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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:20:00 +0100
Engineers have been at Russia's Plesetsk launch site for a month now, ticking off the jobs on the 'to do' list so that the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite is fit and ready for liftoff on 13 October. With the satellite now fuelled, the team has passed another milestone. Fuelling a satellite is a particularly delicate operation. Hydrazine is extremely toxic so only a few specialists wearing 'scape' suits remain in the cleanroom. Once filled with 82 kg of hydrazine, the satellite was weighed...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:36:00 +0100
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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:48:00 +0100
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope helped an international team of astronomers find that an unusual object in the asteroid belt is, in fact, two asteroids orbiting each other that have comet-like features. These include a bright halo of material, called a coma, and a long tail of dust. Hubble was used to image the asteroid, designated 300163 (2006 VW139), in September 2016 just before the asteroid made its closest approach to the Sun. Hubble’s crisp images revealed that it was actual...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:02:00 +0100
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Sun, 24 Sep 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-3 on Sept. 23, at 10:49:47 p.m. PDT. Designated NROL-42, the mission is in support of national security. "Congratulations to the entire team for overcoming multiple challenges throughout this launch campaign. From Hurricane Irma schedule impacts to replacing to a first stage battery this week - the team maintained a clear focus on mission success," said...
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:38:00 +0100
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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:45:00 +0100
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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:03:00 +0100
SES, EchoStar Corp., and Airbus Defence and Space announced today that the new EchoStar 105/SES-11 spacecraft, built by Airbus, has been shipped from the Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for its forthcoming launch by SpaceX in October. The first satellite that EchoStar has constructed with manufacturer Airbus, EchoStar 105/SES-11 will be launched by SpaceX on a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. EchoStar 10...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:30:00 +0100
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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:54:00 +0100
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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:53:00 +0100
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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
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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:19:00 +0100
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Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:13:00 +0100
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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
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     Date Submitted:29-05-2014
     Last Modified:30-05-2014 (07:16)
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     Current job:Aerospace engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     Keywordsaerospace, spacecraft, mechanical design, test, validation, electrical, thermal analysis, propulsion
    CV

    SUMMARY:

     

    Internationally experienced: studied for MSc in France, England, Germany, including working in Germany (over 4 years abroad). Graduated with upper second class honors equivalent, approximately 3.7 GPA, (WES equivalent). Mechanical engineer who has modeled and developed mechanical components using several CAD, FEA and CFD programs. Significant experience working with electrical and mechanical systems as a validation test engineer with a large OEM. Troubleshooting skills with mechanical, electrical, and software problems, through personal, industrial, and school programs. Excellent analytical skills complimented by a hands on approach fostered through an innate fascination with science. Speaks multiple languages, and has traveled throughout the US, EU and UK.

     

    EDUCATION:

     

    •  class of 2011     University of Southampton, Southampton, England & ESTACA, Levallois-Perret, France (euromind program: design & technology of advanced vehicle systems)

    •   Master of Science: Advanced Vehicle Systems: space systems engineering focus (spacecraft)

    •   Served as ESTACA student representative for spacecraft at University of Southampton

    •   First class marks on masters thesis: Enhancing a liquid-film cooling model for rocket engines

    •  Group design project: Rocket cooling study on a university developed bi-propellant rocket engine to support green fuel research (University of Southampton)

     - coordinated the construction of a new test instrumentation system

     - wrote the test measurement program in LabView

     - used theoretical analysis to create a preliminary analytical model

     - co-authored final report and presented the study findings in a group presentation

    •  Group project FMEA study of satellite Attitude Control System rocket (ESTACA)

     - developed FMECA

     - coordinated group meetings, co-authored final report and created final PowerPoint presentation

     

    •   class of 2003     Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

    - Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering: machine design focus

    • Selected to the MECOP program, included 2 internships (1 year total) industry experience

    - Design project: designed and developed (with a small team) a feedback control system for a hovering electric helicopter motor (hobby sized)

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

     

    • 03/2012 - 12/2013 Altran GmbH & Co. KG, Bremen, Germany project assignment to Airbus

    -  Engineering Consultant: Air Space & Defense

    •   Validation of high-lift mechanical components (including spherical / roller bearings and metallic / composite rods) from suppliers worldwide for the Airbus A350 XWB & A380

     - Managed qualification process for specified items (developed to Airbus internal standards) qualifying high-lift components for flight

     - Wrote technical reports and qualification documentation

     - Set and ran meetings with international participants

     - Analyzed test results against relevant technical specifications and reported to Airbus lead engineer

     - Bridged the gap between EADS Airbus Germany and suppliers worldwide

     

    •  07/2010 - 02/2011 EADS Astrium Space Transportation, Ottobrunn, Germany

    -  Propulsion Thermal Design Team research student

    •   Master’s Thesis: Enhancing a liquid-film cooling model for rocket engines

    - Improved a computer model of a hypergolic rocket liquid-film cooling simulation

     - Research included: investigating alternative models and techniques, estimating free-stream gas radiation, estimating free-stream turbulence, and improving wall to  film heat transfer coefficient

     - Programmed in Fortran running as a parallel routine in the thermal analysis software esatan

    •  From letter of recommendation: "has been quickly familiar with the necessary tools and methods... My impression of him is a hard working, responsible, independent, highly motivated and reliable student ... clearly demonstrated his ability for research and development work"

     

    •   05/2004 - 08/2008 Daimler Trucks North America LLC, Portland, Oregon, USA

    •   Test & Validation Engineer (Electrical & Electronics)

    -  Validated and troubleshot electrical systems and components, including radar collision systems

    - Implemented environmental testing, set up data acquisition, traveled for the company, worked with suppliers, and delegated work to technicians

    • Ignition system failure analysis (2007 - 2008)

    - As the lead product validation & test engineer in the investigation of a complex ignition system failure, I developed test instrumentation, collected data (including capturing the system fault origin leading to the solution), analyzed results, updated stakeholders, and presented findings.

    •   Radar based collision avoidance system integration (2006 - 2008)

    - I became the product validation & test lead in the integration of a suppliers collision avoidance system. I updated and created validation procedures, coordinated and conducted testing locally and at remote locations (including delegating work to technicians), and worked with design engineering departments of both the company and the supplier to fully develop & validate the system.

    •   Component test & validation projects (2004 - 2007)

    - I have performed environmental, mechanical, and electrical validation testing on several components for the heavy-duty trucking industry. During which time, I became familiar with the programming and instrumentation of various data acquisitions systems to collect test data for analysis, (including an investigation of the use of HALT/HASS testing applications within the scope of product validation testing).

    -  From performance review: "trained & supervised a technician to keep ACC validation on track... took on new instrumentation and data logging systems to conduct investigation of this high profile work (starters) under difficult conditions and long hours. He has been a major contributor to this investigation and is counted on for his expertise."

     

    •  04/2002 - 09/2002 Atlas Copco Wagner Inc, Portland, Oregon, USA

    •  Design Engineer (6 month MECOP internship)

    - Drive-by-wire control system integration: Designed brackets on Pro/ENGINEER, set layout for data bus cabling

    - I worked in a team that integrated a vehicle control system developed in Sweden into an American designed heavy-duty underground mining vehicle. I planned data-bus cable routing, and both modeled & designed a heavy-duty alternator fan shield and a control system panel bracket.

    •   From performance review: "worked well with other team members ... showed a lot of initiative in getting project o the ground ... willing to step in and get his hands dirty when necessary ... able to stay organised while documenting the necessary changes to cable lengths or components mounts."

     

    • 04/2001- 09/2001 Precision Castparts Corp, Portland, Oregon, USA

    •  Process Engineer (6 month MECOP internship)

    - Cast tooling process control procedure creation: Through a team effort, I created a process control procedure for the development and procurement of large investment casting gate mold designs. I worked with several departments to develop sign off authorization documentation, and wrote the final procedure that was implemented into the work flow.

    • From performance review & letter of recommendation: "very self-motivated and required very little supervision ... work was thorough and timely ... used his excellent communication skills to reach consensus among a variety of individuals... has been very creative identifying new tools for future use ... set standards that will be difficult to meet"

     

    SKILLS:

     

    • Finite Element Methods & Computational Fluid Dynamics

    - NASTRAN, Patran, Fluent, ANSYS, LsDyna

    • Computer Aided Design

    - CATIA V5, Pro/ENGINEER

    • Mechanical, Controls & Thermal Analysis

    - ADAMS, Matlab, esatan

    • Data Acquisition and Data Logging

    - LabView (w/ NI Hardware), Vector CANalyzer, Vector CANcaseXL (J1939 & J1708 protocol)

    • Programming

    - Shell scripting (tcsh)

    - PLC (for testing equipment)

    - Matlab

    - Basic

    - FORTRAN

    • Operating systems, Office / Business / Multimedia applications

    - Windows 7/XP, Mac OS X, Linux (Fedora), UNIX (limited)

    - Microsoft Excel/ Word / PowerPoint

    - LaTeX

    - PDM-Link

    - ProTools LE, Final Cut Express HD

     

    EQUIPMENT EXPERIENCE:

     

    - Demonstration rocket engine operation including instrumentation

    - Vehicles with prototype test equipment for radar systems

    - Thermal camera

    - Single-axis vibration machine test fixture development and operation

    - Environmental test chambers

    - HALT/HASS test chambers

    - Fluid switch test fixture design

    - Oscilloscopes, multimeters, ESD devices, iron bird

    - Machining equipment such as CNC, lathe, band saw

    - Hand tools including floor jacks, torque wrenches, engine lifts, etc

     

    LANGUAGES:

     

    - English (native speaker)

    - French (DELF B1 intermediate)

    - German (B1 intermediate)

    - Spanish, Japanese (A1 beginner)


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