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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:40:00 +0100
NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the Sentinel-6A mission. Launch is currently targeted for November 2020, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The total cost for NASA to launch Sentinel-6A is approximately $97 million, which includes the launch service and other mission related costs. The Sentinel-6A mission, also known as Jason Conti...
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
NASA Team Finds Noxious Ice Cloud on Saturn's Moon Titan Researchers with NASA's Cassini mission found evidence of a toxic hybrid ice in a wispy cloud high above the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The finding is a new demonstration of the complex chemistry occurring in Titan's atmosphere-in this case, cloud formation in the giant moon's stratosphere-and part of a collection of processes that ultimately helps deliver a smorgasbord of organic molecules to Titan's surface. Inv...
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
For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra. Shortly after 8:41 a.m. EDT on Aug. 17, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope picked up a pulse of high-energy light from a powerful explosion, which was immediately reported to astronomers around the globe as a short gamma-ray burst. The scientists at the National S...
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:43:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space GmbH to develop the feed array system for the antenna on the European Space Agency's Biomass spacecraft. This equipment is essential to guarantee the full satellite performance. One of ESA's Earth Explorer missions dedicated to protect our planet, Biomass will help us understand the quantity of carbon stored in the world's forests within the global carbon cycle. Due for launch in 2021, Biomass is primarily designed to d...
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
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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
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
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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...
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     Current job:Solutions Architect, Principal consultant
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     Industry:Satellite Operators, , , Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsDirector Global Operations
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    EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT: Information Technology, IT Operations, Network Engineering, IT Architecture

     

    Vice President ~ Senior Director ~ Executive Director ~ Sr. Vice President ~ Senior Architect

     

    PROFILE

     

    Exceptional record of success directing IT operations and engineering, including network infrastructure, telecom, and project management functions for both startup and established businesses. Proven ability to reduce expenses while streamlining workflow and improving systems performance. Excel at formulating technology solutions to support business goals. Adept at building and leading top-performing teams. Multiple certifications, including PMP, CISSP, ITILv3, and Six Sigma Green Belt. Excellent problem solving skills.

     

    Core Competencies:

    Strategic Planning ~ Budget & Cost Control ~ Change Management ~ Program/Project Management ~ Service Continuity

    Datacenter Design & Management ~ Unified Communications ~ Technical Training ~ Process Improvement ~ Reporting

    Virtualization & Automation ~ Relationship Management ~ Risk Management ~ Information Security ~ Contract Negotiations

    Capacity Planning ~ Vendor Relations ~ ITIL Service Management ~ SDLC Management ~ Incident Management

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

     

    BTEC Services, LLC, Charles Town, WV   June 2014 - Present

    Information Technologies and Telecommunications consulting

    Principal Consultant/Solutions Architect

    Specializing in Strategic Planning, Program/Project Management, Network and Systems Engineering and Operations, Data Center Design and Management, Technical Training, Process Improvement, Information Security, Virtualization and Automation, ITIL/eTOM Service Management, SDLC lifecycle management.

    ·        Lead Telecommunications and Data Center Design consultant for company deploying the world’s 1st Hybrid Global All-IP backbone comprised of a fully integrated satellite-terrestrial network, servicing high bandwidth and next-generation service needs of carriers, enterprises, and government agencies around the world. 

     

    O3B NETWORKS LIMITED, Bristow, VA   2012 – June 2014

    Global satellite service provider delivering broadband connectivity to emerging countries.

     

    Director, Network Operations Engineering

    Oversees Network Operations Engineering team. Responsible for performance and availability of O3b Ground Segment network for IP and RF infrastructure, including global IP inter-site WAN network, satellite ground systems monitoring and control, data gateways, and Improved quality and efficiency by implementing best practices, ITIL standards, and Enhanced Telecom Operations Model (eTOM) practices for service management.

    ·        Service Design Management

    o   Service catalog, Service Level, Availability, Capacity, Service Continuity, Security and supplier management

    ·        Service Transition

    o   Change, Asset, Configuration, Release and Deployment and Knowledge Management

    o   Service evaluation, validation and testing

    ·        Service Operation

    o   Event, incident, problem, access management

    o   Request fulfillment

    ·        Continual service improvement

    o   Service improvement and reporting

     

    Director, Network Operations

    The Director Network Operations has overall responsibility for the availability and performance of the currently base-lined O3b Ground Segment network including the inter-site network. The Director Network Operations performs the following functions:

    ·        Built complete Global Operations Group from ground up and designed service management architecture.

    ·        Created policies, procedures, strategic and technology plans, and concept of operations for Startup Company.

    ·        Manages overall operational network changes, contingency functions, forecasting, budgeting, reporting, issue investigation and resolution, supplier and maintenance agreements and services, and employee training. Establish global vendor relations and global network support plans, authorization of contingency procedures (i.e. site switch, outage incident, etc.);

     

     

    ICO GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS, Reston, VA   2007 – 2012

    Developer of advanced hybrid communications system combining satellite and terrestrial capabilities.

     

    Director, Network Systems, IT, Operations, & Engineering / Senior Network Architect

    Managed Network Operations, Field Services, and Network Systems Engineering. Administered budgets. Oversaw design, development, implementation, and operation of wired and wireless components, systems, and software. Directed procurement of hardware and software. Developed strategies and led optimization efforts. Supervised employees and contractors.

    ·      Planned and managed comprehensive IT modernization program for $1.4B enterprise.

    ·      Facilitated business expansion by designing and deploying voice, video, and data equipment, switches, routers, and other hardware for internet and mobile networks, and integrated networks with satellite and ATC segments.

    ·      Enabled live video to user terminals by integrating Video-over-IP multicast solution.

    ·      Evaluated new technologies for potential implementation and integration into core architecture.

     

     

    DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS, Silver Spring, MD                                                               2006 – 2007

    World's Number One nonfiction media company, with subscribers in 220 countries.

     

    Manager, Network Planning & Engineering / Senior Network Architect

    Directed planning, design, and implementation of global network. Supervised technical and project teams. Administered $8M network infrastructure budget. Evaluated and recommended new technologies. Managed vendor relations and contract negotiations. Served as final network issue escalation point. Led network optimization efforts.

    ·      Improved network performance and availability by implementing enhancements and redundancies.

    ·      Reduced costs through effective negotiations with telecom and hardware vendors, for purchases and leases.

    ·      Spearheaded critical change management initiatives in response to fluctuations in network asset availabilities.

     

    NETCONN SOLUTIONS, Hagerstown, MD         2005 – 2006

    Provider of system integration services for government and defense agencies.

     

    Manager, Network Engineering / Senior Systems Architect

    Program Manager for multiple Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) network infrastructure projects, including secure/secret and non-classified initiatives. Worked closely with client on design, deployment, and management of technical solutions. Supervised team of 16 engineers.

    ·      Designed, tested, and deployed IPv6 and distributed DMZ proxy solutions for computing services division of DISA.

    ·      Analyzed and recommended vital network routing architecture changes for CENTCOM's operational network.

     

    STEVEN BIRRELL, Reston, VA                 2004 – 2005

    Independent network architecture consultant for government agencies and projects.

     

    Senior Network Design Engineer / Architect

    Led research, testing, documentation, design, deployment, and process improvement initiatives for Dept. of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration and Verizon. Supervised up to 8 senior-level network engineers.

    ·      Authored updated network deployment procedures for Unisys field engineers.

    ·      Improved network performance, reliability, and security at TSA airport sites by reengineering networks and deploying new digital video network at checkpoints and baggage handling areas.

    ·      Facilitated the design, launch, and operation of nationwide value-added MPLS and VPN services for Verizon. Also enabled provision of multiple service types across MPLS networks to satisfy Class of Service requirements.

     

    MCI (formerly WorldCom), Ashburn, Virginia       2000 – 2004

    Global business and residential communications company operating in more than 65 countries.

     

    Senior Internet Engineer / Team Lead

    Designed, deployed, and administered data centers for Fortune 100 clients. Oversaw operation, configuration, and troubleshooting of routing protocols. Managed security issue resolution, load balancing, Fibre-channel storage, hardware, and development of advanced routing policies. Supervised 18 network engineers.

    ·      Planned and led the implementation of more than 22 data centers, each providing connectivity for up to 2,000 customers.

    ·      Successfully reengineered 2 crucial data centers, implementing new hardware and technologies.

    ·      Improved networks by designing and deploying secure remote backup and other solutions to increase performance.

    ·      Member of Summit Club and rated in WorldCom's Top 100 Technical Experts in 2001.


     

    ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

     

    Principal Internetworking Engineer, COMPUTER SCIENCES CORP. (CSC), Linthicum, MD  1999 – 2000

    IT Manager/Sr. Network Engineer, PLANNED SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL, Columbia, MD      1998 – 1999

    LAN/WAN Engineer II, UNISCRIBE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, Columbia, MD                          1997 – 1998

    LAN/WAN Engineer, INTEGRA BUSINESS CENTERS, Allentown, PA                            1997 - 1998

    NOC Engineer II/Help Desk Technician, CORNET INTERNATIONAL, Stroudsburg, PA            1996 - 1997

     

    MILITARY BACKGROUND

     

    US Army Communications Specialist, PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL GUARD, Allentown, PA                                                                1996 – 1998

    US Navy Communications Specialist, UNITED STATES NAVY, US/Overseas                     1990 – 1996

     

    EDUCATION

     

    Master Certificate in IS/IT Project Management, Villanova University

    Master Certificate in IT Service Management, Villanova University

    Associate in Information Technology, Allentown Business School, Allentown, PA

     

    CERTIFICATIONS & TRAINING

     

    PMI Project Management Professional (PMP)

    ITIL v3

    Six Sigma Green Belt

    Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

    Cisco Certified Internetwork Professional MPLS (CCIP)

    Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)

    Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)

    Cisco Certified Network Associate ~ Data Centers (CCNA)

    Juniper Networks Certified Internet Specialist (JNCIS)

    Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)

    Novell Certified Network Engineer (CNE)

    A+ Certification

     

    AFFILIATIONS

     

    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

    Project Management Institute (PMI)

    American Society For Quality (ASQ)

    International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2)

     

    TECHNICAL SKILLS

     

    MS Office, Project, servers, virtual machines, RF, satellite & terrestrial communications hardware, routers, switches, firewalls, proxies, web accelerators, WAN accelerators, remote access, wireless systems, 3G/4G, GMR, EVDOrevA, DVB-SH, DVB-S2, Windows, Unix, Linux, HF, UHF, VHF, SHF, EHF, IP, and others


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