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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
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...
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...
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     Date Submitted:06-03-2012
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     Keywordshypergol, bi-propellants, SRM, cryogenic systems, Thermal Protection, mechanisms, ordnance, structures, GSE, maximo, primervera, excel
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    Project Specialist Aerospace

     

    Over 15 years of leading mission-critical projects to successful completion within limited budgets and constrained timelines.

    • Accomplished in evaluating technical systems, developing innovative solutions, and driving efficiency, safety, and quality improvements.
    • Empowering leader with approachable management style and open door policy.
    • Build loyal high performance teams of top talent by providing training, development, mentoring, and professional development opportunities.

     

    Core Competencies

     

    Project Management  -Operational Streamlining -Lean Six Sigma/5S Principles -Systems Engineering & Testing

    Flight/Ground Component Testing -Alpha/Beta Testing -Test Requirements Planning/Scheduling -Imagery Analysis

    HAZMAT Management -Risk Identification/Mitigation -Subcontractor & Vendor Management -DOD Contracting

    Offsite/Offshore Logistics Support -Logistics Coordination -SCAPE Operations -Cleanroom Operations -GHe/GN2

    Electro-static Safety -Ordnance Safety -Cryogenic Systems Safety -High Pressure Gas Systems Safety -ICD Compliance -Hypergol-Propellants-Management -Critical-Path -development -KHB-Processes -Personnel Management/Mentoring

     

    Professional Experience

     

    United Space Alliance / Kennedy Space Center– Cape Canaveral, FL                     July 1995 – July 2011  

    Technical Operations Project Lead – External Tank Mechanical wJanuary 2006 – July 2011

    Led timely processing of external tank from shipment via New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center through successful launch to return of vehicle. Documented daily processing activities, generated reports and presentations, and developed work procedures for technicians, inspectors, and customer inspectors. Interfaced with NASA and primary vendors, verified technical requirements, and maintained associated database. Scheduled test activities, delegated assignments, coordinated training, and evaluated staff performance.

    Orchestrated four-/five-day imagery analysis entailing review with systems specialized engineering organization of 135+ ground camera locations and film consisting of infrared, photogrammetry, HD regular and high speed, long range telescopic camera system, and on orbit camera assets from shuttle and ISS crews.

    Major Accomplishments:

    • Met NASA’s requirement to increase flight rate by up to two flights each year by bringing deferred vendor work from prime contractor Lockheed Martin in-house. Led on time, under budget completion of contract addendums, engineering changes, technician training, hazard reviews, and flight certification.
    • Optimized launch team’s decision-making process by enhancing photographic documentation and timeframe of imagery assessment to provide complete view of vehicle prior to “final go” and “re-entry” decisions. Tested software developed by customer counterparts and developed procedures for incorporation into launch sequence.
    • Recognized with Launch Directors Award and Program Excellence Award for saving program $1M+, while creating capability to perform electrical, mechanical, and thermal work in hostile, potentially explosive environment of launch pad area by modifying conex box that physically fit onto launch pad, passed safety review, and provided necessary thermal environment.
    • Delivered 18 space shuttle external tanks (ET) with numerous ET modifications on every flight, on time, and within budget.

     

    Technical Operations Project Lead – Hypergol Propulsion Systems wAugust 1997 – January 2006

    Processed orbital maneuvering system during routine maintenance and expedited repairs to support launch schedule. Maintained daily logs of processing activities. Served as primary point of contact with NASA and vendors. Scheduled test activities, verified technical requirements, and maintained database. Coordinated staff training, delegated assignments, and evaluated employee performance. Console test engineer hazardous propellants, hypergols. Scheduled facility maintenance and reviewed results.  Orbital tube welding techniques, high/low pressure GN2/GHe systems test/maintenance

     

    Major Accomplishments:

    • Delivered hypergol hardware, four flight sets from heavy maintenance, and three flight pods for unplanned repairs on time, on budget, and with excellent performance on orbit.
    • Enhanced specialized repair turnover by improving vendor subcomponent maintenance and support via increase in daily meetings/teleconferences, cleaning, and documentation.
    • Reduced failures by at least 50%, improved on-orbit reliability, and limited costly repairs and processing timelines for orbital maneuvering system thrusters by incorporating and activating GN2 purge system at hypergolic maintenance facility (HMF) in all three test areas. GN2 purge system removed moisture (corrosive products) from thruster throat during processing.
    • Identified and repaired failure on main propellant line on time with broken spare part also repaired and returned to ready spares.
    • Creation of mandrels/lapping kit to repair minor imperfections of both vehicle/ground flanges for propellant and clean gas systems

     

    Mechanical Technician – SRB (Solid Rocket Booster) Retrieval Operations wJuly 1995 – August 1997

    Retrieved, disassembled, and returned flown solid rocket boosters to ATK Utah for refurbishment and reuse.

    Major Accomplishment:

    • Completed training in ordnance safing, hypegol safing movement of large flight components and heavy ground support equipment, use of hydrolazing equipment to remove high strength thermal materials, maritime operations, use of hypobaric chambers, ship operations, and basic seamanship functions.

     

    Additional Experience

    Mechanical Technician – External Tank with Morton/Thiokol/ATK Corporation in Titusville, FL  1989-1995

    Mechanical Technician – Missile Systems with Lockheed Martin Corporation in Orlando, FL     1986-1989

     

    Education                                                                   

     

    University of Central Florida– Orlando, FL                                                                                                           

    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Expected Graduation Fall 2012

    • Concentration in Management.

     

    Brevard Community College– Cocoa, FL                                                                                                             

    Associate of Arts in Business Administration – 2009

     

    Military Service

     

    United States Air Force – Logistics / Contractor Liaison; Honorable Discharge

     

    Credentials and Systems Proficiencies

     

    HAZMAT Certification -SCAPE Certification -Certified Firing Room Engineer -Aerospace Vehicle Move Director

    NASA/NACI (National Agency Check with Inquiries) Background Checks – Equivalent to Confidential Clearance

    Microsoft Office Suite -PeopleSoft -Maximo/MS-Project

    Passage of A&P General Written Exam

     

    Affiliations and Activities

     

    Space Coast Project Management Association

    Volunteer for Light the Night for Diabetes and Breast Cancer Awareness

    Member of Alex Job Racing Crew – American Lemans Series


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