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Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The 11th annual Mobile Deployable Communications conference will take place in Warsaw, Poland on 1st and 2nd February 2018. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference Flexible and continuous connectivity, anywhere, at any time remains a key priority for major defence forces around the world. With the critical threat of cyber warfare intensifying, there is now a pressing need to ensure secure communications can be effectively operated in contested environments. The...
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:00:00 +0100
Neutrinos are abundant subatomic particles that are famous for passing through anything and everything, only very rarely interacting with matter. About 100 trillion neutrinos pass through your body every second. Now, scientists have demonstrated that the Earth stops energetic neutrinos-they do not go through everything. These high-energy neutrino interactions were seen by the IceCube detector, an array of 5,160 basketball-sized optical sensors deeply encased within a cubic kilometer of very c...
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:09:00 +0100
ESA's first Earth observation satellite was launched on 23 November 1977. When the first Meteosat satellite took its place in the sky, it completed coverage of the whole globe from geostationary orbit and laid the foundations for European and world cooperation in meteorology that continues today. Weather - and particularly extreme weather - affects everything we do. Being able to see the whole disc of Earth allows forecasters to see developing weather systems, as well as working out wind spee...
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The vault-like, 40-foot diameter, 40-ton door of Chamber A at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston was unsealed on November 18, signaling the end of cryogenic testing for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. The historic chamber's massive door opening brings to a close about 100 days of testing for Webb, a significant milestone in the telescope's journey to the launch pad. The cryogenic vacuum test began when the chamber was sealed shut on July 10, 2017. Scientists and engineers at Johnson pu...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +0100
Europe's next four Galileo navigation satellites and the Ariane 5 rocket due to lift them into orbit are being readied for their 12 December launch from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Tuesday saw Galileo satellites 19-22 declared ready for flight, along with their Ariane. Combined activities are now under way, culminating in the satellites meeting their rocket in the Final Assembly Building. The satellites were flown in pairs to French Guiana last month. Once safely unboxed i...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:26:00 +0100
A mini-rover, tools once used on the Moon and lasers for 3D mapping are in the backpack of the explorers of tomorrow. The terrain will be hazardous and it will be dark in volcanic caves, but this equipment could one day help to scout other planets. The alien-like landscapes of Lanzarote, Spain, are almost surreal but this volcanic island is helping to bring future space missions to reality. This month, an expedition with a dozen of experiments mobilised 50 people and four space agencies du...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0100
ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, announced today it has expanded its current relationship with authorized value-added reseller Satcom Direct (SD), to offer ViaSat's full suite of in-flight connectivity (IFC) systems and services to large and mid-cabin business jets. The new agreement adds ViaSat's latest Ka-band business jet service to SD's IFC portfolio, which already included ViaSat's global Ku-band IFC service. ViaSat's Ka-band service is expecte...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
We are proud to announce the third annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference will be held in Rome from the 30th-31st January 2018. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference Reconnaissance and Surveillance are key to developing clear and accurate maritime situational awareness. In order to maximise their ISR range, Navies and Maritime agencies around the globe are looking beyond the atmosphere to provide new and advanced surveillance capabil...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:47:00 +0100
The propulsion system of the light-weight Angara 1.2 Launch Vehicle Service Module, manufactured by the Khrunichev Space Center (part of ROSCOSMOS State Corporation), completed successful hot-fire testing at the Federal State Enterprise "Rocket & Space Industry Research & Test Center" (RSI RTC) test facility (Peresvet, Moscow Region). The hot-fire tests are the most important and final stage of ground based propulsion system tests prior to flight testing. During the tests, specialists from...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space. Observations from ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile and other observatories around the world show that this unique object was traveling through space for millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system. It appears to be a dark, reddish, highly-elongated rocky or high-metal-content object. The new results appear in the journal Nature on 20 November 2017. ...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:30:00 +0100
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has partnered with NASA's Johnson Space Center to successfully complete thermal vacuum testing for the James Webb Space Telescope - validating its ability to operate in the frigid space environment. The Webb telescope will be the premier space observatory of the next decade, and will study galaxy, star and planet formation in the universe. Harris' team helped safeguard the telescope in Houston during Hurricane Harvey and ensured uninterrupted testing - including ...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:31:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, contributed to the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket as it lifted off Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, carrying the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft. Orbital ATK's contributions to the Delta II include nine Graphite Epoxy Motors (GEM 40) and a large composite fairing for the rocket. This event marks the penultimate launch of the Delta II rocket. It i...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Twice as big as Earth, the super-Earth 55 Cancri e was thought to have lava flows on its surface. The planet is so close to its star, the same side of the planet always faces the star, such that the planet has permanent day and night sides. Based on a 2016 study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists speculated that lava would flow freely in lakes on the starlit side and become hardened on the face of perpetual darkness. The lava on the dayside would reflect radiation from th...
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
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
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 ...
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     Date Submitted:22-04-2014
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     Current job:Software Engineer
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
     KeywordsPersonality: thorough, perfectionist, go-getter, team player, sense of humor, independent Experience: Web services (JAX-WS, Python), various programming languages (most fluent in Java), familiarity with Agile development and supporting tools
    CV
    (Following has been adapted from the standard Europass CV)
     
    Work experience
     
    06/2012–09/2013:      Young Graduate Trainee
    European Space Agency/European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt (Germany)
    Design and implementation of prototype robotic services for the METERON (Multi-purpose End-to-End Operational Network) project
     
    01/10/2013–Present: Software Engineer
    Terma GmbH, Darmstadt (Germany)
    On-site services provider to customer (European Space Operations Centre):
    ▫ software development
    ▫ software integration testing
    ▫ software support
     
    09/2011–01/2012:      Volunteer Educator/Teaching assistent
    Aldea Yanapay, Cuzco (Peru)
    From September 2011 through January 2012 I was in Cuzco, Peru for an immersive Spanish course combined with volunteering work in a local after-school project, while staying with a host family. The general experience has made me more self-reliant and culturally aware, while the working with (sometimes dicult to handle) children in particular made me both more patient and able to put ffiworking with adults in a proper perspective.
     
    Education and Training
     
    2005–09/2011:            Msc. Computer Science
    Master's degree
    Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven (Belgium)
    Broad basic knowledge of various engineering disciplines (electronical, chemical, mechanical).
    Advanced knowledge of:
    ▪ computer science theory,
    ▪ software system design principles and techniques,
    ▪ software system implementation.
    Specialization option: distributed software systems
     
    09/06/2014–08/08/2014:        Space Studies Program (SSP)
    International Space University (ISU) 
    Please refer to http://www.isunet.edu/programs/space-studies-program for an explanation of the study program.
     
    09/2011–01/2012:       Proyecto Peru, Cuzco (Peru)
    From September 2011 through January 2012 I was in Cuzco, Peru for an immersive Spanish course combined with volunteering work in a local after-school project, while staying with a host family.
     
    Personal Skills
     
    Mother tongue(s): Dutch
     
    Other language(s)*:
     
    English:
    listening-reading-spoken interaction-spoken production-writing: C2
    French:
    listening-reading-spoken interaction-spoken production-writing: B1
    German:
    listening-reading-spoken production-writing: B1
    spoken interaction: A2
    Spanish:
    listening-reading-writing: B1
    spoken interaction-spoken production: A2
     
    *Levels: A1/A2: Basic user - B1/B2: Independent user - C1/C2: Proficient user
    Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
     
    Communication skills
     
    My first significant experience in coordinating with other people in order to organize events came from my participation as a secretary in a students association.
     
    My trainee year at ESOC allowed me to develop a variety of useful communication skills through my involvement in a professional multidisciplinary project team:
    ▪ Inherent to the international character of ESA, communicating with people that come from different countries and cultures.
    ▪ Working together closely with people from 'across the fence', i.e. having a different professional background and role in the team. Specifically, this trained my ability to present my own work in a clear and abstract way to an outside public and to understand the gist of other people's work.
    ▪ Resolving conflicts arising from people with different roles having different interests.
     
    Other than that I attended company-offered seminars on presentation techniques and conflict management.
     
    In my personal life I've been active in several of ESOC's social clubs. My main involvement has been in the ESOC Theatre Group. I've played a main acting role in the group's 2013 Spring production. The acting itself develops many skills:
    ▪ empathy,
    ▪ opening oneself up to an audience,
    ▪ non-verbal communication,
    ▪ expressing and learning from constructive criticisms.
     
    Being part of an amateur theater production group has taught me team spirit and maintaining the delicate balance between work and private life. 
     
    Organisational / managerial skills
     
    Being involved in an Agile software project as a software developer during my trainee year at ESOC:
    ▪ has given me a feel for how long it takes me to do different tasks and, in turn, improved my personal planning skills,
    ▪ has taught me that time and cost constraints always involve tradeoffs and how to choose the right tradeoff. E.g. the tradeoff between a 'clean' solution and a quick solution.
     
    Job-related skills
     
    Through my training at ESOC I developed or improved on the following skills:
     
    ▪ Analyzing software architecture solutions in relation to important non-functional software qualities such as maintainability, robustness, performance,  configurability, etc.
    ▪ Software management: maintaining software versions, setting up processes for automatic building, packaging and deployment of software.
    ▪ Integrating and testing a distributed system with several software components, including log analysis and usage of network monitoring tools.
    ▪ The agile or incremental approach to software development.
    ▪ Writing high-quality software documentation: understable and comprehensive user/configuration manuals, software design and external interface documentation using UML 2.0
    ▪ Quickly collecting a working knowledge of new technologies by efficiently using the web as an information resource.
      In particular I learnt many things in the area of service-oriented architecture (SOA) design, due to the assignment of my traineeship:
    ▪ Defining interfaces between software systems in the form of services in a language and communication-agnostic way using SOA technologies and  standards,  both from general IT industry (WS-* standards, JAX-WS) and space IT industry (CCSDS Mission Operations family of standards).
    ▪ Developing language and communication bindings for these abstract services.
     
    Computer skills
     
    ▪ IT technologies:
    ▫ imperative languages: Java, C, C++
    ▫ functional/logical languages and hybrids: Prolog, Haskell, Mercury, Scala
    ▫ databases: SQL
    ▫ scripting: Python, Perl, Bash
    ▫ distributed systems: JAX-WS Services, Java RMI, Java EE, OMG CORBA
    ▫ network, transport and application layer protocols: HTTP, DTN, IP, TCP, UDP, Ethernet, SSH, . . .
    ▫ data modeling and XML-based languages: UML, WSDL, SOAP, XML Schema, XAML, . . .
    ▫ CCSDS standards: SM&C services (book 520.0) and MAL (book 521.0)
    ▪ IT tools:
    ▫ Office: Word, Excel (basic), Visio, Powerpoint, Acrobat, Latex, Lotus Notes, WebEx
    ▫ Operating systems: Linux (Ubuntu, SLES), Windows (XP, 7)
    ▫ Virtual machines: VMware (Player, vSphere)
    ▫ Basic Matlab and Maple
    ▫ Software development tools:
    ▪ Design: IBM Rational Software Architect
    ▪ Source code versioning: Git, Subversion
    ▪ Building and deployment: Maven, Ant, Jenkins
    ▪ IDE’s: Netbeans, Eclipse, Microsoft Visual Studio
    ▪ Agile development: tinyPM
    ▪ Software and documentation change management: IBM Rational Change

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