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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:00:00 +0100
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (Nasdaq:CMTL) announced today that its Command & Control Technologies group, which is part of Comtech's Government Solutions segment, was awarded contract modifications totaling $4.2 million. Of this amount, $3.0 million was received during its fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 and $1.2 million was received during its first quarter of fiscal 2018. This additional funding applies to the original award in April 2017, which today totals $7.7 million of the total potenti...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0100
ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, has completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) milestones for the ViaSat-3 class spacecraft. The payload CDR was successfully completed last week, and when combined with the successful bus CDR, conducted with Boeing in mid-August, ViaSat and Boeing are now moving forward with building, integrating and testing the first two satellites. The ViaSat-3 class of Ka-band satellites is expected to provide unprecedented ca...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:20:00 +0100
Engineers have been at Russia's Plesetsk launch site for a month now, ticking off the jobs on the 'to do' list so that the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite is fit and ready for liftoff on 13 October. With the satellite now fuelled, the team has passed another milestone. Fuelling a satellite is a particularly delicate operation. Hydrazine is extremely toxic so only a few specialists wearing 'scape' suits remain in the cleanroom. Once filled with 82 kg of hydrazine, the satellite was weighed...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:36:00 +0100
NASA’s asteroid sample return spacecraft successfully used Earth’s gravity on Friday to slingshot itself on a path toward the asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next August. At 12:52 p.m. EDT on Sept. 22, the OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security – Regolith Explorer) spacecraft came within 10,711 miles (17,237 km) of Antarctica, just south of Cape Horn, Chile, before following a route north over the Pacific Ocean. OSIRIS-R...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:48:00 +0100
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope helped an international team of astronomers find that an unusual object in the asteroid belt is, in fact, two asteroids orbiting each other that have comet-like features. These include a bright halo of material, called a coma, and a long tail of dust. Hubble was used to image the asteroid, designated 300163 (2006 VW139), in September 2016 just before the asteroid made its closest approach to the Sun. Hubble’s crisp images revealed that it was actual...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:02:00 +0100
Arianespace’s ninth launch of 2017 is now scheduled for September 29 on a dual-payload Ariane 5 mission to geostationary transfer orbit with Intelsat 37e (for the global operator Intelsat) and BSAT-4a (for Space Systems Loral in the framework of a turnkey contract for the Japanese operator B-SAT). Ariane 5 in the Final Assembly BuildingDesignated Flight VA239 in Arianespace’s mission numbering system for its launcher family, the liftoff originally had been set for September 5, b...
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 on Sept. 23, at 10:49:47 p.m. PDT. Designated NROL-42, the mission is in support of national security. "Congratulations to the entire team for overcoming multiple challenges throughout this launch campaign. From Hurricane Irma schedule impacts to replacing to a first stage battery this week - the team maintained a clear focus on mission success," said...
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:38:00 +0100
For the first time in its 19-year history, SMi Group’s Global MilSatCom Conference & Exhibition will be featuring South Korea in its speaker line-up for this year’s event. With recent threats surging within the region, South Korea has instilled urgency in the race to perfect milsatcom systems to ensure overall robust defence capability. Commander of Defence Communication Command, Brigadier General Nag Jung Choi, will be presenting a keynote address on Day 3 of the conference...
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:45:00 +0100
In the first act of lunar exploration, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were major characters. In setting its sights on the Moon, ESA hopes to bring many more actors to this off-world stage. By testing the market for transport services to the Moon, ESA aims to push the limits of technology and create new models of space business. Touching down on the Moon was a monumental moment in human history. Eight short years and enormous resources took humankind to the lunar surface, initially for le...
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0100
Astronomers have used ALMA to capture a strikingly beautiful view of a delicate bubble of expelled material around the exotic red star U Antliae. These observations will help astronomers to better understand how stars evolve during the later stages of their life-cycles. In the faint southern constellation of Antlia (The Air Pump) the careful observer with binoculars will spot a very red star, which varies slightly in brightness from week to week. This very unusual star is called U Antliae and...
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:03:00 +0100
SES, EchoStar Corp., and Airbus Defence and Space announced today that the new EchoStar 105/SES-11 spacecraft, built by Airbus, has been shipped from the Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for its forthcoming launch by SpaceX in October. The first satellite that EchoStar has constructed with manufacturer Airbus, EchoStar 105/SES-11 will be launched by SpaceX on a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. EchoStar 10...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:30:00 +0100
Today Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) debuted a new family of satellite buses that form the core of nearly every space mission. From nanosats to high-powered satellites, the versatile lineup incorporates dozens of major enhancements and hundreds of common components that speed production and reduce cost. The company announced the lineup at the Air Force Association Air, Space & Cyber Conference. "We've invested $300 million in revamping our satellite solutions from top to bottom, applying what we...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:54:00 +0100
FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: FLY) (OTCQX: FLYLF) (the "Company" or "FLYHT") is pleased to announce a flight trial with Inmarsat, and would like to bring attention to an Inmarsat press release titled Inmarsat to demonstrate advanced SwiftBroadband-Safety capabilities in flight trial with FLYHT on September 19, 2017. This trial will demonstrate the use of FLYHT's Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS(tm)) to send data to the UpTime(tm) Cloud management platform via I...
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 14:00:00 +0100
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it has recently received approximately $8.2 million in orders or specialized products in support of satellite global positioning system protection and communication systems. Work on these recent orders will be performed in secure Kratos manufacturing facilities. Due to customer related, competitive and other considerations, no additional information will be provided rel...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:51:00 +0100
The Sun's recent activity has caught the interest of scientists and space weather forecasters worldwide, highlighting the need to keep a watchful eye on our star and its awesome power. On 6 and 10 September, our Sun produced a pair of solar flares, the strongest observed in over 10 years. They were accompanied by huge eruptions of billions of tonnes of matter into space. While many such eruptions fall back onto the hot surface, these two did not and became 'coronal mass ejections' (CMEs) -...
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 ...
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     Date Submitted:12-09-2011
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     Current job:Research Student
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     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsOptimization Analysis Fitting Astronomy Astrophysics Statistics Cosmology Teaching Physics ESA-Alpbach
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    Personal Bio

    Since 2004, I have been studying in the Exp. Physics Dept. at NUI Maynooth. Most recently while researching for my MSc I have been predominantly focusing on numerical optimisation techniques for the development of an accurate alignment procedure for a near-field scanning system. This work has given me experience in data modeling and non-linear fitting routines. My original background being in Physics with Astrophysics has given me the opportunity to work with large data sets and I have performed data reduction using software packages such as IRAF.

    Education

    National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 2011.

    Research MSc in Experimental Physics

    Thesis: The Optimisation of a Near-Field Scanning System (due for submission October 2011)

    Involving the construction and optimisation of a new scanning system used for the testing and verification of optical components for various ground and space based instruments.

    Skills Acquired:

    Ø  High level of experiences gained in C++, MATLAB, LabVIEW and Mathematica.

    Ø  Data analysis and modeling including implementation of linear and non-linear fitting methods for both real and complex data.

    Ø  Modeling of optical systems using both commercial and in-house developed software packages

    Ø  Large amount of electronics and interfacing experience.

    Ø  Presentation of work including seminars, poster presentations and report writing.

    European Space Agency Summer School, Alpbach, Tyrol, Austria, 2010.

    Summer School on the Development of New Space Missions for Investigating Climate Change

    Alongside 14 other post-graduate students from around Europe designed a novel satellite mission (AVALON) for investigating the water vapour and aerosol content in the upper troposphere/lower stratosphere.

    Received group award for best scientific case and the mission design is still being studied by ESA.

    Novel Trends in Terahertz Imaging (NTTI) Summer School, UPMC, Paris, 2009.

    Summer School on Terahertz Imaging Techniques and Instrumentation

    National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 2008.

    BSc (hons.) in Physics with Astrophysics (graduated Oct 2008 2nd Class Honor Grade 2)

    Thesis: The Expansion of Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A

    This project involved a large amount of data reduction and processing on measurements obtained at the Observatoire de Haute Provence in September 2007.

    Degree Modules: Electronics, Interfacing, Computational Physics, Statistics and Data Analysis, Planetary Physics, Earth Science, Quantum Mechanics, Special and General Relativity, Statistical Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism, Nuclear and Medical Physics, Cosmology, Astrophysics, Radio Astronomy, Particle Physics.

    Academic Work Experience

    Undergraduate Teaching (September 2007-Present)

    National University of Ireland, Maynooth

    1st, 2nd and 3rd Year Undergraduate Laboratory Demonstrator. Responsibilities included the preparation, demonstration and correction of multiple experiments.

    1st Year Undergraduate Tutor. Responsibilities included the preparation and delivery of tutorial material for 1st year undergraduates alongside the coordination and correction of assignments.

    3rd Year Undergraduate Computational Physics Demonstrator. Responsibilities included the teaching of the C++ language as a computational tool and the debugging of students code.

    Certificate in Science and Engineering Lecturer. Responsibilities included the preparation and delivery of lecture material alongside the setting and correction of both assignments and examinations. This course involved preparing mature students coming back to education for entry into 3rd level courses.

    Over 1200 accumulative hours teaching since 2007.

    Work Experience

    Data Entry (Summer 2007)

    ESRI, Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson Quay, Dublin 2

    Temporary position entering data accumulated from 2007 Slán health survey

    Skills acquired: Attention to detail, teamwork

    Retail Assistant (Summer 2002 – Summer 2007)

    Regional Stores, Balinode, Sligo

    Part-time position working as an assistant at a fuel station

    Skills acquired: Dealing with customers, stock taking, cash management, sales orders

    Skills and Experience

    Computer Languages: LabVIEW, C, C++, Java.

    Applications: MATLAB, Mathematica, LaTeX, OpenOffice, Ms Office, LabWindows, IRAF.

    Techniques: Numerical optimisation, statistical analysis, numerical modeling and fitting

     Personal: Working Autonomously (research work), Working Collaboratively (domestic and international groups), Verbal and Written Presentation Skills

    Languages: Native English

    References are available on request (both academic and work related)


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