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The final report into the launch failure that forced the abort of a crewed Soyuz spacecraft is scheduled for completion by the end of the month, the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos announced Oct. 20. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 08:00:31 +0000
A big unknown is how Congress might react to the administration’s proposal. The legislative branch has the final say on whether plans for a new military service can move forward. SpaceNews.com
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A Mercury-bound science mission from the European and Japanese space agencies began a seven-year journey to the Solar System’s smallest planet Oct. 19 aboard and Ariane 5 rocket. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 22:06:59 +0000
Vector, one of dozens of ventures developing small launch vehicles to serve perceived high demand for small satellite launches, announced Oct. 19 that it closed a $70 million Series B round to move into full operations. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:41:19 +0000
Three regional satellite operators with C-band coverage over the United States have complained to U.S. telecom regulators about being left out of a group led by four of the world’s largest satellite operators to arrange a proposed spectrum transfer to the wireless industry. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 18:20:52 +0000
Thornberry's letter to DoD: "It is important for us to understand the benefits and challenges of a full range of options.” SpaceNews.com
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:45:34 +0000
François Lombard, who took the helm at Airbus Intelligence in early 2017, is encouraging this type of innovation and partnerships like the ones formed recently with Earth observation constellation operator Planet and Orbital Insight, a geospatial analytics company. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:50:39 +0000
As NASA evaluates proposals for commercially developed small lunar landers, the agency is now seeking payloads that could fly on those spacecraft despite concerns from some scientists that they don’t know if their experiments are compatible with those landers. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:00:25 +0000
The last mission needed to complete Iridium Communications’ second-generation satellite constellation is scheduled for Dec. 30, Iridium CEO Matt Desch said today. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:26:14 +0000
SMM Hamburg, the biennial international maritime conference in Germany Sept. 4-7, attracted not only shipbuilders but also satellite operators eager to offer global communications for autonomous vessels. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 21:44:31 +0000
Between now and when the the Air Force starts buying launch services from new competitors, ULA and SpaceX will be competing “one mission at a time.” SpaceNews.com
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 19:23:01 +0000
To connect the masses, megaconstellations will need mega antennas mega cheap. Antenna makers need mega orders to make that happen. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 19:11:40 +0000
Intelsat invested in Africa Mobile Networks (AMN), a U.K.-headquartered group of companies with telecom infrastructure in Africa, to reach "ultra-rural" parts of the sub-Saharan side of the continent. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:37:44 +0000
As the Pentagon moves to stand up a U.S. Space Command and Congress debates whether it makes sense to create a Space Force, a central focus is to defend satellites from orbital weapons that would seek to damage or destroy U.S. assets in space. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:27:27 +0000
Small launch vehicle company Rocket Lab announced Oct. 17 that it will build its second launch pad, and first in the United States, at Wallops Island in Virginia. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:58:08 +0000
This was ULA’s eighth launch this year, the 131st since the company was formed in 2006, and will be its 50th launch for the U.S. Air Force. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:57:26 +0000
A Swedish company with plans for a geostationary communications satellite announced Oct. 16 a contract with SpaceX for a Falcon Heavy launch no earlier than the fourth quarter of 2020. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 20:52:46 +0000
The NASA astronaut who was on the aborted Soyuz mission to the International Space Station says he has “complete confidence” in the Russians despite this launch failure and other problems and looks forward to flying again on the spacecraft. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 19:37:17 +0000
For all the enthusiasm about lunar exploration, and announcements made during the conference, there were far fewer specific details about just how to achieve those goals. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:26:57 +0000
ThinKom’s recent collaborations with satellite operators Telesat and SES have the antenna builder jockeying to compete with Viasat, IsoTropic Systems and others in the race to build affordable high-tech antennas that can link with satellite constellations in non-geosynchronous orbits. SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:04-08-2014
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     Current job:PhD Researcher
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsSystems Engineer Mission Design Constellations Mechanical
    CV
    I am a motivated individual in the final year of study for a PhD. I have three years of industry experience and a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering. My career objective is to be part of a dedicated team that solves difficult problems using novel methods.
     
    Key Skills
    Satellite networks
    Space Systems Engineering
    Mechanical Design
    Design for Manufacture
    EMITS, ECSS & ESA project experience
    CubeSat Systems
    Matlab, CAD, MBSE, Microsoft Office
     
    Professional
    Member of the IET
    Student Affiliate of the RAeS
    English (native speaker)
    German (A1 – CEFR)
     
    Personal
    Married 
    Full driving license
     
    Career & Education
     
    University of Strathclyde & Clyde Space Ltd - PhD Researcher (Sep ‘11 – Present)
    The aim of my research is to investigate modern approaches to mission design of large space networks (multiple space vehicles and ground nodes) and introduce novel methods to quantify performance of the system. Specific application to nano-satellites is considered, owing to the promise they show with regard to mass manufacture and deployment. I have developed computational models to verify the methods being examined.
     
    Technical University of Munich - Visiting Researcher (Sep ‘14 – Jan ‘15)
    I will spend the final 4 months of 2014 at the Institute for Astronautics, Technical University of Munich (TUM), under the supervision of DLR Astronaut Prof. Ulrich Walter for part of my PhD studies. My objectives during this time are to finalise my PhD research and gain insight and knowledge from an exciting new team of researchers.
     
    Clyde Space Ltd - Simulation Engineer (Sep ‘11 – Jul ‘14)
    I developed numerical simulation models to help with ground station pass planning, energy collection verification and flight behaviour validation as contribution towards Scotland’s first satellite, UKube1. My models are also being used in support of future Clyde Space projects, such as the PICASSO satellite.
     
    INCOSE - SSWG - Team Contributor (Oct ‘12 – Present)
    I am an active member of the INCOSE Space Systems Working Group (SSWG), who are developing a generalised CubeSat system architecture in support of project model-based systems engineering (MBSE).
     
    REXUS – StrathSat-R - Mechanical Engineer (Dec ‘11 – May ‘14)
    I was part of the design and development team for the StrathSat-R experiment on the Rocket Experiments for University Students (REXUS) programme - an ESA/DLR-funded sounding rocket launch opportunity. StrathSat-R was an experiment comprising two ejectable payloads (CubeSats) that included inflatable structures for use as potential de-orbit devices.
     
    Hi-SEAS Mission - Mission Support (Jun ‘12 – Aug ‘13)
    I was a reserve crew member and member of the mission support team during the 1st Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (Hi-SEAS) study, in 2013. Hi-SEAS is a food study, which aims to identify the psychological and physiological effects of applying different food types during long duration space missions, such as future Mars missions. The practicalities of the study take the form of 4, 6, 8 & 12 month periods of isolation for a team of 6, in a Martian-like habitat on the saddle plain between Mauna Kea & Mauna Loa, Hawai’i.
     
    Magna Parva Ltd - Design Engineer (Sep ‘08 - Aug ‘11)
    My efforts were focused on the challenging task of concept-to-flight design engineering for innovative space science payloads as part of a small team. Activities included mechanical and thermal analysis, test campaign planning and implementation, design for manufacture, system verification and document writing. Project examples include the Life Marker Chip (ExoMars), the Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer (MIXS) (BepiColombo), the Remote Interface Unit Structure (BepiColombo) and a Miniature Release Mechanism (internal patented project).
     
    Southampton University Air Squadron (AuxRAF) - Officer Cadet (Nov ‘04 - Aug ‘08)
    During my time in the RAF Air Squadron at Southampton University, I took part in numerous leadership and team-building activities, between which I learned the basics of flying, sailing and other adventurous training activities. I was the Sports Representative of the Executive Committee in 06/07 and the Adventurous Training representative in 07/08, for which I developed and executed the sport and AT programme for the squadron.
     
    University of Southampton - Bachelors/Masters Student (Oct ‘04 - Jun ‘08)
    MEng (1st Class honors) in Aerospace Engineering - specialising in Astronautics.
    Main areas of study: Spacecraft Systems Engineering, Celestial Mechanics, Space Mission Design, Structures, Optimisation, Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Materials, Aerodynamics, Computing and Mathematics.
     
    Academy of Contemporary Music BTEC Dip. - Student (Sep ‘03 - Jun ‘04)
    BTEC Diploma (distinction) in Music Production, from the Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford, UK.
     
    The Norton Knatchbull School - Student (Sep ’96 – Jul ‘03)
    A Level: Maths (A), Physics (A), Music (C), AS Level: Business Studies (B)
    GCSE: 9 (All A-C, including Maths, Double Science and English)
     
    Publications
    Lowe, C., Macdonald, M., “Rapid Model-based Inter-Disciplinary Design of a CubeSat Mission”, Acta Astronautica, (in review)
    Lowe, C., Macdonald, M., Greenland, S., “Parametric CubeSat flight simulation architecture”, 64th International Astronautical Congress, Beijing, 2013
    Lowe, C., Macdonald, M., Greenland, S., “Through-life modeling of nano-satellite power system dynamics”, 64th International Astronautical Congress, Beijing, 2013
    Lowe, C., Macdonald, M., Greenland, S., “Charybdis The Next Generation in Ocean Colour and Biogeochemical Remote Sensing”, 26th Annual AIAA/USU Small Satellite Conference, Logan, UT, 2012.
    In addition I have been co-author in a further four conference publications between 2012 and 2014.
     
    Awards & Scholarships
    EPSRC/Clyde Space iCASE PhD studentship Sep ‘11 £58,270
    Royal Society of Edinburgh J M Lessells Travel Scholarship May ‘14 £5000
    University of Glasgow & Strathclyde Mac Robertson Travel Scholarship Jun ‘14 £3950
    Institute of Mechanical Engineers Thomas Andrew Common Grant Aug ‘13 £750
    Royal Aeronautical Society Aerospace Speakers Travel Grant Aug ‘12 £500
    International Astronautical Federation Hans Von Muldau (best team project) Oct ‘13 Award
     
    Hobbies and Interests 
    Climbing: I enjoy climbing of all kinds; summer, winter, sport, traditional, bouldering, indoor and outdoor. In support of this, I like to stay healthy by running, swimming and cycling.
    Flying I have logged over 50 hours in command of light aircraft and hold a Private Pilot’s License. 
    Sailing I enjoy both dinghy and yacht sailing and hold RYA Day Skipper (practical) and Yacht Master Coastal (theory) qualifications.

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