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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
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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:05-01-2012
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     Current job:Systems Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:US only
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsSystems Engineer, Aerospace Engineering, Systems Architecture Design, Research Product Development, Proficient in MATLAB, FORTRAN
    CV

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

    Iowa State University Asteroid Deflection Research Center, Ames, IA, 2010-Current

    Graduate Research Assistant: Systems Engineer

    • Innovated, analyzed, and proposed a Hypervelocity Nuclear Interceptor System (HNIS) to disrupt near-Earth objects

    • Arranged and directed an Asteroid Mission Design Software Toolbox (AMiDST) to connect research areas of ADRC with reliable, professional commercial software

    • Developed, authored, and presented an Earth-impact probability computation tool to assess disrupted asteroid fragments via high-energy disruption/fragmentation mission techniques

    • Supported the formation of a hydrocode to study effects of high-energy deflection/disruption impacts under smoothed-particle-hydrodynamics theory

    • Conducted simulations of asteroid interceptors using various guidance, navigation, and control schemes

    Iowa State University Asteroid Deflection Research Center, Ames, IA, 2009-2010 Undergraduate Research Assistant: Systems Engineer

    • Adopted and researched an Interplanetary Ballistic Missile (IPBM) System architecture design for near-Earth objects

    • Developed and created a versatile, integrated space vehicle exceeding technical parameters and a preliminary configuration of the IPBM systems using SolidWorks

    • Authored an International Astronautical Congress white paper of the IPBM system and integrated space vehicle

    Emerson Process Management Fisher Controls LLC, Marshalltown, IA, June-December 2008 Co-op: Project Leader

    • Managed and coordinated vendor’s quotes, acquisition requests, and purchase orders for heat-treating furnace control systems project

    • Designed, tested, and integrated Load Entry Software with SuperDATA and SD Recorder

    • Attended weekly engineering meetings to discuss project progress and wrote operation manuals

    EDUCATION:

    M.E. Aerospace Engineering, Graduation Expected: Spring 2012 Iowa State University, Ames, IA GPA 3.84/4.00

    Advisor: Dr. Bong Wie

    Related Coursework: Guidance and Navigation of Space Vehicles, Random Signal Analysis and Kalman Filtering, Orbital Mechanics, Automatic Control of Flight Vehicles, Computational Fluid Dynamics, High Performance Computing, Numerical Analysis, Design of Aerospace and Spacecraft Systems, Modern Design Methodology with Aerospace Applications, Astrodynamics II, Linear Algebra, Advanced Flight Structures, and Aerospace Vehicle Propulsion.

    B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Graduation: Spring 2010 Iowa State University, Ames, IA GPA 3.43/4.00 Senior Project: Delivery of Nuclear Penetrator to Disrupt Probable Earth-Impacting Bodies

    ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE:

    Iowa State University Department of Aerospace Engineering, Ames, IA August 2010-May 2011 Teacher Assistant

    • Led sessions for Flight Dynamics and Controls (August-December 2010)

    • Led recitation sections for Numerical Methods in Linux lab (January-May 2011)

    • Manage Class Website using HTML and Tortoise SVN (January-May 2011) Iowa State University Department of Aerospace Engineering, Ames, IA August 2009-May 2010 Senior Design Group: Asteroid Deflection Team, Project Leader

    • Designed and created a spacecraft to deliver a nuclear penetrator to a threatening asteroid

    • Authored and presented a final report of the mission design and spacecraft configuration

    • Led weekly meetings to discuss project progress and individual reports Iowa State University

    Department of Aerospace Engineering, Ames, IA August 2007-May 2009 Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Project, Systems Engineer

    • Designed and created a spacecraft to a near-Earth asteroid

    • Explored various subsystems and used SolidWorks for preliminary spacecraft configuration

    • Conducted weekly preliminary design reviews including progress updates

    AIAA Agricultural Unmanned Aircraft System Competition Project, Controls Analyst

    • Developed multi-input, multi-output lead-lag control calculating stability derivatives using SIMULINK

    • Devised and tested control system within project budget and design constraints

    • Presented project at AIAA Region V Technical Conference

    Iowa State University College of Engineering, Ames, IA 2007-2008

    • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Member (2007-Current)

    • Lockheed Martin S.T.A.R.S. Leadership Institute Workshop (March 2008)

    • Engineering Ambassador for Engineers Week/Career Fair (2007-2008) International

    Experience: Study abroad experience in London, England (May 2007)

    PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS:

    Pitz, A., “Earth-Impact Probability Computation of Disrupted Asteroid Fragments Using GMAT/STK/CODES.” Guidance, Control, and Astrodynamics Seminar Series, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, September 8, 2011.

    Pitz, A., Kaplinger, B., and Wie, B., “A Hypervelocity Nuclear Interceptor System (HNIS) for Optimal Disruption of Near-Earth Objects.” AAS-2012-XXX, AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Charleston, SC, January 29 - February 1, 2012. (To Be Presented)

    Pitz, A., Teubert, C., and Wie, B., “Earth-Impact Probability Computation of Disrupted Asteroid Fragments Using GMAT/STK/CODES.” AAS-2011-0408, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Girdwood, AK, August 1-4, 2011.

    Hawkins, M., Pitz, A., Wie, B., and Gil-Fernandez, J., “Terminal-Phase Guidance and Control Analysis of Asteroid Interceptors.” AIAA-2010-8348, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Toronto, Canada, August 2-5, 2010.

    Wagner, S., Pitz, A., Zimmerman. D., and Wie, B., “Interplanetary Ballistic Missile System Architecture Design for Threatening Near-Earth Objects.” IAC-09.D1.1.1, International Astrodynamics Conference, Daejeon, Korea, October 12-16, 2009.

    HONORS AND AWARDS:

    Dean’s List for the College of Engineering (2006-2008) President's Education Awards Program for Outstanding Academic Excellence (2005) National Technology Achievement Award (2005) National Honor Society Member (2003-2004) Who's Who in American High School Students (2003-2004)

    SKILLS:

    Proficient in FORTRAN, C#, MATLAB, SIMULINK, STK, GMAT, CODES, UNIX, Windows, Microsoft Office Products, Internet research, High Performance Computing, LaTeX, TecPlot, and SolidWorks


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