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Despite a surge in Chinese launch activity and growth of commercial Chinese launch developers, executives with American companies said they’re not worried about potential competition with them. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 21 May 2019 22:50:16 +0000
The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), an agency created in 2015 to accelerate the adoption of commercial technology to solve national security problems, is trying to reduce the time it takes to award contracts from 90 days to 60 days. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 21 May 2019 22:24:22 +0000
From 2013 until 2017, Barrett served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Aerospace Corporation SpaceNews.com
Tue, 21 May 2019 22:05:02 +0000
Dissatisfied with the length and content of proposed rules to streamline commercial launch and reentry regulations, industry officials say they will ask for an extension of an ongoing public review period for those rules. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 21 May 2019 21:54:24 +0000
The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) is eager to increase development testing. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 21 May 2019 21:11:45 +0000
Tethers Unlimited is designing a satellite servicing vehicle that would leverage technologies developed for the U.S. Defense Department and NASA to service spacecraft in low Earth orbit. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 21 May 2019 19:46:20 +0000
GAO predicts the OCX schedule will continue to slip. Raytheon: “The GAO findings are inaccurate.” SpaceNews.com
Tue, 21 May 2019 16:07:08 +0000
China has recently made it clear it intends to contend aggressively over this important industry and it is worth noting that extremely lax regulation has often played a critical role that nation’s ability to undercut other U.S. industries. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 21 May 2019 11:25:38 +0000
A supplier base of hardware and service vendors sees opportunities for new business from the growing number of satellite and launch vehicle ventures, even if space remains a small part of their overall business. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 20 May 2019 16:24:44 +0000
The sale includes nine satellites — half of EchoStar’s fleet when counting leased payloads — plus employees who handled satellite operations, associated properties, and licensing for an orbital slot. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 20 May 2019 12:46:25 +0000
Just as Jeff Bezos, and others like him, are pushing the envelope of technology and business models, there is a similar need to push the limits of space policy such that it will support a space settlement agenda. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 20 May 2019 11:05:06 +0000
SpaceX filed a bid protest in federal court against the government May 17, but most details about the protest, including the specific award being protested, remain undisclosed. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 20 May 2019 04:18:45 +0000
In order to meet the goal of landing humans on the moon in 2024, NASA needs to get one element of its proposed lunar Gateway on contract in the near future so it will be ready in time. SpaceNews.com
Sun, 19 May 2019 21:42:23 +0000
The HAC notes that the decision to not back the $72 million request should not be read as a complete rejection of the idea of establishing a Space Force. SpaceNews.com
Sat, 18 May 2019 20:38:45 +0000
Thornberry is proposing legislation that would make it easier for startups like Capella Space to continue to get private funding and compete for DoD small business awards. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 17 May 2019 21:10:32 +0000
A House appropriations subcommittee approved a spending bill May 17 that provides NASA with more than $22.3 billion but largely ignores an administration request for an additional $1.6 billion to support plans for a 2024 human return to the moon. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 17 May 2019 11:17:01 +0000
NASA announced May 16 it has selected 11 companies to begin studies and initial prototype development of portions of lunar landers the agency hopes can help it meet its 2024 human landing goal. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 16 May 2019 20:34:56 +0000
Under the proposed system, space officers would only compete against space officers for promotions. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 16 May 2019 19:48:28 +0000
The House Appropriations Committee released a spending bill May 16 that adds more than $1 billion to NASA’s original request but offers little in the way of additional funding for exploration priorities included in the agency’s recent budget amendment. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 16 May 2019 13:14:20 +0000
Chinese private launch firm LandSpace has completed assembly of a liquid methane-liquid oxygen rocket engine for its new Zhuque-2 launch vehicle. SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:02-07-2013
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     Current job:Research Fellow
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     KeywordsPhysicist, spectroscopy, astronomy, galaxies, extra-galactic, gravitational lensing
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    I have been working as a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham since February 2013, having completed my PhD viva at the University of Birmingham (started in 2009) in January 2013 and collecting my PhD on the 8th of July of this year. The PhD thesis title was ``Multi-Wavelength Strong Lensing Study of Low Redshift Cluster Cores'', which covered work using strong lensing modelling and spectroscopic data reduction. As a PhD student, outside of my studies I have also been involved in the marking and collating of the physics undergraduate work.
     
    My current and past studies have involved extensive gravitational lensing analyses and spectroscopic data reductions for the LoCuSS collaboration. This was to look at the physics in cluster cores on small scales (May et al. 2013 in prep; presented poster of preliminary results at CL J2010+0628 conference, Japan 2010). I have used various multi-wavelength data from a range of sources to provide information on the formation history and dynamical state of galaxy clusters. To perform these analyses, I have reduced spectroscopic data  so that it provided good strong lensing constraints. This required a large amount of time (14 nights observing in total) spent at both Gemini North and the Subaru telescopes in Hawaii and I have constructed observation plans for several night's observing and also collected and checked the data as it was received. I accompanied Dr. Nobuhiro Okabe and Dr. Graham Smith on most of these observation trips and also co-authored proposals for telescope time with the latter for Gemini South time.
     
    My work also involved investigating relationships between X-ray temperature and strong lensing derived masses (paper also in prep.). The current understanding of Dark Matter halos in the clusters are tri-axial in nature, which could explain current mass discrepancies. Therefore this latter investigation also looked at indicators that indicate the orientation of the long axis of the Dark Matter halo with respect to the line of sight in order to enable correction of measured mass values. I also had to produce quantitative measures for any resulting correlations.
     
    I have developed these skills and used them, to help the department and post viva I was then awarded a Studentship Enhancement Programme (STEP) award in order to write up chapters of my thesis for publication.
     
    Before going to University, I spent time in my gap year working at Broom's Barn Research Centre in Suffolk where I was part of a team collecting and analyzing insect samples from farm sites. I enjoy and am used to working on my own and within a team.
     
    I am used to working long or unpredictable hours. At Broom's Barn the work was often governed by the weather and farmer's activities. I travelled to Hawaii three times to oversee data collection for my PhD. The total observing time was 14 nights of 13 to 15 hour shifts from telescopes situated at the top of mountains, with the demands of eachs nights observations having to be tailored due to observing conditions and data priority requirements. 
     
    In my spare time I enjoy restoring and maintaining classic cars and furthering my personal knowledge of electronics and programming skills. I am also a roller derby referee and regularly get invited to referee all over the UK leagues and at international level.
     
    I am happy to provide the abstract or full versions of both first author papers (both in preparation, with one soon to be submitted) and/or my thesis on request. The range of skills and experience below have been used throughout my work.

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