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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:03:00 +0100
Today, NASA launched NOAA's next-generation polar satellite, the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, into space. Two Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) weather programs are mission-critical components of the satellite's mission: the JPSS Common Ground System and the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite sensor. Svalbard, Norway, is home to part of a global network of receiving stations that process and distribute polar satellite data to users worldwide. Photo taken at Kongsberg Satellite Services plateau, ...
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) for NASA and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 on Nov. 18 at 1:47 a.m. PST. The JPSS program provides the nation's next generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system, delivering key observations for the nation's essential projects and services, including forecasting weather in advance and assessing environmental hazards...
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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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
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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...
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     Date Submitted:16-02-2014
     Last Modified:23-03-2014 (04:35)
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     Current job:Mechanical/Thermal Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsMechanical engineering, thermal engineering, FEA, technical management, space instrumentation, customer facing, supplier facing, radiometric design, complete product life-cycle, good knowledge of space instrument design & manufacture & assembly & test, o
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    Monika is a highly skilled Mechanical and Thermal Engineer with over 5 years experience in Technical Management of complex and multidisciplinary space instrumentation projects. Her background in FEA consultancy (7 years) gives her customer-focus, flexibility and a wide range of project experience.  She is looking for a Technical Management role (permanent / contract) within the space or aerospace industry where she can apply her expertise and excellent interpersonal skills with an outlook on system engineering.

     

    Key Technical Management Skills

    • Customer and supplier facing experience
    • Extensive experience in mechanical, thermal and radiometric engineering for space programmes and understanding of opto-mechanical design requirements
    • Complete product life-cycle experience from bid to successful delivery
    • Experience of international liaison in both customer and internal team interaction
    • Good knowledge of space instrument design, manufacture, assembly and test
    • Organised approach and good planning skills

     

    Selection of Engineering Experience

    Oct. 2008 to present: Thermal/Mechanical Engineer at EnerSys ABSL Space Products, UK

    • Technical Management of several precision calibration system projects at ABSL
    • Providing structural, thermal and radiometric design and analysis expertise
    • Responsible for definition of preliminary and detailed design
    • Performing FE analysis and model correlation
    • Customer interaction including presentation of key data at reviews
    • Preparation of detailed engineering reports with focus on the verification of requirements adhering to ECSS and project standards
    • Test management including writing or review of test plans, procedures and reports through interaction with internal and external test facilities and teams (e.g. RAL vibration testing, NPL optical measurements)
    • Highlighting any risks associated with current projects
    • Supporting business development team in preparation of technical proposals
    • Providing technical support and working effectively with a variety of internal teams (sales, design, procurement, manufacturing, test, product assurance)
    • Technical point of contact for external suppliers (e.g. surface finishes, flight and non-flight mechanical parts, cryogenic engineering, test houses)
    • Work package management of technical elements including supporting the project manager along with planning and execution of technical activities to meet project milestones
    • Technical Manager on blackbody projects including: IR calibration system of the Sentinel-3 SLSTR instrument, TIR Blackbody of the Multi Spectral Imager Instrument for EarthCARE, Sentinel-3 Microwave Radiometer Ground Calibration System
    • Technical Lead in the proposal and project work for METimage Blackbody IR calibration; Technical support to projects such as the ESA funded Low Mass Calibration Load (LMCL) project, Fabry-Perot Etalon requirements for FLEX, SWARM Lithium-ion battery and several instrumentation project proposals


     

     

    2001 to 2008: Development Engineer at Kistler-IGeL Engineering Company, Germany

    • Technical Responsible for in-house product development projects and consultant for external customers in Research and Development departments
    • Application of mechanical strength investigations in various areas: automotive, mechanical engineering, consumer goods
    • Major clients are companies such as DaimlerChrysler, Bosch, Stihl, Instron Structural Testing Systems and BMW
    • Structural and thermal analysis of mechanical components and assemblies using FEM (ABAQUS), identifying weak spots in design and opportunities for design improvement, presentation of simulation results to the client and technical report writing
    • More recent responsibilities include representation of simulation department work in internal publications and website, project administration (booking and billing) on behalf of 8 simulation engineers and training of new staff members
    • Successful completion of numerous projects in the following fields:

    - Static analysis of metallic, plastic and elastomer components (moulded flexible dampening elements, seals) with an emphasis on non-linear simulations including contact, large deformation and rotation, friction, non-linear material behaviour (plasticity, hyper-elasticity)
    - Thermal and mechanical/thermal coupled analysis
    - Dynamic analysis, including modal analysis

     

    1996 to 2001: Research Assistant (p/t) at University of Tuebingen, Germany

    • Authored documentation on GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) data processing for 3D subsurface model generation. Assisted GPR data acquisition in the field
    • Performed tracer tests with soil samples in laboratory, measured magnetic properties of rock samples

     

    1997 to 1998: Hydraulics Assistant (p/t) at Dr. Eisele Environmental Engineering Company, Germany

    • Conducted hydraulic tests, handled digital data storage of hydraulic parameters, collected and logged groundwater samples (also on contaminated sites), researched possible precipitation seepage

               

    Key Skills

    • Analytical Tools: SolidWorks, ABAQUS (Standard and Explicit), MSC/PATRAN, NASTRAN, MS Excel, ANSA, PERMAS, Medina
    • Languages: German (native), English (proficient), French (conversational)

     

    Qualifications and Education

    • ESATAN-Thermal Modelling Suite Beginner Course (ESATAN-TMS 2012)
    • RAL Space ESD Course (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory 2012)
    • Space Systems Engineering Course (Southampton University 2010)
    • Project Management Introductory Course (Provek UK 2009)
    • Team Development Workshop (Germany 2006)
    • Non-linear Simulations with Finite Elements Course (Association of German Engineers VDI, Germany 2002)
    • FEM Model Generation for Structural Mechanics (Department of Statics and Dynamics in Aerospace Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Germany 2001-2002)
    • MSc in Applied Geology and Geophysics (5-year course at University of Tuebingen, Germany 2001). Master thesis explores active braided river systems and their deposits with methods from remote sensing and geophysics, 3D subsurface mapping of sedimentary architecture using Ground Penetrating Radar (GRP). Gained first experiences with numerical simulations taking courses in hydrologic modelling (groundwater flow and particle transport).

     

    Contact Information

    Residence:    in UK, OX7

    Nationality:    German

     

    References

    Available upon request

     

    Availability

    3 month notice, will consider relocation


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