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Mon, 19 Nov 2018 10:57:30 +0000
Sen. Bill Nelson, the leading advocate for space among Democratic senators, formally conceded defeat Nov. 18 in his bid to win a fourth term. SpaceNews.com
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Virgin Orbit performed the first captive carry flight of its LauncherOne air-launch system Nov. 18, a key testing milestone as the company moves closer to a first flight. SpaceNews.com
Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:49:48 +0000
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Sat, 17 Nov 2018 22:44:49 +0000
Two months after he unveiled a revised design for SpaceX’s next-generation launch system, Elon Musk suggested that the company is making more changes to the design. SpaceNews.com
Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:24:58 +0000
Northrop Grumman successfully launched a Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station Nov. 17 after two days of weather delays. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 21:13:06 +0000
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission pressed forward with plans to firm up its rules about space safety and orbital debris Nov. 15 while at the same time questioning whether it is the right agency to do so. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 19:23:24 +0000
NASA’s plans to return humans to the surface of the moon within 10 years got a chilly reception from an advisory group Nov. 15, who called on the agency to accelerate that timeframe and reconsider development of the Gateway facility in lunar orbit. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:22:49 +0000
The round brings NorthStar E&S’s total funding to 83 million Canadian dollars and ends a funding drought from when the company announced its plans three years ago. SpaceNews.com
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Spacety is one of China’s first commercial and private satellite companies in China, established in January 2016, following new government policies introduced in 2014 and 2015 to deregulate the nation’s space sector. SpaceNews.com
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AST&Science announced plans Nov. 15 to begin building extremely satellites in 2019 at its new North American manufacturing plant in Midland, Texas. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 22:41:59 +0000
SpaceX matched its personal best with its 18th launch this year, delivering the Es’hail-2 communications satellite to geostationary transfer orbit for Qatari operator Es’hailSat. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 22:37:38 +0000
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Nov. 15 that the reelection defeat of a key appropriator, and the potential for budget cuts next year, is a cause for concern for him as he tries to balance the agency’s priorities. SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:01-07-2014
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     Current job:PhD in Astrophysics
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within a month
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     KeywordsAstrophysics, technical writing, software documentation, programming, C, IDL, Python, HTML, science
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    Profile

    I am a capable analyst and PhD-qualified scientist. I have experience of technical and software documentation and science writing. I have worked with Microsoft Office, HTML and C, Python and IDL. I want to start a career in the space industry.

     

    Key Skills

    • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint);
    • Programming in Python, C and IDL;
    • HTML;
    • UNIX/Linux skills and command line use;
    • Use of SQL for data-mining;
    • Software and technical documentation;
    • Pivot tables, VLOOKUPs, macros;
    • Presentations and talks;
    • Excellent English language skills and attention to detail;
    • Maths, physics, statistics and scientific interest;
    • Data analysis, linear regression, graphical representations of trends;
    • Customer service via letter, telephone and email.

     

    Work Experience

    Senior Project Co-ordinator

    03/2013 – present

    I am working for Hertfordshire County Council as a temporary Project Co-ordinator. During this time my achievements have included –

    • Working on the key performance indicators for council contractors;
    • I have helped to analyse contractor data to help ensure that projects are delivered on time and within budget;
    • I also developed new metrics to identify and characterise sets of delayed projects, using time series data and the project banding criteria.

     

    Technical Writer

    09/2013 – 12/2013

    I worked for Cambridge Radio Frequency Systems as a technical writer. My accomplishments during this time included –

    • I ensured that CRFS’s work was consistent with the customer specifications for a major contract, thus saving the company money;
    • I arranged for the full translation of said contract from Portuguese to English, making sure that my colleagues had access to all the information the company needed for its work;
    • I worked on the company’s user guides and technical notes. The text that I wrote was received positively by my immediate supervisor and was incorporated into the newest edition of the documents;
    • I also worked on modernising the company’s website. I worked to implement the changes suggested by a recent SEO exercise, and to refine the more general suggestions to fit them better to CRFS’s core business;
    • I also supported the Sales and Marketing Team by handling incoming calls and enquiries, and in any other capacity that was needed.

     

    Observatory Demonstrator

    10/2008 - 04/2013

    I worked at the teaching observatory for the University of Hertfordshire. My achievements included -

    • Making sure that visiting members of the public were looked after and had their questions answered;
    • Ensuring that health and safety policies were followed;
    • Helping the undergraduates with their work and maintaining the equipment.
    • I also helped to set up the new radio telescope at the observatory site.

     

    Clerical Assistant

    06/2006 – 08/2007

    I worked for Devon County Council. My accomplishments included -

    • I processed CRB checks, achieving rapid turnarounds;
    • I ensured that internal databases were accurate and up-to-date;
    • I made sure that the care homes under the Council’s authority had the appropriate insurance policies in place, to ensure the safety of the clients.

     

    Settlements Administrator

    02/2005 – 04/2006

    I worked for Friends Provident on the Complaints Team. My accomplishments were -

    • Saving the company money by ensuring that compensation settlements were completed accurately and timely;
    • I provided customers with good service, whilst under considerable pressure.

     

    Health Insurance Processor

    10/2004 – 01/2005

    I worked for Manpower in data entry. My duties also included general administration. This was my first job after graduation from my BSc.

     

    Education

    PhD in Astrophysics

    10/2008-07/2013

    I hold a PhD in Astrophysics, from the University of Hertfordshire. I studied brown dwarfs from the Galaxy’s oldest population of stars. Examples of my accomplishments during this program of research include -

    • The publication of my work as a paper in a refereed scientific journal (Murray et al 2011, MNRAS);
    • I presented my research at the 2011 National Astronomy Meeting, receiving a good response from the audience;
    • I also presented a poster on my research at the 2010 Cool Stars conference in Seattle;
    • In April 2010 I went on an observing trip to the Subaru Telescope at the Mauna Kea Observatory, and much useful data was gathered;
    • I also gained experience with UNIX, Python and IDL programming.

     

    MSc in Astrophysics

    10/2007 - 09/2008

    Before doing my PhD, I completed a Masters by research in Astrophysics. I wrote up my MSc thesis and successfully-defended it at the viva in early 2009. I gained exposure to data analysis and computer programming in this time.

     

    BSc (Hons) Physics

    09/2001 - 07/2004

    I hold a BSc. in Physics from the University of Exeter. This degree gave me a broad knowledge of physics and I learned to use C and HTML in this time.

     

    Interests and Activities

    I am a keen artist and I am a writer. I have experience of 3D modelling/rendering via software such as Wings3D, 3ds Max and Poser. I also like to read novels for entertainment. I am currently learning to use R for data analysis.

     

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