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If all goes as currently planned, sometime in 2022 a rocket will lift off carrying a payload that at first glance will look familiar. This payload, though, won’t be destined for geostationary orbit. Instead, the spacecraft will head to cislunar space. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:40:01 +0000
Faced with growing competition from startups entering the field, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems is looking to reduce costs on its existing Pegasus and Minotaur rockets. SpaceNews.com
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 15:10:09 +0000
With Congress set to approve a Federal Aviation Administration bill with some commercial space provisions, those in the industry are hoping for action on other bills before the end of this year. SpaceNews.com
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:22:48 +0000
It is evident we need to examine how to build a robust space economy and infrastructure, one built to accommodate future growth. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:37:57 +0000
NASA is planning two alternative reviews of an airborne observatory amid conflicting congressional views on whether the program will be eligible for the next senior review of astrophysics missions. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:58:10 +0000
One thing a highball estimate does accomplish is “shift the debate to how expensive this is going to be." SpaceNews.com
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:06:46 +0000
NOAA awarded more than $8 million in contracts this week to three companies in the second round of a commercial satellite weather data pilot program. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:00:48 +0000
European launch provider Arianespace signed a contract with the Korean Aerospace Research Institute for a Vega C mission Sept. 20, growing the rocket’s backlog to five as its debut launch nears. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:19:43 +0000
Whoever signs up for one of two certification flights for the Omega rocket, will get a ride “at a reduced rate." SpaceNews.com
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 01:45:58 +0000
"It doesn't necessarily mean buying a company. It could be buying a product line. It could be buying a portion of a business that fits with us. We want to make sure that it's strategic." SpaceNews.com
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 23:51:28 +0000
Bezos: At a time of increasing global competition, “You have to be able to go to space more frequently, with less lead time." SpaceNews.com
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 23:32:28 +0000
Kleos Space, a company developing a constellation of satellites for radiofrequency geolocation work, will launch its first satellites in 2019 with Rocket Lab under a deal announced Sept. 19. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 20:27:57 +0000
A Georgia county seeking to develop a spaceport has attracted a small launch vehicle company to set up operations and, hopefully, launch from there. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:28:56 +0000
Shanahan on space reorganization: “We’re going to find the best way. There will be some hammering and arm wrestling. " SpaceNews.com
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:12:29 +0000
Gen. Jay Raymond: “There’s an explosion of things happening in the commercial industry. We want to capitalize on that." SpaceNews.com
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:17:39 +0000
Boeing and SpaceX, who have been struggling to meet safety thresholds established by NASA for commercial crew vehicles, now believe their vehicles can meet those requirements as they prepare for test flights scheduled in the next several months. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 03:39:09 +0000
Orbital Insight, a Silicon Valley geospatial analytics company, announced the purchase Sept. 18 of FeatureX, a Boston-based artificial intelligence firm specializing in computer vision for satellite imagery. The terms of the purchase were not disclosed. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 01:11:48 +0000
Wilson suggested her proposal is only the opening salvo. “I expect there will be a lot of discussion about how to implement the president’s vision.” SpaceNews.com
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:14:02 +0000
Melanie Stricklan, Slingshot Aerospace: “We see a big need for SSA solutions, not just in the military but also in academia and in satellite owners and operators." SpaceNews.com
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:01:02 +0000
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson’s Space Force proposal dropped on the first day of the Air Force Association’s Air Space Cyber symposium, and it took the community by storm. SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:17-07-2012
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     Current job:Senior Project Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:US only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsSenior System Engineer with experience in all stages of development
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    CLEARANCE: Top Secret/SCI/SSBI:2010:CIPoly 2005

     

    SENIOR PROJECT ENGINEER

    Extensive experience in the development of satellite systems and high speed satellite and terrestrial telecommunication networks beginning from the planning phase and continuing through to the implementation and final operational phases. Has worked with the leading edge technologies in both arenas and has performed many functions as a hands-on staff engineer and director of an engineering staff. Very familiar with the FCC and ITU regulatory processes and has been member of US delegation to a number of ITU functions.

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    THE AEROSPACE CORPORATION, Chantilly, VA                              2004-present

    Senior Project Engineer

    Provided system engineering support in the development and deployment of government satellite systems and ground infrastructure. Program manager of large scale satellite system software development for the delivery of a Storage Area Network and communications systems.  Analyzed regulatory and technical issues in DOD communications frequency bands.

    • Coordinated the use of a shared frequency band between NASA and the DoD  to protect the NASA Deep Space network from interference during critical communications.
    • Awarded Certificate of Achievement by government for significant contributions and dedicated service to the Frequency Management office.
    • Led team that developed  a complete set of requirements for the ground infrastructure need to support a new generation of DoD satellites which resulted in a successful Ground Requirements Review, an important milestone in the procurement cycle.

     

    HARRIS CORPORATION, Alexandria VA                          2002-2004

    Senior System Engineer

    Responsible for providing system engineering support to the Missile Defense Agency in the areas of satellite and terrestrial communications systems, network management and network architecture.

    • Member  of team that designed highly effective interfaces between a fiber optic communication network for a battle management system and the legacy weapons systems to facilitate and expedite  centrally monitoring of alerts for the Missile Defense Agency.
    • Recognized for superior performance  in the development of the first set of approved Ballistic Missile Defense System engineering specifications.

     

    W.L. PRITCHARD, Bethesda,MD                                   January 2002- July 2002

    Director of Engineering

    Consultancy providing program management, regulatory support and technical assistance to a number of telecommunications firms involved with wireless communications and data networking.

    • Led team that reviewed Irridium’s satellite applications to determine accurate assessment of risks and possible performance shortfalls associated with mobile satellite communications in urban areas.
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    ASTROLINK, Rockville, MD                                      2000-2001

    Director, Gateway and Terminal Development

    Start up company focused on design and development of an international satellite data communications system for international businesses.

    • Responsible for the development programs for the major commercial earth stations and user terminals to be deployed in the global satellite network.
    • Led team that determined what ATM standards and protocols would be integrated into the terminal.
    • Oversaw the engineering program management, integration and testing activities associated with the programs.
    • Approval authority for milestone payments made to contractors.
    • Negotiated contracts for the gateway development program system engineering support and the development of specialized test equipment to be used in the integration and test activities.

     

    INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT, North Potomac, MD                                1996-2000

    Provided program management, regulatory support and technical assistance to a number of telecommunications firms involved with mobile satellite communications, wireless communications, data networking and videoconferencing.
    Major customers included: Asian Cellular Satellite System (AceS); ICO; XM Radio; Thuraya

    • Represented AceS at Pasifik Satellite Nusantara the IOR Multilateral L-Band GSO/MSS Intersystem Coordination Meeting in Jakarta.
    • Assisted in the launch of the XM Satellite system by developing and initial satellite design approach and developing the technical content for the FCC license application which culminated in the actual realization of the system.
    • Led effort to coordinate the operation of XM radio ground repeaters with NASA test sites in the proximity of major metropolitan areas to facilitate the l[censing of the terrestrial repeaters.

     

    AMERICAN MOBILE SATELLITE CORPORATION, Reston, VA                           1990-1996

    Director of Subscriber Equipment and RF Engineering

    Start-up company that designed and developed an L-band mobile satellite system to be operated in North America.  Managed a group of engineers responsible for the development and type acceptance of all mobile terminal equipment used on the network.

    • Led team that developed the aeronautical and maritime terminal which increased the addressable market for AMSC services.
    • Recognized for the completion of the development of the Maritime Mobile Earth Station from the presidents of AMSC and KVH.
    • Awarded Presidents Award for the completion of the development of the Aeronautical Mobile Earth Station from the presidents of AMSC and Cal Corp.
    • Led team that evaluated the potential interference of the mobile terminals to the GPS receivers and convinced the FAA that the danger to their navigation was minimal which allowed the system to be licensed by the FCC.
    • Supported the FCC in coordinating the operations of the system with mobile systems of other countries that culminated in the first 5 nation coordination agreement for the mobile satellite band.

    CONTEL ASC, Rockville, MD                                 1982-1990

    Senior Director, Systems Engineering

    Managed three departments with a total of 25 professional delivering marketing support and business development, domestic and international transmission facilities planning and new product and proposal development.

    • Led team that managed the operation of circuits on 50 transponders on numerous satellites which was the basis of revenue for the company.
    • Evaluated the transponder utilization and developed a carrier power and spacing scheme that increased the transponder utilization by 25%.
    • Received International Teleconferencing Association Award in recognition of outstanding achievement and extraordinary contribution to the state of the art in Two-way video, Contel ASC’s Network Controller.

     

    EDUCATION

    • MS. Electrical Engineering, Princeton University


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