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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
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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 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
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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
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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
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Sat, 26 Aug 2017 09:35:00 +0100
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Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:37:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:13-09-2013
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     Current job:PhD Researcher
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     Keywordsspacecraft, space debris, de-orbit, system engineering, testing, requirements, mission analysis, project management
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    PERSONAL STATEMENT

    PhD researcher with an aerospace engineering background specialising in Space Debris Mitigation technologies for de-orbiting. Seeking to build on research skills and system engineering approach gained through space mission projects from requirements to delivery. Ambition is to have a managerial career in the sector including innovative technologies and policies development. Team worker, flexible and capable of build relationships with people at all levels. Strong communication and leadership skills with ability to manage people and resources in an international environment.

     

    EDUCATION

    PhD on passive drag augmentation de-orbit systems: Cranfield University, UK (December 2013 - expected June 2017)

    This is a full time programme in the School of Aerospace, Transport & Manufacturing with the Space Research Group in the area of Clean Space, theme of Space Debris Mitigation, and including the development of the De-Orbit Mechanism (DOM) Payload for ESEO mission.

    The research focuses on the development of passive drag augmentation systems for de-orbiting a range of different spacecraft at the end of life, so to have a product family of scalable designs. The work encompassed market forecast scenario of LEO spacecraft, and their compliance to Space Debris Mitigation requirements, failure analysis of satellites’ subsystems, requirements definition and design of the drag augmentation de-orbit device.

    Research activities included assisting in the supervision of four MSc students from the Astronautics & Space Engineering course and two Pre-master students.

    TESP Robotics: Tohoku University, Japan (July 2016)

    Successfully selected for Summer school in Robotics: lectures in Space and Disaster robotics, Computer vision, Robotics for human assistance, Haptic interfaces, Cameras and image sensors, including Group project on haptic sensors and interfaces.

    MSc Aerospace & Astronautics Engineering (106/110): Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy (October 2010 - March 2013)

    Modules: Space system engineering, Space propulsion, Spacecraft attitude dynamics and control, Astrodynamics, Aerodynamics, Metrology, Manufacturing for aerospace materials, Lightweight structures, laboratories in Hybrid rockets and Space robotics.

    Group Project: MISSUS (Meteorological Integrated Sensor Suite for Stratospheric analysis) experiment on ESA, SNSB, DLR, BEXUS programme (2011-2012): the primary goal of the project was to collect meteorological and attitude data, basing on a synergic approach, in order to validate the atmospheric models during the ascent, float and descent phases of the BEXUS stratospheric balloon mission. Tasks as team leader were project management, testing and data analysis.

    Individual Thesis: “MISSUS experiment on BEXUS programme: Temperature data analysis and correlation”. The aim of the work was to validate and verify the performance of the MarsTem prototype on-board MISSUS with real data sets. The thesis focused on atmospheric analysis based on the meteorological data acquired by the experiment and correlation between gondola attitude and RTD measurements.

    BSc Aerospace Engineering (105/110): Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy (October 2007 - September 2010)

    Modules: Calculus, Algebra, Applied Mathematics, Differential Equations, Physics; Mechanical engineering modules with focus on Aerodynamics, Flight mechanics, Spacecraft systems, Structural mechanics. Elective: Electrical on-board system, Satellite optical payload and sensors.

     

    RESEARCH PROJECTS

    · ESA CleanSat’s technology assessment and concurrent engineering in support of LEO platform evolutions - Drag augmentation system (DAS) modules for small satellites (2016). Lead Researcher for DAS: work packages included requirements definition, performance analysis for de-orbit and debris risk assessment, review and refinement of baseline designs, development of derived designs; also involved in the proposal preparation.

    · ESA ESEO mission: DOM drag sail payload, due for launch 2018 (2013-2017). DOM Payload Engineer: requirements verification, mechanical design, performance analysis, test campaign on prototype, engineering model, and flight model compliant with ECSS standard, including production of test procedures and reports for official documentation.

    · Icarus-3 drag sail payload for SSTL Carbonite-1 (2015). Responsible for de-orbit analysis to assess spacecraft compliance with Space Debris Mitigation requirements.

     

    SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

    · C. Palla, J. Kingston, S. Hobbs, “Development of commercial drag augmentation systems for small satellites”, 7th European Conference on Space Debris, 18-21 April 2017, ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt.

    · C. Palla, D. Grinham, J. Kingston, “Development of a family of scalable drag augmentation systems”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 4-11 March 2017, Big Sky, Montana.

    · C. Palla, J. Kingston, “Applicability of drag augmentation systems to enable future LEO spacecraft compliance with debris mitigation guidelines”, 67th IAC, 26-30 September 2016, Guadalajara, Mexico. Paper ID: IAC-16-A6.4.5.

    · C. Palla, M. Peroni, J. Kingston, ”Failure analysis of satellite subsystems to define suitable de-orbit devices”; Acta Astronautica, 2016. DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2016.07.021

    · C. Palla, J. Kingston, “Forecast analysis on satellites that need de-orbit technologies: future scenarios for passive de-orbit devices”; CEAS Space Journal; 2016. DOI:10.1007/s12567-016-0120-x

    · F. Cucciarrè, S. Chiodini, C. Palla, G. Tovo, I. Vidali, D. Bettio, D. Cornale, V. Botti, E. De Villa Bais, M. Didonè, G. Colombatti, S. Debei; “MISSUS experiment onboard BEXUS 15: an innovative integrated sensors suite for meteorological measurements in low pressure environments and for attitude reconstruction”; ESA Special Publication proceedings SP-721; 2013.

     

    CAREER HISTORY

    Cranfield Students’ Association (CSA): Cranfield, UK - President (May 2015 – April 2016)

    Working part-time as a sabbatical Officer for the Students Union of Cranfield University. Focus on leadership, representation and communication between the various CSA stakeholders:

    Representing the students rights and views at University Council, Senate and committees

    Liaising with senior University executives

    Managing, supporting, assisting the CSA team of Student Officers in key projects, events, activities

    Providing academic and welfare advice for students (including high level of confidentiality)

    Monitoring the financial situation and operational expenditure (signatory to the CSA bank account)

    Increasing the students’ engagement through renewed activities and communication media (led to CSA surplus in the financial year well ahead of budget)

    Responsible for the CSA’s strategy and planning, oversight of activities, legal duties and providing guidance as officer of the CSA board of trustees

    Cranfield Students’ Association: Cranfield, UK - Research Students’ officer (May 2014 – April 2015)

    Working as a volunteer elected Officer for the Students Union of Cranfield University.

    Representing the research students in the Research & Innovation Committee

    Supporting research students on academic and welfare issues

    Building a research community improving communication channels and running tailored events

    Providing student perspective as member of the Athena SWAN self-assessment team

    Involved in organizing and planning CSA and students-led events

    PC Engineering: Treviso, Italy - Assistant Engineer (April 2013 - November 2013)

    Working for a small engineering company in safety and risk analysis on machinery.

    Field-based analysis for health and safety requirements respect to Directive 2006/42/EC

    Producing technical documentation of machinery requirements compliance

    Design of LPG plants

    Fire risk assessment in production plants and buildings

     

    SKILLS, INTERESTS & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    Languages: English (business fluent), Italian (mother tongue), Spanish (intermediate).

    IT Skills: Confident user experienced with Microsoft Office (including Project), MATLAB, SolidWorks, AutoCAD, STELA, DRAMA. Sound knowledge of CATIA V5, ANSYS (CFX), LaTeX; knowledge of Simulink, Abaqus, ESATAN.

    Individual Interests: Alpine ski racer and qualified ski instructor, enjoy dancing salsa and playing tennis, knowledge of classical guitar. 

    Volunteering: Active roles in the University students union (CSA) as representative; member of Sci Club Treviso board (2008-2014) and currently in Ski MK Race Team board, responsible for media and communication.

    Memberships: Student member of RAeS and WIA-Europe; member of CranSEDS (Cranfield students for the exploration and development of space): involved in extracurricular activities and in the Dragonfly project competition (2015) with CranSEDS team on a feasibility study focused on designing a mission capable to reach Alpha Centauri within 100 years.

    Honours & Awards: Santander Mobility Award (2017), Highly Commended certificate - Eric Beverley competition for the research work in Aerospace field. Awarded by the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers & Coach Harness Makers of London (2015).

    Qualifications: Professional Qualification in Industrial Engineering (Italian State Examination 13/07/2013); BASI Alpine Ski Level 1 Instructor (2016), QNUK Level 2 Award in Activity First Aid (QFC) (11/09/2016).


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