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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:40:00 +0100
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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
ESO's fleet of telescopes in Chile have detected the first visible counterpart to a gravitational wave source. These historic observations suggest that this unique object is the result of the merger of two neutron stars. The cataclysmic aftermaths of this kind of merger - long-predicted events called kilonovae - disperse heavy elements such as gold and platinum throughout the Universe. This discovery, published in several papers in the journal Nature and elsewhere, also provides the strongest ev...
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:43:00 +0100
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Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0100
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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:05:00 +0100
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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
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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:50:00 +0100
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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:32:00 +0100
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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0100
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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
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Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:03:00 +0100
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Thu, 5 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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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...
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     Date Submitted:14-09-2014
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     Current job:Bus Manager (ARABSAT 6G Projects)
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Operators
     KeywordsSatellite Projects, Satellite Proposals, Satellite Systems, Satellite Operations, Satellite Ground Segment, Satellite Sub- system Engineering (Trend Analysis, Reporting), New Satellite Procurement (Proposal evaluations, Face to face negotiations et
    CV

    Professional Experience

    Period of Work Organization

    04 / 2015 – Present ARABSAT (Saudi Arabia)
    Bus/Platform Manager - AR6G Program

    Currently working on manufacturing of following satellites:

    * AR6A (Lockheed Martin, USA)
    * HS4-SGS1 (Lockheed Martin, USA)
    * HS3-IS (Thales Alenia Space, France)

    Major Responsibilities:

    * Leading the bus/platform team within ARABSAT, Hellas Sat and SAVID LLC. (Program consultant) during all spacecraft’s development phases.

    * To follow up with contractor(s) the progress throughout the design, fabrication, assembly, testing and final readiness of the spacecraft. And its associated flight hardware /software and operating procedures through study of the technical deliverables, attendance of pertinent meetings/reviews and representing Arabsat at the field office.

    * To follow program schedule with contractor(s) for timely achievement of each milestone in order to achieve spacecraft delivery on time.

    * Coordinating the action item(s) follow up and resolution within contractor and customer community.

    * To develop Request for Proposals (RFP) for future satellites in coordination with business development team and to evaluate technically the received bids. Furthermore to assist technically legal and financial departments in finalization of spacecraft contract with the awarded manufacturer.


    06 / 2008 – 04 / 2015 ARABSAT (Saudi Arabia)
    Senior Spacecraft Control Engineer

    Worked on following ARABSAT Fleet:
    * AB2B (Space bus 3000A)
    * BADR3 (Space bus 3000B)
    * BADR4 (Euro Star 2000+)
    * BADR6 (Euro Star 2000+)
    * BADR5 (Euro Star 3000, MX)
    * AR5A(Euro Star 3000, SX)
    * AR5C (Euro Star 3000, SX)

    Major Responsibilities:

    • BADR7 Project

    * To provide technical expertise during all the phases of Spacecraft manufacturing; from RFP till In-orbit handover. I was part of resident team at AIRBUS (platform) and Thales (payload), Toulouse throughout the program.

    • Spacecraft Sub-Systems’ Trend Analysis

    * To perform and analyze the trend for spacecraft sub-systems since BOL for ARABSAT
    E2000+ and E3000 platforms.
    * To publish periodic Spacecraft Health and Trend Report for internal (senior management) and external (underwriters) entities.

    • Training Coordinator

    * Prepared and coordinated one year training program for new recruits (Spacecraft Controller) in frame of ARABSAT Auto Fleet SCC.

    Previous responsibilities as Spacecraft Control Engineer included:

    • Real-time Operations:
    * To monitor nominal behavior of all spacecraft subsystems and ground station equipment.
    * To perform routine, seasonal and contingency operations.

    • Flight Dynamics:
    * Worked on FD software (Quartz & Mercator) in order to prepare station keeping maneuvers, estimation of spacecraft mass, prediction of eclipses /interferences and emergency orbital corrections.


    12 / 2006 - 05 / 2007 Specialty Process Equipment Corporation (SPEC)
    Lahore, Pakistan
    Procurement Engineer

    Responsibilities included:

    • Procurement & Fabrication:

    * Approving the specification of oil & gas plant equipment’s (pumps, valves, gauges, fittings, etc.) and procuring them from different vendors mainly from US.
    * Fabrication of assigned skid at SPEC Sunder Workshop, Lahore
    * Worked on Commissioning of Dewan LPG Gas plant at Sunsabil Gas field in Tunsa Sharif, Pakistan

    Education

    2009 – 2011 MA Diplomatic Studies (DL)
    University of Leicester
    United Kingdom

    2003 – 2007 B. Sc Engineering in Industrial & Manufacturing Processes
    University of Engineering & Technology,
    Lahore, Pakistan

    2000 – 2002 Intermediate
    Pakistan International School, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    1998 – 2000 Matriculation
    Pakistan International School, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


    Trainings

    • Attended theoretical and practical training on ARABSAT 4th and 5th generation satellites held at Toulouse, France and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by AIRBUS and Thales Alenia Space in 2009, 10 and 11.
    • Attended ‘Advance Project Management’ training held at Riyadh in 2013.
    • Attended five day long training on Flight Dynamics by Dr. Kaplan in 2010 held at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
    • Attended five days ‘Technical Report Writing Skills’ workshop by Meirc Training & Consulting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2013.
    • Participated in “First Young Leadership Workshop” held at Islamabad, Pakistan in 2006; organized by Friedrich Naumann Stifftung, Liberal Forum Pakistan & Future Youth Group.
    • Participated as a Panelist in seminar on “Engaging Youth with Millennium Development Goals” organized by Bargad held in Lahore, Pakistan in 2004.
    • Attended three days long Communication skills workshop held at Karachi, Pakistan 2007 organized by Friedrich Naumann Stiftung.

    Interview

    • ‘Via Satellite’ had interviewed me for their special feature ‘Generation Next’. It can be read here:
    http://interactive.satellitetoday.com/generation-next-fawaz-aref-arabsat/


    Languages

    • English Fluent
    • Arabic Fluent
    • Urdu Fluent
    • French Beginner

    Leisure

    • Tourism
    * Travelled across United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Nepal, Cyprus, Bahrain, United Arab Emirate and Sultanate of Oman.
    • Performing Arts
    * Performed several theatrical plays in Pakistan during university days, with Lok-Rehas, Ajoka Theater and Insaan Foundation.
    * Conducted two hour live Pop music program from FM 103mast Lahore from 9/ 2004 till 2/ 2006.


    References

    • Dr. Edward F. Haddad
    Program Manager – Telesat, Canada.
    ehaddad(at)telesat.com

    • Ron Taylor
    Payload Manager – Telesat, Canada
    rtaylor(at)telesat.com

    • Wilfred Oliver
    AR6B Platform Support Manager – Telesat Rep, Canada
    w.oliver(at)globalspaceconsulting.com

    • Victor Willson
    Senior Consultant – Willson Aerospace Consulting, USA
    vwillson1(at)verizon.net

    • Daniel Lilienstein
    AR6G Technical Manager – SAVID LLC, USA
    Daniel.lilienstein(at)savidllc.com


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