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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...
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...
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     Date Submitted:20-04-2013
     Last Modified:02-05-2013 (10:47)
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     Current job:Senior Systems Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsLead technical engineer, pragmatic problem solver, cradle to grave experience, operations, commissioning, AIT
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    Professional Experience

    '07-12 Senior Systems Engineer at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

    • Lead technical engineer for Sapphire (Space Surveillance) from Kick-Off to delivery. Accountable for systems design through all phases including AIT. I wrote and performed spacecraft level test procedures and was responsible for the verification of platform requirements.

    • Commissioning engineer for NigeriaSat-X (Earth Observation & Training).

    • Liaison engineer for US mission prospects between SSTL-UK and SST-US in Denver.

    • Various bids covering mission concepts, spacecraft design and interface specifications.

    • Other roles included reviewing subsystem design and test documents, requirement specifications and compliance matrices. I have experience with work package management, customer interfacing and operations.

      Paper: Low Cost, Agile Spacecraft for Resident Space Object Tracking (IAC 2011, Cape Town).

      Outreach: Promotional videos for Bebo and The University of London. I was a case study to encourage A-Level students to study science and technology at University. I have given various presentations on my job, experience and where a degree in science can lead to.

    2012 Marketing Manager at Holmbush Events Ltd.

    • Generating leads, establishing new business partnerships and maintaining regular customers.

    • Helping create a multi-event centre which includes blindfold 4x4 driving, Archery, Spa Sessions, activities for clubs and days out for people with special needs.

    • Developing and delivering new promotions to all customer segments.

    • Improving customer service and internal process efficiency, tracking advertising spend and customer throughput, event management, reducing running costs.

    '99-06 Part-time & Summer Work Experience

    • Territorial Army Infantry (3PWRR), Cellar Manager for the Workers Beer Company, Paintball Marshal, McDonald’s and Lifeguarding.

    • High School work experience with three Army regiments and a Minerals Engineering company in Toronto.

                                       IT & Language Skills

      Competent in: Microsoft Office, Satellite Tool Kit, Adobe Fireworks Working knowledge: MatLab, CATIA
      Spanish: Conversational (lived in South America for 4 years).

     

                                        Education & Qualifications

    2013 Marketing in Practice Open University

    • Short course in marketing theory: customer segmentation, product quality and applying market research to improve B2B and B2C service.

    • Assignment: Marketing Audit focused on improving customer value at my current workplace resulting in a coherent marketing strategy.

    '06-07 MSc Astronautics and Space Engineering Cranfield University
               Core Modules: Systems Engineering, Propulsion, Control Theory, Astrodynamics, FEA. 

    Group Project: Precursor Rendezvous for Impact Mitigation of Asteroids (PRIMA)

    • The team of 8 designed a Phase-A mission concept to rendezvous with an asteroid, investigate its physical properties and alter its orbit.

    • Responsibilities included trade-off analysis of mitigation strategies, operations and systems engineering.

    • Conclusion: defining the internal structure is required before explosively altering an orbit. Electric propulsion is the preferred method to demonstrate the concept for cost-effectiveness and safety. Spacecraft mass: 675 kg (20% margin).

      Thesis: Refinement of MUSTANG-0 Nanosatellite Design

    A breadboard power system for a nano-sat was constructed with four power buses: 11.25 V (unregulated) and 7.5 V, 5.0 V and 3.3 V (regulated). Power efficiencies were between 36.5% and 78.6%.

    Paper: Electrical Power System for the MUSTANG-0 Nanosatellite (2007, Cranfield).

     

    '03-06 BSc Physics 1st Class Honours Royal Holloway University of London
                Trent University, Ontario, Canada (integral 2nd year)
                Core Modules: Quantum Mechanics, Teaching Physics, Energy, Mechanics, Nuclear & Particle Physics,                   Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism.
                Major Project (UK): Improving the Efficiency of a Solar Water Heater

    Investigating and testing heat losses from a home-built solar water heating system. Overall efficiency was improved from 16% to 46%. Future work on optimising motor control and valves was proposed.

                 Individual Project (Canada): The Construction of a Wavemeter for Frequency Calibration

    A flip-flop control circuit was prototyped and a support frame was constructed for a linear actuator which lead to a patented laser calibration tool.

                                         Achievements & Interests

    At university I was the Health & Safety rep, Class rep, Student/Staff Committee Chairman, Study Abroad Ambassador and was awarded a bursary for my BSc. Associate member of the Institute of Physics since 2003.

    I have lived in Australia, Papua New Guinea, the U.S.A., Peru, Chile, and Canada and am always keen to travel. I play a range of guitar styles from Flamenco to Heavy Metal and enjoy cooking and tutoring maths. I regularly keep fit with mountain biking, Krav Maga and CrossFit. I have coached and played American Football and am a triathlon marshal.

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