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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission pressed forward with plans to firm up its rules about space safety and orbital debris Nov. 15 while at the same time questioning whether it is the right agency to do so. SpaceNews.com
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NASA’s plans to return humans to the surface of the moon within 10 years got a chilly reception from an advisory group Nov. 15, who called on the agency to accelerate that timeframe and reconsider development of the Gateway facility in lunar orbit. SpaceNews.com
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The round brings NorthStar E&S’s total funding to 83 million Canadian dollars and ends a funding drought from when the company announced its plans three years ago. SpaceNews.com
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Spacety is one of China’s first commercial and private satellite companies in China, established in January 2016, following new government policies introduced in 2014 and 2015 to deregulate the nation’s space sector. SpaceNews.com
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AST&Science announced plans Nov. 15 to begin building extremely satellites in 2019 at its new North American manufacturing plant in Midland, Texas. SpaceNews.com
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SpaceX matched its personal best with its 18th launch this year, delivering the Es’hail-2 communications satellite to geostationary transfer orbit for Qatari operator Es’hailSat. SpaceNews.com
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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Nov. 15 that the reelection defeat of a key appropriator, and the potential for budget cuts next year, is a cause for concern for him as he tries to balance the agency’s priorities. SpaceNews.com
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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted Nov. 15 to approve four proposed satellite constellations, authorizing nearly 8,000 small telecom satellites to serve U.S. entities from low Earth orbit. SpaceNews.com
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NASA’s top official came to Canada to make his pitch for the country to become involved in a U.S.-lead lunar space mission but that direct appeal didn’t budge Canadian government officials, at least for now. SpaceNews.com
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Shanahan on the Space Force legislation: “What I feel confident about is that the proposal that we are going to carry forward makes sense.” SpaceNews.com
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Solstar Space, the New Mexico startup planning to offer WiFi to people and machines in orbit, is looking for a strategic investor. SpaceNews.com
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Rocket Lab, the small launch vehicle developer that recently performed its first commercial launch, has raised an additional $140 million to fund expansion of its launch activities and research projects. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:03:25 +0000
Leaps in capabilities of commercial constellations of small Earth-observation satellites and the decreasing cost of their services were at the center of a debate about the future of publicly funded Earth-observation missions after Spire CEO Peter Platzer introduced the company’s ambition to become “the Amazon” of space. SpaceNews.com
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While everybody is rightly celebrating recent successes in commercial space, some long-term trends are just beginning. It is still early days, and significant growth and new opportunities are just around the corner. SpaceNews.com
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It’s no secret the megaconstellations will have a dramatic impact on space traffic. Experts now are turning their attention to ensuring they don’t also create a dangerous spike in orbital debris. SpaceNews.com
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Space Tango, a Kentucky startup that develops microgravity research platforms, announced plans Nov. 15 to launch in the mid-2020s an autonomous in-orbit manufacturing facility. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:36:34 +0000
With NASA committed to a human return to the moon, Mars exploration advocates say those lunar missions can be useful to achieve their long-term goals, if designed properly. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:15:39 +0000
WASHINGTON — Air Force buyers of space systems are cutting red tape and removing layers of oversight to expedite programs, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Stephen Wilson said on Wednesday. Wilson said the reorganization of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and the establishment of a rapid procurement office […] SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:05-12-2013
     Last Modified:05-12-2013 (07:17)
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     Current job:Research Assistant
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsControl design, software design, optical analysis, star tracker specialist
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    OBJECTIVE
    To obtain a career in satellite sensor design and satellite control research and development


    EDUCATION

    Doctor of Philosophy, Aerospace Engineering                                   Sept. 2013
    Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
    Thesis: Development and Characterization of Color Star Trackers
    Supervisor: Dr. John Enright

    Master of Applied Science, Electrical Engineering                                 Aug. 2008
    Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
    Thesis: Robust Nonlinear Control Of Under-actuated Satellite Formation
    Supervisors: Dr. Guanjun Liu and Dr. Krishna Dev Kumar

    Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical Engineering                      May 2006
    Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
     

    RESEARCH INTERESTS
    Nonlinear dynamics and nonholonomic control systems
    Sensor design and fusion, attitude estimation, and Kalman ltering
    Bridging theory and practical implementation towards commercialization


    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Research Assistant                             Sept. 2013 - Present
    Space Avionics and Instrumentation Laboratory (SAIL)
    Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
     + Research and development of Color Star Tracking theory and implementation

    Developement Team Member                                Oct. 2009 - May 2010
    Joint ST-16 Star Tracker Project (high-precision spacecraft attitude sensor)
    SAIL Ryerson, Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) University of Toronto
    Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), and Sinclair Interplanetary

     + Hardware design and register con guration of CMOS sensor module.
     + Expected on orbit deployment November 2013
     + Details at http://www.sinclairinterplanetary.com/startrackers

    Teaching/Graduate Assistant                                    2003 - 2012
    Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
     + Department of Mathematics (MTH140, MTH240, and MTH141)
     + Department of Electrical Engineering (ELE202, ELE302, and EES512)
     + Department of Physics (PCS211)


    TECHNICAL SKILLS
    Demonstrated conpetence in the following areas:

    Control Systems
     + Linear - State space, Proportional Integral Derivative (PID), robustness
     + Nonlinear - Lyapunov stability, linearization, sliding-mode
     + Nonholonomic Systems - Underactuated satellite dynamics

    Sensor Calibration
     + Noise Modeling - Characterizing system model and noise sources/behaviors
     + Hardware Calibration - Model parameter estimation through laboratory testing
     + High-Fidelity Simulation - Evaluation of sensor design using numerical modeling

    Programming
     + Low-level - Assembly, C, C++, Fortran
     + High-level - MATLAB (data processing, gpu/parallel-operation, real-time hardware integration)
     + Operating Systems - Linux (Ubunto, Mint)

    Hardware
     + Low-level - Raspberry Pi, PIC Micro-controller, Gumstix (OVERO)
     + High-level - Robotic rotary gimbals, sensor and optical calibrations
     + Astronomy/Photometry - Catalog integration and processing
     + Design Space Characterization - Optical, noise, measurement sensitivity


    PUBLICATIONS

    Refereed Journals
     + Geo ffrey McVittie and John Enright, "Color star tracking I: star measurement", SPIE Journal of
         Optical Engineering, Vol. 51, No. 8, August 2012
     + John Enright and Geo rey McVittie, "Color star tracking II: matching", SPIE Journal of Optical
         Engineering, Vol. 52, No. 1, January 2013

    Conferences
     + Geoffrey McVittie and John Enright, "Color Star Tracking Using 3CCD Prism Hardware", AIAA
         Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, 2012, 10.2514/6.2012-5001
     + John Enright and Geoff McVittie, "Star Tracking Using Colour CMOS Detectors" AIAA Guidance,
        Navigation, and Control Conference, 2010, 10.2514/6.2010-8449
     + John Enright, Geoff McVittie, and Thomas Dzamba, "Color-Based Matching for Star Trackers",
        AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2010, 10.2514/6.2010-7825
     + Geo ffrey McVittie, Krishna Kumar, and Guangjun Liu, "Reduced Input Control of an Underactuated
        Satellite Formation
    ", AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, 2010, 10.2514/6.2010-7710
     + Geoff McVittie, Krishna Kumar, "Design of a COTS Femtosatellite and Mission", AIAA SPACE 2007
        Conference & Exposition, 2007, 10.2514/6.2007-6034


    MEMBERSHIPS
    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
    International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)


    HONORS
    Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Tech. (QEII-GSST) Sept. 2011 - Aug. 2012
    Ryerson Graduate Scholarship (RGS) Sept. 2007 - Aug. 2011
    Ryerson Graduate Award (RGA) Sept. 2006 - Aug. 2007


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