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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 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...
Thu, 24 Aug 2017 22:00:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced it is in final preparations to launch the company's Minotaur IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on Friday, August 25, at approximately 11:15 p.m. EDT. The Minotaur IV will carry the U.S. Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS-5) spacecraft, which will monitor satellites and space debris to aid the U.S. military's space situational awareness. Building on the Minotaur...
Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:53:00 +0100
ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Matthias Maurer joined 16 Chinese astronauts earlier this month for nine days of sea survival training off China's coastal city of Yantai. The ultimate goal is for ESA to establish a long term cooperation with China and ESA astronauts to fly on China's space station. Returning from space, astronauts need to be prepared for any eventuality - including landing in water. Sea survival is a staple of all training but this is the first time that other ast...
Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:31:00 +0100
NASA has selected Jacobs Technology of Tullahoma, Tennessee, to provide a broad spectrum of engineering and scientific support services at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama and the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The Engineering Services and Science Capability Augmentation (ESSCA) contract is a cost-plus-award-fee indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract that has a potential period of performance of eight years. It is a follow-on effort to the ESSSA contrac...
Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:52:00 +0100
The industry-funded Low Cost Terminal (LCT) was successfully tested this month with an on-orbit Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. This critical milestone demonstrates the ability of an affordable tactical terminal to connect with the DoD's most highly assured protected communications network. The industry development team is led by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). The AEHF system, designed for both strategic and tactical users, enabl...
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     Date Submitted:04-06-2013
     Last Modified:04-06-2013 (01:48)
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     Current job:Mission Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Operators
     KeywordsTop Secret/SCI clearance, Satellite Operations Manager, Launch and early orbit, Excellent written skills
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    Summary

    Satellite operations manager with extensive experience in low earth orbiting spacecraft and constellations performing earth imaging, tracking objects in space, earth environmental science and telecommunications.  Strengths include launch and early orbit, procedure development and supervising operational teams.  Top Secret (SCI) clearance is current.

    Experience

    September 2009 – March 2013

    DigitalGlobe (formerly GeoEye)

    Dulles, VA

    Mission Manager – Responsible for the on shift operations of the GeoEye-1 satellite operations team

    §  Led operations team in monitoring, commanding and controlling of the GeoEye-1 earth imaging satellite

    §  Coordinated the detection of and recovery from satellite anomalies including briefing upper management

    §  Managed and evaluated the performance of up to five directly reporting employees.  Participated in hiring and termination of employees

    §  Authored over 80% of the Mission Manager training modules for newly selected trainees

    §  Created or made major revisions to fifteen Mission Manager procedures

     

    April 2008 – September 2009

    DigitalGlobe (formerly GeoEye)

    Dulles, VA

    Principle Mission Controller – Certified as Mission Operations Controller (MOC) and Ground Terminal Systems (GTS) operator

    §  Established and ensured best practices for GTS monitoring and control during first months after launch of GeoEye-1

    §  Authored fifteen GTS procedures

    §  Responsible for commanding, monitoring health and welfare and initial spacecraft anomaly detection and recovery for GeoEye-1 spacecraft as MOC operator

     

    July 2004 – April 2008

    Grove Resource Solutions

    Columbia, MD

    Mission Operations Specialist – Responsible for control and operation of MSX spacecraft for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

    §  Led and managed the real-time operations team.  Provided direction when an anomaly was detected.  Implemented proper contingency procedures.  Made any required decisions regarding the safety of the spacecraft.

    §  Central Flight Operations point-of-contact to the Air Force and other mission elements for real-time operation

    §  Maintained an in-depth understanding of the MSX spacecraft

    §  Coordinate between MSX Flight Operations planning, control, and assessment functions with particular emphasis on real-time operations

     

    March 2004 – July 2004

    Lockheed Martin Space Operations Company

    Greenbelt, MD

    Satellite Engineer VII – Instrument Engineer responsible for all scientific instrument activities and maintenance for NASA's Terra Satellite Flight Operations Team (FOT)

    §  Generated and reviewed long term trending data for the spacecraft’s five science instruments

    §  Acted as liaison between each Instrument Operations Team and the Terra FOT on all health and welfare and maintenance issues for science instruments

    §  Provided pre-launch support for the Aura satellite launch on instrument issues

    §  Played key role as the system expert for the science instruments on the Terra FOT

     

    March 2003 – March 2004

    Lockheed Martin Space Operations Company

    Greenbelt, MD

    Satellite Engineer VII – Satellite Online Engineer in charge of monitoring the health and welfare of the Terra spacecraft for NASA

    §  Managed the Terra Solid State Recorder to ensure all science data was completely transmitted to the ground

    §  Responsible for detecting satellite anomalies and initiating contingency procedures to keep the satellite safe

    §  Generated, reviewed and transmitted the various navigation and stored commands required daily for the Terra spacecraft

     

    April 2002 – December 2002

    Preferred Systems Solutions

    Washington, DC

    Ground System Test Engineer – Tested satellite ground systems for Intelsat Global Service Corp

    §  Coordinated and performed acceptance testing for the Satellite Control Center software changes and updates

    §  Reviewed and assigned priorities for ground system fixes

    §  Liaison between spacecraft engineers, software developers and software system integration

    §  Reviewed and assigned priorities for ground system fixes

    §  Monitored system performance to ensure software changes do not adversely affect satellite control mission

     

    August 2000 – November 2001

    Lockheed Martin Space Operations Company

    Greenbelt, MD

    Aeronautical Engineer VII – Training and Certification Coordinator for NASA's Aqua and Terra Satellite Flight Operations Team (FOT)

    §  Created the FOT certification program prior to launch of the Aqua spacecraft

    §  Administered the certification program for both the Terra and Aqua FOT

    §  Established a master test database of ground system and satellite operations questions for certifications and continuing training of FOT personnel

    August 1997 – August 2000

    Lockheed Martin Space Operations Company

    San Jose, CA

    Aeronautical Engineer VII – Operations Coordinator, Shift Supervisor, Operations Controller, Network Coordinator – Globalstar Satellite Constellation

    §  Coordinated between the Satellite Operations Control Center (SOCC), other Globalstar divisions and outside service providers for use and scheduling of assets for mission requirements

    §  Led daily briefings to Globalstar management on the status of mission critical equipment

    §  Wrote multiple Standard and Contingency Operating Procedures for both the Globalstar ground and space systems

    §  Authored ground system portion of SOCC Operations Handbook

    §  First member of the satellite operations team to certify in all six possible positions

    §  Performed launch and early orbit operations in support of 14 multiple satellite launches in four different roles

    §  Developed, documented and administered simulated anomaly conditions in preparation for 12 satellite simultaneous launch

    Education/Military Service

    US Navy Nuclear Trained Electronics Technician – Submarines November 1988 – August 1997

    Schools – Electronics Technician Nuclear Field “A” School, Naval Nuclear Power School, Naval Nuclear Prototype School, Advanced ET Maintenance School, Navy Leadership and Development, Submarine Quality Assurance

    High School Diploma – Windsor High School, Windsor, CT



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