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Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:09:00 +0100
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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The vault-like, 40-foot diameter, 40-ton door of Chamber A at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston was unsealed on November 18, signaling the end of cryogenic testing for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. The historic chamber's massive door opening brings to a close about 100 days of testing for Webb, a significant milestone in the telescope's journey to the launch pad. The cryogenic vacuum test began when the chamber was sealed shut on July 10, 2017. Scientists and engineers at Johnson pu...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +0100
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:26:00 +0100
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
We are proud to announce the third annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference will be held in Rome from the 30th-31st January 2018. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference Reconnaissance and Surveillance are key to developing clear and accurate maritime situational awareness. In order to maximise their ISR range, Navies and Maritime agencies around the globe are looking beyond the atmosphere to provide new and advanced surveillance capabil...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:47:00 +0100
The propulsion system of the light-weight Angara 1.2 Launch Vehicle Service Module, manufactured by the Khrunichev Space Center (part of ROSCOSMOS State Corporation), completed successful hot-fire testing at the Federal State Enterprise "Rocket & Space Industry Research & Test Center" (RSI RTC) test facility (Peresvet, Moscow Region). The hot-fire tests are the most important and final stage of ground based propulsion system tests prior to flight testing. During the tests, specialists from...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space. Observations from ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile and other observatories around the world show that this unique object was traveling through space for millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system. It appears to be a dark, reddish, highly-elongated rocky or high-metal-content object. The new results appear in the journal Nature on 20 November 2017. ...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:30:00 +0100
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has partnered with NASA's Johnson Space Center to successfully complete thermal vacuum testing for the James Webb Space Telescope - validating its ability to operate in the frigid space environment. The Webb telescope will be the premier space observatory of the next decade, and will study galaxy, star and planet formation in the universe. Harris' team helped safeguard the telescope in Houston during Hurricane Harvey and ensured uninterrupted testing - including ...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:31:00 +0100
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:03:00 +0100
Today, NASA launched NOAA's next-generation polar satellite, the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, into space. Two Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) weather programs are mission-critical components of the satellite's mission: the JPSS Common Ground System and the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite sensor. Svalbard, Norway, is home to part of a global network of receiving stations that process and distribute polar satellite data to users worldwide. Photo taken at Kongsberg Satellite Services plateau, ...
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) for NASA and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 on Nov. 18 at 1:47 a.m. PST. The JPSS program provides the nation's next generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system, delivering key observations for the nation's essential projects and services, including forecasting weather in advance and assessing environmental hazards...
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian atmosphere at over 12,000 mph (5.4 kilometers per second). Preparations for this mission have provided, for the first time, dramatic video of the parachute opening at supersonic speed. The Mars 2020 mission will seek signs of ancient Martian life by investiga...
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:07:00 +0100
The U.S. Navy's Communications Satellite Program Office, PMW 146, and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) handed over full operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC). The October 11 milestone followed the successful completion of the MUOS-5 satellite's on-orbit testing and delivery of all operational products needed to "fly" the satellite. In April, the Navy, working with Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT), con...
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
As part of ESA's strategy to foster commercial competitiveness in Europe while focusing on its core aims, the agency has transferred ownership of several ground tracking stations for reuse by external organisations. By the end of 2017, ESA will have transferred three stations to national organisations in Spain and Portugal, who will take over the provision of satellite tracking services to a wide variety of commercial customers. The three stations involved in the transfer are all equipped ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:00 +0100
Boeing [NYSE:BA] won large commitments across its twin- and single-aisle commercial airplane families, debuted key capabilities including the CST-100 Starliner docking and KC-46 refueling simulators, and announced services agreements at the 2017 Dubai Airshow. "This has been a very successful show for Boeing. Our regional customers have maintained their trust in our products and technology, and our partnerships in the Middle East region continue to grow," said Bernard Dunn, President, Boeing ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
A temperate Earth-sized planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from the Solar System by a team using ESO's unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world has the designation Ross 128 b and is now the second-closest temperate planet to be detected after Proxima b. It is also the closest planet to be discovered orbiting an inactive red dwarf star, which may increase the likelihood that this planet could potentially sustain life. Ross 128 b will be a prime target for ESO's Extremely ...
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    Active DoD Top Secret SCI Clearance

     

    OBJECTIVE

    To utilize a technical skill set on space-based projects that push engineering or scientific boundaries.

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    C&C Operational Engineer                      GeoEye                      2009 – Present

    Senior command and control (C&C) engineer

    • Engineering expert for GeoEye-1 (GE-1) ground and satellite operational anomaly investigation and recovery, providing technical leadership to Flight Ops Mission Managers
    • Project manager and lead engineer for creation of backup GE-1 satellite control center; oversaw CONOPS definition, design & setup, testing & validation, and transition to Ops
    • Lead GeoEye-2 C&C engineer, responsible for requirements definition and architecture design; currently in critical design phase

     

    Project Engineer                      GeoEye                      2007 –2009

    Lead GeoEye-1 C&C engineer

    • Identified system defects and managed contractor development priorities during pre-launch C&C system integration and testing
    • Developed pre- and post-launch documentation, processes, training, and direction for Operations personnel in nominal and contingency scenarios
    • Supported procedure development and executed or supervised all ground pre-launch C&C interactions with GeoEye-1 vehicle
    • Set up and maintained test environment for C&C and satellite anomaly investigations
    • Re-built and validated upgraded C&C operational systems pre-launch, utilizing existing procedures supplemented with engineering innovation
    • Supported September 2008 launch of GeoEye-1 and its on-orbit checkout activities
    • Responsible for C&C system availability and 24/7 operations support of all custom and COTS software, built on LabView, Perl, and Matlab
    • Led/directed execution of multiple satellite vehicle operational activities, including software updates, anomaly investigation, and FSW reboot/recovery

     

    Post-Graduate Intern                      Los Alamos National Lab                      2006 –2007

    RAPTOR engineer, Thinking Telescopes project – world’s first network of automated, robotic telescopes that autonomously respond to internal and external trigger events

    • Responsible for:two wide-field, all-sky telescope systems; two narrow-field, fixed systems; focus and sub-arcminute pointing accuracy of 27 cameras on all 7 systems
    • Completed construction, first light, and calibration of three wide-field, all-sky cameras
    • Developed an automated, real-time IDL program to focus a 16-inch telescope; integrated new lens controller technology with software for application to entire telescope system
    • Upgraded and repaired computer, electrical, and mechanical telescope components
    • Created PERL and shell scripts to simplify and improve data handling and analysis

     

    RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

    Senior Thesis Project         

    Title:  Observational study of gravitational lenses in the MACS and 160SD surveys

    Dr. Megan Donahue, Physics-Astronomy Department, MSU

    • Conducted theoretical and observational research on new Hubble Space Telescope data using the astronomy data analysis algorithms in FORTRAN, IDL, IRAF, and DS9
    • Produced a thesis paper and thesis presentation on Gravitationally Lensed Objects, including recommendations for HST follow-up studies on selected arc candidates

     

    Student Research   

    Dr. William Pratt, Physics Advanced Lab, Physics-Astronomy Department, MSU

    • Advanced local experience with sonoluminescence, including first measurements of light emission time-scales and characterization of trace gases effects

    Dr. David Grummon, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department, MSU

    • Created a successful demonstration on the feasibility of Ni-Ti shape memory alloys for use in commercial airplane engine chevrons for General Electric Aircraft Engines

     

    INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Participated in a computational physics course at MSU in collaboration with a class at Delft University, The Netherlands; all programs written in FORTRAN with Dutch partners

    • Created a Lennard-Jones molecular dynamics simulation of argon gas using periodic boundary conditions and the Verlet algorithm
    • Devised an optimal path program utilizing the Dijkstra algorithm, with potential for use in radiation research; presented results at a Delft Physics Department seminar

     

    TEACHING EXPERIENCE

    Graham Fellowship / Graduate Teaching Assistant     

    Electronics – PHY 440, Dr. Maris Abolins, Physics-Astronomy Department, MSU

    • Instructed both sections of senior-level lab, subjects ranging from passive and active circuits to digital signals and FPGAs
    • Labs utilized breadboards, oscilloscopes, LabView, and Xilinx ISE with ModelSim

     

    EDUCATION

    Michigan State University            2006

    Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

    Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics; additional major in Physics

    Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

    • Dual enrolled in the selective BS/MS graduate program
    • Graduated with Honors; GPA:  3.53 / 4.0
    • Honors College graduate

     

    University of Southern California          2011 – Present

    • Beginning coursework towards Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering

     

    HONORS AND AWARDS

    • GeoEye SPOT award for leading creation of GE-1 Backup SatOps Center, January 2011
    • GeoEye SPOT award for leading recovery efforts of an unscheduled GE-1 FSW reboot, June 2009
    • GeoEye SPOT award for resourcefulness in overcoming GE-1 APA anomaly, December 2009
    • Thomas H. Osgood Outstanding Senior Award, MSU Physics-Astronomy Dept., 2006
    • Sigma Pi Sigma lifetime member, physics honors society; inducted Spring 2006
    • Procured supplemental graduate research funding from seven university sources in two years

     

    SKILLS

    • Professional/research experience using AstroRT, Perl, Matlab, LabView, STK, FORTRAN, IDL, C, Mathematica
    • Basic knowledge of American Sign Language and Spanish

     

    EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    President, Society of Physics Students, MSU Chapter, 2005-06

    • Increased membership and attendance by over 100%, yearly budget by over 75%
    • Re-established MSU chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma honors society; led induction ceremony

    Ice hockey official, fourteen-year veteran

    • Maintain control of competing demands in a high-stress and fast-paced environment
    • Experience at college club, junior, youth national, and professional levels

    Club ice hockey, MSU; ACHA Division II National Champions, 2004-05


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