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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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    Personal information
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    Candidate Profile
     Date Submitted:06-04-2014
     Last Modified:07-04-2014 (01:27)
    Job information
     Current job:Contamination Engineer
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsCleanliness, contamination, thermal-vacuum, bake-out
    CV

    Desired employment / Occupational field

    Engineer in space exploration area/ aeronautics

    Education and training

     

    Dates

     October 2010 - March 2013

    Title of qualification awarded

    MSc Degree in Aerospace Engineering, Space Area

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    - Aerospace vehicles design

    - Space missions and systems design

    - Aeroelasticity

    - Numerical methods and scientific computing

    - Space propulsion

    - Aerospace materials

    - Astrodynamics

    - Aerospace systems modeling and simulation

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    Politecnico di Torino/Polytechnic University of Turin

    Level in national or international classification

    MSc Degree (107/110)

    Dates

      September 2007 - October 2010

    Title of qualification awarded

      BSc Degree in Aerospace Engineering

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

     - Mathematics, physics (mechanics, electromagnetism), chemistry (science of materials)

     - Aerospace technologies (onboard systems, structures, propulsion, flight mechanics)

     - Computer technologies (C programming, automatic controls, CAD)

     - Electric systems, electronics (basic principles)

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    Politecnico di Torino/Polytechnic University of Turin

    Level in national or international classification

    BSc Degree (108/110)

    Dates

      December 2008

    Title of qualification awarded

      Master’s Certificate in CAD 3D software Solidworks (CSWA)

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

      Advanced techniques for product development by using CAD

      software Solidworks

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

      DDS Solidworks

    Level in national or international classification

      Certified Solidworks Associated CSWA

    Dates

      June2006

    Title of qualification awarded

      Preliminary English Test (PET)

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

      Intermediate level qualification in English covering the four basic communication skills

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

      Universityof CambridgeESOL Examinations Italia

    Level in national or international classification

      Level B1-Common European Framework of Reference for Languages/CEFR

    Work experience

     

    Dates

    May 2013 - now

    Occupation or position held

    Contamination Engineer

    Main activities and responsibilities

    THERMAL-VACUUM SYSTEMS: study and utilization of thermal-vacuum systems: procurement, implementation and installation of new components (QCM, sensor devices, machinery for thermal cycling); procedures, analysis of compliance for bake-out testing of materials and space elements; testing under vacuum and in dusty environment (Moon, Mars); data acquisition and processing.

    CONTAMINATION:on-orbit contamination analysis of sensitive surfaces of the satellites and study of outgassing phenomena in the frame of various ESA projects by means of COMOVA tool; on-ground contamination analysis; study and application of mitigation measures against contamination and cleaning procedures; standard NASA, IEST and ECSS; writing of requirements and fulfilment methods; toxicity analyses (offgassing).

    MISCELLANEA:management and organization of meetings and teleconferences; writing of technical documentation; interaction with personnel in Italy and abroad.

    Name and address of employer

    Thales Alenia Space Italia (TAS-I), Strada Antica di Collegno 253, Torino

    Type of business or sector

    Space infrastructure research and development

    Dates

    September 2012 - March 2013

    Occupation or position held

    Experiments related to Master’s Thesis research project

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Study and utilization of a thermal-vacuum chamber for space environment simulation in presence of dust (lunar and Martian soils)

    Name and address of employer

    Thales Alenia Space Italia (TAS-I), Strada Antica di Collegno 253, Torino

    Type of business or sector

    Space infrastructure research and development

    Personal skills and competences

     

    Mother tongue

    Italian

    Other language(s)

    English, French

    Social skills and competences

     - Teamwork attitude, due to sports and studies

     - Good communication ability

    Organisational skills and competences

     - Good ability to manage work and time optimization

     - Ability to lead small groups (3-4 people)

     - Systematic approach to problem solving and decision making

     - Good ability to respect work requirements and deadlines

     - Dynamism in dealing with new working situations

    Technical skills and competences

     - Ability to use some simple laboratory equipment, gained through BSc Thesis research project

     - Ability to analyse and interpret experimental results

     - Ability to operate a thermal-vacuum facility, gained through MSc Thesis research project

     - Ability to analyse materials properties and behaviour from the outgassing and toxicity point of view

     - Knowledge of contamination mitigation strategies and cleaning procedures

    Computer skills and competences

     - Good knowledge of Microsoft/windows applications (Word, Excel, Power Point, Access) and web

        navigation

     - Good knowledge of CAD software: Dassault Solidworks (certificate) and Dassault CATIA V5 (working experience)

     - Good knowledge of FEM software: Siemens FEMAP and MSC PATRAN/NASTRAN

     - Knowledge of Mathworks Matlab/Simulink

     - Good knowledge of simulation software COMSOL Multiphysics

     - Good knowledge of the contamination analysis tool COMOVA (ESABASE frame)

     - C programming  

    Artistic skills and competences

    Drawing, especially sketches

    Other skills and competences/

    Interests and Hobbies

     - Mountain hiking

     - Fly fishing in mountain rivers

     - Soccer: player in local team

     - Quiz games

     - Astronomy (in particular sky observation with telescope)

     - Music: classical, rock, pop, Italian artists

     - Reading: fantasy novels, classics, essays on science and nature

     - Ice-skating

     - Climbing

     - Occasional sports: volleyall, basketball, rowing, short track speed skating

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