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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...
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that the "S.S. Gene Cernan" CygnusTM spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station earlier this morning. This marks the company's eighth successful berthing with the orbiting laboratory. Cygnus launched into orbit aboard an Orbital ATK Antares(tm) rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on November 12. The spacecraft then executed a ser...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with ArianeGroup, prime contractor and design authority of Ariane 6, to design, develop, qualify and manufacture the telemetry transmitter of the new European launcher. The telemetry transmitter is responsible for transmitting to the ground the data generated by the launcher throughout the whole launch mission. It is the first contract of the company in Spain in the launchers segment. After three decades of activity in the space sector participating i...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
What seemed at first like a rare instance of a huge, ancient galaxy revealed itself to be an even rarer pair of extremely massive galaxies, seen on the brink of merging when the Universe was only a billion years old. This outstanding source was first identified by ESA's Herschel space observatory, and later exposed in greater detail with the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. The earliest galaxies in the 13.8 billion-year history of our cosmos starte...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100
Gas giant Jupiter, organic molecules in star-forming clouds and baby galaxies in the distant Universe are among the first targets for which data will be immediately available from the James Webb Space Telescope once it begins casting its powerful gaze on the Universe in 2019. Thirteen "early release" programmes were chosen from more than 100 proposals after a competitive peer-review selection process within the astronomical community. The programmes have been allocated nearly 500 hours of obs...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
After a successful year-long test campaign by Airbus at IABG in Ottobrunn near Munich, the twin GRACE-FO (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On) satellites will soon travel to their launch site in California. During testing, the gravity-measuring satellites, which will track the continuous movement of liquid water, ice and the solid Earth due to Earth's changing seasons, weather and climate processes, earthquakes and even human activities, were subjected to conditions similar to t...
Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:15:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched its Antares(tm) rocket carrying a Cygnus(tm) spacecraft today at 7:19 a.m. EST, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch is Orbital ATK's eighth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA. During the mission, designated OA-8, Cygnus will deliver vital equipment, supplies and experiments to the astronauts aboard the space station, as well a...
Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
A contract for two new generation communications satellites was signed today by Turksat with Airbus Defence and Space. The satellites, Turksat 5A and Turksat 5B, are based on the latest Electric Orbit Raising (EOR) version of Airbus' highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, which uses electric propulsion for in-orbit raising and station-keeping. "We are very pleased to welcome Turksat as a new Eurostar customer for the most powerful satellites of their fleet. We were the first to demonstra...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
NASA's Orion spacecraft aims to send humans further into space than ever before, and ESA's European Service Module will provide the essentials for keeping the astronauts alive and on course. A review of the programme by NASA to assess progress is now showing a launch date from December 2019 to June 2020. The first Exploration Mission-1 will circle the Moon without astronauts to lay the foundation and prove the technology for a second mission with a crew. In Bremen, Germany, integration ...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:42:00 +0100
A UK company has been selected to undertake the Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) for a satellite which will help tackle climate change, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced today. Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with the UK Space Agency to work on MicroCarb, a joint UK-French satellite mission which will measure sources and sinks of carbon, the principal greenhouse gas driving global warming. It is the first European mission intended to characterise greenhouse gas fluxes on Ear...
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     Date Submitted:03-08-2011
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     Current job:Director, Strategic Programs Group
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordssystems engineering, risk management, mission assurance
    CV

    Highly experienced Systems Engineer who has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to high levels of success in a variety of highly competitive industries, using cutting edge technologies and operating in fast-paced environments.  Strong technical and business qualifications with an impressive track record of more than 15 years of hands-on experience in program and product management, systems engineering and risk management.   Proven ability to lead multidisciplinary teams in identifying/establishing critical requirements, identifying deficiencies and opportunities and developing innovative and cost-effective solutions.

    Program/Project/Product Management                      Risk Management

    Expert Systems Engineering Professional       Information Assurance Professional

    Training and Teambuilding                            Quality and Mission Assurance

     

    Recent Accomplishments

    Received the INCOSE Expert Systems Engineering Professional certification

    Received a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification

    Spearheading special assignments in cyber security, risk management and systems engineering for Federal Government and commercial clients

    Successfully established a leading Team for Unmanned Aerial Systems work

     

    Professional Experience

    MacAulay – Brown, Inc.  Huntsville, AL

    Director, Strategic Programs Group, 2010 to Present

    Responsible for developing and maintaining strategic business contracts and establishing relationships with new customers.  Focus on developing and implementing strategic partnerships and long-term relationships with organizations and customers and expanding long-term business success and scope.

    Member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Certification Advisory Group determining System Engineering Professional Certification requirements and certifying applicants as Professional Systems Engineers.  Spearheading special assignments in Cyber Security, Risk Management and Systems Engineering for Federal Government and commercial clients.

     

    ManTech Nexolve (formerly SRS Technologies), Huntsville, AL

    Program Manager, 2002 - 2010

    Responsible for Program Management, Systems Engineering and Risk Management services for the US Navy, NASA and commercial programs and projects until 2005.  NASA Risk Management efforts included being the NASA Risk Management Train-The-Trainer Lead providing consistent Risk Management training and process improvement for all NASA Centers. In 2005, assigned as Program Manager for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Quality, Safety and Mission Assurance Support Services contract.  Lead multi-disciplinary government and contractor teams conducting quality and mission assurance audits and assessments for proposed and existing missile defense components and architectures, developed methodologies for applying Systems Engineering and Risk Management processes to numerous MDA programs, and provided integration and life-cycle implementation of systems engineering, risk management and mission assurance processes and procedures for complex MDA systems.  Also assigned as the MDA/QS Operations Manager, providing Task Management, Internal Control, Information Assurance Management and Configuration Management to the entire Directorate. 

     

    Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) for Science, Technology and Engineering (SAF/AQR) 

    Individual Mobilization Augmentee for the Assistant Secretary (USAF Colonel), 2001-2006

    Assigned as the IMA for the Assistant Secretary and lead Reservist in SAF/AQR.  Provided leadership and direction in developing, budgeting and advocating the $2.3B/yr USAF Science and Technology (S&T) and Engineering program.  Developed technology guidance/budget policy for S&T and systems/software engineering, manufacturing, industrial base, quality assurance, standardization and environmental policy for all Air Force weapon system acquisitions. 

     

    United Defense LP (now part of BAE Systems), Minneapolis, MN

    Systems Engineer/Risk Manager, 2000 - 2002

    Accomplished Systems Engineering and Risk Management services for several complex, long-term design, development, prototype and initial production build programs (USN Advanced Gun System Development (DD-21) and USA Crusader system). Included developing methodologies and procedures for applying Systems Engineering and Risk Management principles to various types of situations, establishing Assessment and Prioritization models for these complex programs, and accomplishing Assessments for each program.  Also developed and presented Systems Engineering and Risk Management training courses and tutorials.  Over 2000 people attended these training courses from both within UD and from outside organizations.   

     

    Hall Associates, Chicago, IL

    Senior Consultant, 1997 – 2000

    Accomplished research and risk management assessments into the technical, social and financial impacts of technology problems in various industry sectors (manufacturing, health care, insurance), government organizations (local, state and federal), and foreign firms.  Developed and applied procedures for implementation of Systems Engineering and Risk Management on large-scale projects and accomplished contingency planning efforts for both multinational and U.S. clients including several unique methodologies based on ORACLE and C++ applications.  Provided training seminars on all aspects of Project Management and Risk Management (“Best Practices”, testing, contingency planning, asset management, etc.) to all levels of audiences.  Over 3000 people attended my training seminars during this period.

     

    ARINC Incorporated, Warner Robins, GA

    Manager, Combat Systems Unit,   1987 - 1997

    Managed and directed the activities of 30+ personnel in three separate physical locations accomplishing up to 10 separate projects in Internet-based and network-based software applications, fixed and rotary wing aircraft systems (C-130, H-53, F-15, C-141, CV-22), rotary wing aircraft aircrew performing maintenance and functional check flights for USAF aircraft and aircraft system automated support equipment and Test Program Set design, fabrication and installation.

     

    US Air Force, AF/IN, Washington, D.C. and Foreign Technology Division, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

    Analyst, Aerospace Technology 1985 - 1991

     Analyzed and reported on information concerning foreign military aerospace applications of a wide range of foreign military aerospace technology areas, including laser and microwave systems, materials, power, electro-optics, and space-based technology.  Provided support to the Assistant Chief of Staff (AF/IN) on advanced technology developments and coordination of National Intelligence Estimates.  Provided briefings and seminars on technology matters to all levels of audiences up to the Air Force Chief of Staff and DoD offices.  Served as the Air Force representative on several National-Level Intelligence Committees and Groups.  Coordinated several Air Force programs with senior level Air Force staff, DOD and DOE personnel, and briefed various audiences from local public groups to Congressional committees.

     

    Education

    Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University; Professional Military Education and Defense Acquisition University. Capable of being certified to Level II.  Master in Systems Engineering in work.


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