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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
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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 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 ...
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
Star Storm, an explosive performance inspired by stellar processes in the Universe, will be premiered at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, on 10 September. The creator of the show is Aoife van Linden Tol, the recipient of the first art&science@ESA residency organised by Ars Electronica in partnership with ESA. A multimedia artist working primarily with explosive materials, Aoife spent six weeks at ESA's technical heart in the Netherlands to research her project. Durin...
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...
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     Date Submitted:01-03-2013
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     KeywordsSatcom phased array antenna systems comprising an integrated photonic beamformer
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    Personal Details:

     

    Date of Birth: Oct. 15, 1980

    Place of Birth: Beijing, P.R.China

    Gender: Male (Single)                               

    Driver license: EU type B

    Working permit: EU free

     

    Expertise:

    Integrated microwave photonics, an interdisciplinary science field, which combines RF/microwave engineering and photonics. It is a field studying the realization of on-chip optical systems using photonic integrated circuits for RF/microwave functionalities, such as high-frequency generation, analog transmission and distribution, complex signal processing, and input measurement and analysis. Performed research activities include

    • Microwave photonic signal generation, processing, and measurement
    • Waveguide filter/photonic integrated circuit design and characterization
    • Beamformer and phased array antenna system
    • High dynamic range RF/microwave photonic link
    • Satellite communications

     

    Professional experience and skills:

     

    Research project conducting & managing

    3 years of postdoc research fellow and project WP leader for Dutch PointOne project, SATRAX. PNE100108. The project focuses on the system integration of an satellite-tracking phased array antenna system comprising an ring resonator-based microwave photonic beamformer.

    Project initiating

    Well-built experience in information tracking, networking, partnership establishing, and proposal writing

    Product development

    1 year of product specialist at XiO photonics, with experience in design and characterization of on-chip optoelectronic and photonic devices    

    Presenting & communication

    Rich experience in conference presentations and teaching assistance. Fluency in English, Dutch, and Chinese language, with experience in technical and cultural interpretation and translation     

    Guiding & coordination

    Rich experience in internship/assignment supervision for individuals and groups

    Organizing

    6 months of team leader of HeaveTown association for language training, cultural promotion, and social networking services

     

    Performed education and functions:

     

    Master diploma

    Electrical Engineering, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, Aug. 2003—May. 2005

    Ph.D. diploma

    Electrical Engineering, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, Sep. 2005—Sep. 2009. 

    Team leader

    HeavenTown association, Enschede, The Netherlands, Aug. 2009—Feb.2010

    Product specialist

    XiO photonics, Enschede, The Netherlands, Sep. 2009—Sep. 2010

    Postdoc fellow

    University of Twente, Telecommunication Engineering, Enschede, The Netherlands, Oct. 2010--now

    R&D involvement:

     

    Projects 

    Microwave photonics (MWP) projects under supervision of prof. Chris G. H. Roeloffzen  www.utwente.nl/ewi/te

    SATRAX

    Topic: airborne Ku-band satellite-tracking antenna system

    Objectives: functional design of the antenna system and control subsystem, component development, complete system integration and realization 

    SANDRA

    Topic: development of key components for MWP beamformer system

    Objectives: realization of phased array antenna for Ku-band reception, IC-based front-ends, electroabsorption modulators, and low-loss optical waveguides for on-chip microwave photonic processor

    MEMPHIS

    Topic: integration of electronics and photonics

    Objectives: optical generation of high-quality RF/microwave LO signal using dual-wavelength laser and external phase-lock-loop mechanism, realization of hybrid integration of photonic components for multi-wavelength MWP beamformer functionality

    SMART

    Topic: system design of Ku-band satellite tracking antenna system

    Objectives: system modeling and performance analysis

    BPB

    Topic: on-chip MWP beamformer for phased array antennas

    Objectives: design, realization, and characterization of ring resonator-based integrated optical beamformers

    PACMAN

    Topic: microwave (analog) photonic link for radio astronomy

    Objectives: realization of high-dynamic-range optical fiber link for transmission of radio telescope signals in km scale

     

    Patent and awards:

     

    Patent

    U.S. patent “Electrically-steered Ku-band phased array antenna comprising an integrated photonic beamformer,” Kaplan Breyer Schwarz & Ottesen, Attorney docket: 130-001US1 (2012)

    Award

    Governmental awards for excellent Chinese academic fellow aboard (2010)

    Award

    Travel grant for presenting the selected student paper at IEEE photonics conference (formerly LEOS annual meeting) (2007)

     

    Selection of recent publications (full list www.utwente.nl/ewi/teor google scholar)

    • L. Zhuang, et. al, “Novel wideband microwave polarization network using a fully-resonfiguralbe photonic waveguide interleaver with a two-ring resonator-assisted asymmetric Mach-Zehnder structure,” Optics Express, 21(3) 3114-3124 (2013).
    • L. Zhuang, et al., “Novel microwave photonic fractional Hilbert transformer using a ring resonator-based optical all-pass filter,” Optics Express, 20(24) 26499-26510 (2012).
    • L. Zhuang et al., “Low-loss, high-index-contrast Si3N4/SiO2 optical waveguides for optical delay lines in microwave photonics signal processing,” Optics Express, 19(23) 23162-23170 (2011).
    • L. Zhuang, Ring resonator-based broadband photonic beamformer for phased array antennas, Ph.D. thesis, Univeristy of Twente, ISBN 978-90-365-3078-1 (2010).
    • L. Zhuang et al., “Novel ring resonator-based integrated photonic beamformer for broadband phased array receive antennas-part 2: experimental prototype,” J. lightwave tech. 28(1), 19-31 (2010).
    • L. Zhuang et al., “Single-chip ring resonator-based 1´8 optical beam forming network in CMOS-compatible waveguide technology,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett., 15(15) 1130–1132 (2007).

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