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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:00:00 +0100
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (Nasdaq:CMTL) announced today that its Command & Control Technologies group, which is part of Comtech's Government Solutions segment, was awarded contract modifications totaling $4.2 million. Of this amount, $3.0 million was received during its fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 and $1.2 million was received during its first quarter of fiscal 2018. This additional funding applies to the original award in April 2017, which today totals $7.7 million of the total potenti...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0100
ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, has completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) milestones for the ViaSat-3 class spacecraft. The payload CDR was successfully completed last week, and when combined with the successful bus CDR, conducted with Boeing in mid-August, ViaSat and Boeing are now moving forward with building, integrating and testing the first two satellites. The ViaSat-3 class of Ka-band satellites is expected to provide unprecedented ca...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:20:00 +0100
Engineers have been at Russia's Plesetsk launch site for a month now, ticking off the jobs on the 'to do' list so that the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite is fit and ready for liftoff on 13 October. With the satellite now fuelled, the team has passed another milestone. Fuelling a satellite is a particularly delicate operation. Hydrazine is extremely toxic so only a few specialists wearing 'scape' suits remain in the cleanroom. Once filled with 82 kg of hydrazine, the satellite was weighed...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:36:00 +0100
NASA’s asteroid sample return spacecraft successfully used Earth’s gravity on Friday to slingshot itself on a path toward the asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next August. At 12:52 p.m. EDT on Sept. 22, the OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security – Regolith Explorer) spacecraft came within 10,711 miles (17,237 km) of Antarctica, just south of Cape Horn, Chile, before following a route north over the Pacific Ocean. OSIRIS-R...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:48:00 +0100
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope helped an international team of astronomers find that an unusual object in the asteroid belt is, in fact, two asteroids orbiting each other that have comet-like features. These include a bright halo of material, called a coma, and a long tail of dust. Hubble was used to image the asteroid, designated 300163 (2006 VW139), in September 2016 just before the asteroid made its closest approach to the Sun. Hubble’s crisp images revealed that it was actual...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:02:00 +0100
Arianespace’s ninth launch of 2017 is now scheduled for September 29 on a dual-payload Ariane 5 mission to geostationary transfer orbit with Intelsat 37e (for the global operator Intelsat) and BSAT-4a (for Space Systems Loral in the framework of a turnkey contract for the Japanese operator B-SAT). Ariane 5 in the Final Assembly BuildingDesignated Flight VA239 in Arianespace’s mission numbering system for its launcher family, the liftoff originally had been set for September 5, b...
Sun, 24 Sep 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-3 on Sept. 23, at 10:49:47 p.m. PDT. Designated NROL-42, the mission is in support of national security. "Congratulations to the entire team for overcoming multiple challenges throughout this launch campaign. From Hurricane Irma schedule impacts to replacing to a first stage battery this week - the team maintained a clear focus on mission success," said...
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:38:00 +0100
For the first time in its 19-year history, SMi Group’s Global MilSatCom Conference & Exhibition will be featuring South Korea in its speaker line-up for this year’s event. With recent threats surging within the region, South Korea has instilled urgency in the race to perfect milsatcom systems to ensure overall robust defence capability. Commander of Defence Communication Command, Brigadier General Nag Jung Choi, will be presenting a keynote address on Day 3 of the conference...
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:45:00 +0100
In the first act of lunar exploration, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were major characters. In setting its sights on the Moon, ESA hopes to bring many more actors to this off-world stage. By testing the market for transport services to the Moon, ESA aims to push the limits of technology and create new models of space business. Touching down on the Moon was a monumental moment in human history. Eight short years and enormous resources took humankind to the lunar surface, initially for le...
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0100
Astronomers have used ALMA to capture a strikingly beautiful view of a delicate bubble of expelled material around the exotic red star U Antliae. These observations will help astronomers to better understand how stars evolve during the later stages of their life-cycles. In the faint southern constellation of Antlia (The Air Pump) the careful observer with binoculars will spot a very red star, which varies slightly in brightness from week to week. This very unusual star is called U Antliae and...
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:03:00 +0100
SES, EchoStar Corp., and Airbus Defence and Space announced today that the new EchoStar 105/SES-11 spacecraft, built by Airbus, has been shipped from the Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for its forthcoming launch by SpaceX in October. The first satellite that EchoStar has constructed with manufacturer Airbus, EchoStar 105/SES-11 will be launched by SpaceX on a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. EchoStar 10...
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
FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: FLY) (OTCQX: FLYLF) (the "Company" or "FLYHT") is pleased to announce a flight trial with Inmarsat, and would like to bring attention to an Inmarsat press release titled Inmarsat to demonstrate advanced SwiftBroadband-Safety capabilities in flight trial with FLYHT on September 19, 2017. This trial will demonstrate the use of FLYHT's Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS(tm)) to send data to the UpTime(tm) Cloud management platform via I...
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
The Sun's recent activity has caught the interest of scientists and space weather forecasters worldwide, highlighting the need to keep a watchful eye on our star and its awesome power. On 6 and 10 September, our Sun produced a pair of solar flares, the strongest observed in over 10 years. They were accompanied by huge eruptions of billions of tonnes of matter into space. While many such eruptions fall back onto the hot surface, these two did not and became 'coronal mass ejections' (CMEs) -...
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
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will continue its support for NOAA's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System program that ingests and analyzes weather data, creating useful visualizations for forecasters and distributing time-sensitive weather statements such as watches and warnings across the United States. Used by more than 140 National Weather Service field offices, the AWIPS program informs decisions that save lives and protect property during natural disasters. Under the $269 mill...
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 ...
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     Date Submitted:28-12-2013
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     Current job:Mission Manager
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     Industry:Satellite Operators
     KeywordsSystem Operational Validation Mission Managemenr Operations Management
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    Time-span:     April 2011 – Present

    Company:      Telespazio S.p.A.

    Role:             Company “Organisation Unit” Manager

    Responsible of the “Ground Operations” Telespazio Organisation Unit, in charge to ensure:

    • operations and maintenance activities for the Spacecraft Control Centers of the Telespazio Fucino Space Center;
    • operations and maintenance activities for the Mission Control and Planning Centers of the Telespazio Fucino Space Center.

     

    Time-span:     December 2008 – Present

    Company:      Telespazio S.p.A.

    Role:             COSMO-SkyMed Mission Manager

    Overall responsible of COSMO-SkyMed (Remote Sensign system based on a four SAR satellites LEO constellation) ILS&&OPS activities, in charge to supervise, control and coordinate COSMO-SkyMed operations and teams, under nominal, as well as contingency/emergency scenarios.

    In the frame of the activity, it is also requested to exploit the following additional tasks:

    • Control of correct implementation of operational security rules, and procedures;
    • Management of a world-wide distributed GPS Fiducial Network;
    • Global Service Availability and Performance figures monitoring, and assessment, including related trend analysis;
    • Generation of Service Availability and Performance figures reports towards the Customers (Italian Space Agency – Italian Defense Ministry) at weekly, monthly and quarterly level.

    Note: The program entails the coordination and cooperation with operational/support teams world-wide located (Italy, France, Sweeden, Argentina, …)

     

    Time-span:     April 2007 –  November 2008

    Company:      Telespazio S.p.A.

    Role:             Simulation&Validation Manager

    Responsible of the design, preparation and conduction (coordinating of all involved teams) of the  COSMO-SkyMed system “Commissioning” phases.

     

    Time-span:     November 2005 –  March 2007

    Company:      Telespazio S.p.A.

    Role:             System Operations Validation Manager

    • Responsible of the design, preparation and conduction (coordinating all involved teams) of the COSMO-SkyMed “Operational Validation” phases.
    • Coordinator of the operational teams supporting the COSMO-SkyMed AIV team.

     

    Time-span:     December 2002 –  October 2005

    Company:      Telespazio S.p.A.

    Role:             Operations Engineer

    Responsible of the COSMO-skyMed Operations Enginering team, in charge to (according to ECSS applicable standards):

    • Definition of Ground Operations Requirements based on Customer Operational Requirements; 
    • Definition of overall COSMO-SkyMed Operational Concepts and Scenarios (MOCD);
    • Definition of Operational Validation Plans
    • Development and Verification/Validation of Operational Plans and Procedures;
    • Definition of COSMO-SkyMed ILS&OPS structure and organisation.

     

    Time-span:     October 2000 – November 2002

    Company:      Telespazio S.p.A.

    Role:             Project Manager

    Technical Responsible of the "Mediterranean Free Flight" european program, aimed to introduce new technologies and CNS/ATM applications on-board aircrafts, based on the following steps:

    • Technical and operational requirements definition, together with new ATC/Aircrew communication protocol and procedures;
    • AIT campaigns planning, design and execution;
    • Planning, design and execution of Model Based and Real Time simulations based on new technological and operational scenarios;
    • Flight Trials execution;
    • Operational Benefits and Safety Case evaluation.

    Note: The program entailed the cooperation with representatives of different international companies: EUROCONTROL, NLR (The Netherlands), AENA (Spain), LFV (Sweeden), DNA (France), MIA (Malta), NATS (England), HCAA (Greece).

     

    Time-span:     September 1999 – September 2000

    Company:      Telespazio S.p.A.

    Role:             Test Manager & Technical Consultant

    • Responsible of the design, preparation and execution of the System Operational Validation Soak Tests, for the LEOP, as well as for the GEO management phases, for the “Artemis” Satellite Telecommunication program.
    • Involvement in the technical feasibility phase of the wide band satellite telecommunication “Astrolink” program.
    • Responsible of the design and development of the Operational Concepts and Requirements for the “Free Flight” European Program.

     

    Time-span:     November 1997 – August 1999

    Company:      Telespazio S.p.A.

    Role:             Program Manager

    • Programs Management for the Company Remote Sensing Business Unit, ensuring the interface and management of Company International/National Key Customers (European Space Agency, Italian Defense Minister, …).

     

    Time-span:     October 1995 – October 1997

    Company:      Telespazio S.p.A.

    Role:             Test Director

    • Responsible of the design, preparation and execution of the IRIDIUM program phase A/C System Integration & Tests. In the framework of above described activity, (conducted for two years at the Motorola “Satcom” site in Chandler - Arizona), it has been ensured the coordination of an international team composed of 15 senior engineers, specialized in the different areas of satellite technology.

     

    Time-span:     June 1992 – September 1995

    Company:      Telespazio S.p.A.

    Role:             Project Manager

    • Design and Procurement of the Acquisition, Processing, Distribution and Archiving station for the SPOT satellite data, including the management of MATRA (France) and Scientific Atlanta (USA) technical interfaces).
    • Design of an integrated system for the monitoring, study and exploitation of environmental resources.
    • Design, development, integration and test of multisensor/multiplatform remote sensing systems.

     

    Time-span:     May 1991 – May 1992

    Company:      Telespazio S.p.A.

    Role:             Software Engineer

    • Design, Development and Test of a SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) data SW Processor.
    • ERS-1 mission, ground segment Software Specialist.

     


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