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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
"Using a model that more realistically simulates atmospheric conditions, we discovered a new process that controls the habitability of exoplanets and will guide us in identifying candidates for further study," said Yuka Fujii of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), New York, New York and the Earth-Life Science Institute at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, lead author of a paper on the research published in the Astrophysical Journal Oct. 17. Previous models simulated atm...
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
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
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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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     Date Submitted:29-11-2014
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     Current job:Consultant and Part-Time Faculty Professor
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     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Operators, Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordsplanning for new satellite procurement or acquisition projects, project management,
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    Experienced manager, strategic analyst, and consultant in telecommunications network planning including satellite and ground segments, with a proven track record in requirements analysis, solution development, procurement planning, deployment planning, and capacity management and optimization. Extensive knowledge of all aspects of the satellite communications business.  Founder of a consulting and educational business in information and communications technology (ICT). Areas of expertise include:

     

    · Satellite Requirements Assessment

    · Project Planning and Management

    · Satellite Concept Development

    · Satellite Capacity Management

    · Business Development Support

    · Satellite Procurement/Deployment

     

    PROFESSIONAL Experience

    HALEDIA, INC.

    Founder

    July 2014-Present

    Incorporated a consulting and educational services business focused information and communication technologies (ICT). Activities include strategy consulting and education.

    · Provided strategic advice to a client based on knowledge of the Middle East.

     

    Virginia International University, Fairfax, Virginia                    2011-Present

    Adjunct Professor, School of Computer & Information Systems

    ·         Develop and teach information systems courses, including Software Engineering, Software Architecture, Computer Architecture, and Enterprise Information Systems. Focus on Agile and traditional software development life cycle (SDLC) and IT project management.

     

    INTELSAT, Washington, D.C.                      1990-January 2014

    Strategic Projects Director, Corporate Strategy – 2012-2014

    Coordinated analysis of the technical capabilities of third party satellites to assess the value of their acquisition into global network of satellites. Accomplishments included:

          ·     Analyzed capabilities for 6 candidate satellites using engineering software and satellite

           specifications, leading to acquisition of two in-orbit satellites.

                ·     Guided team members in performance of link analysis to validate the accommodation of

                       customer service requirements, leading to annual revenue increase of over $6M.

    ·     Coordinated redeployment project plans for 2 third party satellites with engineering and

           operations, taking into account TT&C network setup, schedule, cost, and licensing risks.

     

    Developed 3 satellite network concepts to propose to third parties for partnerships or joint ventures to provide video, government, and data network services in international markets.

     

    Gathered and analyzed requirements for design of high capacity communication satellites and participated in meetings between engineering and the manufacturer to monitor design progress.

     

    Director/Senior Director, Space Systems Planning – 2006-2012

    Led teams to complete all aspects of satellite procurement and deployment planning, including:

    ·     Gathered and analyzed service requirements, including existing traffic backlog and demand

           forecast, using capacity management and business intelligence tools.

    ·     Participated in the conceptual design for 6 satellites (IS-14, IS-17, IS-21, IS-23, IS-27, IS-28)

           connecting payload and bus engineering experts to competing commercial requirements.

    ·    Managed satellite deployment planning for half a fleet of 50+ satellites by analyzing technical,

           business and regulatory factors to increase revenues and protect orbital spectrum.

    ·     Coordinated technical due diligence for acquisition of the Amos-1 satellite.

    ·     Maintained satellite deployment database and sent updates to other departments.

    ·     Negotiated with a Middle East operator to acquire and redeploy an in-orbit satellite.

     

    Vice President, Network Planning & Capacity Management 2005-2006

    Led efforts to optimize the use of capacity of satellite fleet worldwide to increase revenue, efficiency, and defer large capital investments. Managed and coached a team of 15 capacity management and communications engineers who performed link analysis and supported customers.

           ·      Established accurate metrics for capacity using capacity management software.

           ·      Generated regular management reports on capacity using Business Intelligence software.

           ·      Increased accuracy of capacity/revenue data match to more than 98%.

           ·      Led efforts to groom capacity to free up transponders and spot beams to increase revenues.

           ·      Initiated analysis of network traffic and transition planning to prepare for fleet consolidation.

          

    Vice President, Network Planning & Technology Development –2004-2005

    Managed Intelsat’s technology development program and participated in the development of Intelsat’s broadband Internet services. Responsible for budget of $4 Million and staff of 20+ engineers.

    ·      Guided the development of new software tools to help Sales and Customer Solutions
            Engineers access satellite capacity information quickly and more effectively.

    ·      Developed network optimization studies to reduce capital investments and grow revenues.

           ·      Managed an R&D portfolio with projects focusing maritime and broadband services, which

            became major elements of corporate revenues a few years later.

    ·      Examined all major broadband platforms, including iDirect, HNS, Viasat, Gilat, and others

            to guide vendor selection for various services and networks.

           ·      Reduced operational expenses for department by 30% while achieving organizational goals.

     

    Director, Operational Planning & Continuous Improvement

    And Chief of Staff to President, Intelsat Global Services Corp. (IGSC) –2003-2004

    Tracked execution of corporate projects and process improvement initiatives to increase efficiency and optimize capital and operating expenses to prepare company for private equity acquisition.

    ·     Organized monthly briefings for senior management on corporate initiatives.

    ·      Participated in the development of corporate strategic plan and definition of plan initiatives.

     

    Additional Positions at INTELSAT – 1990-2003:

    Director, Network Planning

    Senior Manager, Network Optimization

    Strategic Market Planning Manager

    System Planning Manager

    Principal Engineer & System Planning Project Lead

    Senior Engineer, System Planning

     

    ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC FACULTY POSITIONS

     

    University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC 2010

    Adjunct Professor, Taught Project Management in the MBA Program.

     

    George Mason University, Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept., Fairfax, Virginia 1983-90

    Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department.

    Acting Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department.

     

    University of Virginia, Systems Engineering Dept., Charlottesville, Virginia 1979-1983

    Research & Teaching Assistant –Co-authored several papers on decision making under uncertainty resulting from doctoral dissertation work.

     

    Cairo University, Faculty of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Dept., Giza, Egypt 1976-1978

    Teaching & Research Assistant – Wrote Master’s thesis on use of Systems Dynamics methodology in modeling of socio-economic systems.

     

    Volunteer Positions

     

    Fairfax County Public Library, 2014

    Performed various tasks at the library as assigned by staff to help organize the book collection.

     

    Hands Along the Nile Development Services, Rosslyn, Virginia, 2009-Present

    Advisory Committee member for international development NGO working in Egypt  -Provide feedback on strategic plans, support hosting Arab/Egyptian delegations, Arabic translation.

     

    Fencing Sports Academy, Fairfax, 2011-Present

    Founding Sponsor and Advisor for a start-up for-profit fencing club owned by my wife.

    Create social media to market club.

     

    Washington Space Business Roundtable, Washington, DC, 2010-2013

    Member of the Board and Treasurer of a satellite industry non-for-profit promoting space business and youth educational programs in science and technology.

     

    EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

     

    ·         Ph.D. in Systems Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

    ·         Master in Systems Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

    ·         M.Sc., Electronic Circuits & Systems, Cairo University, Faculty of Engineering, Giza, Egypt.

    ·         B.Sc. Electronics & Communications Engineering, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt.

    ·         Professional Training Courses in Project Management, Business Acumen and Leadership.

    ·         PMP project management certification preparation online courses through SkillSoft.

    ·         Member of the Project Management Institute and the Society for International Development.

     

    ADDITIONAL SKILLS

         Satellite Software Tools, Business Intelligence software (Business Objects), Native Arabic speaker.

     

    PERSONAL

    Naturalized U.S. Citizen since 1990. Available for employment or consulting  immediately. 



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