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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
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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
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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
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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:19-04-2012
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     Current job:Mechanical Systems Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Launch Systems
     KeywordsSpacecraft Development, Launch System Development, Spacecraft Integration with Launch Vehicle, Aerospace Project Management
    CV

    • 20+ years of Mechanical Systems Engineering and Project Engineering experience.
    • Expertise in large complex systems integration and aerospace hardware development and test.
    • Vast direct experience developing NASA and DoD spacecraft and EELV Launch Vehicle programs.
    • Integrated international commercial spacecraft with Russian Proton Launch Vehicle
    • Proven history of superb customer satisfaction and successful team leadership.

    Education

    Master of Science and Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering 1991 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA

    Professional Experience

    Project Engineer The Aerospace Corporation, Chantilly VA 2006 - present
    • Provide technical advisement to the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Space launch (OSL) Systems Engineering, Advanced Programs and Launch Management Divisions, maximizing their effectiveness in key decisions.
    • Held accountable as the Aerospace Mission Integrator of primary and secondary spacecraft with their launch vehicle.
    • Form and lead teams of diversely skilled engineers, guiding invaluable technical changes to contractor spacecraft and rideshare designs and development and testing protocols to ensure technical requirements are satisfied.
    • Develop and maintain trusted relationships with the spacecraft provider, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) launch vehicle provider, and the support contractors, working as a team to resolve technical interface issues.
    • Co-lead the development of auxiliary spacecraft host capabilities and independently assess small payload rideshare design concepts and analyses for the next-generation small payload rideshare systems and facilitate successful launch of first DoD rideshare mission, with greater than $50 M cost savings over original budgets.
    • Establish and implement the OSL risk management process. Write the OSL Systems Engineering Management Plan.
    • Work with the DoD and technical Subject Matter Experts on tailoring military standards, identifying requirements and developing verification processes and mission assurance profiles for new imaging spacecraft program.
    • Lead team in mapping mission assurance and military environmental testing standards to spacecraft program requirements and verified how these requirements are satisfied. Earned performance recognition bonus due to high customer satisfaction with the product.
    • Independently verify satisfaction of all contractual interface requirements to promote mission success and report status to the customer and management.
    • Close and track action items, confirm appropriate requirements verification allocations and methods, and use my technical expertise to improve program technical documents for significant successful spacecraft milestone events.

    Spacecraft Integration Manager International Launch Service (ILS), Lockheed Martin Corp. 2004 - 2006
    • Provided technical and program management support from launch services contract award, to spacecraft integration at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site, through launch and post-launch closeout, for three international customers.
    • Developed trusted relationships and worked with multinational team members, through language interpreters, to coordinate all interface issues and launch preparation activities in design reviews and operations during the launch campaign, as the technical point of contact for the mission.
    • Wrote and obtained four-party signature approval of the contractual spacecraft to launch vehicle Interface Control Document (ICD) between the Russian Proton launch vehicle and the French EADS Astrium commercial communications spacecraft and verified all ICD requirements were satisfied for launch.
    • Delivered orbital parameter updates from the Proton launch vehicle to the spacecraft customer from liftoff through spacecraft separation for 3 launches, to allow the spacecraft to be acquired and initiate operations.
    • Worked with document control and the licensing department to ensure International Traffic and Arms Regulation (ITAR) technical data and FTC-controlled data was appropriately marked, processed, and exported.

    Integration and Test Engineer Harris Corporation, Palm Bay FL 2003 - 2004
    • Led manufacturing, test and delivery of electronic circuit card assemblies for an onboard communications system for a national defense satellite that remains in use today.
    • Authored program test plans, environmental and functional test procedures and reports, circuit card assembly and rework procedures and fiber optic process documents to ensure hardware was built, tested and delivered to meet program technical requirements and schedule.

    Systems Engineer Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) 2002 – 2003
    Cape Canaveral FL (short-term contract)
    • Applied corporate and Air Force systems engineering management processes and military standards to USAF spacecraft processing and launch facility projects to ensure facilities were ready to support launch operations.
    • Conducted launch facility design trade studies, briefed results and obtained management approval to proceed with recommended solutions.
    • Performed System Requirements Analyses and conducted System Requirements Reviews to provide verifiable requirements that comprehensively cover all needs and confirmed requirements were satisfied.

    Mechanical Systems Engineer The Boeing Company, EELV Delta IV Launch System 1997 - 2002
    Launch Operations Engineer Huntington Beach CA and Cape Canaveral FL
    • Envisioned and implemented 20 launch pad access Ground Support Equipment (GSE) items, from concept to full operations. Most of these items are still being used today at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS).
    • Established verifiable requirements, authored procurement specifications and a Statement of Work, developed and distributed Request for Proposal, evaluated proposals, and selected the first-generation portable clean shelter still used today to protect the spacecraft from contamination during on-pad spacecraft access at VAFB and CCAFS. Managed design, fabrication, assembly and test the portable clean shelter, verified that it delivered Class 5000 clean air.
    • Made sound technical decisions on system interfaces, new hardware systems designs, and resolutions to existing hardware problems for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Delta IV Ground and Launch Systems Operations.
    • Authored detailed operations procedures for pre-launch payload and launch vehicle access and launch tower configuration. Directed the performance of these procedures at the launch pad.
    • Led and managed all second-shift mechanical vehicle processing operations at the launch pad, including coordinating personnel and hardware, writing procedures and directing technicians.
    • Implemented on-the-spot solutions to pre-launch vehicle flight hardware anomalies in the field.
    • Earned Boeing Achievement Award for formally presenting new launch support facilities and on-pad spacecraft access systems to the spacecraft customer at VAFB.
    • Conducted trade studies and design optimization studies and developed launch operation plans that were used in successfully establishing new launch vehicle and payload processing facilities for the EELV Delta IV launch system.

    Instrument Integration Engineer NASA/The Jet Propulsion Laboratory 1988 - 1997
    Launch Vehicle Integration Engineer Pasadena CA
    • Managed technical interface and the ICD between the Cassini spacecraft and two science instrument suppliers, one domestic and one German. Both instruments are collecting invaluable science data today.
    • Verified both science instruments met all operational parameters and spacecraft requirements for safety, operating temperature, use of consumables, material compatibility, thermal protection, and micrometeoroid protection and acceptance inspection and formally presented the science instruments as "ready to fly".
    • Wrote test procedures and sent commands to the science instruments from console during spacecraft system level testing and resolved testing anomalies.
    • Designed, fabricated, assembled and functionally tested spacecraft/launch vehicle separation mechanical hardware and formally delivered them to the Cassini program for successful installation and operation.
    • Represented a range of engineering disciplines pertaining to the integration of the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft with the Boeing Delta II launch vehicle.

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