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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 ...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0100
The Space Alliance, formed by Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Leonardo 33%) and Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33%), today signed a partnership with the US-based company Spaceflight Industries which includes the following elements: A minority investment in Spaceflight Industries, which through its BlackSky business, has developed a geospatial platform and plans to build and operate a constellation of 60 small high-resolution observation satellites featuring very short revisit times; ...
Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:33:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin (LM) unveiled a new small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that has been designed and developed in the UK at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI). OUTRIDER is a lightweight, canister launched UAS that has been designed by engineers at Lockheed Martin UK's Havant facility in partnership with Wirth Research, an engineering company with specialisation in aerodynamics and composite materials. At only four inches wide and weighing only 1.7 kilograms, it is designed...
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced significant progress on the industry's first commercial in-space satellite servicing system. The Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) spacecraft successfully completed its critical design review earlier this year and is now in production with about 75% of the platform and payload components already delivered to the company's Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Virginia. The spacecraft will begin system-level testi...
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:07:00 +0100
Boeing will design and build seven super-powered medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites for SES, delivering efficient high-performance data communications services to users around the world. The O3b mPOWER satellites will include Boeing's most-advanced digital payload technology and will be built using electronics from the flight-proven 702 satellite platform customized to support the unique MEO environment. "With this new technology and design, Boeing is able to build satellites faster and m...
Wed, 6 Sep 2017 16:31:00 +0100
EchoStar Corporation and Lockheed Martin announced today that the EchoStar III satellite has been successfully recovered following an anomaly that occurred in late July and retired per the FCC regulations. "After the initial loss of contact, with a joint effort by EchoStar and Lockheed Martin, a command and control link was reestablished and deorbit maneuvers performed" said Derek de Bastos, chief technology officer for EchoStar Satellite Services L.L.C. "EchoStar III is now safely in a grave...
Wed, 6 Sep 2017 15:24:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, recently completed an important qualification test of the avionics system for the solid rocket boosters the company has developed and is now manufacturing for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Completion of this milestone is an important step toward preparing the SLS and Orion spacecraft for their first flight in 2019. Two Orbital ATK-developed five-segment rocket boosters will be used on each SLS launch to help provide initial ...
Tue, 5 Sep 2017 14:07:00 +0100
Launch is the most strenuous part of a satellite's life. To survive the extreme sound wave pressure and pounding vibrations generated by more than 700,000 lbs. of thundering rocket thrust, spacecraft need a solid, reliable design if they hope to arrive operational on orbit. On July 13, Lockheed Martin (LMT)'s second, fully-assembled GPS III space vehicle (SV) completed a realistic simulation of its future launch experience and passed this critical acoustic environmental test with flying color...
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:39:00 +0100
Stevenage -  Europe’s pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor has left Airbus’ Stevenage site and is on its way to the launch site, the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia. Launch is currently planned on 9 October on a Rockot rocket. The journey that will last 5 days, will start with a flight to Moscow aboard an Antonov 124, followed by another flight to Archangelsk in the northwest of Russia. The last leg of the journey will be a train ride taking the satellite 200km south of Archange...
Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0100
Star Storm, an explosive performance inspired by stellar processes in the Universe, will be premiered at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, on 10 September. The creator of the show is Aoife van Linden Tol, the recipient of the first art&science@ESA residency organised by Ars Electronica in partnership with ESA. A multimedia artist working primarily with explosive materials, Aoife spent six weeks at ESA's technical heart in the Netherlands to research her project. Durin...
Sat, 26 Aug 2017 09:35:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced its Minotaur IV space launch vehicle successfully launched and placed into orbit the U.S. Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS-5) spacecraft on August 26, 2017. The Minotaur IV launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 46 (SLC-46), which is operated under license by Space Florida. This mission marks the 26th consecutive successful launch for the company's Minotaur product line. ...
Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:37:00 +0100
Rockwell Collins recently delivered the latest generation of Digital GPS Anti-Jam Receiver (DIGAR) airborne anti-jam and anti-spoofing technology to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The enhanced solution provides unsurpassed airborne anti-jam capability with over 10,000 times improved jamming resistance over the previous model. "From advanced fifth-generation aircraft to ground and maritime applications, this receiver is the most reliable military-grade GPS solution avai...
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     Date Submitted:14-02-2014
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     Current job:Program & Quality Director
     Employment Term:Permanent
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     KeywordsCollaborative, dynamic and analytical executive leader, who assembles and motivates cross-functional international teams. Optimize partner, supplier, distribution, and customer relationships.
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    Collaborative, dynamic and analytical executive leader, who assembles and motivates cross-functional international teams. Optimize partner, supplier, distribution, and customer relationships. Experienced in team development and training focusing on attaining corporate objectives. Seasoned talented director with experience focused on strategic planning and creative solution development for multiple objectives, driving profitable and cost effective collaboration between cross-functional departments. Able to comprehend complex operational issues, engage senior clients in opportunities for improvement, to design plans for critical project and effectively manage change. Results-focused leader develops multidisciplinary and multicultural collaborations in the face of new challenges in order to fulfill project targets and translate them into tangible gains. Cultivate strong relationships with key clients and prospects.
     
    Areas of expertise/Core Competencies
    • Communication across Functional Levels • General Management • Program Management and Execution • Quality Management • Project Planning and Implementation • Leadership • Cost Reduction • Process Analysis and Improvement •Team Development • Effective Time Management • Human Resource Optimization • Launch Coordination • Client Relations • Contract Negotiations and Management

     
    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
     
    2008-Present: AIRBUS. Madrid, Spain
    Airbus is one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, and it consistently captures approximately half or more of all orders for airliners with more than 100 seats.
    Program & Quality Director VP: Defining and executing the Program & Quality Policy of the Company • Airbus Military Business Process Management development and Lean Manufacturing deployment • Programmes and Initiatives of Improvement • Provide business excellence support across the organization to drive short and long term business improvements and identify key strategic initiatives • R+D & Benchmarking of Quality • Size of team: 20 people
    Key Accomplishments:
    - Reduction of Non Quality Costs (30% (7.3 MM€) from 2011 value)
    - Establishment of the new Airbus Military Dashboard (KPI-Key Performance Indicators to provide decision support for the stakeholders through analysis and reporting on cost operations, market environment, and performance measurement of projects and targets)
    - Defining and start up of new methodology of Internal and External Audits reducing 25% the number of audits needed
    - 65% of processes revised improving their performance
    - Improvement of Change Management process
     
    2006-2008: AIRBUS. Getafe (Madrid), Spain
    Chief Engineer (VP level): Engineering management • Coordinates jobs of departments in Technology and Engineering Directorate and approves the program expenses • Defines and requests the resources assignment • Size of team: 45 people
    Key Accomplishments:
    - Coordinates all aspects of design and analysis engineering of the P-3 modernization program for the Brazilian Air Force. More than 350.000 engineering man hours successful managed
    - Ensures that the final product carries out with the Technical Specification and the Work Order reducing 50% of customer claims
    - Approves the planning for the different tasks and follows them up meeting the sharp schedule of the programs
     
    1993-2006: INDRA. Aranjuez (Madrid), Spain
    Indra is a global company of technology that operates in over 100 countries and has more than 30,000 employees worldwide who share their knowledge of different sectors and countries to find innovative solutions to the challenges that clients face.
    Program Director VP:  Administered Scope, Schedule and Price in a variety of large and complex international projects and contracts.
    Key Accomplishments:
    - Prepared proposal, did bid presentation and won contract for the design, manufacture and phased delivery of a 20 millions € Command, Control and Communication Center for the New Zealand Army. Headed the project supervising 30 highly trained persons with travels to the customer facilities at New Zealand for transfer-of-ownership meetings
    - Prepared and negotiated proposal to award and contract signature for design, development and manufacture of a 10 millions € multinational Communication Interface. Size of team: 4 administrators, 25 engineers
    - Design and manufacture of two Communications Protocols Simulators worth 3 millions €. Simulators were successfully tested using NATO equipments and standards. Met the extremely demanding schedule of 18 months from design to final acceptance. Size of team: 18 engineers, 2 administrators
    - System Requirements Definition and System Engineering for 15 millions € for a classified Spanish Defense System. Initially collocated at HUGHES AIRCRAFT facilities in Tucson, Arizona, USA then moved to INDRA to manage program until completion. Size of team: 25 Spaniards, classified Americans
     
    1989-93: FORD MOTOR COMPANY. Landsdale (Pennsylvania), USA and Cádiz, Spain
    Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures and distributes automobiles across all continents.
    Senior Manager: Coordinated all aspects of engineering in the run-in period of the plant: trade-offs of time and costs, tooling, machines, jigs, manpower, specification, turn-around time between repairs, procurement • Supporting new plant project submissions: Identifying facility and tooling impact and cost, Manpower requirement, Engineering Specification, Technical Description, Commercial Solutions
    Key Accomplishments:
    - During Start-Up supervised the Factory Test and Repair Area, subsequently becoming head of the same. Headed 15 engineers. Through ingenious use of material and human resources decreased repair time in 35% receiving laudatory comments from upper management
    - Collocated for over a year at the CIMFLEX TEKNOWLEDGE facilities in Boston, Massachusetts for the design of the Odd Component Insertion and Automatic Test and Repair Areas (OCI/ATR) of the Cádiz Ford Plant
    - Did requisition of PHILIPS test equipments worth 2.5 MM€. Negotiated delivery time 6 months ahead of schedule and made it so
     
    1987-89: SENER. Madrid, Spain
    Founded in 1956, SENER is an engineering, consultancy and systems integration company whose main goal is to provide its clients and society at large the most efficient technological solutions, backed up by its personal trademarks.
    R+D Engineer: Design and development of Defense and Space projects both within Spain and abroad in international consortiums.

    LANGUAGES
    Spanish: mother tongue. English: fluent. French: working level.

    EDUCATION
    - Telecommunication and Electronic Engineer (Six years curricula) at the “Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación”, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (U.P.M.).
    - Master in Economics and Business Administration (Five years curricula) at “Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales” of the U.N.E.D.
    - Business Administration at CEPADE of the U.P.M.
    - International Executive MBA at INSEAD (Bordeaux, France)
     
    PROFESIONAL DEVELOPMENT
    - “Statistical Process Control” (Ford Motor Company, Pennsylvania)
    - “Team Oriented Problem Solving” (Ford, Cádiz)
    - “Theory of Constraints” (Avraham Goldratt Institute, California)
    - "Time Management" (TEA-CEGOS, Madrid)
    - “Object-Oriented Analysis and Design Using the UML” (Rational, Madrid) 
    - “Team Building”(Indra, Madrid)
    - “Leadership and development of employees” (Person Research XXI, Madrid)
    - “Project Management” (Indra, Madrid)
    - “Time study and motion” (Department of Industrial Engineering, Universidad Politécnica of Valencia)
    - “Specification and validation of equipments and systems” (Ford Motor Company, Pennsylvania)
    - “Aeronautical Programs Management” (EADS-CASA, Madrid)
    - “Green and Silver Belt” (Oackland Consulting, Bordeaux)
    - “Enterprise Risk Management: Process and Tool” (Accenture, Madrid )
    - “Quality Management” (IAT-AENOR, Sevilla)
    - “Executive Lean” (RWD Technologies UK LTD, Sevilla)
    - “Change Management” (EADS Executive Learning Center, Bordeaux)
    - “INSPIRE - Coaching for Engagement and Performance” (DOPP Consulting, Madrid)
    - “Managing High Performance Teams” (Imantia, Madrid)
    - “Top Management Skills” (Imantia, Madrid)
    - “Emotional Intelligence” (Imantia, Madrid)
     
    PERSONAL
    Married, two children. Wife Master in Economics and Business Administration

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