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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian atmosphere at over 12,000 mph (5.4 kilometers per second). Preparations for this mission have provided, for the first time, dramatic video of the parachute opening at supersonic speed. The Mars 2020 mission will seek signs of ancient Martian life by investiga...
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:07:00 +0100
The U.S. Navy's Communications Satellite Program Office, PMW 146, and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) handed over full operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC). The October 11 milestone followed the successful completion of the MUOS-5 satellite's on-orbit testing and delivery of all operational products needed to "fly" the satellite. In April, the Navy, working with Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT), con...
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
As part of ESA's strategy to foster commercial competitiveness in Europe while focusing on its core aims, the agency has transferred ownership of several ground tracking stations for reuse by external organisations. By the end of 2017, ESA will have transferred three stations to national organisations in Spain and Portugal, who will take over the provision of satellite tracking services to a wide variety of commercial customers. The three stations involved in the transfer are all equipped ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:00 +0100
Boeing [NYSE:BA] won large commitments across its twin- and single-aisle commercial airplane families, debuted key capabilities including the CST-100 Starliner docking and KC-46 refueling simulators, and announced services agreements at the 2017 Dubai Airshow. "This has been a very successful show for Boeing. Our regional customers have maintained their trust in our products and technology, and our partnerships in the Middle East region continue to grow," said Bernard Dunn, President, Boeing ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
A temperate Earth-sized planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from the Solar System by a team using ESO's unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world has the designation Ross 128 b and is now the second-closest temperate planet to be detected after Proxima b. It is also the closest planet to be discovered orbiting an inactive red dwarf star, which may increase the likelihood that this planet could potentially sustain life. Ross 128 b will be a prime target for ESO's Extremely ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:29:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), has been chosen by the Italian space agency ASI to develop an instrument called RIME (Radar sounder for Icy Moons Exploration) for the JUICE (JUpiter Icy moons Explorer) mission, part of the European Space Agency's "2015-25 Cosmic Vision" program. Scheduled for launch in 2022 with an expected arrival in 2029, the JUICE mission is designed to study the Jovian system and more specifically its icy moons, Ganymede, Call...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's December 12 year-ending flight for 2017 has completed its initial build-up at the Spaceport in French Guiana - where preparations also are moving ahead with four satellite passengers that will further expand Europe's Galileo global navigation system once in their final orbit. During activity in the Spaceport's Launcher Integration Building, this heavy-lift vehicle for Arianespace Flight VA240 underwent the assembly process that began by mating its two solid prop...
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:47:00 +0100
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth up to $12.8 million to develop an innovative space evaluation and analysis testbed to support the development, integration, evaluation and analysis of advanced space enterprise command and control (C2) tools and capability technologies. The U.S. military must be able to quickly establish situational awareness and execute operations in space. Within the space domain, many thousands of objects that ar...
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that the "S.S. Gene Cernan" CygnusTM spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station earlier this morning. This marks the company's eighth successful berthing with the orbiting laboratory. Cygnus launched into orbit aboard an Orbital ATK Antares(tm) rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on November 12. The spacecraft then executed a ser...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with ArianeGroup, prime contractor and design authority of Ariane 6, to design, develop, qualify and manufacture the telemetry transmitter of the new European launcher. The telemetry transmitter is responsible for transmitting to the ground the data generated by the launcher throughout the whole launch mission. It is the first contract of the company in Spain in the launchers segment. After three decades of activity in the space sector participating i...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
What seemed at first like a rare instance of a huge, ancient galaxy revealed itself to be an even rarer pair of extremely massive galaxies, seen on the brink of merging when the Universe was only a billion years old. This outstanding source was first identified by ESA's Herschel space observatory, and later exposed in greater detail with the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. The earliest galaxies in the 13.8 billion-year history of our cosmos starte...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100
Gas giant Jupiter, organic molecules in star-forming clouds and baby galaxies in the distant Universe are among the first targets for which data will be immediately available from the James Webb Space Telescope once it begins casting its powerful gaze on the Universe in 2019. Thirteen "early release" programmes were chosen from more than 100 proposals after a competitive peer-review selection process within the astronomical community. The programmes have been allocated nearly 500 hours of obs...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
After a successful year-long test campaign by Airbus at IABG in Ottobrunn near Munich, the twin GRACE-FO (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On) satellites will soon travel to their launch site in California. During testing, the gravity-measuring satellites, which will track the continuous movement of liquid water, ice and the solid Earth due to Earth's changing seasons, weather and climate processes, earthquakes and even human activities, were subjected to conditions similar to t...
Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:15:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched its Antares(tm) rocket carrying a Cygnus(tm) spacecraft today at 7:19 a.m. EST, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch is Orbital ATK's eighth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA. During the mission, designated OA-8, Cygnus will deliver vital equipment, supplies and experiments to the astronauts aboard the space station, as well a...
Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
A contract for two new generation communications satellites was signed today by Turksat with Airbus Defence and Space. The satellites, Turksat 5A and Turksat 5B, are based on the latest Electric Orbit Raising (EOR) version of Airbus' highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, which uses electric propulsion for in-orbit raising and station-keeping. "We are very pleased to welcome Turksat as a new Eurostar customer for the most powerful satellites of their fleet. We were the first to demonstra...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
NASA's Orion spacecraft aims to send humans further into space than ever before, and ESA's European Service Module will provide the essentials for keeping the astronauts alive and on course. A review of the programme by NASA to assess progress is now showing a launch date from December 2019 to June 2020. The first Exploration Mission-1 will circle the Moon without astronauts to lay the foundation and prove the technology for a second mission with a crew. In Bremen, Germany, integration ...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:42:00 +0100
A UK company has been selected to undertake the Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) for a satellite which will help tackle climate change, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced today. Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with the UK Space Agency to work on MicroCarb, a joint UK-French satellite mission which will measure sources and sinks of carbon, the principal greenhouse gas driving global warming. It is the first European mission intended to characterise greenhouse gas fluxes on Ear...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
At the Dubai Airshow, which runs from 12th to 16th November 2017, Airbus will showcase its wide range of innovative technologies, products and services, from market-leading commercial and military aircraft to helicopters and space systems. The Airshow, which was launched in 1986, represents one of the largest and most important aerospace events in the world. The Dubai Airshow is an important platform for Airbus to demonstrate its products and services to customers as the organisation looks to...
Wed, 8 Nov 2017 22:05:00 +0100
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Wed, 8 Nov 2017 19:05:00 +0100
Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists were part of a team that helped to decipher one of the most bizarre spectacles ever seen in the night sky: A supernova that refused to stop shining, remaining bright far longer than an ordinary stellar explosion. What caused the event is puzzling. A Las Cumbres Observatory press release about the supernova, which was discovered by the Palomar Transient Factory in September 2014, noted that the explosion at first appeared to be an ordinary supernova. "Se...
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     Date Submitted:02-01-2014
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    Twenty two years’ experience with software and space systems development, operations, integration and project management. Twelve years’ experience in ground system development and integration for LEO satellite constellation.
     
    CAREER EXPERIENCE
    DigitalGlobe        08/2001 - present
    Senior Ground Systems Engineer
     Manage and coordinate all aspects of mission ground systems operations. Write system specifications, requirements and interface control documents for spacecraft control systems, narrowband command and control of LEO imagery satellites and WB image downlink and delivery through production to customers. Lead, design and implement new functionality to meet customer driven SLA. Provide ground system SME guidance for spacecraft launch and operations CDR for new spacecraft capabilities. Direct Software developers and provide guidance on requirement implementation. Lead vendor contracts and perform SAT and FAT activities to verify satisfaction of requirements.
     
    Compaq Computer Corporation      08/1999 – 08/2001
    Solutions Architect
     Investigate, design and implement new hardware and software solutions and major upgrades or enhancements for customers NT 4.0/W2K enterprise of over 190 servers and 10,000 + user environment. Support enterprise users by supplying 3rd level technical support. Work with clients and all levels of management to translate requirements into appropriate business solutions. Provide direction on existing applications, and coordinate operational support. Train peers in new tools, procedures, formal standards and development techniques. Provide input to management for recruiting, hiring, dismissal, and performance review of subordinate support specialist. Perform hardware troubleshooting and repair as needed.

    United Space Alliance / Lockheed Martin     08/1997 – 08/1999
    Telcom Commander/Satellite Systems Engineer
     Provide command capability for Shuttle and International Space Station. Perform real-time Troubleshooting of hardware and software. Perform command and control of space shuttle and international space station to maintain continuous contact with space vehicle and crew. Configure and schedule satellite and ground resources to ensure mission critical activities including launch and landing. Provide system support in training of astronauts and testing of new hardware/software for upcoming missions
    Computer Supervisor/Satellite Systems Engineer
     Perform management, control, and resource allocation of ES9000 mainframe and software applications. Perform real-time troubleshooting of software and hardware problems. Identify and report, and suggest solutions to present and future system limitations to ensure system operability and integrity. Developed and implemented Access database used for day to day operations, also webmaster for sections web page.

    Lockheed Martin Technical Operations     04/1997 – 08/1997
    Satellite Systems Engineer
     Perform day to day operations, maintenance, and testing of the CCS system, user access and system security in SOC-42. Conduct problem analysis and assessing impacts of problems affecting the 4 SOPS SGLS mission capabilities. Support the installation, verification, validation, and testing of CCS software and system upgrades or changes. Assist in the assessment of impacts to mission operations of each upgrade. Review/track requirements to resolve existing problems and identify new system requirements. Perform troubleshooting by generating system dumps as required. Create weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual, and special reports. Assist in preparing comprehensive briefings detailing the operational impacts of upcoming database transfers.

    U.S. Air Force        02/1991 – 04/1997
    Ground Controller, Lead Satellite Systems Operator Instructor
     Write, implement, and train new LEO and day to day procedures for MILSTAR operations. Perform mission problem investigations and attend weekly meeting for resolution of pending anomalies. Review S/DR’s for changes affecting operational procedures. Evaluate and organize satellite operations training program. Administer academic instruction and developed simulation courseware and curriculum. Perform QA functions in accordance with ISO9000 standards.
    Satellite Systems Commander
     Act as space vehicle subsystems expert for FLTSATCOM satellite constellation. Perform planning/commanding of space vehicle maneuvers and routine maintenance.  Supervise ground configuration to ensure successful vehicle commanding. Identify and direct corrective actions during vehicle contingencies. Perform long and short term planning including maneuvers and orbital products. Schedule (and resolve scheduling conflicts in the AFSCN) passes to evaluate satellite subsystems to ensure nominal operation.
    Ground Controller/Satellite Systems Operator
     Provide continuous ground system software, hardware, and network expertise. Support system users and be first line of defense to determine proper course of action to avoid computer resources allocation and network contention problems. Monitor all segment applications and network resources to determine whether they are operating as expected and manage resource performance based on operational priorities. Confirm or establish networks communication connectivity resources necessary to send commands and receive telemetry from the satellite. Interfaced with the operations test segment users, site infrastructure, external agencies, the customer, and contractor representatives within the operations center. Address system configuration and problems associated with ground architecture. Identify “out of limits telemetry points” and report to satellite commander that a potential problem may exist. Perform Commanding with direct supervision from satellite commander.
    AN/FPS-5- and AN/FPS-92 Radar Operator
     Perform real-time ground and antenna troubleshooting. Configure radar for ICBM/SLBM detection, space track, and attack assessment. Configure equipment to provide accurate satellite position data to external agencies. Develop and implement training and evaluation products for operators. Create simulations to test operator proficiency. Maintain documentation and procedures in accordance with ISO standards.
     
    TECHNICAL SKILLS
    * Unix
    * Shell scripting
    * Harris OSComet RCCS - CCL
    * RTLogic T500, T501, T171, T400
    * Amergint WB systems
    * RF Radio’s Viasat, GLI,
    * Caribou crypto- Safenet/Myktronix
    * AES 128/256
    * CCSDS
    * TDRSS
    * AFSCN
    * Shuttle and ISS Command and TLM systems

     

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