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The National Space Council will likely press NASA at its upcoming meeting to speed up its plans to return humans to the moon as the agency continues to study alternative approaches for the next flight of its Orion spacecraft. SpaceNews.com
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European launch provider Arianespace conducted its third launch of the year March 21, orbiting a remote-sensing satellite for the Italian Space Agency on a Vega rocket. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 23:22:21 +0000
The Canadian government has vowed to increase the level of funding for the development of low Earth orbit satellites that can bring internet services to rural parts of the country. SpaceNews.com
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Even before the launch, NASA officials said there was already work identified before the Demo-1 flight that needed to get done before the agency would consider flying astronauts on board. SpaceNews.com
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Federal Communications Commission officials urged patience with the repurposing process for satellite C-band spectrum, saying regulators are more concerned about getting it right than rushing the process. SpaceNews.com
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The Germany space agency DLR is beginning a study this month on a reusable launcher concept that would use a winged first-stage booster captured on descent by an aircraft and towed back to land. SpaceNews.com
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In the Q&A below Lesley touches on the mentor who inspired her, offers her perspective on women working in high tech careers and shares advice for those interested in building a career in the commercial space industry. SpaceNews.com
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The question of how SMC is positioning itself for the future is gaining attention in light of the Pentagon’s decision to establish a Space Development Agency, which some view as a long-term existential threat to SMC. SpaceNews.com
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Blue Origin has studied repurposing upper stages of its future New Glenn launch vehicle to serve as habitats or for other applications as part of a series of NASA-funded commercialization studies. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 23:07:08 +0000
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says the U.S. has to "grow our margin of dominance in space." SpaceNews.com
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The Space Development Agency officially came into existence last week and already is causing a stir. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 20:13:58 +0000
Arianespace’s first Ariane 6 mission will carry 30 OneWeb satellites to low Earth orbit. The launch, slated for the second half of 2020, will use the “62” version of the rocket, which has two side boosters. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:58:33 +0000
The National Space Council will hold its next public meeting March 26 to discuss NASA’s human space exploration plans. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 02:17:55 +0000
Laser communications terminal provider Mynaric says it raised 11 million euros ($12.5 million) in post-IPO funding from a mystery constellation venture that plans to buy up to 1,000 terminals. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 21:02:20 +0000
SpaceIL’s lunar lander performed a maneuver March 19 that puts the privately developed lander on course to enter orbit around the moon next month. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 20:42:07 +0000
With two new satellites in orbit and a third on the way, APT Satellite of Hong Kong continues to grow, but company executives remain worried about Asia-Pacific market conditions. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 20:10:11 +0000
Inmarsat said it remain in discussion with the consortium, which under British law has until April 16 to make a binding offer. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 17:19:20 +0000
I’m a firm believer that the commercialization of space is absolutely essential for the growth of the space economy and achieving all of the goals we espouse for human activities in space. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 16:34:45 +0000
Long before Ruag began producing structures for OneWeb communications satellites, the Swiss aerospace equipment supplier noted the market shift toward large constellations and began investing in automation. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 15:17:20 +0000
Regardless of whether the Airbus-OneWeb joint venture gearing up to crank out dozens of satellites a month ultimately builds just 648 satellites or closer to the 900 originally envisioned, OneWeb’s constellation is the first such project large enough to truly incorporate aviation-style mass production procedures for spacecraft. 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
    CV

    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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