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With about $40 million in hand and an agreement to use a new launch site, British small launch vehicle startup Orbex argues that it’s joined the small group of companies in this sector of the industry that should be taken seriously. SpaceNews.com
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Earth observation startup Planet laid off dozens of employees July 13. The move affected less than ten percent of the firm's workforce, a company spokesperson said. SpaceNews.com
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Blue Origin conducted a successful test flight of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle July 18 that demonstrated its crew capsule escape system. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:00:23 +0000
Maxar announced a $1.3 million deal with the UK Space Agency to develop space robotics technology in the United Kingdom. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:37:02 +0000
Trump administration officials are at the Farnborough Airshow in the United Kingdom this week on a mission to sell American aerospace and weapons. SpaceNews.com
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As Astrobotic prepares to compete for NASA lunar payload delivery contracts, the company has signed an agreement with Dynetics for the last major component of its lunar lander. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:50:51 +0000
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said July 17 that he’s had good discussions with European officials about potential cooperation on NASA’s plans to return to the moon. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:16:24 +0000
Lockheed VP: “As the UK develops its space industry further, I think you’ll see bigger economics from the mini-satellites and the value they create from data." SpaceNews.com
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:20:46 +0000
While Lockheed Martin continues to suggest it will use Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket at a Scottish launch site announced at the beginning of this week, company officials said July 17 they have yet to formally select a vehicle to fly at the site. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:28:34 +0000
Maxar Technologies on July 16 purchased Neptec, a Canadian company with robotic expertise deemed useful for in-space activities like satellite servicing and building space stations. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:27:06 +0000
A solid rocket booster designed for both the Ariane 6 and Vega C next-generation launchers completed a successful test firing Monday, clearing a hurdle for the maiden flights of both vehicles. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:58:13 +0000
Ken Gabriel, CEO of Draper Labs: The idea of small satellites making up large constellations is a “powerful shift." SpaceNews.com
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:54:04 +0000
Virgin Orbit says an agreement that could lead to LauncherOne missions from an English airport is part of an effort to both better meet the needs of its customers as well as support the U.K. space industry. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:03:49 +0000
With the announcement that Scotland will be home to Britain's first spaceport, the U.K. is on the road to offering a one-stop-shop for building, operating and now launching satellites. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:14:34 +0000
The British government announced July 16 that it will provide funding to two companies, including an American aerospace giant, who plan to use a newly announced launch site in Scotland. SpaceNews.com
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 21:58:30 +0000
After years of study and consideration, the British government announced July 15 that it will start development of a new spaceport in northern Scotland, while an English airport signed a deal that could also lead to launches from its facility. SpaceNews.com
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:39:31 +0000
The space market worldwide has averaged $269 billion over the past five years, growing more than 5 percent each year. SpaceNews.com
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 08:03:46 +0000
The military wants to apply quantum computing to secure communications and inertial navigation in GPS denied environments. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:43:08 +0000
On his first foreign trip since taking office nearly three months ago, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine traveled to Israel this week to meet with the country’s prime minister and other officials. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 19:21:26 +0000
Gogo, an inflight connectivity provider leasing capacity on dozens of satellites, bulldozed its old business plan July 13 amid looming concerns over unprofitability, encroaching debt deadlines, and a potential buyout. SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:14-07-2014
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     Current job:Head of Electrical Engineering
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     KeywordsEngineering and Programme Leader Manage and Lead large engineering department in a space company.
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    Career Summary

    2013 – 2014      Programme Manager – Special Programmes, SSTL, Guildford

    ·         Leading and delivering SSTL’s next generation satellite platform design - improving performance and payload capability

    ·         Undertaking cost engineering activities - targeting key areas for business improvement

    ·         Applying new methodologies in design, procurement, manufacturing and test - lowering costs and improving delivery time

    ·         Evaluating and optimising project core teams – building strength and capability

    ·         Managing introduction of new platform design onto secured commercial missions

    2009 – 2013      Head of Electrical Engineering, SSTL, Guildford

    ·         A member of the senior management team - provided steer across all business functions

    ·         Led an engineering department consisting of 150 staff and five test facilities across three sites

    ·         Collaborated with other heads of engineering and projects director to oversee critical project deliveries, implementing robust recovery plans where required

    ·         Mentored key staff and managers – developing future leaders

    ·         Formulated effective, appropriate and flexible engineering processes in alignment with company principles

    ·         Defined and implemented product roadmaps with business unit and engineering leaders

    ·         Acted as senior level customer interface - communicating company processes and procedures - resolving critical technical issues – instilling customer confidence

    ·         Responsible for department budget – labour overheads, materials and capital expenditure – forecasting and tracking ~£4M - consistently maintained within budget

    ·         Participated in bid management for mission sales – reviewing cost, schedule, technical input and assisting in negotiations

    ·         Chaired project reviews and inquiry boards - drawing on full project life-cycle experience and skills to help provide technical and programmatic guidance to project teams

    ·         Implemented cost reduction and delivery improvement strategy – examples include

    o    Divisional restructure - product teams to establish knowledge centres and drive timely delivery and ownership

    o    Manufacturing process  – implemented reflow capability and specialist manufacturing cells - reduced electronics assembly time by 80% (exceeded target of 50%)

    o    Automated test engineering - reduced sub-assembly test time from weeks to days

    o    Application of commodity management for electronic components - reduced electronics materials costs by 25% (exceeded target of 10%) and built better relationship with suppliers

    o    Development of outsourcing for manufacturing activities and subsystems procurement - enabling delivery schedules to be met and internal development costs to be minimised on flagship missions.


    2006 – 2009      Electronics Group Leader – RF and Analogue Electronics, SSTL, Guildford
                            (Also encompassed a Subsystems Sales Business Development role)

    ·         Provided technical leadership to three engineering teams - 30 people

    ·         Delivered manpower and equipment resources to multiple projects - typically 5 satellite missions or constellations per year

    ·         Implemented effective and coherent peer review, design engineering and test processes

    ·         Oversaw group’s delivery to projects – steering scope, schedule, cost and quality

    ·         Responsible for overhead budget and capital expenditure ~£2M

    ·         Defined and implemented product roadmaps – contributed to engineering division strategy and company business plan

    ·         Participated in mission and subsystems sales negotiations – instrumental in securing a number of contracts of value ~£1M to £15M

    ·         Kick started subsystems sales business unit – capitalised on the potential of selling subsystems to other spacecraft manufacturers – grew new orders from ~£100K to ~£6M in two years (exceeded target of £1M first year and £2M second year)

    o    Developed the Subsystem Sales business development plan and secured internal funding to undertake sales development activities

    o    Bid managed and secured successful new sales globally – US, Europe & Asia

    o    Implemented dedicated subsystem sales engineer roles and projects personnel to bolster and grow the subsystems business – now a separate business line at SSTL with representation on the senior management team

    2001 – 2006      Senior RF Engineer then RF Team Leader in 2003, SSTL, Guildford

    ·         Provided technical leadership and delivery focus to ten engineering staff working on multiple satellite missions.

    ·         Designed and delivered RF communications subsystems for satellites

    2000 – 2001      Senior RF Engineer & Project Manager, Quasar Microwave, Devon

    ·         Designed and delivered high volume microwave products for mobile phone base stations (typically ~100 production units per design)

    ·         Led a development team - design of novel high performance microwave filter products driven by the need for low cost manufacturing and test

    1998 – 2000      RF Engineer, ComDev International, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

    ·         Lead engineer - designed telecoms payload subsystems for North American and European customers - supported multiple projects - drove the full project lifecycle through to customer delivery


    Education, professional memberships and training

    MSc, Microwave Solid State Physics – University of Portsmouth (1997)
    BSc(Hons), Physics 2:1 – University of Sussex (1995)
    MIET Chartered Engineer
    Prince2 Certification - Practitioner
    Management & Leadership - Group development courses over last ten years at SSTL
    Personal development coaching - PEC Ltd. over last seven years


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