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Sun, 15 Oct 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-41 on Oct. 15 at 3:28 a.m. EDT. Designated NROL-52, the mission is in support of national security. "Today's launch is a testament to the tireless dedication of the ULA team, demonstrating why ULA continues to serve as our nation's most dependable and successful launch provider," said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch. "Af...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:05:00 +0100
The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel-5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The 820 kg satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST) today. The first stage separated 2 min 16 sec after liftoff, followed by the fairing and second stage at 3 min 3 sec and 5 min 19 sec, respectively. The upper stage then fired twice, delivering Sentinel-5P to its final orbit 79 min after liftoff. ...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:55:00 +0100
The first full-scale model of the rocket motor that will propel Ariane 6 and Vega-C into orbit has been cast and filled with inert propellant for testing at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. The P120C is the largest solid-propellant rocket motor ever built in one segment. Each P120C will hold over 140 tonnes of propellant in a carbon fibre casing almost 11.5 m long and about 3.4 m in diameter. It is derived from Vega's current first stage motor, the P80, which holds 88 tonnes of propell...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
There's no map showing all the billions of exoplanets hiding in our galaxy -- they're so distant and faint compared to their stars, it's hard to find them. Now, astronomers hunting for new worlds have established a possible signpost for giant exoplanets. A new study finds that giant exoplanets that orbit far from their stars are more likely to be found around young stars that have a disk of dust and debris than those without disks. The study, published in The Astronomical Journal, focused on ...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Our 4th Space Resiliency Summit is designed as an educational and training ''Town Hall'' forum, where thought leaders and key policy-makers across military services, defense agencies, and civilian organizations can come together for actionable discussions and debate. This year's summit will focus on technology and innovation needed to defend critical space assets against increasing and new threats. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference 2017 Summit Topics to Includ...
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:50:00 +0100
EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS) announced today that the EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite was successfully launched on October 11 at 6:53 PM EDT on a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. EchoStar 105/SES-11, a dual-mission satellite for EchoStar and SES, is a hybrid Ku and C-band communications satellite that provides EchoStar with 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz, marketed as EchoStar 105, and SES with a C-band payload of 24 transponders, marketed under the name S...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0100
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was recently selected by DigitalGlobe, Inc. as the next-generation WorldView Legion satellite imaging constellation payload provider. Under the contract, Raytheon will deliver the telescopes, detectors and combined electronics to Space Systems Loral, the WorldView Legion space vehicle integrator. Raytheon's new payload doubles DigitalGlobe's capacity to capture multispectral and 30 cm imagery, while tripling to quadrupling the company's capacity to image high-dema...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:32:00 +0100
Mission controllers completed a critical final rehearsal today, confirming that everything and everyone on ground are ready to take over control of Sentinel-5P in the harsh environment of space. A 'team of teams' working at ESA's control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, today conducted a final rehearsal for this week's launch of Sentinel-5P. They were joined by engineers working at ground stations on three continents and by teams responsible for the launcher and its payload in Plesetsk, Russ...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0100
Ushering in a new era of advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, the U.S. Air Force declared the first Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-built GPS III satellite "Available for Launch." The Air Force's "AFL" declaration is the final acceptance of Lockheed Martin's first GPS III Space Vehicle (GPS III SV01) prior to its expected 2018 launch. GPS III SV01 will bring new capabilities to U.S. and allied military forces, and a new civil signal that will improve future connectivity worldwide ...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 16:30:00 +0100
With four days to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The rocket will be fuelled two days before launch, set for Friday at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). The Sentinel-5P satellite has been at the cosmodrome since early September going through a series of tests and being readied for the big day. After being sealed from view in the rocket fairing last week, it was rolled out to the launch pad on Saturday. "This point in any...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0100
L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide Hawkeye(tm) III Lite VSAT satellite communications terminals and on-site training to the U.S. Air National Guard's Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC) teams. These terminals will facilitate direct communication from remote locations in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Additionally, these Army Strategic Command (ARSTRAT)-certified terminals will enable access to the Wideband Global SATCO...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:03:00 +0100
The third batch of Iridium(r) NEXT satellites built by Thales Alenia Space has been successfully launched by SpaceX from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. After the perfect commissioning of the first 20 satellites launched in January and June, thirteen of which are now interconnected and operating in full compatibility with the initial Block One Constellation, with seven being maneuvered to an adjacent plane, this new milestone allows to continue the fantastic Iridium(r) NEXT adventure. ...
Thu, 5 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Astronomers have identified a bumper crop of dual supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. This discovery could help astronomers better understand how giant black holes grow and how they may produce the strongest gravitational wave signals in the Universe. The new evidence reveals five pairs of supermassive black holes, each containing millions of times the mass of the Sun. These black hole couples formed when two galaxies collided and merged with each other, forcing their superma...
Wed, 4 Oct 2017 14:30:00 +0100
As preparations for the launch of Sentinel-5P continue on track, the team at Russia's Plesetsk site has bid farewell to the satellite as it was sealed from view in the Rockot fairing. Liftoff is set for 13 October at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). Since its arrival at the launch site at the beginning of September, Sentinel-5P has been through a series of stringent tests to confirm there was no damage during the flight from the UK. These tests have made sure that everything is in good working orde...
Wed, 4 Oct 2017 01:00:00 +0100
Though an emerging market, the global nanosatellite market is highly competitive, with major players competing against each other to make a mark in the global market. The companies are adopting both organic and inorganic market strategies such as business expansions, partnerships, agreements, collaborations, product launches, and acquisitions, among others, to strengthen their position in the market. The high growth of the nanosatellite market is unprecedented for the satellite industry and will...
Tue, 3 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0100
After years of development, Lockheed Martin completed the first flight build of its new Multi-mission Modular (MM) Solar Array. This new flexible array advances Lockheed Martin's significant heritage flying flexible arrays on such programs as the International Space Station and a constellation for the U.S. Air Force. The new design is a major component of Lockheed Martin's multi-year modernization of its LM 2100 satellite bus, which is part of its newly-enhanced family of buses. The MM Array ...
Tue, 3 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope now is planning to launch between March and June 2019 from French Guiana, following a schedule assessment of the remaining integration and test activities. Previously Webb was targeted to launch in October 2018. "The change in launch timing is not indicative of hardware or technical performance concerns," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate at Headquarters in Washington. "Rather, the integration of the various...
Mon, 2 Oct 2017 21:01:00 +0100
Spaceflight, the leading satellite rideshare and mission management provider, today announced it was awarded its first NASA Kennedy Space Center Contract (KSC) for launch and integration services. The multi-year contract covers launch services in 2018 for a maximum of 24 payloads, with options to provide launch services for up to 24 additional payloads in 2019 and 2020. The potential total contract value is more than $5 million. U-Class payloads are miniature space research satellites that ty...
Mon, 2 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0100
A molecule once thought to be a useful marker for life as we know it has been discovered around a young star and at a comet for the first time, suggesting these ingredients are inherited during the planet-forming phase. The discovery of methyl chloride was made by the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, and by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft following Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It is the simplest member of a class of molecules known as organohalogens, whi...
Mon, 2 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0100
Observations made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and ESA's Rosetta mission, have revealed the presence of the organohalogen Freon-40 in gas around both an infant star and a comet. Organohalogens are formed by organic processes on Earth, but this is the first ever detection of them in interstellar space. This discovery suggests that organohalogens may not be as good markers of life as had been hoped, but that they may be significant components of the material from wh...
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     Date Submitted:16-07-2014
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     Current job:Graduate - Chemistry (MSc), Systems Engineering (BEng)
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     KeywordsAnalytical Chemistry, Systems Engineering Young Graduate Trainee, German Aerospace Center Intern
    CV

    Career objective

    I am very enthusiastic about a career in space technology and am currently seeking to gain experience in the relevant sciences and engineering. My degrees in Analytical Chemistry and Systems Engineering complement each other and I now wish to expand my knowledge and experience in the space sector.

     

    Education

     

    BEng Systems Engineering, Loughborough University, 2010-2014

    The degree covers the systems approach and its application, but also includes electrical engineering and a range of topics relevant to the successful planning and execution of interdisciplinary projects, such as human factors in system design or material properties. The degree also includes a Diploma in Industrial Studies earned through my placement year at ESTEC. Final result: Upper 2nd class honours (67%)

     

    MSc Research in Analytical Chemistry, Loughborough University, 2009-2010

    A degree focussed on analytical techniques including considerations such as their fitness for purpose and cost-effectiveness, data processing and statistics. Final result: Master with Distinction (70%)

     

    BSc Chemistry, Loughborough University, 2006-2009

    Modules include organic and inorganic chemistry, radiochemistry and physical chemistry.

     

    Work Experience

     

    Young Graduate Trainee at ESTEC (ESA), the Netherlands (September 2012 – September 2013)

           Worked as an Analytical Chemist in the Life and Physical Sciences Laboratory
    -        Established protocols and procedures for a newly acquired liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) instrument
    -        Operated, maintained and repaired the system and carried out method development
    -        Created a number of Excel-based calculators and tools to make the work easier
    -        Supported other research groups and their activities
    -        Also attended numerous lectures on ESA’s activities, e.g. ‘lessons learned’ events and a three-day course in spacecraft systems engineering organised by ESA and the University of Southampton.

     

    Paid placementat the German Aerospace Center, Brunswick (July – September 2010)

    -        Research into carbon nanotubes for use as electrodes in devices such as capacitors
    -        Worked with minimal supervision on set tasks and the development of my own ideas
    -        Produced literature reviews, lab scripts and other documents for others to follow

     

    Moderator and supervisor on the staff of a large online browser game community (2007-2010)

    -        Volunteer position in the online forums as moderator, personnel manager and team supervisor
    -        Supervisor of a creative workgroup developing new ideas and concepts for the game and community. Directed the group’s efforts and summarised results to pass them on
    -        Organised duty rosters for team members and helped recruit and train new staff
    -        Played a key role in dealing with complaints and criticisms of the team, and helped other staff members respond appropriately when they received complaints directly
    -        Helped to maintain a friendly atmosphere in the forums and in discussion threads

     

    Placement at the Faserwerk Lingen (textile factory), Bayer AG (Summer 2006)

    -        Assisted in the analytical laboratory by carrying out routine analyses
    -        Completed a series of teaching experiments, e.g. a flame atomic absorption spectroscopy analysis

     

    Academic Experience

     

    BSc project on the production and durability of photovoltaic modules (2013-2014)

    -        Studied the effects of production conditions on the long-term stability of solar panels
    -        Largely independent research, planning and experimental design
    -        Produced and tested a large number of modules together with other researchers
    -        The results are to be presented at the 6th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion

     

    MSc and BSc projects in the area of X-ray crystallography(2009-2010)

    -        Investigation of crystal structures using X-ray diffraction and computational methods
    -        Collected and solved X-ray diffraction data which was published in Acta Crystallographica or contributed to other publications
    -        Produced dissertations on intermolecular forces and their influence on crystal packing, and on the effects of ligands on crystal structures, based on a literature review and my own results
    -        Additional voluntary work solving crystal structures to hone my skills. Also tested a new software package, OLEX2, for the department

     

    Voluntary research project in organic synthesis (Summer 2008)

    -        Synthesis of fluorinated organic compounds with potential medical applications
    -        Created a database comparing computational and real data to help with the interpretation of NMR spectra obtained from samples

     

    Professional and Personal Skills

     

    IT Systems

    -        Familiar with Microsoft and Open Office for text or data processing and presentations
    -        Some experience with MatLab and Mathcad Prime
    -        Certified LabView Associate Developer (CLAD)

     

    Analytical Techniques and Practical Skills

    -        Well-versed in all aspects of running a Liquid Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer
    -        Familiar with the principles of x-ray crystallography and structural refinement
    -        Other analytical techniques include nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared and ultraviolet spectroscopy, peel testing and differential scanning calorimetry
    -        Some experience working in glove boxes and laminar flow cabinets
    -        Experience cleaning and assembling lab equipment (LC-MS instrument in particular) and computers

     

    Languages

    -        Fluent in German and English (IELTS Certificate; Grade 8.0 / 9.0)
    -        Beginner’s level in Dutch, Latin (GSCE-Level), Russian (OCR Level 1 Certificate) and Spanish

     

    Teamwork

    -        Combined Cadet Force member for three years, participating in many exercises and courses and helping to train younger cadets. Final Rank: Sergeant
    -        Part of numerous group projects as part of my degree training and work experience

     

    Professional Membership

    -        Royal Society of Chemistry, RSC, since 2006
    -        Institution of Engineering and Technology, IET, since 2011

     

    Other Qualifications

    -        BTEC First Certificate, grade: merit
    -        Senior Cadet Instructors Course, SCIC, grade: C
    -        Driver’s Licence, obtained in Germany


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