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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
Europe's next four Galileo navigation satellites and the Ariane 5 rocket due to lift them into orbit are being readied for their 12 December launch from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Tuesday saw Galileo satellites 19-22 declared ready for flight, along with their Ariane. Combined activities are now under way, culminating in the satellites meeting their rocket in the Final Assembly Building. The satellites were flown in pairs to French Guiana last month. Once safely unboxed i...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:26:00 +0100
A mini-rover, tools once used on the Moon and lasers for 3D mapping are in the backpack of the explorers of tomorrow. The terrain will be hazardous and it will be dark in volcanic caves, but this equipment could one day help to scout other planets. The alien-like landscapes of Lanzarote, Spain, are almost surreal but this volcanic island is helping to bring future space missions to reality. This month, an expedition with a dozen of experiments mobilised 50 people and four space agencies du...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0100
ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, announced today it has expanded its current relationship with authorized value-added reseller Satcom Direct (SD), to offer ViaSat's full suite of in-flight connectivity (IFC) systems and services to large and mid-cabin business jets. The new agreement adds ViaSat's latest Ka-band business jet service to SD's IFC portfolio, which already included ViaSat's global Ku-band IFC service. ViaSat's Ka-band service is expecte...
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
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, contributed to the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket as it lifted off Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, carrying the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft. Orbital ATK's contributions to the Delta II include nine Graphite Epoxy Motors (GEM 40) and a large composite fairing for the rocket. This event marks the penultimate launch of the Delta II rocket. It i...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Twice as big as Earth, the super-Earth 55 Cancri e was thought to have lava flows on its surface. The planet is so close to its star, the same side of the planet always faces the star, such that the planet has permanent day and night sides. Based on a 2016 study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists speculated that lava would flow freely in lakes on the starlit side and become hardened on the face of perpetual darkness. The lava on the dayside would reflect radiation from th...
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 ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:29:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), has been chosen by the Italian space agency ASI to develop an instrument called RIME (Radar sounder for Icy Moons Exploration) for the JUICE (JUpiter Icy moons Explorer) mission, part of the European Space Agency's "2015-25 Cosmic Vision" program. Scheduled for launch in 2022 with an expected arrival in 2029, the JUICE mission is designed to study the Jovian system and more specifically its icy moons, Ganymede, Call...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's December 12 year-ending flight for 2017 has completed its initial build-up at the Spaceport in French Guiana - where preparations also are moving ahead with four satellite passengers that will further expand Europe's Galileo global navigation system once in their final orbit. During activity in the Spaceport's Launcher Integration Building, this heavy-lift vehicle for Arianespace Flight VA240 underwent the assembly process that began by mating its two solid prop...
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:47:00 +0100
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth up to $12.8 million to develop an innovative space evaluation and analysis testbed to support the development, integration, evaluation and analysis of advanced space enterprise command and control (C2) tools and capability technologies. The U.S. military must be able to quickly establish situational awareness and execute operations in space. Within the space domain, many thousands of objects that ar...
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     Date Submitted:03-08-2011
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     Current job:Aerospace Engineer
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     Job location:US only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsSpaceflight operations, guidance, flight control, propulsion, avionics, trajectories, GNC, flight software. Fluid Dynamics, Launch, orbit, re-entry trajectories, navigation, simulator, instruction, design requirements, MATLAB.
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    ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE

    United Space Alliance, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas 
    Senior Space Shuttle Instructor / Engineer (February 2007 – April 2011); Intern (June 2006 – August 2006)
    Recipient of Performance Award for Outstanding Leadership in Astronaut Flight Instruction
    * Instructed astronauts and flight controllers in Space Shuttle flight operations, propulsion, guidance and flight control, GNC, systems knowledge, software, avionics, trajectories, and manual flight techniques.
    * One of only two non-astronaut personnel ever certified to fly the Space Shuttle as Pilot during launch and entry simulations.
    * Trained astronauts and controllers using classroom briefings, one-on-one sessions, and Shuttle simulators.
    * Investigated simulated failure scenarios using recorded Shuttle systems data, environmental data, instructor notes and cockpit voice communication to determine underlying cause of catastrophic failures and accidents during simulations.
    * Acted as Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) in high-pressure and fast-paced situations.
    * Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Space Shuttle entry through landing guidance functions.
    * Worked in teams to develop failure scenarios for shuttle simulations, and authored “failure scripts” to note crew responses, technical knowledge, and communication skills.
    * Trained astronauts regarding: Launch Trajectories; Abort Modes and Abort Trajectories; Orbital Mechanics; and Entry Trajectories.
    * Monitored real-time shuttle vehicle data from Mission Control as a liaison between flight controllers and engineers: relayed information on real-time failures and ensured that the data was properly communicated. 
     
    Constellation Program Technical & Training Support
    * Evaluated hardware and software requirements for Constellation propulsion systems for Orion Main Engine, Service Module Reaction Control System, Service Module Propellant System, and Command Module Reaction Control System.
    * Liaison for crew training to Lockheed Martin Subsystem Design Review and Preliminary Design Review for Propulsion.
    * Evaluated: Failure Mode & Effects Analysis documents for propulsion systems and determined failures resulting in Loss of Mission/Loss of Crew; Go/No-Go mission criteria for Orion capsule.
    * Assisted on a team that authored and edited design requirements for Constellation Training Facility Simulator, including; Orion on-board software emulation modeling, software interface modeling, Instructor-Simulator interface console requirements, and crew-required simulator fidelity requirements.
     
    Project Lead – Propulsion Team for Constellation Program Technical Instruction
    * Lead a team of seven instructors to coordinate the first training materials for the propulsion systems, developed for astronauts, instructors, flight controllers, and flight directors.
                
    University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
    Teaching Assistant (August 2005 – December 2006)
    * Taught undergraduate and graduate students in Thermodynamics and Compressible Fluid Flow.
     
    Centroid Inc., Plainview, New York 
    Electrical Engineering Aide/Information Systems Technician (Summers of 2001, 2002, 2003)
    * Built test fixtures from electrical schematics and tested hundreds of electronic units for defects.
    * Developed engineering drawings using AutoCAD for the machining of designed electronic units.
    * Interviewed and hired for company-wide IT upgrade; repaired and maintained company computers.
     
    EDUCATION
     
    University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
    M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Fluid Dynamics, G.P.A. 3.8, December 2006.
     
    University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
    B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics/Space Systems, G.P.A. 3.15, May 2005.
     
    SKILLS 
    * Real-time spacecraft operations, monitoring and commanding. 
    * Piloting of air and space vehicles through launch, orbit, rendezvous, and re-entry operations.
    * Critical problem-solving skills and effective teamwork and communication during high-pressure operations.
    * Instruction of technical information to a wide variety of audiences.
    * MATLAB, AutoCAD, and Excel programming.
    * Private Pilot’s License
     
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