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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:54:00 +0100
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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:53:00 +0100
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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:51:00 +0100
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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:19:00 +0100
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Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:13:00 +0100
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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
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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
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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
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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
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     Date Submitted:20-04-2013
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     Current job:Senior Materials Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsAn experienced, highly skilled, self motivated professional, possessing an excellent working knowledge of Materials Science and Processing Engineering who has demonstrated her skills in Aerospace and Space Industry.
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     Nationality:            British

    Driving Licence:      Full clean driving licence

    PROFILE

     

    An experienced, highly skilled, self motivated professional, possessing an excellent working knowledge of Materials Science and Processing Engineering who has demonstrated her skills in a wide range of engineering disciplines in design, qualification, verification, research and development environment. The main working discipline has been predominately in the Aerospace and Space Industry. An individual who is proactive, team player, customer focussed who has developed others within her area of expertise.

     

    EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

     

    Cobham Microwave (Chichester): August 2011 to date: Senior Materials Engineer.

    The role is similar to Astrium. Operation and Management of Projects relating to design, development and manufacture, validation in accordance with QMS 9100 and ECSS Standards; CERN, OHB-MIKWEKO, Astrium.  The Qualification of Dip Brazing Process of Aluminium Alloys Waveguides in UK to customer specification and to ECSS Space standards. Project Management: Provided support and leadership of material selection to production and planning department. Ensure product development is fit for purpose and validating materials selected for manufacturing. Additional Instigation and manage completion and process selection, development, evaluation and qualification programme as per ECSS Space requirements. Training Production and Inspection staff in verification of all incoming Raw material. Preparing Works Instructions and Procedure Manuals for production operators, such as Metallography preparations! Routine SEM EDX analysis of Metallics, Mechanical testing of Nickel/Silver plated waveguide and microwave components. Compiling of MSDS sheets of chemicals and raw materials! Participate in risk review of each satellite programme, i.e. PDR CDR, MRR with customers.

    A cross functional interactions with team, customers, suppliers in UK and internationally level. Supervision of work experience students and continued with STEM NET Ambassador programme. Lead and assisted in audits, internal and external suppliers/customer. CEng status is currently in progress. Further duties: First Aider, AED trained and Oxygen administrator for the site.

     

    EADS Astrium Ltd, (Portsmouth): August 2008 to June 2011: Materials & Process Engineer: Involved with various projects/products teams as necessary and acting as the single point of contact for resolution of all materials and processing issues. To satisfy internal/external customers, manufacturing, AIT, procurement, design office through the application of specialist materials and processes knowledge. To assure performance of planned activities on time with respect to governing product assurance requirements. Instigated and managed completion and process selection, development, evaluation and qualification programme as per ECSS Space requirements.

    Participated in risk reviews of product design/development and manufacturing issues. To ensure that materials and processing risk retirement plans have been carried out. Preparing Declared Materials List and Declared Mechanical Parts/process lists and ensuring adequate M&P qualification has been achieved by CDR (Critical Design Review), PDR (Preliminary Design Review with the customer per Satellite programme and MPCB (Materials Process Control Board).

     

    Review and approve subcontractor/supplier materials and processes documentation. Preparing, Materials Procurement Specifications and Materials Acceptance Specifications for M&P. Monitor the technical performance of suppliers and participated in audits. Providing advice in relevant fields such as: composite materials, soldering, SMT, welding, metal finishing, dealing with general metallurgical issues, paints, coatings, composites, PCBs and adhesives. Further involvement has been with verifying Titanium alloy Fasteners/bolts and screw requirements for Space applications. Routine Investigation Work on Metallic materials, Elastomeric and Polymeric materials.Responsible for creating and implementing a new standard on Fusion Welding of Metals for Aerospace Materials used in Flight Hardware for NADCAP Certification and NASA-STD-5006 in accordance with ISO 6520-1 Welding and allied Processing standard and DIN 29595 Acceptance Std. The Standard has been implemented at all EADS Astrium sites and with external suppliers.

     

    STEM Ambassador: Organising and presenting Science & Engineering workshops in schools and on site tours. The aim is to support teachers and students by enhancing and enriching their experience of Science, Engineering and Mathematics and also to encourage an interest in these subjects.

     

    Rolls Royce, Naval Marine (Derby), July 2007 to July 2008. Metallurgist: Analysing microstructure of Low and alloy Steels, Nickel based alloys, Inconels, Aluminium and Titanium alloys. Updating and writing irradiation damage and Corrosion stress fracture mechanism reports of the Reactor Pressure Vessels Steels. Implementation of; ‘Granta Material Design Selection Programme’. Prepared Materials Data sheets and procurement specifications along with other reports by using, ‘Documentum’, programme and SAP. Supervising and analysing team members in Metallography and Mechanical testing. Investigation work: on Non-Metallic Inclusions in the Primary Circuit pipe-work. Preparing and delivering presentations of findings to both internal and external customers.

     

    VT Group (VT Land), January 2004 to May 2007: Lecturer of Engineering Materials, based in Bordon, Hampshire at SEME. Responsible for teaching Foundation, Intermediate & Artificer level students, to HND Level in Engineering Materials, Quality Control, Engineering Science, Engineering Drawing, NDT (Non destructive testing) and DT (Destructive testing) Methods, Mechanical Testing,  i.e. Tensile Testing, Hardness, Stress Engineering, Fatigue failure, Fracture Mechanics, Design, Metals, Composite materials, basic Metallurgy, Metallography, using Granta Design Material Selection programme (CES) and supervising the Mechanical Testing Laboratory. Internal Auditor (qualified) and First Aid representative for the site.

     

    BAE Systems, (Portsmouth), 2003 to Jan 04: Customer Systems Engineer. Responsible for writing Technical Publications, creating publications on an electronic format & updating data modules by applying Trilogi programme for BAE Systems within the Customer Solutions and Services Department for the Royal Navy and MOD. Failure Investigation of various marine components! Prepared and presented failure investigation reports for the Royal Navy and MOD.

     

    MontessoriAnglo Italian School,(Italy), 2000/02: Whilst residing in Italy, I was employed as a teacher by this school which is located within the NATO Regional Headquarters. During this time I taught Mathematics, Science & English to Italian children and many other children from the NATO countries.

     

    Linread Northbridge, McKecknie Group (Components For Aerospace), (Leicester) 1996/2000. Metallurgist: Analysing Microstructure of Nickel based Alloys and Titanium used for various Jet Engine components. Conducting Stress Rupture, Fatigue, Micro Hardness and Tensile Testing in accordance with BS5750/1S09001/2 Quality/JIT standards (much of this work was for Pratt & Whitney) and Rolls-Royce Engines. Quality Assurance procedure writing, in conformance to AMS/1S0/9002 Standards! This also, included a Research Project on, ‘The Effects of Decarburisation on Low Alloy Steels’. Final research project involved with Nimrod for BAE Systems & writing operating procedures for the Spectrometer Chemical verification on Nickel based Alloys, Titanium, Cobalt, Nimonics, Hastalloys & so forth. Other duties involved supervising & instructing Technicians on NDT, Magnetic Particle analysis, & Dye penetrate testing on various engine components such as RB211, Trent 900 series, Olympus engine and Space Shuttles’ Solid Booster Rocket.

     

    Leicestershire Constabulary,1995/96: File preparation Clerk; responsible for preparing & gathering evidence for the Scenes of Crime Investigation team.

     

    Special Eyes Opticians, (Leicester)1993/95: Optical Dispenser / assistant Manager, ICT Trainer. Post

    Graduation, Special Eyes offered a full time position which involved setting stores to be computer literate.

     

    Vision Express Opticians, (Derby / Leicester) 1991/93: Dispensing Optician! This was a part time position whilst studying at university. The final year project was based in conjunction with Vision Express on, ‘The Processing of Ophthalmic Lenses’.

     

    (INDUSTRIAL PLACEMENTS)

     

    Johnson & Nephew Ltd,1990: Metallurgist: 2nd Industrial placement as part of my course. My main duties included Microstructure Grain analysis of all incoming Steel, rods, Tensile Testing & general mechanical testing on wire drawing used for suspension bridges.

     

    Kango Ltd, 1988/89: 1st Industrial placement, Metallurgist / Quality Engineer, responsible for analysing & Mechanical destructive testing, Tensile, Fatigue, Compression testing, Design, microstructure analysis Grain verification, MPI, NDT, Metallographic, Case Depth analysis on various drill bits and following procedures to BS5750/IS9000/1.

     

    British Rail Engineering Ltd, 1985: Six monthIndustrial experience as part of my course at DCFE. My main duties included microstructure grain analysis, Interpreting Engineering Drawing, learnt to implement Quality Assurance in accordance with British Standards & International Standards.

     

    EDUCATION

     

     

    Chartered Engineer Status: IOM3: The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining

    CEng application is in progress with IOM3

     

    University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, 2006/07

    (South Downs College)

    PGCE Certificate in Education (post compulsory education)

     

    De Montfort University, Leicester 1992/94

    BSc (HONS) in Industrial Engineering with Business Systems

    Studies included; Design & Innovation, Manufacturing & Business Systems, Production

    Management, Human Resources, Information Technology, Automation & Robotics (MSc Level), Quality

    Assurance & Production Reliability, JIT, MRP, FRP, SIM.

    Group Project: Manufacturing of Pillar Drills

    Dissertation: The Processing of Ophthalmic Lenses (Manufacturing and Design)

     

    Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield1987/1991

    HND in Materials Science Technology & Microstructure Engineering

    Studies included; Defect Crystalline State, Engineering Mathematics and Computers, CAD, CAM, Engineering Drawing, Energetics & Atomic Molecular Nuclear Stability, Structure & Properties of Metallic Alloys, Engineering Plastics, Composites, Processing of Materials and Minerals, Polymers & their applications, Mechanical & Thermal Treatments, Processing of Electronic Materials, Solidification & Heat Treatment, Fuel Technology, Materials Science & Quality Assurance.  Project: Electroplating as a Fabrication Process

     

    Derby College of Further Education, 1983/1986

    BTEC (OND) in Fabrication and Welding Engineering

    Award: The Topping Memorial Award for the Best Engineer in 1984

     

    DerbySecondary School, 1977/1981

    7 CSEs’: Including English, Mathematics and Science.    

    3 O Levels: Sociology, History, German, GCSE Italian (2001).

     

    HOBBIES/INTERESTS

    An extensive global traveller, who enjoys becoming involved in local cultural activities and this is enhanced by the fact that I speak 4 foreign languages; Hindi and Punjabi (fluently), Italian (Intermediate level) and basic German. To keep fit I regularly swim, fit for fun aerobics & enjoy walking. Other hobbies include, travelling, reading, going to the cinema, music festivals, visiting Museums & enjoy listening to popular Rock music.

     

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