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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:30:00 +0100
Today Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) debuted a new family of satellite buses that form the core of nearly every space mission. From nanosats to high-powered satellites, the versatile lineup incorporates dozens of major enhancements and hundreds of common components that speed production and reduce cost. The company announced the lineup at the Air Force Association Air, Space & Cyber Conference. "We've invested $300 million in revamping our satellite solutions from top to bottom, applying what we...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:54:00 +0100
FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: FLY) (OTCQX: FLYLF) (the "Company" or "FLYHT") is pleased to announce a flight trial with Inmarsat, and would like to bring attention to an Inmarsat press release titled Inmarsat to demonstrate advanced SwiftBroadband-Safety capabilities in flight trial with FLYHT on September 19, 2017. This trial will demonstrate the use of FLYHT's Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS(tm)) to send data to the UpTime(tm) Cloud management platform via I...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:53:00 +0100
With the ''Space Strategy for Europe'' from the European Commission and the new ESA roadmap on the table, the European space stakeholders will have the great opportunity to debate and influence, at the highest level, the medium and long term development of European space programmes and of the spread of space services in many economic and societal activities as well as in a wide range of public fields, including security and defence. Download Conference Agenda | Register to a...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0100
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it has recently received approximately $8.2 million in orders or specialized products in support of satellite global positioning system protection and communication systems. Work on these recent orders will be performed in secure Kratos manufacturing facilities. Due to customer related, competitive and other considerations, no additional information will be provided rel...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:51:00 +0100
The Sun's recent activity has caught the interest of scientists and space weather forecasters worldwide, highlighting the need to keep a watchful eye on our star and its awesome power. On 6 and 10 September, our Sun produced a pair of solar flares, the strongest observed in over 10 years. They were accompanied by huge eruptions of billions of tonnes of matter into space. While many such eruptions fall back onto the hot surface, these two did not and became 'coronal mass ejections' (CMEs) -...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:19:00 +0100
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. This light-eating prowess is due to the planet's unique capability to trap at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere. The oddball exoplanet, called WASP-12b, is one of a class of so-called "hot Jupiters," gigantic, gaseous planets that orbit very close to their host ...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:13:00 +0100
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will continue its support for NOAA's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System program that ingests and analyzes weather data, creating useful visualizations for forecasters and distributing time-sensitive weather statements such as watches and warnings across the United States. Used by more than 140 National Weather Service field offices, the AWIPS program informs decisions that save lives and protect property during natural disasters. Under the $269 mill...
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
The Space Alliance, formed by Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Leonardo 33%) and Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33%), today signed a partnership with the US-based company Spaceflight Industries which includes the following elements: A minority investment in Spaceflight Industries, which through its BlackSky business, has developed a geospatial platform and plans to build and operate a constellation of 60 small high-resolution observation satellites featuring very short revisit times; ...
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
Boeing will design and build seven super-powered medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites for SES, delivering efficient high-performance data communications services to users around the world. The O3b mPOWER satellites will include Boeing's most-advanced digital payload technology and will be built using electronics from the flight-proven 702 satellite platform customized to support the unique MEO environment. "With this new technology and design, Boeing is able to build satellites faster and m...
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
Star Storm, an explosive performance inspired by stellar processes in the Universe, will be premiered at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, on 10 September. The creator of the show is Aoife van Linden Tol, the recipient of the first art&science@ESA residency organised by Ars Electronica in partnership with ESA. A multimedia artist working primarily with explosive materials, Aoife spent six weeks at ESA's technical heart in the Netherlands to research her project. Durin...
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
Rockwell Collins recently delivered the latest generation of Digital GPS Anti-Jam Receiver (DIGAR) airborne anti-jam and anti-spoofing technology to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The enhanced solution provides unsurpassed airborne anti-jam capability with over 10,000 times improved jamming resistance over the previous model. "From advanced fifth-generation aircraft to ground and maritime applications, this receiver is the most reliable military-grade GPS solution avai...
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     Date Submitted:03-06-2013
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     Current job:Software Consultant
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsSoftware Developer Engineer Analyst Tracking, Telemetry, and Command Fortran C C++ C# STOL CCSDS
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    Executive Summary
    A Senior software developer/analyst with expertise in all phases of the complete Software Development Life Cycle, as well as proven success in implementing complex control systems and data analysis algorithms, who adapts quickly, thrives on technical challenges, takes ownership of development projects, and is proficient in many programming languages, development tools, and methodologies.

    Highlights of Qualifications
    > Programming Languages and Technologies: Object-Oriented Analysis and Design; Visual Studio, C#, .NET; C; XML, Oracle 9i and 10g SQL and PL/SQL; C++; various UNIX scripting and Assembly languages; embedded, real-time, multithreaded applications and inter-process communication; FORTRAN; TCP/IP; version control systems such as Visual SourceSafe, FogBugz, and Razor; specialized spacecraft operations and communications languages and protocols such as STOL and CCSDS; limited educational exposure to VB.NET, Java, and JavaScript
    > Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008; Windows Vista, 7, XP, NT; Mac OS 9; SVR4 and BSD UNIX, Sun Solaris, IBM AIX; VAX VMS; RSX-11M; IBM OS/360; VRTX and VxWorks Real-Time Operating Systems
    > Excellent analysis, design, development, and testing skills, with a focus on detail precision and overall system quality
    > Excellent customer interface skills, including ability to effectively communicate complex technical subject-matter issues to programmers and, conversely, to communicate software system capabilities and constraints to scientific/technical end-users
    > Excellent written and oral communication, documentation, and presentation skills in English, with limited skills in German, Spanish, and Japanese

    Professional Experience
    Software Consultant, Self-employed, Crofton, MD 2008-Present
    Developing proprietary software, studying Cybersecurity, and tutoring several other students in various Cybersecurity topics.
    * Earned CompTIA Certifications for Network+ and Security+, and completed 11 college credits with 4.0 GPA
    * Developed strategy game software in Visual Studio 2005, using C# .NET for Windows Forms applications

    Senior Software Engineer, Wyle Information Systems, Inc., Silver Spring, MD 2006-2008
    Developed software for shipboard data systems supporting Oceanographic and Fisheries Science research vessels operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Marine and Aviation Operations.
    * Developed scientific software in Visual Studio 2005, using C# .NET for Windows Forms applications, integrated with Oracle 10g SQL and PL/SQL
    * Developed Operation Selector and Total Catch Weight modules for the Fisheries Scientific Computer System (FSCS)
    * Developed and delivered Operation Event Logger and Event Log Builder utilities for FSCS support

    Senior Software Engineer, Integral Systems, Inc., Lanham, MD 2001-2006
    Provided software development for spacecraft test systems, customized from the Company’s EPOCH control system, for performing rigorous testing during construction and integration of NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) spacecraft, instrument, and support systems before and during launch, requiring more robust and capable software than for typical on-orbit operations.
    * Developed and enhanced spacecraft command and data communications software using C and C-shell scripting in Sun Solaris environment, integrated with XML, Oracle 9i SQL, and STOL (Satellite Test and Operations Language)
    * Provided critical on-site support during spacecraft integration testing at manufacturing facility in Los Angeles, and launch operations at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California for EOS Aura spacecraft
    * Earned an Exceptional Performance Award from NASA for adding the unprecedented capability to automatically control and transmit commands and software uploads to spacecraft from multiple Automated Test Scripts running independently on distributed workstations, while maintaining systems and communication integrity, saving $10 million in spacecraft integration testing time

    Development Engineer, DeJarnette Research Systems, Towson, MD 1999-2000
    Developed and tested software for medical digital image archiving and communications systems.
    * Developed and maintained software using Borland C++ and shell scripting and administered a UNIX test system
    * Converted legacy code for RS-232 communications from C to C++ (ported from OS/2 platform to Windows NT), reducing development time and cost for the Company’s next generation system
    * Developed a simple encryption utility for protecting Oracle password communication over Local Area Network

    Software Engineer, Daedalian Systems Corp., Greenbelt, MD 1997-1998
    Maintained and documented legacy software for communications satellite system.
    * Maintained software in Borland C++ on IBM AIX and VRTX (Versatile Real-Time Executive) for the Command & Data Handling (C&DH) system of prototype spacecraft
    * Corrected a memory problem that was causing the Command & Data Handling system to crash and reboot periodically

    VP & Partner, Bierwerks, Inc., Odenton, MD 1994-1997
    Purchased (with two partners) and managed a small specialty retail business with a delicatessen, restaurant, and liquor store.
    * Developed relationships with new and existing customers
    * Participated in Chamber of Commerce and other related business groups.
    * Grew annual sales to $400,000 and added several new product lines

    Project Systems Analyst, Allied Signal Aerospace Co., Columbia, MD 1984-1994
    Developed software systems for NASA Spaceflight Tracking and Data Network (STDN) and Network Control Center at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
    * Supervised computer analysts to develop and implement software using C on Sun Solaris development system, targeted for execution on VRTX real-time operating system, integrated with NASMAC proprietary user interface and design tools
    * Developed all software for the Antenna Control subsystem of the S-Band Tracking Processor System (STPS) used at tracking stations at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Bermuda STDN sites from servo feedback motion-control algorithms
    * Led the software effort for the Tracking Data Acquisition subsystem of STPS
    * Developed major software infrastructure and subsystems for the Telemetry and Communications Data System (TCDS)
    * Earned an Outstanding Achievement Award from NASA for the timely and accurate development of software for recording digital science data at rates significantly higher than originally specified
    * Provided critical on-site operational support for STPS and TCDS during Space Shuttle launch operations at KSC and Bermuda tracking stations
    * Provided on-site integration, testing, and training for TCDS at KSC and Bermuda tracking stations
    * Devised an innovative proposal for using 3-D graphics in user displays which was instrumental in the award of a contract from the Naval Academy’s satellite training facility
    * Developed software modules in FORTRAN for data reception at the STDN Network Control Center

    Member of the Technical Staff, Computer Sciences Corp., Silver Spring, MD 1981-1984
    Provided software development and maintenance services for NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center.
    * Maintained software in FORTRAN for the data communications system of the LANDSAT satellite project
    * Developed data analysis software in FORTRAN using Fast Fourier Transform algorithm, and built and operated experimental apparatus for research into spacecraft instrumentation at the Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics

    Research Analyst, Applied Research & Systems, Greenbelt, MD 1979-1981
    Provided software development and research assistance at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
    * Provided operational data analysis for the Ultraviolet Spectrometer and Polarimeter instrument of the Solar Maximum Mission research satellite using FORTRAN on RSX-11m operating system
    * Developed FORTRAN software to implement scientific algorithms for time-series analysis of sunspot and climate data
    * Credited as a Contributing Author in research on the effect of sunspot activity on the Earth’s climate

    Research Assistant, University of Maryland Physics Department, College Park, MD 1975-1977
    Provided research and teaching assistance for the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
    * Provided research assistance for the High-Energy Physics Research Team at the University’s Electron Ring Accelerator Laboratory and at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in Palo Alto, California
    * Provided teaching assistance in University of Maryland Astronomy Program

    Education and Training
    Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD 2011-2012
    Studied various topics in the Pathways to Cybersecurity program.
    * Completed courses in Data Communications, Network Security, and Windows Server 2008 System Administration, earning 11 credits with GPA of 4.0
    * Earned CompTIA Network+ and Security+ certifications
    * Currently tutoring other students in Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Mathematics
    * Pursuing personal research into new programming tools and technologies for future use

    Learning Tree International 2006 and 2007
    * Completed course in C# .NET Programming, Reston, VA, April 2007
    * Completed course in Object-Oriented Programming in C#, New York, NY, November 2006

    University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD 1982
    Undergraduate studies – Computer Science
    * Completed courses in computer programming and data structures using Pascal and Assembly language, earning 9 credits with GPA of 4.0

    University of Maryland, College Park, MD 1973-1976
    Undergraduate studies – Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering
    * Earned 92 credits with GPA of 3.6
    * Appointed to English Honors program for Verbal and English Achievement test scores on Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
    * Awarded 6 credits in History for perfect score on U.S. History Advanced Placement (AP) Examination
    * Awarded Honor Scholarship in recognition of SAT scores, AP exam score, and High School achievements


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