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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
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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
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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
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100
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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
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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
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Wed, 8 Nov 2017 22:05:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:03-02-2014
     Last Modified:04-02-2014 (12:14)
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     Current job:Space Systems Project Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:,
     KeywordsProject Lead, Systems Engineer, Control Account Manager, Risk and Opportunity Manager, Project Planner, Project Scheduler, Requirements Manager, Proposals
    CV

    SUMMARY
    Performance-focused Space Systems Project Engineer with demonstrated ability to achieve mission success.  Front-line leader, adept at partnering with all functional organizations, who achieves management effectiveness in contracting schedule and reduced budgetary environments.  Extensive Systems Engineering expertise in all program phases from pre-capture through product sustainment. 
    Mentors team-members in problem solving, risk reduction and opportunity identification.
    Expertise includes:
    * Earned Value/Control Account Management
    * Risk and Opportunity Management
    * Project Planning and Organization
    * System Studies and Proposals
    * Systems Analysis and Requirements Definition
    * Systems Engineering Methodology
    * Advanced user of Microsoft Office Products, Certified Project 2010 Specialist (MCTS)

     
    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    RAYTHEON | INTELLIGENCE, INFORMATION AND SERVICES (IIS), AURORA, CO 
     
    Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead (2011-2013)
    Managed multi-functional staff of 40 engineers responsible for deployed satellite command and telemetry product sustainment and improvement.  Performed Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) analysis weekly and executed Control Account Management (CAM) Earned Value analysis weekly/monthly.  Continued as Committee member performing schedule coordination for the annual Raytheon Corporate Information Systems and Computing Technology Symposium.
    * Established program baseline for follow-on contract without impacting on-going program performance through selective assignment of tasks to team, consolidation of discrete schedules and development of staffing plans and budgets.
    * Accomplished Integrated Baseline Review with rare occurrence of no residual actions by demonstrating to Prime Contractor/Government customer’s proficient leadership to meet schedule and budget requirements; received special recognition of accomplishment from executive leadership.
    * Corrected potential schedule delay of a critical project and achieved customer confidence that project would complete on time by identifying ideal staff augmentation and coordinating program transfers with home engineering organization.
    * Conducted corporate symposium annually for past 7 years by working with technology leads from various Raytheon businesses to identify common topic groups, coordinating logistical requirements and developing schedule of presentations and tutorials.
     
    Program Area Engineer (2006 – 2011)
    Principle interface between local engineering directorate and program offices.  Primary responsibilities included ensuring successful execution of engineering activities on programs, conducting Engineering Program Reviews and Proposal Reviews, approval of quarterly Estimate-at-Complete (EACs) and deployment coordinator of the Common Process Architecture. Served as the Engineering representative to the IIS Program Leadership Council Risk and Opportunity working group.
    * Achieved company business strategy to increase work-share on key multi-contractor program by coordinating with Engineering Leadership Team to identify best-athlete candidates within company to fill staffing opportunities and interacting with program staffing team to interview/accept Raytheon candidates.
    * Successful completion of ISO 9001 audit of weather satellite program by coordinating collection and review of engineering process artifacts.
     
    Chief Engineering Office Staff Engineer (2004 – 2006)
    Member of Chief Engineering Office on Denver Operations Maintenance and Engineering program.  Performed various projects in support of the Program Management Office.  Team lead for Engineering Improvement Tiger Team working off-site at East Coast location.
    * Corrected engineering process deficiencies by coordinating with multi-site engineering organizations to apply common processes and implementation of problem solutions.
    * Reduced annual effort required to perform cost-collection event for government customer by developing process and related spreadsheet tool for analyzing program financial data.
     
    Systems Engineering Lead (2000 – 2004)
    Managed staff of 25 Systems Engineers for the Data Processing Segment IPT for polar-orbiting weather satellite system.  Participated in multiple program phases, including pre-proposal, proposal, program start-up, and product development.  Staffed and coordinated system engineering efforts across multiple campuses within the IPT.  Developed implementation-layer Systems Engineering processes.  Performed as Control Account Manager with $45M budget.
    * Significant contributor to award of nearly $1B contract by assembling engineering team, developing requirements and design artifacts, and presented at contractor selection Orals review.
    * Created multi-tiered requirement specification tool to meet proposal schedule and budget constraints by applying multi-user database solution and training users.
     
    Systems Engineer (1986 – 2000)
    Previously held roles of increasing responsibility in the development and operation of complex satellite systems.
     
    EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
    BS, Electrical Engineering
    University of Colorado, Denver Colorado
    24 graduate level course-hours towards MS, Electrical Engineering
    University of Colorado, Denver Colorado

    KEY TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Microsoft Project 2010 - Managing Projects, 2014
    Writing Federal Proposals, Shipley Associates, 2011
    Program Leadership Certification - Level Six, 2009
    Proactive Risk Management - via Colorado State University, 2009
    Integrated Product Team Leadership, 2008

    AWARDS
    NASA Group Achievement Awards, Goddard Space Flight Center
    Integrated NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP), 2005
    Earth Observing System (EOS) Mission Operations System (EMOS)
    Development Team, 2000
     
    SECURITY CLEARANCE
    Held SCI-level clearances continuously from 1987 through May 2013

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