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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:40:00 +0100
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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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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
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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:43:00 +0100
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Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0100
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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
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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:50:00 +0100
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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:32:00 +0100
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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0100
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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
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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
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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:18-05-2013
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     Current job:Opto Mechanical Systems Team Leader
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsTeam leader, people management, project management, resourcing, recruiting, mentoring, mechanical design, structural analysis, thermal design, vibration testing, opto-mechanical design, satellite design, spacecraft systems engineering, FEA, CAD
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    Summary

    I have over 10 years experience in mechanical engineering design and analysis, which includes 7 years developing highly complex and bespoke space systems and sub-systems for private and government organisations. I consider myself to be a highly analytical person with strong organisational and people skills. I am experienced in team leadership and management. I am a focused pro-active person who takes ownership of project requirements to deliver professional high quality solutions. My goal is to advance my career by working in a more challenging technical management role, leveraging my skills, knowledge and experience gained in the space sector in the successful delivery of engineering systems and products.

     

    Key Skills

    Management / leadership: Engineering team leadership and management, resource planning, project costing, proposal reviewing, recruitment, personnel development and mentoring, client interfacing, project de-risking and sub-contract technical management.

     

    Technical: Spacecraft systems engineering, space product lifecycle management, opto-mechanical engineering, mechanical design, structural design, thermal design, vibration testing, data analysis, FEA and CAD

     

    Software: MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Project; FEA: Msc.Patran / Msc.Nastran, Solidworks simulation and ANSYS; Dynamic analysis: Msc.Adams and SmartOffice; CAD: Solid Edge and Solidworks; Data management: SmarTeam

     

    Experience

    Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (Surrey Research Park, Guildford, UK)

    Opto-Mechanical Systems/ AIV Team Leader, 2011 – present

    §   Managing a team of opto-mechanical engineers supporting several major earth observation projects for private and government customers.

    §   Resource allocation, planning and project costing.

    §   Staff performance reviews, coaching, development and recruitment.

    §   Technical oversight of key issues and design reviews.

    §   Driving the development of spacecraft earth observation opto-mechanical systems.

    §   Presenting project information and engineering progress to customers as required.

    §   Daily interfacing with project managers, team leaders, group leaders and customers to coordinate project requirements and resolve technical challenges.

    Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer, 2007 – 2011

    §   Technical lead and work package manager for the design, assembly, integration and qualification testing of a thermal infrared imager, as part of the Earth Explorer Mission for the European Space Agency.

    §   Technical sub-contract manager for the delivery of a blackbody temperature referencing sub-system used on a thermal infrared imager. Key tasks included assessing progress, reviewing the document data pack at project review stages, as well as providing regular feedback, steering technical solutions and ensuring compliance to the requirements specification.

    §   Managed the full product lifecycle development of a multi-spectral imager system structural model as part of the instrument and spacecraft structural integrity de-risking. This included a significant amount of the scheduling, resource planning, design, FEA, product manufacture support, integration and test support work. I also managed the delivery of the end item data pack as part of the structural model product closeout and compiled the structural model requirements specification document.

    §   Responsible for the design and analysis of several mechanical sub-systems for the NigeriaSat-2 project. I also performed the assembly, integration and testing of the imager focusing sub-systems and supported the flight imager vibration testing.

     

    Sunspace & Information Systems(Techno-Park, Stellenbosch, W.Cape, RSA)

    Mechanical Engineer, 2006 – 2007

    §   Responsible for the spacecraft level FEA to interrogate the structural design for strength, dynamic behaviour and random vibration response.

    §   Designed a propulsion system supporting structure for a satellite using FEA.

    §   Managed a mass model satellite design project through to product realization.

    §   Managed the mass properties testing of a satellite flight model.

     

    CAE-Centre for Automotive Engineering(Atlantis, W.Cape, RSA)

    Design & Analysis Engineer, 2002 – 2006           

    §   FEA and design of test equipment for automotive and marine industry.

    §   Designed a catamaran hydrofoil-assisted composite boat structure according to DNV shipping standards of practice.

    §   FEA of a hydrofoil structural design for a 60-foot passenger catamaran using FEA software.

    §   Engineered and integrated a measurement device for testing the performance of a model surface piercing propeller and rudder system.

    Education

    University of Stellenbosch(Stellenbosch, W.Cape, RSA)

    Master of Science in Engineering (MscEng), 2001 – 2002

    §   Graduated with distinction (cum laude)

    §   Thesis: “Thermal Management and Control of Space Satellite Systems and Subsystems in Orbit”. I developed a finite difference thermal model of South Africa’s first space satellite and performed an in-depth study of the thermal performance of the satellite for different modes of operation in space.

    Bachelor of Engineering (BEng, Mechanical), 1997 – 2000

    §   Awarded prize for best final year project in thermodynamics

    §   Final year class representative

     

    Stanger High School (Stanger, Kwa-Zulu Natal, RSA)

    §   Graduated with A aggregate, December 1996

    §   Awarded prize for being top final year student

     

    Courses and conferences

    §   International Conferences for Space Optics (ICSO), Ajaccio, 2012

    §   Managing Your Team Effectively, Surrey, 2012

    §   Effective Time Management, Surrey, 2012

    §   Spacecraft Systems Engineering Short Course, University of Surrey, 2010

    §   Short course: Ship Design, University of Stellenbosch, 2004

    §   Building Better Products with Finite Element Analysis, Vince Adams, Gauteng 2004

     

    Publication

    §   Co-author: “Thermal management of SUNSAT”, Journal of Energy in Southern Africa, Vol. 15, No.1, February 2004

     

    Other activities

    §   I am currently the business connection forum representative for the Optical Payload Group and act as mediator to resolve staff concerns at director level.

    §   I am in the process of applying for my Chartered Engineering Certification with IMechE.

    §   In my spare time, I enjoy photography, cooking and running.

     

    Languages

    §   English (fluent), Afrikaans (semi-fluent), German (basic), French (basic)


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