption FTIR spectrometer with my then supervisor and operated it during polar night. This was a critical contribution to understanding ozone destruction as most satellites are still today blind during polar night. Developed software for remote sensing applications with genuine new modules for lunar-terrestrial spectroscopy and controls for optical instruments. Participation in 4 Arctic expeditions. Analysed and interpreted remote sensing data and published the results in context to ozone destruction and global change.

     

     

    Date:

    1991- 1993

    Company:

    National Institute of Standards and Measurements (PTB), Braunschweig, Germany

    Title:

    Research assistant

    Duties and achievements

    Developed and quantitatively verified a variable very low-dose X-ray radiation standard guided by a self-developed simulation software for general x-ray emitters, suggested and implemented an improved measurement method for testing TVs and medical & industrial x-ray emitters for radiation protection compliance that has become the industry standard in Germany.

     

    Consultancies

    2010/11

    14 contracts with the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO) for instrument & remote control software

    2002

    Held an invited workshop on FTIR data analysis at the University of Toronto, Canada

    2002

    Provided training in and carried out the analysis of optical remote sensing data for a Japanese satellite research team (ILAS at NIES, Tsukuba)

    2000

    1999

    Consultant for algorithm development at NASA, Langley VA.

    Consultant for algorithm development at NASA, Langley VA.


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