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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 ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:29:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), has been chosen by the Italian space agency ASI to develop an instrument called RIME (Radar sounder for Icy Moons Exploration) for the JUICE (JUpiter Icy moons Explorer) mission, part of the European Space Agency's "2015-25 Cosmic Vision" program. Scheduled for launch in 2022 with an expected arrival in 2029, the JUICE mission is designed to study the Jovian system and more specifically its icy moons, Ganymede, Call...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's December 12 year-ending flight for 2017 has completed its initial build-up at the Spaceport in French Guiana - where preparations also are moving ahead with four satellite passengers that will further expand Europe's Galileo global navigation system once in their final orbit. During activity in the Spaceport's Launcher Integration Building, this heavy-lift vehicle for Arianespace Flight VA240 underwent the assembly process that began by mating its two solid prop...
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:47:00 +0100
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth up to $12.8 million to develop an innovative space evaluation and analysis testbed to support the development, integration, evaluation and analysis of advanced space enterprise command and control (C2) tools and capability technologies. The U.S. military must be able to quickly establish situational awareness and execute operations in space. Within the space domain, many thousands of objects that ar...
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that the "S.S. Gene Cernan" CygnusTM spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station earlier this morning. This marks the company's eighth successful berthing with the orbiting laboratory. Cygnus launched into orbit aboard an Orbital ATK Antares(tm) rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on November 12. The spacecraft then executed a ser...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with ArianeGroup, prime contractor and design authority of Ariane 6, to design, develop, qualify and manufacture the telemetry transmitter of the new European launcher. The telemetry transmitter is responsible for transmitting to the ground the data generated by the launcher throughout the whole launch mission. It is the first contract of the company in Spain in the launchers segment. After three decades of activity in the space sector participating i...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
What seemed at first like a rare instance of a huge, ancient galaxy revealed itself to be an even rarer pair of extremely massive galaxies, seen on the brink of merging when the Universe was only a billion years old. This outstanding source was first identified by ESA's Herschel space observatory, and later exposed in greater detail with the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. The earliest galaxies in the 13.8 billion-year history of our cosmos starte...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100
Gas giant Jupiter, organic molecules in star-forming clouds and baby galaxies in the distant Universe are among the first targets for which data will be immediately available from the James Webb Space Telescope once it begins casting its powerful gaze on the Universe in 2019. Thirteen "early release" programmes were chosen from more than 100 proposals after a competitive peer-review selection process within the astronomical community. The programmes have been allocated nearly 500 hours of obs...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
After a successful year-long test campaign by Airbus at IABG in Ottobrunn near Munich, the twin GRACE-FO (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On) satellites will soon travel to their launch site in California. During testing, the gravity-measuring satellites, which will track the continuous movement of liquid water, ice and the solid Earth due to Earth's changing seasons, weather and climate processes, earthquakes and even human activities, were subjected to conditions similar to t...
Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:15:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched its Antares(tm) rocket carrying a Cygnus(tm) spacecraft today at 7:19 a.m. EST, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch is Orbital ATK's eighth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA. During the mission, designated OA-8, Cygnus will deliver vital equipment, supplies and experiments to the astronauts aboard the space station, as well a...
Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
A contract for two new generation communications satellites was signed today by Turksat with Airbus Defence and Space. The satellites, Turksat 5A and Turksat 5B, are based on the latest Electric Orbit Raising (EOR) version of Airbus' highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, which uses electric propulsion for in-orbit raising and station-keeping. "We are very pleased to welcome Turksat as a new Eurostar customer for the most powerful satellites of their fleet. We were the first to demonstra...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
NASA's Orion spacecraft aims to send humans further into space than ever before, and ESA's European Service Module will provide the essentials for keeping the astronauts alive and on course. A review of the programme by NASA to assess progress is now showing a launch date from December 2019 to June 2020. The first Exploration Mission-1 will circle the Moon without astronauts to lay the foundation and prove the technology for a second mission with a crew. In Bremen, Germany, integration ...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:42:00 +0100
A UK company has been selected to undertake the Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) for a satellite which will help tackle climate change, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced today. Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with the UK Space Agency to work on MicroCarb, a joint UK-French satellite mission which will measure sources and sinks of carbon, the principal greenhouse gas driving global warming. It is the first European mission intended to characterise greenhouse gas fluxes on Ear...
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     Date Submitted:03-07-2014
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     Current job:Specialist Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
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     Date available:within a month
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     KeywordsMechanical Design, Antenna Design, Innovation, Spacecraft structures, MLI,
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    PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

    Managing teams of up to 20 engineers on multiple satellite programmes I have been working as a Specialist Engineer at the Antenna Centre of Competence for EADS Astrium in Stevenage.  I am responsible for the schedule and cost management throughout the programme life cycle. I am aiming towards the level of Technical Expert within the next couple of years

    QUALIFICATIONS

    MSc : Advanced Aerospace Materials, Cranfield University.

    BEng Hons : 2:1, Manufacturing Systems, University of the West of England

    PATENT

    I am the named inventor on a European Patent application for an Aerospace high-pressure pneumatic flexible coupling.

    AWARDS

    I won the prestigious EADS Astrium award for the ‘Great Innovator’ at the 2013 end of year company award ceremony. I am currently a finalist in the Airbus Hall of Fame awards for 2014.

    PAPER

    Following some European Space Agency (ESA) funded R & D work, I was invited to write and present a paper at the annual Antenna Conference at the ESA Headquarters in the Netherlands

    3D PRINTING

    In 2007 I worked on the first ever Astrium project which introduced 3D Additive Layer Manufacturing of metals into the company. Seven years later I am one of the leading experts within the company.

    CHARITY

    Over the last 5 years I have completed many charity cycles rides for the British Heart Foundation. In 2013 I completed the 260 Mile London to Paris ride. I was in the top 5% fund raisers for ‘Justgiving’ last year

    CURRENT EMPLOYMENT

    Astrium – Antenna Group (April 04 – Present), Mechanical Specialist Engineer

    Having completed many successful projects at Astrium, I now take a role of overseeing projects as a peer, I also lead the Antenna groups R & D activities.

    AMU1– I am working with colleagues in Germany who have developed a Beam Forming Network that illuminates a simple parabolic reflector, my role is to accommodate this BFN onto the spacecraft.

    Express AM7 and Eutelsat E3B– Different customers, but very similar products, which consists of side deployable Antenna Technology. Both of these use the highly successful low cost Antenna mechanical support structure, as well as some very high power Antennas that require careful design of the thermal control systems.

    SES6 – Consisting of both Gregorian and single offset antennas this spacecraft contains two new technologies.  The first of these is a large feed support structure that has been designed to be highly cost efficient, the other is a combined C band diplexing network. 

    Astra 2EFG & 5B - I was given the opportunity to work on this major project as the Antenna Responsible Engineer from the customisation phase onwards. This project, whilst not as technically challenging as other project represents a significant planning challenge. On the Astra 5B spacecraft one Antenna was subject to an Engineering Model due to the innovative design of the Ka multi layered feed chain technology.

    Eutlesat Atlantic Bird 7 Antennas - I commenced work on Atlantic Bird 7 at the early customisation phase of the project. This relatively simple project consisting of three feed chains is now in operational orbit.

    Express AM4 Side Deployable Antennas  -  Working from the customisation phase through to the AIT phase I was the Antenna Responsible Engineer for the 4 Side Deployable Feed Chain Assemblies for this spacecraft. These were the first side deployable antennas mounted between the 2nd and 3rd floor that the Antenna group had produced. Unfortunately due to a launch anomaly AM4R is currently in AIT.

    Avanti Hylas Ka MFA - I commenced work on the all new Hylas Ka band Multi Feed Array (MFA) at the end of the customisation phase and followed the project through the detailed design, manufacturing and test phases before delivery to ISRO. This was the first flight Ka band equipment designed and built by the Antenna group in Astrium Stevenage

    Astra 1M Antennas - This project was to design, manufacture and test three antennas. Working as the Mechanical Responsible Engineer for the feed chain assemblies, I coordinated the RF, Stress, Thermal and Manufacturing disciplines throughout the project. The hardware is now in orbit and fully operational.

    Steerable Antennas & Active Receive Antenna - I supported the Mechanical Responsible Engineer during the manufacturing phase and was responsible for the Thermal Balance testing at Stevenage and assisted with setting up the RF range testing. 

    Arabsat IV - I supported the Mechanical Responsible Engineer during the detailed design phase and was responsible for the thermal vacuum testing at IABG and the subsequent vibration testing at CASA.

    Deployable Boom R & D project - I spent three months working on a feasibility study for long (2.5 to 4.0 Metre) hinged deployable boom for Antenna reflectors. The results of the study were presented to the spacecraft team.

    PREVIOUS EMPLOYMNET 

    Avica – Meggitt Aerospace Group (Jan 99 to March 04), Senior Project Engineer

    The company designs and manufactures Aerospace (and some Space) pneumatic and hydraulic ducting systems for various applications. The scope of work typically included system design and integration, system level stress and kinematic analysis, detailed stress analysis, flow analysis, thermal analysis and support to test. During my employment I worked on various projects and briefly include:-

    Aermacchi M346 trainer aircraft, Ariane 5 exhaust lines, Bombardier DB100 (Challenger 300), Saab Jas 39 EBS Grippen, Fairchild Dornier 428 Jet, AS977 Engine Nacelle ducting.

    Twiflex (May 97 to Dec 98), Design Engineer/Project Manger

    During this employment, my major project undertaken was as Project Manager for a £400K order of 28 calliper disc brakes for a gold mine in South Africa. This the largest disc brake ever manufactured by Twiflex, each weighing ¾ ton. The timescales for this project were very demanding, but were achieved.

    Nokia, Thermatool and Computer Aid Services, (Contract work July 96 to May 97)

    I worked for the above mentioned companies on short term contracts.

    PROFESSIONAL COURSES ATTENDED

    Spacecraft System Engineer (Southampton University)

    Programme Risk and Opportunity Management           

    Satellite Payload Engineering (Surrey University)

    Introduction to Systems Engineering (UCL)

    Patran – Finite Element Modelling

    NISA – Finite Element Modelling            

    Nastran – FEA solver         

    Failure Mode & Effect (FMEA)                             

    Vibration & fatigue using FEA     

    Flowmaster – Flow analysis

    PipePlus – Piping design

    Export Licence Rating

    Unigraphics – Modelling course

    Product Liability

    Work Package management

    Phase reviews

    SPRINT, PMT          

    Microsoft  - Various courses attended

    HOBBIES AND INTEREST

     I enjoy participating in many sports such as football, cycling, squash and golf. I take a keen interest in classic cars and own a 40 year old MG. I have completed five London to Brighton cycle ride, for which I have raised significant money for the British Heart Foundation. In 2013 I completed the 260 Mile London to Paris cycle ride for this charity.


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