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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:00:00 +0100
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (Nasdaq:CMTL) announced today that its Command & Control Technologies group, which is part of Comtech's Government Solutions segment, was awarded contract modifications totaling $4.2 million. Of this amount, $3.0 million was received during its fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 and $1.2 million was received during its first quarter of fiscal 2018. This additional funding applies to the original award in April 2017, which today totals $7.7 million of the total potenti...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0100
ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, has completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) milestones for the ViaSat-3 class spacecraft. The payload CDR was successfully completed last week, and when combined with the successful bus CDR, conducted with Boeing in mid-August, ViaSat and Boeing are now moving forward with building, integrating and testing the first two satellites. The ViaSat-3 class of Ka-band satellites is expected to provide unprecedented ca...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:20:00 +0100
Engineers have been at Russia's Plesetsk launch site for a month now, ticking off the jobs on the 'to do' list so that the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite is fit and ready for liftoff on 13 October. With the satellite now fuelled, the team has passed another milestone. Fuelling a satellite is a particularly delicate operation. Hydrazine is extremely toxic so only a few specialists wearing 'scape' suits remain in the cleanroom. Once filled with 82 kg of hydrazine, the satellite was weighed...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:36:00 +0100
NASA’s asteroid sample return spacecraft successfully used Earth’s gravity on Friday to slingshot itself on a path toward the asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next August. At 12:52 p.m. EDT on Sept. 22, the OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security – Regolith Explorer) spacecraft came within 10,711 miles (17,237 km) of Antarctica, just south of Cape Horn, Chile, before following a route north over the Pacific Ocean. OSIRIS-R...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:48:00 +0100
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope helped an international team of astronomers find that an unusual object in the asteroid belt is, in fact, two asteroids orbiting each other that have comet-like features. These include a bright halo of material, called a coma, and a long tail of dust. Hubble was used to image the asteroid, designated 300163 (2006 VW139), in September 2016 just before the asteroid made its closest approach to the Sun. Hubble’s crisp images revealed that it was actual...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:02:00 +0100
Arianespace’s ninth launch of 2017 is now scheduled for September 29 on a dual-payload Ariane 5 mission to geostationary transfer orbit with Intelsat 37e (for the global operator Intelsat) and BSAT-4a (for Space Systems Loral in the framework of a turnkey contract for the Japanese operator B-SAT). Ariane 5 in the Final Assembly BuildingDesignated Flight VA239 in Arianespace’s mission numbering system for its launcher family, the liftoff originally had been set for September 5, b...
Sun, 24 Sep 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-3 on Sept. 23, at 10:49:47 p.m. PDT. Designated NROL-42, the mission is in support of national security. "Congratulations to the entire team for overcoming multiple challenges throughout this launch campaign. From Hurricane Irma schedule impacts to replacing to a first stage battery this week - the team maintained a clear focus on mission success," said...
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:38:00 +0100
For the first time in its 19-year history, SMi Group’s Global MilSatCom Conference & Exhibition will be featuring South Korea in its speaker line-up for this year’s event. With recent threats surging within the region, South Korea has instilled urgency in the race to perfect milsatcom systems to ensure overall robust defence capability. Commander of Defence Communication Command, Brigadier General Nag Jung Choi, will be presenting a keynote address on Day 3 of the conference...
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:45:00 +0100
In the first act of lunar exploration, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were major characters. In setting its sights on the Moon, ESA hopes to bring many more actors to this off-world stage. By testing the market for transport services to the Moon, ESA aims to push the limits of technology and create new models of space business. Touching down on the Moon was a monumental moment in human history. Eight short years and enormous resources took humankind to the lunar surface, initially for le...
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0100
Astronomers have used ALMA to capture a strikingly beautiful view of a delicate bubble of expelled material around the exotic red star U Antliae. These observations will help astronomers to better understand how stars evolve during the later stages of their life-cycles. In the faint southern constellation of Antlia (The Air Pump) the careful observer with binoculars will spot a very red star, which varies slightly in brightness from week to week. This very unusual star is called U Antliae and...
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:03:00 +0100
SES, EchoStar Corp., and Airbus Defence and Space announced today that the new EchoStar 105/SES-11 spacecraft, built by Airbus, has been shipped from the Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for its forthcoming launch by SpaceX in October. The first satellite that EchoStar has constructed with manufacturer Airbus, EchoStar 105/SES-11 will be launched by SpaceX on a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. EchoStar 10...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:30:00 +0100
Today Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) debuted a new family of satellite buses that form the core of nearly every space mission. From nanosats to high-powered satellites, the versatile lineup incorporates dozens of major enhancements and hundreds of common components that speed production and reduce cost. The company announced the lineup at the Air Force Association Air, Space & Cyber Conference. "We've invested $300 million in revamping our satellite solutions from top to bottom, applying what we...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:54:00 +0100
FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: FLY) (OTCQX: FLYLF) (the "Company" or "FLYHT") is pleased to announce a flight trial with Inmarsat, and would like to bring attention to an Inmarsat press release titled Inmarsat to demonstrate advanced SwiftBroadband-Safety capabilities in flight trial with FLYHT on September 19, 2017. This trial will demonstrate the use of FLYHT's Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS(tm)) to send data to the UpTime(tm) Cloud management platform via I...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:53:00 +0100
With the ''Space Strategy for Europe'' from the European Commission and the new ESA roadmap on the table, the European space stakeholders will have the great opportunity to debate and influence, at the highest level, the medium and long term development of European space programmes and of the spread of space services in many economic and societal activities as well as in a wide range of public fields, including security and defence. Download Conference Agenda | Register to a...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0100
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it has recently received approximately $8.2 million in orders or specialized products in support of satellite global positioning system protection and communication systems. Work on these recent orders will be performed in secure Kratos manufacturing facilities. Due to customer related, competitive and other considerations, no additional information will be provided rel...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:51:00 +0100
The Sun's recent activity has caught the interest of scientists and space weather forecasters worldwide, highlighting the need to keep a watchful eye on our star and its awesome power. On 6 and 10 September, our Sun produced a pair of solar flares, the strongest observed in over 10 years. They were accompanied by huge eruptions of billions of tonnes of matter into space. While many such eruptions fall back onto the hot surface, these two did not and became 'coronal mass ejections' (CMEs) -...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:19:00 +0100
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. This light-eating prowess is due to the planet's unique capability to trap at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere. The oddball exoplanet, called WASP-12b, is one of a class of so-called "hot Jupiters," gigantic, gaseous planets that orbit very close to their host ...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:13:00 +0100
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will continue its support for NOAA's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System program that ingests and analyzes weather data, creating useful visualizations for forecasters and distributing time-sensitive weather statements such as watches and warnings across the United States. Used by more than 140 National Weather Service field offices, the AWIPS program informs decisions that save lives and protect property during natural disasters. Under the $269 mill...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0100
The international Cassini mission has concluded its remarkable exploration of the Saturnian system in spectacular style, by plunging into the gas planet's atmosphere. Confirmation of the end of mission arrived at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at 11:55 GMT/13:55 CEST with the loss of the spacecraft's signal having occurred 83 minutes earlier at Saturn, some 1.4 billion km from Earth. With the rocket propellant for manoeuvering the spacecraft fully expended as planned touring Saturn and i...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:17:00 +0100
Four of the latest set of Galileo navigation satellites will be launched on Ariane 6 rockets - ESA's first contract to use Europe's new vehicle. The launches are scheduled between the end of 2020 and mid-2021, using two Ariane 62 rockets - the configuration of Europe's next-generation launch vehicle that is best suited to haul the two 750 kg navigation satellites into their orbits at 23 222 km altitude. Under development, Ariane 6 is Europe's newest launcher, designed to extend guaranteed ...
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     Date Submitted:09-10-2014
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     Current job:Lead Instrumentation Specialist
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
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     KeywordsExtremely versatile aerospace technician. FAA certified aerospace mechanic. Knowledge of electronics, instrumentation, hydraulics, and electronics.
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    OBJECTIVE

     A committed, energetic, and highly motivated individual seeking to serve as a valuable team member, of a successful organization, by applying many years of vast instrumentation, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, and electronics experience obtained, during a successful aerospace/aviation career..


    WORK EXPERIENCE

    Lead Instrumentation Specialist                      May 2013-Present Pratt Whitney Engines, West Palm Beach, Fl.

    Support instrumentation, assembly, and test  for high temperature applications on Pratt Whitney jet engines.

    • Perform sensor application in accordance with provided engineering sketches paying close attention to temperatures of the areas involved. Applied adequately temperature rated adhesives and materials per provided engineering information.
    • Practices such as water welding and tack welding utilized during high temperature applications of sensors such as strain gages, hypo pressure sensors, mach probes, kulites/pressure transducers, accelerometers, and thermocouples.
    • Constructed various types of cables harnesses as required per testing requirements.
    • Operate various types of test equipment such as capacitance meters, multi meters, and meggers to ensure properly functioning instrumentation.
    • Participate in engine runs operating Structural Data Acquisition systems. Troubleshoot as required.
    • Work closely and in conjunction with engineering and mechanical groups during build up and teardown of jet engines to ensure exact locations of critical engine data parameters..
    • Assist in company achievement of ACE Gold and participated in VSM events.

     

    Instrumentation Specialist                              Nov 2011-May 2013 Comforce/Sikorsky Aircraft, West Palm Beach, Fl.

    Provided instrumentation support for various models of Sikorsky test helicopters.

    • Follow provided engineering documents to install, modify, test, troubleshoot, and repair aircraft instrumentation systems, both on and off the flight line, in support of S-76, S-92, and 53K aircraft models.
    • Comply with 6S, Environmental Health and Safety, FOD, and Quality policies.
    • Fabricate and install cables and wiring harnesses. Install/repair/maintain sensors such as thermocouples, pressure sensors, strain gages, transducers, slip rings, and accelerometers.
    • Review data systems to ensure proper operation of data acquisition systems for test operations. Troubleshoot inoperable parameters and repair as necessary.

     Engineering Technician                              Aug 2011-Nov 2011Harris corp., Palm Bay, FL.

    Assigned to assemble and test space system deployable antenna reflectors in the space systems division. Duties:

    • Follow engineering drawings and procedures to assemble reflector subassemblies.
    • Utilizing Vishay software and equipment, proof load sub-assemblies such as graphite ribs and pre-loaders to ensure proper load capabilities.
    • Install strain gages of various sizes to enhance test and assembly operations.
    • Properly configure instrumentation in accordance with operations demands and work authorizing documents.
    • Work closely with engineering to streamline manufacturing processes.

     

     Lead/SeniorElectrical Technician                   Oct. 1999 – July 2011United Space Alliance, LLC. (USA), Kennedy Space Center, FL.

    Responsible for assembly and test of space shuttle solid rocket booster propulsion systems (SRB’s), in the NASA space program. Duties:

    • Coordinate efforts of technicians, quality assurance, and engineering to process and install electronic/avionic and mechanical flight hardware.
    • Utilize strong communication and problem solving skills to motivate others, and deal with complaints, obstacles, or crises.
    • Duties include planning material and equipment needs, and assigning work tasks in accordance to processing demands and schedules.
    • Perform fabrication, modification, installation, inspection, calibration, maintenance, and repair of both flight and ground support equipment.
    • Calibrated, adjusted, validated, and modified ground support equipment hydraulic and pneumatic systems.  Bent and flared tubing. Replaced seals and adjusted/repaired/replaced valves, hoses, and filters, as required.
    • Test completed structure assembly systems (consisting of hydraulics, electrical, hypergolics, and pneumatics) using special test equipment and electronic instrumentation, some of which utilize Labview software programming.
    • Serviced, tested, and operated, auxiliary power units (Hamilton Sundstrand gas turbine engines). Removed and replace units, components, and modules as required.
    • Perform inspections of completed work, within my area of responsibility, to ensure engineering and customer requirements are met. 
    • Read and interpreted engineering drawings, blueprints, and schematics, provided with engineering work orders while guiding and advising assigned technicians.

    Senior Electrical Technician                            July 1990 - Oct. 1999       United Space Boosters, Inc. (USBI, A United Technologies Company), Kennedy Space Center, FL.

    Performed electro-mechanical assembly and test of NASA space shuttle boosters. Duties:

    • Fabrication, modification, installation, and repair of manned flight worthy cables and wire harnesses in accordance with NASA-STD 8739. Tasks performed were wire crimping, circuit board and connector soldering. Utilized fume hoods and appropriate PPE while potting /molding connectors.
    • Served as a member of Lean Six Sigma efforts, including Kaizen.
    • Participated in hazardous fuel operations, while utilizing personal protective equipment, such as (SCAPE suits), suitable for toxic atmospheres.
    • Utilized test equipment such as multi-meters, power supplies, oscilloscopes, network analyzers, volt-meggers, RF meters, and specifically engineered test stations, to calibrate, test, and troubleshoot complex RF, semi-conductor, and electronic/electrical systems. Tested cables using cable testers such as Cable Master, Cirrus +, and FACT 7000.
    • Operate automated test stations and data acquisition equipment during simulated flight test operations of solid rocket booster power systems and subassemblies.

     

    Avionics Communication Navigation Systems Specialist                        Feb.1986 – Jan. 1990   United States Air Force, Charleston Air Force Base, SC.

    Responsible for both flight line and in-shop levels maintenance and repair of aircraft avionics.

    ·Performed electronic systems check outs, calibration, trouble-shooting, and repair to the component level, using RF and semiconductor theory, in a 5 level USAF AFSC.

    • Operated test equipment such as TDR’s, ohmmeters, oscilloscopes, watt meters, signal generators, and DC calibrators.

    ·Systems included IFF, TACAN, Color Radar, Altimeters, DME, Glide Slope/ILS, ADF, INS, and UHF/ VHF/ HF radios.

    ·Installed and replaced cable connectors on wire harnesses and coax cable.

    ·Performed general aircraft maintenance and servicing operations such as fueling, marshaling, and tire removals.

    • Upgraded aircraft with SATCOM capabilities.
    • Aircraft experiences include C141, C130, KC10, KC135, and C5 models.

     

    EDUCATION/LICENSES

    • FAA Airman’s Airframe Mechanics License; certificate number 3591425
    • Avionics Technology, Air University- Community College of the Air Force; 64 semester hours
    • Certified Aerospace Technician; SpaceTec, Aerospace Technical Education Center, Kennedy Space Center, FL., Certification # 00174
    • FCC GROL License,PG00034383, FRN 0020954301
    • USA Leadership Training, all three course levels,LDI I, LDI II, and LDI III, completed.
    •  23 semester hours study applied to Associate of Arts Program, at Daytona Beach State College.

    CERTIFICATIONS/TRAINING/SECURITY CLEARANCE


    • Electrical Cable Fabrication/Repair
    • Lockout/Tag Out Authorized
    • OPM/Homeland Security- NACI Certification (National Agency Check with Inquiries)
    • Previously held Secret Clearance
    • Fiber Optic Termination
    • Install Strain Gages
    • NASA High Reliability Hand Soldering ( IPC J-STD-001)
    • SRB Explosive Safety and Handling
    • Permit Required Confined Space
    • Forklift and crane Operator
    • Conformal Coating and Staking
    • Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
    • NTT Hydraulics Training
    • LabView Familiarization
    • Diesel Tug Operator
    • Atmospheric Monitoring
    • Mobile lift platforms
    • QA calibration

     

     

    ACCREDITATIONS, HONORS, AND AWARDS

    • Three, USA Quest Performance Awards, 2007-2009 (Continuous technical excellence)
    • USA Leadership Award, 2010 ( Outstanding leadership)
    • USA Teamwork Award, 2010 (Hydraulic cart non-conformance correction team)
    • USA Quarterly Award-Technical Achievement, 2011 ( Utah APU Replacement Team)
    • Two Pratt Whitney Appreciation awards, 2013 (Outstanding support and teamwork)

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