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Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The 11th annual Mobile Deployable Communications conference will take place in Warsaw, Poland on 1st and 2nd February 2018. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference Flexible and continuous connectivity, anywhere, at any time remains a key priority for major defence forces around the world. With the critical threat of cyber warfare intensifying, there is now a pressing need to ensure secure communications can be effectively operated in contested environments. The...
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:00:00 +0100
Neutrinos are abundant subatomic particles that are famous for passing through anything and everything, only very rarely interacting with matter. About 100 trillion neutrinos pass through your body every second. Now, scientists have demonstrated that the Earth stops energetic neutrinos-they do not go through everything. These high-energy neutrino interactions were seen by the IceCube detector, an array of 5,160 basketball-sized optical sensors deeply encased within a cubic kilometer of very c...
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:09:00 +0100
ESA's first Earth observation satellite was launched on 23 November 1977. When the first Meteosat satellite took its place in the sky, it completed coverage of the whole globe from geostationary orbit and laid the foundations for European and world cooperation in meteorology that continues today. Weather - and particularly extreme weather - affects everything we do. Being able to see the whole disc of Earth allows forecasters to see developing weather systems, as well as working out wind spee...
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The vault-like, 40-foot diameter, 40-ton door of Chamber A at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston was unsealed on November 18, signaling the end of cryogenic testing for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. The historic chamber's massive door opening brings to a close about 100 days of testing for Webb, a significant milestone in the telescope's journey to the launch pad. The cryogenic vacuum test began when the chamber was sealed shut on July 10, 2017. Scientists and engineers at Johnson pu...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +0100
Europe's next four Galileo navigation satellites and the Ariane 5 rocket due to lift them into orbit are being readied for their 12 December launch from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Tuesday saw Galileo satellites 19-22 declared ready for flight, along with their Ariane. Combined activities are now under way, culminating in the satellites meeting their rocket in the Final Assembly Building. The satellites were flown in pairs to French Guiana last month. Once safely unboxed i...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:26:00 +0100
A mini-rover, tools once used on the Moon and lasers for 3D mapping are in the backpack of the explorers of tomorrow. The terrain will be hazardous and it will be dark in volcanic caves, but this equipment could one day help to scout other planets. The alien-like landscapes of Lanzarote, Spain, are almost surreal but this volcanic island is helping to bring future space missions to reality. This month, an expedition with a dozen of experiments mobilised 50 people and four space agencies du...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0100
ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, announced today it has expanded its current relationship with authorized value-added reseller Satcom Direct (SD), to offer ViaSat's full suite of in-flight connectivity (IFC) systems and services to large and mid-cabin business jets. The new agreement adds ViaSat's latest Ka-band business jet service to SD's IFC portfolio, which already included ViaSat's global Ku-band IFC service. ViaSat's Ka-band service is expecte...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
We are proud to announce the third annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference will be held in Rome from the 30th-31st January 2018. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference Reconnaissance and Surveillance are key to developing clear and accurate maritime situational awareness. In order to maximise their ISR range, Navies and Maritime agencies around the globe are looking beyond the atmosphere to provide new and advanced surveillance capabil...
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 ...
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     Date Submitted:16-05-2013
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     Current job:Systems Engineer 3
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsAccomplished aerospace professional with extensive ground network experience. Offering more than 20 years of experience with NASA, the U.S. Air Force and commercial entities combined with a four year degree in Computer Information Systems.
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    Accomplished aerospace professional with extensive ground network experience.  Offering more than 20 years of experience with NASA, the U.S. Air Force and commercial entities combined with a four year degree in Computer Information Systems.

     

    Areas of Expertise

     

    • Space Ground Networks
    • Satellite Communications Principles
    • Tracking Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS)
    • Satellite Scheduling
    • Project Engineering
    • AFSCN
    • Team Leader
    • Technical Writing
    • Procedure Creation
    • Software Quality Assurance Engineering
    • Basic Unix/Linux
    • C++
    • Visual Basic
    • Microsoft Office Suite
    • Designing/developing installation packages from Inception to implementation


     

    Recent Career Achievements

     

    • Assisted in developing system level architecture for developing the new backup International Space Station (ISS) Mission Control Center (MCC) at the Marshall Spaceflight Center (MSFC); a new capability used in the event of a significant outage in Houston or a natural disaster; including ensuring team preparedness, logistics and training.
    • Assisted in developing system level architecture requirements for Tracking Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) scheduling tool for NASA.

     

    Professional Experience

     

    Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. - Houston, TX                          4/06 - present

    Systems Engineer 3/International Space Station Ground Controller at NASA’s Johnson Space Center Mission Control Center (MCC)

    • Manage the operational configuration of ISS ground data and network communications interfaces during real-time spaceflight operations and test simulations.
    • Provide system status, decision options and rationale to anticipate international partner and end-user needs; identify and resolve scheduling conflicts.
    • Work with international partners from France, Russia, Germany and Japan to ensure requirements for network connectivity with ISS resources and are met on time and on schedule.
    • Work with international partners to establish and meet test and mission objectives for visiting spacecraft to the ISS.
    • Continually adapting to changing user requirements in simulated and real-time environments; ensure end-users are aware of and concur with specifications and requirements are met.
    • Generate and implement work plans to define operations requirements, verify system configurations, schedule activities, and meet readiness milestones.
    • Prime point of contact for configuration and troubleshooting of Telemetry, Command, and Trajectory systems hardware/software problems with Ground Networks; integrate these systems with international partners.
    • Train local and international co-workers in new design capabilities for the ISS ground segment. 
    • Create and maintain requirements documentation, user guides, test plans, procedures, and reports for end-users and co-workers in accordance within NASA specifications.

     

    Professional Experience Continued

     

    Cimarron Software Services, Inc. - Houston, TX                          10/99-4/06

    Telemetry and Commanding (TELCOM) Uplink Commander at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

    • Maintained network and data flow between JSC and remote end users by monitoring servers and ensured accurate data routes utilizing a complex system of ground and satellite resources.
    • Generated and reviewed written presentations and documentation necessary to analyze ground systems requirements, procedures, tests, and verification capabilities necessary for bringing all system elements to a state of readiness to support Space Shuttle launches or ISS events.
    • Provide command and trajectory data flow services in support of the Space Shuttle and ISS.
    • Team Lead for supporting meetings, design reviews, and working groups. 
    • Analyzed mission objectives and Shuttle/ISS team performance with personnel from other NASA centers, agencies and contractors.
    • Team Lead for back up MCC activities at the Russian Space Agency in Moscow including ensuring team preparedness, logistics and training.
    • Reviewed requirements and originated Review Item Dispositions to address system concerns and originated Support Requirements against delivered systems to correct network inadequacies.
    • Conducted validation tests designed to bring supporting telemetry, command, and trajectory system elements to a state of simulation and testing readiness.
    • Trained new TELCOM controllers.

     

    Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer                       8/98 – 10/99

    • Reviewed deliverable software documentation and procedures to ensure compliance with standards, methodology and configuration management.
    • Staff Advisor to the SQA Manager on all matters impacting the quality of software deliverables either directly or indirectly.
    • Reviewed subcontractor/supplier specifications, Statements of Work, End-Item Test Procedures, End-Item Specifications, and engineering deliverable documentation.
    • Conducted formal and informal audits, reviews, and inspections of software design/development.
    • Coordinated all SQA activities during the phases of initial planning, design and development, production planning, integration, test, and maintenance of software.
    • Attended preliminary and critical design reviews as the engineering/customer interface.

     

    Comsys/MCI - Colorado Springs CO                   10/96 – 6/98

    Software Integration Tester                                                                            

    • Participated in end-to-end integration testing, with multiple MCI systems, prior to software migration to a production environment.
    • Ensured all billing data impacted by code modifications/new functionality to MCI for scheduled software releases were properly sent to the downstream billing systems. 
    • Prepared the environment for data entry to begin and performed data entry necessary to set up customers with appropriate services and accounts; troubleshot the data entry software issues with development, and worked with interfacing systems to complete orders.
    • Configured the environment to run downstream feeds, worked Job Control Logic and job stream issues, worked with development to troubleshoot problems with billing jobs, validated billing feeds, worked problem reports on downstream issues with billing feeds, resolved problem reports to the downstream systems satisfaction, re-generated feeds for the downstream systems. 

     

    Professional Experience Continued

     

    United States Air Force            2/93 – 2/97

    Satellite Mission Scheduler for Global Positioning Satellite System (GPS) Space Systems Operations

    • Created short-range and long-range forecasts of satellite visibility, mission assignments, and maintenance activities on a daily basis. 
    • Coordinated daily space operations activities with military and civilian resources.
    • Developed methods for optimizing satellite and control station mission capabilities by creating new procedures for effective processing, logging, and tracking scheduled requests that simplified the allocation of limited satellite resources.

     

    Ground Communications Network Operator for the Global Positioning Satellite System (GPS)

    • Performed system administration role for GPS communications while tasked with technical reconfiguration of the AFSCN (Air Force Satellite Control Network).
    • Managed and operated a digital communication network and remote hardware on a 24/7 schedule. 
    • Planned and coordinated emergency and scheduled transfers of satellite mission control operations to back-up facility in Washington, DC. 
    • Developed and implemented new procedures to support design, prototyping, and production phases of the U.S. Nuclear -- Detonation Detection System Integrated Correlation and Display System for the Air Force Technical Application Center. 

     

    Education

     

    Bachelors; Computer Information Systems; Baker College

    A.A. Degree; San Jacinto Community College

    Aerospace Mechanics and Communications Training; US Air Force

     

    Security Clearance

     

    NACI – Level 1 (SF85P) (1998-current) active clearance from NASA

    DOD – Secret (July 1994-1998) Inactive clearance from US Air Force


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