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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
For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra. Shortly after 8:41 a.m. EDT on Aug. 17, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope picked up a pulse of high-energy light from a powerful explosion, which was immediately reported to astronomers around the globe as a short gamma-ray burst. The scientists at the National S...
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on Oct. 15 at 3:28 a.m. EDT. Designated NROL-52, the mission is in support of national security. "Today's launch is a testament to the tireless dedication of the ULA team, demonstrating why ULA continues to serve as our nation's most dependable and successful launch provider," said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch. "Af...
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
The first full-scale model of the rocket motor that will propel Ariane 6 and Vega-C into orbit has been cast and filled with inert propellant for testing at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. The P120C is the largest solid-propellant rocket motor ever built in one segment. Each P120C will hold over 140 tonnes of propellant in a carbon fibre casing almost 11.5 m long and about 3.4 m in diameter. It is derived from Vega's current first stage motor, the P80, which holds 88 tonnes of propell...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
There's no map showing all the billions of exoplanets hiding in our galaxy -- they're so distant and faint compared to their stars, it's hard to find them. Now, astronomers hunting for new worlds have established a possible signpost for giant exoplanets. A new study finds that giant exoplanets that orbit far from their stars are more likely to be found around young stars that have a disk of dust and debris than those without disks. The study, published in The Astronomical Journal, focused on ...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:50:00 +0100
EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS) announced today that the EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite was successfully launched on October 11 at 6:53 PM EDT on a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. EchoStar 105/SES-11, a dual-mission satellite for EchoStar and SES, is a hybrid Ku and C-band communications satellite that provides EchoStar with 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz, marketed as EchoStar 105, and SES with a C-band payload of 24 transponders, marketed under the name S...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0100
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was recently selected by DigitalGlobe, Inc. as the next-generation WorldView Legion satellite imaging constellation payload provider. Under the contract, Raytheon will deliver the telescopes, detectors and combined electronics to Space Systems Loral, the WorldView Legion space vehicle integrator. Raytheon's new payload doubles DigitalGlobe's capacity to capture multispectral and 30 cm imagery, while tripling to quadrupling the company's capacity to image high-dema...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:32:00 +0100
Mission controllers completed a critical final rehearsal today, confirming that everything and everyone on ground are ready to take over control of Sentinel-5P in the harsh environment of space. A 'team of teams' working at ESA's control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, today conducted a final rehearsal for this week's launch of Sentinel-5P. They were joined by engineers working at ground stations on three continents and by teams responsible for the launcher and its payload in Plesetsk, Russ...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0100
Ushering in a new era of advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, the U.S. Air Force declared the first Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-built GPS III satellite "Available for Launch." The Air Force's "AFL" declaration is the final acceptance of Lockheed Martin's first GPS III Space Vehicle (GPS III SV01) prior to its expected 2018 launch. GPS III SV01 will bring new capabilities to U.S. and allied military forces, and a new civil signal that will improve future connectivity worldwide ...
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
L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide Hawkeye(tm) III Lite VSAT satellite communications terminals and on-site training to the U.S. Air National Guard's Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC) teams. These terminals will facilitate direct communication from remote locations in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Additionally, these Army Strategic Command (ARSTRAT)-certified terminals will enable access to the Wideband Global SATCO...
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
Astronomers have identified a bumper crop of dual supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. This discovery could help astronomers better understand how giant black holes grow and how they may produce the strongest gravitational wave signals in the Universe. The new evidence reveals five pairs of supermassive black holes, each containing millions of times the mass of the Sun. These black hole couples formed when two galaxies collided and merged with each other, forcing their superma...
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...
Wed, 4 Oct 2017 01:00:00 +0100
Though an emerging market, the global nanosatellite market is highly competitive, with major players competing against each other to make a mark in the global market. The companies are adopting both organic and inorganic market strategies such as business expansions, partnerships, agreements, collaborations, product launches, and acquisitions, among others, to strengthen their position in the market. The high growth of the nanosatellite market is unprecedented for the satellite industry and will...
Tue, 3 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0100
After years of development, Lockheed Martin completed the first flight build of its new Multi-mission Modular (MM) Solar Array. This new flexible array advances Lockheed Martin's significant heritage flying flexible arrays on such programs as the International Space Station and a constellation for the U.S. Air Force. The new design is a major component of Lockheed Martin's multi-year modernization of its LM 2100 satellite bus, which is part of its newly-enhanced family of buses. The MM Array ...
Tue, 3 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope now is planning to launch between March and June 2019 from French Guiana, following a schedule assessment of the remaining integration and test activities. Previously Webb was targeted to launch in October 2018. "The change in launch timing is not indicative of hardware or technical performance concerns," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate at Headquarters in Washington. "Rather, the integration of the various...
Mon, 2 Oct 2017 21:01:00 +0100
Spaceflight, the leading satellite rideshare and mission management provider, today announced it was awarded its first NASA Kennedy Space Center Contract (KSC) for launch and integration services. The multi-year contract covers launch services in 2018 for a maximum of 24 payloads, with options to provide launch services for up to 24 additional payloads in 2019 and 2020. The potential total contract value is more than $5 million. U-Class payloads are miniature space research satellites that ty...
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     KeywordsProject accountant/controller with both a finance and aerospace engineering background. 11 years of project cost control experience. Excellent analytic, communication and organisation skills. Able to work under pressure to meet deadlines. Back from 8 mont
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    SENIOR PROJECT ACCOUNTANT 

    ACCA - MBA - Top French Aerospace Engineering School

     

     Project accountant with 11 years of experience in the Aerospace, Transport and Insurance industries.      

            Excellent analytical, communication and organisation skills. Able to work under pressure to meet deadlines.

            Back from 8 months travelling and volunteering in Asia. Immediately available.

     

    Professional Experience

     

    August 2011 – October 2012

    Project AccountantCHARTIS EUROPE Headquarters (AIG) (London, UK - Insurance)

    Control the costs of a portfolio of 30 projects (IT, Legal and Regulatory) across UK and Europe for FP&A.

    Ø  Develop Project Accounting best practicesand improve processes.

    ·         Audit current practices and provide financial guidance to the Project Management Office team

    ·         Organize monthly cost reviews to analyse the variance between the estimate and the actuals

    ·         Lead changes in the monthly accruals posting processto increase financial controls

    ·         Harmonize the cost recharge across European countries process

    ·         Design Project Accounting tools and develop reporting requirements

     

    Ø  Prepare summary reports and presentations for the Executive Committee of Chartis Europe.

    ·         Complete and accurate actual spend of the Project stack

    ·         Variance analysis: quarterly Actuals against Estimates and yearly Forecast against Budget

     

    Ø  Participate in the European Business case Peer Review.

    ·         Bi-weekly review of business cases to ensure completeness and consistency of information

    ·         Reviewof the costs/benefits analysis and advise on the capital/expense split

     

    October 2008 – July 2011

    Function Cost Manager THALES Rail Signalling Solutions (London, UK - Transport)

    London Underground signalling system upgrade project - Jubilee and Northern lines.

    Ø  Finance Business partner allocated to the Testing and System Assurance Departments

    ·         Prepare the yearly budget: manpower planning (300 000 hours) and non labour cost (£ 1 Million)

    ·         Produce weekly and monthly reports for Managers to analyse the actual spend

    ·         Participate actively in the change note process to ensure all deviations are captured

    ·         Ensure the correct allocation and coding of all financial transactions

    ·         Support Operational Managers in budgeting, forecasting and decision-making

     

    Ø  Process improvement of the budget preparation and consolidation

    ·         Create new budget templates to automate the completion and consolidation

    ·         Centralise and consolidate the 16 departmental templates in a Master file budget

    ·         Prioritise tasks to meet deadlines

               

    August 2005 – September 2008

    Senior Project Controller EADS ASTRIUM (Stevenage, UK - Aerospace)

     

    Ø  Control the costs and sales of Telecommunication satellite Platforms. Budget £ 10 Million.

    ·         Participate in the Bid process, monitor and negotiate the UK Platform work order

    ·         Set up the initial budget (labour and direct costs) and create the Work Breakdown Structure

    ·         Check the monthly actual spend and analyse in detail the variance to the original plan

    ·         Update the forecast ensuring consistency with schedule, risks and workload profile

    ·         Maintain the risk register and assess risk likelihood and impact

    ·         Update the cash flow forecast including foreign currencies management

    ·         Report the project financial status: revenue, expenditure, margin, cash flow

    Ø  Expertise applied to project control processes and tools.

    ·         Establish a frameworksupporting Project Control role

    ·         Train new staff and coach team members in the project control tools and processes

    ·         Improve the reporting, creating new templates post SAP migration

    ·         Produce and analyse multi-project performance indicators

    ·         Provide independent feedback on other Business Division Project Control processes

     

    February 2005 – July 2005

    Process Manager EADS AIRBUS France (Toulouse, France - Aeronautics)

    Ø  Interface between the A380 systems division users (100 people) and software developers.

    ·         Set up a status report regarding 12 software tools (action, risks and project management, documentation, intranet)

    ·         Coordinate the deployment of the new software versions

    ·         Organise training on the Project Management tools and support users

     

    February 2004 – January 2005

    Project ControllerTHALES ALENIA SPACE (Toulouse, France - Aerospace)

    Ø  Cost control of Telecommunication satellite payloads. Budget: € 40 million.

    Ø  Payload bids department Process Manager.

    ·         Control department costs and review budget forecast

    ·         Develop standard schedule templates for bids

    ·         Check costs and schedule bids consistency

     

    November 2001 – January 2004

    Project ControllerEADS ASTRIUM (Portsmouth, UK - Aerospace)

    Ø  Cost and sales control of Telecommunication satellite payloads. Budget € 50 Million.

    Ø  Manufacturing Department cost control (Frequency Generator Unit and Amplifiers).

    ·         Set up detailed report of time spent by activity using the MRP software (SURF) and analyse the variance with the routing time

    ·         Implement efficiency indicators

    ·         Review the department forward load

     

    Education

    2011 ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Qualified Accountant

    2001 MBA (Master of Business Administration) - University Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne

    2000 Graduated from ENSICA (Ecole National Superieure d'Ingenieurs de Constructions Aeronautiques)

             French National Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering School

     

    Languages and software tools

    French: mother tongue - English: fluent spoken and written

    Spanish: good knowledge - Italian: good knowledge

    Microsoft office: Excel (advanced level), Word, Power Point, Outlook    

    Enterprise Resource Planning: SAP (advanced level), MIS, SURF

    Cost and schedule planning: P3, Cascade, Artemis

    Reporting tools: COGNOS, Business Warehouse, Business Objects

     

    Hobbies and interests

    Travelling and Volunteering for charities in Asia from November 12 to June 13, Cycling, Trekking, Theatre


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