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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
"Using a model that more realistically simulates atmospheric conditions, we discovered a new process that controls the habitability of exoplanets and will guide us in identifying candidates for further study," said Yuka Fujii of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), New York, New York and the Earth-Life Science Institute at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, lead author of a paper on the research published in the Astrophysical Journal Oct. 17. Previous models simulated atm...
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:40:00 +0100
NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the Sentinel-6A mission. Launch is currently targeted for November 2020, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The total cost for NASA to launch Sentinel-6A is approximately $97 million, which includes the launch service and other mission related costs. The Sentinel-6A mission, also known as Jason Conti...
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
NASA Team Finds Noxious Ice Cloud on Saturn's Moon Titan Researchers with NASA's Cassini mission found evidence of a toxic hybrid ice in a wispy cloud high above the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The finding is a new demonstration of the complex chemistry occurring in Titan's atmosphere-in this case, cloud formation in the giant moon's stratosphere-and part of a collection of processes that ultimately helps deliver a smorgasbord of organic molecules to Titan's surface. Inv...
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
ESO's fleet of telescopes in Chile have detected the first visible counterpart to a gravitational wave source. These historic observations suggest that this unique object is the result of the merger of two neutron stars. The cataclysmic aftermaths of this kind of merger - long-predicted events called kilonovae - disperse heavy elements such as gold and platinum throughout the Universe. This discovery, published in several papers in the journal Nature and elsewhere, also provides the strongest ev...
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra. Shortly after 8:41 a.m. EDT on Aug. 17, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope picked up a pulse of high-energy light from a powerful explosion, which was immediately reported to astronomers around the globe as a short gamma-ray burst. The scientists at the National S...
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:43:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space GmbH to develop the feed array system for the antenna on the European Space Agency's Biomass spacecraft. This equipment is essential to guarantee the full satellite performance. One of ESA's Earth Explorer missions dedicated to protect our planet, Biomass will help us understand the quantity of carbon stored in the world's forests within the global carbon cycle. Due for launch in 2021, Biomass is primarily designed to d...
Sun, 15 Oct 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-41 on Oct. 15 at 3:28 a.m. EDT. Designated NROL-52, the mission is in support of national security. "Today's launch is a testament to the tireless dedication of the ULA team, demonstrating why ULA continues to serve as our nation's most dependable and successful launch provider," said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch. "Af...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:05:00 +0100
The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel-5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The 820 kg satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST) today. The first stage separated 2 min 16 sec after liftoff, followed by the fairing and second stage at 3 min 3 sec and 5 min 19 sec, respectively. The upper stage then fired twice, delivering Sentinel-5P to its final orbit 79 min after liftoff. ...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:55:00 +0100
The first full-scale model of the rocket motor that will propel Ariane 6 and Vega-C into orbit has been cast and filled with inert propellant for testing at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. The P120C is the largest solid-propellant rocket motor ever built in one segment. Each P120C will hold over 140 tonnes of propellant in a carbon fibre casing almost 11.5 m long and about 3.4 m in diameter. It is derived from Vega's current first stage motor, the P80, which holds 88 tonnes of propell...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
There's no map showing all the billions of exoplanets hiding in our galaxy -- they're so distant and faint compared to their stars, it's hard to find them. Now, astronomers hunting for new worlds have established a possible signpost for giant exoplanets. A new study finds that giant exoplanets that orbit far from their stars are more likely to be found around young stars that have a disk of dust and debris than those without disks. The study, published in The Astronomical Journal, focused on ...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Our 4th Space Resiliency Summit is designed as an educational and training ''Town Hall'' forum, where thought leaders and key policy-makers across military services, defense agencies, and civilian organizations can come together for actionable discussions and debate. This year's summit will focus on technology and innovation needed to defend critical space assets against increasing and new threats. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference 2017 Summit Topics to Includ...
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:50:00 +0100
EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS) announced today that the EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite was successfully launched on October 11 at 6:53 PM EDT on a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. EchoStar 105/SES-11, a dual-mission satellite for EchoStar and SES, is a hybrid Ku and C-band communications satellite that provides EchoStar with 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz, marketed as EchoStar 105, and SES with a C-band payload of 24 transponders, marketed under the name S...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0100
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was recently selected by DigitalGlobe, Inc. as the next-generation WorldView Legion satellite imaging constellation payload provider. Under the contract, Raytheon will deliver the telescopes, detectors and combined electronics to Space Systems Loral, the WorldView Legion space vehicle integrator. Raytheon's new payload doubles DigitalGlobe's capacity to capture multispectral and 30 cm imagery, while tripling to quadrupling the company's capacity to image high-dema...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:32:00 +0100
Mission controllers completed a critical final rehearsal today, confirming that everything and everyone on ground are ready to take over control of Sentinel-5P in the harsh environment of space. A 'team of teams' working at ESA's control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, today conducted a final rehearsal for this week's launch of Sentinel-5P. They were joined by engineers working at ground stations on three continents and by teams responsible for the launcher and its payload in Plesetsk, Russ...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0100
Ushering in a new era of advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, the U.S. Air Force declared the first Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-built GPS III satellite "Available for Launch." The Air Force's "AFL" declaration is the final acceptance of Lockheed Martin's first GPS III Space Vehicle (GPS III SV01) prior to its expected 2018 launch. GPS III SV01 will bring new capabilities to U.S. and allied military forces, and a new civil signal that will improve future connectivity worldwide ...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 16:30:00 +0100
With four days to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The rocket will be fuelled two days before launch, set for Friday at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). The Sentinel-5P satellite has been at the cosmodrome since early September going through a series of tests and being readied for the big day. After being sealed from view in the rocket fairing last week, it was rolled out to the launch pad on Saturday. "This point in any...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0100
L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide Hawkeye(tm) III Lite VSAT satellite communications terminals and on-site training to the U.S. Air National Guard's Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC) teams. These terminals will facilitate direct communication from remote locations in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Additionally, these Army Strategic Command (ARSTRAT)-certified terminals will enable access to the Wideband Global SATCO...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:03:00 +0100
The third batch of Iridium(r) NEXT satellites built by Thales Alenia Space has been successfully launched by SpaceX from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. After the perfect commissioning of the first 20 satellites launched in January and June, thirteen of which are now interconnected and operating in full compatibility with the initial Block One Constellation, with seven being maneuvered to an adjacent plane, this new milestone allows to continue the fantastic Iridium(r) NEXT adventure. ...
Thu, 5 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Astronomers have identified a bumper crop of dual supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. This discovery could help astronomers better understand how giant black holes grow and how they may produce the strongest gravitational wave signals in the Universe. The new evidence reveals five pairs of supermassive black holes, each containing millions of times the mass of the Sun. These black hole couples formed when two galaxies collided and merged with each other, forcing their superma...
Wed, 4 Oct 2017 14:30:00 +0100
As preparations for the launch of Sentinel-5P continue on track, the team at Russia's Plesetsk site has bid farewell to the satellite as it was sealed from view in the Rockot fairing. Liftoff is set for 13 October at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). Since its arrival at the launch site at the beginning of September, Sentinel-5P has been through a series of stringent tests to confirm there was no damage during the flight from the UK. These tests have made sure that everything is in good working orde...
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     Date Submitted:03-03-2014
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     Current job:Sr Quality Assurance Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsQA, Quality, RCCA, Inspection, Quality Engineer, Satellite,
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    ------------------------ Summary of Professional Qualifications ---------------------------
    Highly experienced Quality Engineering Professional
    Bachelor of Science Degree and lifelong learner.
    Six Sigma, Lean, FMEA, GDT knowledgable.
    Source Inspection, Audit and Supplier Management, SCAR follow up and analysis.
    Satellite Integration,Test  and Launch (System Level Projects).
    Machining and other manufacturing processes.
    Black Box and satellite component manufacture (MLB, PWB, electronic assemblies, discrete electronic components, soldering, ESD protection, hardware handling).
    Problem Resolution (MRB, material review board), Led cross-functional teams.
    Customer Relations and Management.
    RCCA (Root Cause, Corrective Action) Identification, 5 why, fishbone diagram.
    ISO 9001:2008, AS9100C, QMS compliance.
    Project Management, creation and analysis of management metrics.
    Attained ASQ CQE certification.
    Semiconductor Manufacturing.
    Microsoft Office proficient.
    Plant layout and equipment installation.
    International Business and extensive World Travel.
     
    ----------------------------- Professional Experience ------------------------------------
    Orbital Sciences Corp.                             2010-2013
     
    Sr. Supplier Quality Engineer        Redondo Beach,  CA
     
    West Coast Source Inspection QA Engineer regularly supporting more than 30 suppliers producing the following products: passive and active RF components, TWTA, satellite structures, waveguides, discrete electronics, propulsion components (tanks, valves, filters), reflectors, solar arrays, SADA, SADE, black box electronic assemblies and large machined parts. EIDP review performed during Final Inspections. Performed QA audits, test surveillance and capacity/capability analysis.
     
    Inspected (including In-process and Final) more than 1000 satellite parts per year with 0.01 percent missed supplier issues found at company receiving inspection. (No returns required)
    Discovered significant subtier supplier solder process issue thus saving company $1.7 million in costs of quality and schedule.
     
    SpaceSystems / Loral     2006-2009
     
    Sr. QA Procurement Program Management Engineer    Palo Alto, CA
     
    Oversaw all aspects of Supplier Procurement QA system for seven satellite programs. Exclusive QA company employee rep in Europe based in Waiblingen, Germany for 2.7 years before relocating back to the Los Angeles Area. Provided technical input and acted as local liaison for all European and Los Angeles MRB issues. Performed Supplier Audits for key partners in Europe and the Los Angeles area.
     
    Recognized by QA management for Outstanding Service at completion of European assignment.
    Utilized company QA database skills and experience increasing inspection rate by over 30 percent which eliminated additional schedule slips.
    Inspected yearly over 1000 complex satellite parts with zero return on accepted hardware saving program cost and schedule.
    Provided key visibility and recommendations from remote locations concerning critical MRB issues thus ensuring rapid issue resolution.
    Used travel skills and decision capability reducing European inspection waiver rate to less than 5 percent which allowed detailed scrutiny of all critical hardware.
     
    Northrop Grumman Space Technology    2003-2006
               
    Sub Project Manager (Spacecraft Integration)    Redondo Beach, CA
     
    Provided Quality Assurance oversight to Advanced DOD Spacecraft requiring Secret, EBI Clearance.  Member of advanced satellite proposal team. Quality Focal Preventative Action Board coordinator for company Test and Measurement group.
     
    Recommended solutions resulting in reduction of schedule delay and cost increases.
    Selected for training resulting in attainment of American Society for Quality Engineer Certification.
     
    SpaceSystems / Loral  1999-2003
     
    Quality Engineering Specialist (Spacecraft Integration)                    Palo Alto, Ca
     
    Provided Quality Engineering oversight to several satellite programs driving resolution for all MRB issues during integration, test and launch. Conducted test/manufacturing readiness reviews for major program milestones. Provided direct program status to upper level management and customer. Resolved discrepancies with EAGE and MAGE usage for satellite test and assembly.
     
    Acted as sole QA engineering representative during launch base operations in China, Florida, French Guiana, Kazakhstan, and Japan resulting cumulatively  in over 12 launches with no major satellite or on orbit issues.
    Recognized with award for excellent performance during EchoStar 6 satellite program.
    Selected as QA engineering representative to oversee supplier quality function in Edinburgh, Scotland and Toulouse, France during critical milestone phase of production, resulting in on-time performance and resolved issues.
     
    Lockheed-Martin Missiles and Space                             1997-1999
     
    Quality Engineering Specialist (Spacecraft Integration)                 Sunnyvale, CA        
    Provided Quality Engineering oversight to key satellite program driving resolution for all MRB issues during integration, test and launch.
     
    Space Systems / Loral                                                                                1986-1997
     
    Program Quality Engineer      (1996-1997)                                         Palo Alto, CA
     
    Monitored and controlled all Spacecraft Quality Assurance activities for major satellite program. Produced several working QA documents reflecting contractual requirements and relevant QA standards for flow down to manufacturing.
        
    Leveraged QA database skills reducing Program Quality discrepancies by 80 percent during first three months as Program Quality Engineer.
    Recognized by Company President for outstanding effort and valor during failed launch attempt in China. 
    Successfully testified for company before US Justice Department due to failed launch attempt in China.

    ----------------------------        Education  -----------------------
    BS, Industrial Technology, State University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
    BA, American History, Psychology (Minor),  Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York
    AAS, Mechanical Technology, Farmingdale University, Farmingdale, New York     
     

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