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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
"Using a model that more realistically simulates atmospheric conditions, we discovered a new process that controls the habitability of exoplanets and will guide us in identifying candidates for further study," said Yuka Fujii of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), New York, New York and the Earth-Life Science Institute at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, lead author of a paper on the research published in the Astrophysical Journal Oct. 17. Previous models simulated atm...
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:40:00 +0100
NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the Sentinel-6A mission. Launch is currently targeted for November 2020, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The total cost for NASA to launch Sentinel-6A is approximately $97 million, which includes the launch service and other mission related costs. The Sentinel-6A mission, also known as Jason Conti...
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
NASA Team Finds Noxious Ice Cloud on Saturn's Moon Titan Researchers with NASA's Cassini mission found evidence of a toxic hybrid ice in a wispy cloud high above the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The finding is a new demonstration of the complex chemistry occurring in Titan's atmosphere-in this case, cloud formation in the giant moon's stratosphere-and part of a collection of processes that ultimately helps deliver a smorgasbord of organic molecules to Titan's surface. Inv...
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
ESO's fleet of telescopes in Chile have detected the first visible counterpart to a gravitational wave source. These historic observations suggest that this unique object is the result of the merger of two neutron stars. The cataclysmic aftermaths of this kind of merger - long-predicted events called kilonovae - disperse heavy elements such as gold and platinum throughout the Universe. This discovery, published in several papers in the journal Nature and elsewhere, also provides the strongest ev...
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra. Shortly after 8:41 a.m. EDT on Aug. 17, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope picked up a pulse of high-energy light from a powerful explosion, which was immediately reported to astronomers around the globe as a short gamma-ray burst. The scientists at the National S...
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:43:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space GmbH to develop the feed array system for the antenna on the European Space Agency's Biomass spacecraft. This equipment is essential to guarantee the full satellite performance. One of ESA's Earth Explorer missions dedicated to protect our planet, Biomass will help us understand the quantity of carbon stored in the world's forests within the global carbon cycle. Due for launch in 2021, Biomass is primarily designed to d...
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on Oct. 15 at 3:28 a.m. EDT. Designated NROL-52, the mission is in support of national security. "Today's launch is a testament to the tireless dedication of the ULA team, demonstrating why ULA continues to serve as our nation's most dependable and successful launch provider," said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch. "Af...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:05:00 +0100
The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel-5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The 820 kg satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST) today. The first stage separated 2 min 16 sec after liftoff, followed by the fairing and second stage at 3 min 3 sec and 5 min 19 sec, respectively. The upper stage then fired twice, delivering Sentinel-5P to its final orbit 79 min after liftoff. ...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:55:00 +0100
The first full-scale model of the rocket motor that will propel Ariane 6 and Vega-C into orbit has been cast and filled with inert propellant for testing at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. The P120C is the largest solid-propellant rocket motor ever built in one segment. Each P120C will hold over 140 tonnes of propellant in a carbon fibre casing almost 11.5 m long and about 3.4 m in diameter. It is derived from Vega's current first stage motor, the P80, which holds 88 tonnes of propell...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
There's no map showing all the billions of exoplanets hiding in our galaxy -- they're so distant and faint compared to their stars, it's hard to find them. Now, astronomers hunting for new worlds have established a possible signpost for giant exoplanets. A new study finds that giant exoplanets that orbit far from their stars are more likely to be found around young stars that have a disk of dust and debris than those without disks. The study, published in The Astronomical Journal, focused on ...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Our 4th Space Resiliency Summit is designed as an educational and training ''Town Hall'' forum, where thought leaders and key policy-makers across military services, defense agencies, and civilian organizations can come together for actionable discussions and debate. This year's summit will focus on technology and innovation needed to defend critical space assets against increasing and new threats. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference 2017 Summit Topics to Includ...
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:50:00 +0100
EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS) announced today that the EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite was successfully launched on October 11 at 6:53 PM EDT on a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. EchoStar 105/SES-11, a dual-mission satellite for EchoStar and SES, is a hybrid Ku and C-band communications satellite that provides EchoStar with 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz, marketed as EchoStar 105, and SES with a C-band payload of 24 transponders, marketed under the name S...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0100
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was recently selected by DigitalGlobe, Inc. as the next-generation WorldView Legion satellite imaging constellation payload provider. Under the contract, Raytheon will deliver the telescopes, detectors and combined electronics to Space Systems Loral, the WorldView Legion space vehicle integrator. Raytheon's new payload doubles DigitalGlobe's capacity to capture multispectral and 30 cm imagery, while tripling to quadrupling the company's capacity to image high-dema...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:32:00 +0100
Mission controllers completed a critical final rehearsal today, confirming that everything and everyone on ground are ready to take over control of Sentinel-5P in the harsh environment of space. A 'team of teams' working at ESA's control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, today conducted a final rehearsal for this week's launch of Sentinel-5P. They were joined by engineers working at ground stations on three continents and by teams responsible for the launcher and its payload in Plesetsk, Russ...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0100
Ushering in a new era of advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, the U.S. Air Force declared the first Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-built GPS III satellite "Available for Launch." The Air Force's "AFL" declaration is the final acceptance of Lockheed Martin's first GPS III Space Vehicle (GPS III SV01) prior to its expected 2018 launch. GPS III SV01 will bring new capabilities to U.S. and allied military forces, and a new civil signal that will improve future connectivity worldwide ...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 16:30:00 +0100
With four days to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The rocket will be fuelled two days before launch, set for Friday at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). The Sentinel-5P satellite has been at the cosmodrome since early September going through a series of tests and being readied for the big day. After being sealed from view in the rocket fairing last week, it was rolled out to the launch pad on Saturday. "This point in any...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0100
L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide Hawkeye(tm) III Lite VSAT satellite communications terminals and on-site training to the U.S. Air National Guard's Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC) teams. These terminals will facilitate direct communication from remote locations in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Additionally, these Army Strategic Command (ARSTRAT)-certified terminals will enable access to the Wideband Global SATCO...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:03:00 +0100
The third batch of Iridium(r) NEXT satellites built by Thales Alenia Space has been successfully launched by SpaceX from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. After the perfect commissioning of the first 20 satellites launched in January and June, thirteen of which are now interconnected and operating in full compatibility with the initial Block One Constellation, with seven being maneuvered to an adjacent plane, this new milestone allows to continue the fantastic Iridium(r) NEXT adventure. ...
Thu, 5 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Astronomers have identified a bumper crop of dual supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. This discovery could help astronomers better understand how giant black holes grow and how they may produce the strongest gravitational wave signals in the Universe. The new evidence reveals five pairs of supermassive black holes, each containing millions of times the mass of the Sun. These black hole couples formed when two galaxies collided and merged with each other, forcing their superma...
Wed, 4 Oct 2017 14:30:00 +0100
As preparations for the launch of Sentinel-5P continue on track, the team at Russia's Plesetsk site has bid farewell to the satellite as it was sealed from view in the Rockot fairing. Liftoff is set for 13 October at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). Since its arrival at the launch site at the beginning of September, Sentinel-5P has been through a series of stringent tests to confirm there was no damage during the flight from the UK. These tests have made sure that everything is in good working orde...
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     Date Submitted:16-04-2013
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     Current job:Senior Systems Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsSystems, harness, electrical, interface, architect, payload, Galileo, AIT, Test, Integration
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    Personal Profile
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    A pro-active, confident and creative thinker and inspiring individual with a thirst for success and penchant for overcoming hurdles and problem solving with a remarkable record of success. Good perception skills and ability to apply the right person to task. Dynamic with a proven track record of building strong relationships and network base within the business gained through trust, reputation and results. Self-motivated and eager to learn new things.

    Professional Experience Summary
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    Systems Engineering, Design & Analysis.
    Requirements Definition / Elicitation and Analysis.
    26 Years Experience within Military and Aerospace Industries.
    Over 20 years (16 within space industry) of practical / production experience including clean room and shop floor activity.
    Electrical Harness Design and Procurement.
    Automatic Testing, Functional Testing, Fault Analysis and rectification of systems and hardware.
    Strong and varied people and organisation networks including close working relationships, negotiating and communicating with people at all levels of the business.
    SC Clearance.
    Mentoring young professionals.

    Professional Experience Detail

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    Senior Systems Engineer with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited

    2016 – Present
    Systems Engineer on new development Telecommunication satellite. Responsible for all Telecommand and Telemetry interfaces, equipment function and test, data sub-systems and busses. Definition of user requirements, analysis and elicitation of requirements at sub-system level and analysis of supplier technical proposals for compliance. Complex Systems analysis, verification and trade off. Managing the design from concept through to design review phase with customer and on to manufacture, integration and test and handover to customer. Collaborating with other system teams and stakeholders. ‘Hands on’ support to shop floor (Assembly, Integration & Test) in times of investigation and fault analysis. Production of Documentation for end customer such as user manuals and ICD’s. 

    Electrical Systems Engineer with Airbus Defence & Space

    2010 – 2016
    Payload Systems Electrical Architect on Telecommunications satellites. Responsible for all Telecommand and Telemetry interfaces. Working closely with Suppliers and Equipment Procurement in definition of Requirements using DOORS. Test, operation and support of payload equipments for a number of satellites. DC, Telecommand & Telemetry Harness. Power Budgets, Telemetry calibration curves algorithm processing for equipment sensors and interfaces. Analysis of equipment test results and operation. Definition and management of Ground Station Telemetry / Telecommand and calibration curve algorithm database for equipments in orbit operation. Working closely with European partners and international suppliers and customers. ‘Hands on’ support to shop floor (Assembly, Integration & Test) in times of investigation and fault analysis. Regarded as a harness specialist within the company. Collaboration with all stakeholders at system level. Supporting company / customer in terms of design review phases and writing end user operating manuals for customer.

    2010    
    Designed, and saw through the procurement, manufacture and test of ‘Bepi Colombo’ Propulsion Sub System DC, Sensor and Actuator Harness. Particularly proud of this as I was specifically named and chosen for my expert knowledge of harness requirements and my reputation with harness manufacturers and parts suppliers. I took up the task where others had failed, consequently that left an almost impossible time schedule. It was a success.

    2006 - 2010    
    Systems Design Engineer within Earth Observation, Navigation and Science Business Division. Responsible for the design of the DC power wiring harness, telecommand / telemetry wiring harness, digital data wiring harness and defining and analysing interface circuits for the future ‘Galileo IOV’ Constellation of global positioning satellites. Understanding RS422, LVDS and secure digital data interface requirements and system design. Ensuring adequate redundancy and minimal single point failure strategies. Writing design requirements specification for payload equipment interfaces and analysing the interpretation of those specifications in terms of supplier design. Using DOORS for Requirement Specification. PSpice simulation of interface circuit requirements and proposals. Systems support in the form of analysis and operation of all electrical features of on board payload equipment functions and reporting back on findings. Helping out at the ‘coal face’ in fault investigation and any unscheduled testing of any kind. Utilising rigid quality systems in terms of accountance and traceability. Constant Liaising with International sub-contractors and customers ‘European Space Agency’ (ESA).
    Continually involved in technical innovation and new ideas for continual process improvement. Awarded for numerous creative ideas now being implemented as company standards.

    Electrical Engineer with Astrium            
     
    2002 - 2006      

    Working within Assembly Integration and Test Business Division. Established as ‘DC Integration Expert’ function. Responsible for writing all DC / functional integration test procedures (DC power, telecommand and telemetry interfaces, wiring harnesses) for more than ten major European telecommunication, Military and Navigation satellite payloads. Liaising with System Engineers in support of DC test strategy and fault rectification on payload wiring harness and payload equipments. ‘Hands on’ integration testing and building of payloads. Liaising with end user customer and international sub-contractors.

    2001 - 2002         
    Electrical engineer, within Assembly Integration and Test Business Division, Implemented a new DC integration automatic test system and methodology into production for all satellite payloads and further improved upon the system to improve DC test integrity and process improvement ultimately reducing schedule time and cost. Improved upon DC integration communication / understanding between Production, Systems departments and European partners by becoming an envoy for leading by example in new DC integration strategies. Achieving some pioneering results along the way.


    Electrical Engineer with the Ministry Of Defence and B.A.E Systems

    1995 - 2001    
    Chief Test Engineer, responsible for functional testing and diagnosis of hardware failure of Sting Ray anti submarine torpedo. Working to DEF-STAN. Also automatic test equipment maintenance, calibration, fault diagnosis including fault finding down to pcb level and repair. Supporting contracts with international customers and contractors. Working closely within a team in foreign locations in support of sea trials and liaising with Royal Navy at sea. Based in US for a short term. Also responsible for managing ‘technician level’ workforce of 10 personnel. Standing in for n+1 Manager (during periods of absence due to sea trial activity) and therefore running a department of 50 personnel including budget responsibility.


    1993 - 1995    
    Responsible for researching & leading special project on Automatic Identification Systems involving data capture and bar coding technology for warehousing and process planning and production.

    4 Year Apprenticeship as Electronic Technician, Ministry Of Defence
    1986 – 1990


    Education & Training
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    B.ENG (Hons.) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Class 2.1.University Of Wales (1993)
    M.S.C. Nuclear Reactor Theory. HMS Sultan (1999)
    B.T.E.C. H.N.C. Electrical and Electronic Engineering                              
    B.T.E.C. O.N.C. Electrical and Electronic Engineering                                                                                
    7 ‘O’ Levels & 2 C.S.E’s

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