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Tucked into the details of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that President Trump signed into law Dec. 12 is a long overdue recognition of the first American astronauts who were lost in service to their country while practicing for a mission. SpaceNews.com
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Rocket Lab scrubbed a launch of its Electron small launch vehicle Dec. 11 after an abort just two seconds before liftoff. SpaceNews.com
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On the eve of the first launch of a reused Dragon capsule on a Falcon 9 with a reused first stage, both NASA and SpaceX said they were comfortable with the level of risk involved with the mission. SpaceNews.com
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President Donald Trump signed an order Dec. 11 formally directing NASA to send humans back to the moon, but provided no information on schedules or budgets for such an initiative. SpaceNews.com
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China Great Wall Industry Corp. launched Algeria’s first telecommunications satellite, Alcomsat-1, aboard a Long March 3B rocket at 11:40 a.m. Eastern to geostationary transfer orbit, the Algerian press agency APS said today. SpaceNews.com
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An airspace closure notice published by the Federal Aviation Administration Dec. 9 suggests Blue Origin is preparing to resume test flights of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle after a hiatus of more than a year. SpaceNews.com
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More than a year after suffering significant damage in a Falcon 9 explosion, a Florida launch pad is ready to return to service, incorporating improvements that will allow a higher flight rate. SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:18-01-2015
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     Current job:Teaching Assistant
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     Keywordsspace science, surveillance of space, satellite tracking, Sapphire, CASTOR, MATLAB, VE3HEO, cubesat, Molniya, GEO, LEO, HEO, image analysis, electro-optical observation, Royal Military College, Masters
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    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    Most recent to earliest

    Sep 2014 ~ Present
    Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) - Kingston, Ontario
    Teaching Assistant
     
    Marked assignments, exams, and labs of 1st and 2nd year physics courses.
     
    May 2014 ~ Present
    Calian Technologies
    Researcher
     
    Research of the attitude dynamics of 20 inactive box-wing telecommunications satellites for Dr. Gregg A. Wade (RMCC).
     
    Sep 2012 ~ Mar 2014
    Calian Technologies
    Researcher
     
    Observed and obtained light curve data for nearly 100 unique inactive box-wing telecommunications satellites for the Department of Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Ottawa and the Director General Space (DG Space).
     
    Aug 2012 ~ May 2013
    Royal Military College of Canada - Kingston, Ontario
    Teaching Assistant
     
    Marked assignments, exams, and labs of 1st and 2nd year physics courses.
     
    Nov 2011 ~ Mar 2012
    Calian Technologies
    Researcher
     
    Determined the best targets for observing inactive box-wing geosynchronous satellites' light curves in partnership with DRDC Ottawa.

    Mar 2011 ~ Aug 2011
    Lions Club - Port Dover, Ontario
    CASTOR Astronomy Course Coordinator and Instructor
     
    Coordinated and conducted a high-calibre 10-week astronomy course for students in the Port Dover and Simcoe area.
     
    Constructed and presented PowerPoint presentations at every class describing, in detail, the specific concepts being taught.
     
    Designed, constructed, and managed a CASTOR Astronomy Course website.
     
    Feb 2011 ~ Apr 2011
    Lions Club - Port Dover, Ontario
    Computer Course Coordinator and Instructor
     
    Coordinated and conducted a 10-week basic computer course for students in the Port Dover and Simcoe area.
     
    Constructed and presented PowerPoint presentations at every class describing, in detail, the specific concepts being taught.
     
    Nov 2010 ~ Sep 2011
    Norfolk County, Ontario
    Computer Technician
     
    Servicing computers owned by private individuals and businesses.
     
    Serviced computers with problems ranging from slow performance to malware and ransomware attacks.
     
    Assisted customers with basic and advanced computer setup, file organization and wireless networking.
     
    For every visit, a detailed report was written documenting the exact technical details.
     
    Every computer was satisfactorily repaired with 100% customer satisfaction.
     
    Apr 2010 ~ Jun 2010
    Lanark Community Programs - Carleton Place, Ontario
    CASTOR Astronomy Course Coordinator
     
    Coordinated and conducted a high-calibre 10-week astronomy course for students ages 10 and up.
     
    Constructed and presented PowerPoint presentations at every class describing, in detail, the specific concepts being taught.
     
    Designed, constructed, and managed the CASTOR Astronomy Course website.
     
    Sep 2008 ~ Jun 2010
    Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority - Lanark, Ontario
    Coordinator: Night Sky Conservation Program
     
    Proposed the Night Sky Conservation (NSC) program to consolidate existing Mississippi Valley Conservation public astronomy
    and light pollution abatement programs.
     
    Coordinated all NSC program components, including all astronomy courses and night sky tours.
     
    Jun 2007 ~ Aug 2008
    SNC Lavalin ProFac Ltd. - Ottawa, Ontario
    DOORS Database Administrator
     
    Created, set up and managed the DOORS ERS database for the Joint Support Ship (JSS) project requirements.
     
    Authored a DOORS user guide with special emphasis on the JSS specific requirements of the software.
     
    Jan 2007 ~ Sep 2011
    Canadian Astronomy, Satellite Tracking and Optical Research
    Owner and Founder
     
    Founded CASTOR in 2007 as a privately owned satellite tracking business, focused on introducing the science of satellite tracking to the private satellite industry.
     
    Initiated a privately funded research project that detected and tracked nearly 2,053 individual satellites over the 2007 year to celebrate Sputnik’s 50th anniversary and to raise awareness of the emerging science of satellite tracking.
     
    Continued a privately funded research project that detected and tracked an additional 1,100 satellites to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) in 2009 and to raise awareness of the emerging science of satellite tracking.
     
    Continued a privately funded research project that detected and tracked an additional 400 satellites in 2010.
    Concluded a privately funded research project that detected and tracked over 4,000 satellites from January 1, 2007 to August 31, 2011.
     
    Authored technical and research papers concerning the emerging science of satellite tracking and space law, including the February 10, 2009 collision of Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251. One of these papers were internally distributed to senior leaders within the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and acknowledged by General Kevin P. Chilton, Commander of USSTRATCOM.
     
    Conceived, engineered, and maintains the Canadian Astronomy, Satellite Tracking and Optical Research (CASTOR) website: www.castor2.ca.
     
    Mar 2005
    Northeast Space Company Inc. – Ottawa, Ontario
    Subcontractor for Bristol Aerospace (Ottawa)
     
    Derived and delivered a geodetic correction quaternion for the design of the SWIFT satellite.
     
    Sep 2004 ~ Apr 2005
    Carleton University Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Ottawa, Ontario
    Lead Engineer – AEGIS Project
     
    One of several lead engineers who offered their assistance, guidance and expertise to 4th year Aerospace Engineering students.
     
    May 2004 ~ Oct 2010
    Mr. Paul G. Comision – Ottawa, Ontario
    Contractor: Observatory Upgrade
     
    Engineered, constructed, integrated and tested remote control circuitry for Mr. Paul G. Comision’s personal astronomical observatory.
     
    Responsible for remote control electronics maintenance, observatory upkeep and computer maintenance.
     
    Aug 2002 ~ Nov 2003
    Calian Technologies, Ottawa, Ontario
    Requirements Manager and Intermediate Engineering Specialist: DND Surveillance of Space Project (SofSP)
     
    Installed, configured, coordinated, and managed the DOORS database for the SofSP.
     
    Imported all existing SofSP requirements documents into the SofSP DOORS database.
     
    Managed all SofSP technical requirements using DOORS, including recording all rationale for each specific requirement and how they relate to other critical requirements.
     
    Authored several DOORS user guides with special emphasis on the SofSP specific requirements of the software.
     
    Provided DOORS technical support and training for all SofSP team members.
     
    Installed, configured and utilized Telelogic’s “Proposal Evaluation Solutions” (PES) for SofSP evaluation of proposed Sapphire satellite designs.
     
    Tracked and provided tracking data for several lost satellites to the U.S. 1st Command and Control Squadron (1CACS) (Cheyenne Mountain) using own equipment based on the original CASTOR design.
     
    Apr 2001 ~ Aug 2002
    Calian Technologies - Ottawa, Ontario
    Junior Engineering Specialist: DND Surveillance of Space Project (SofSP)
     
    Participated in the definition of the Sapphire Satellite Mission Requirements by using satellite tracking expertise gained while employed at the SSRAL at RMC.
     
    Provided assistance in the optical astronomy aspects of satellite tracking for the SofSP.
     
    Provided planning and performed the calibration and alignment of the Canadian Automated Small Telescope for Orbital Research in Valcartier (CASTOR V) satellite tracking facility at the Defence Research and Development Centre in Valcartier (DRDC Valcartier) in Val Belair, Quebec.
     
    Acquired knowledge of Database Management, Requirements Management, Configuration Management, and use of the Telelogic DOORS ERS software.
     
    May 1997 ~ Apr 2001
    Calian Technologies - Ottawa, Ontario

    Senior Technician - Space Surveillance Research and Analysis Laboratory (SSRAL): Royal Military College of Canada - Kingston, Ontario
     
    Engineered, supervised construction, tested, calibrated, operated and maintained the Canadian Automated Small Telescope for Orbital Research (CASTOR) ground-based optical satellite tracking facility.
     
    Engineered, and maintained specialized in-house software for automated satellite tracking.
     
    Derived orbit mechanics, coordinate transformation and coordinate translation equations specifically for use with the CASTOR facility.
     
    Initiated and performed thorough searches for lost and missing satellites for the American 1st Command and Control Squadron (1CACS) (Cheyenne Mountain).
     
    Facilitated public relations activities for CASTOR and the SSRAL.
     
    Initiated and performed tumble period analysis of inactive Russian Molniya satellites.
     
    Created and maintained an orbit element database of nearly 10,000 artificial satellites.
     
    Communicated regularly with representatives of the U.S. Space Surveillance community.
     
    Performed periodic orbit determination using CASTOR observations of satellites.
     
    Provided satellite tracking and astronomy expertise in several RMC Space Science graduate level theses.

    VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
    Most recent to earliest
     
    May 2005 ~ Jan 2007
    Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Ottawa Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
    Webmaster
     
    Critical management of the Ottawa RASC website, including the creation of new pages to accommodate RASC Members’ suggestions and requests.
     
    Reorganized the entire Ottawa RASC website structure to maximize its efficiency.
     
    Dec 2004 ~ Sep 2005
    Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Ottawa Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
    Vice-President
     
    Assisted the President of the Ottawa RASC with planning of the 2006 RASC General Assembly.
     
    May 2004 ~ Dec 2006
    Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Ottawa Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
    Artificial Satellites Coordinator
     
    Periodically presented lectures concerning observations of artificial satellites at monthly Ottawa RASC meetings.
     
    A key point of contact within the Ottawa RASC concerning the observation of artificial satellites by astronomers.
     
    Dec 2002 ~ Dec 2004
    The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Ottawa Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
    Ottawa Centre Meeting Chair
     
    Organized all speakers for the monthly meetings.
     
    Organized and chaired monthly meetings.
     
    Managed all RASC Observing Coordinators.

    Apr 2001 ~ Oct 2005
    Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Ottawa Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
    SMARTScope Member and Technical Assistant
     
    Engineered and constructed a daylight sensor that would automatically close SMARTScope’s observatory dome shutter at dawn and prevent any user from opening the dome shutter during daylight hours.
     
    Provided technical assistance to the SMARTScope team, especially in the areas of remote control observatory troubleshooting, reliability testing and routine maintenance.

    PUBLISHED RESEARCH PAPERS
     
    Observations and Analysis of the Apparent Spin Period Variations of Inactive Geosynchronous Box-wing Resident Space Objects. Presented at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Toronto, Ontario Canada, 1 October 2014.
     
    The Iridium 33 - Cosmos 2251 Collision / Creating Liability Awareness for Space Property and the Future of Space Surveillance. May 2009. Internally distributed to Senior Leaders within the United States Strategic Command and acknowledged by General Kevin P. Chilton: Commander of USSTRATCOM.
     
    The CASTOR "Sputnik 50th Anniversary Satellite Tracking Bonanza": Project Overview and Preliminary Analysis: The Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, August 2008.
     
    Determining the Orbit Height of a Low-Earth Orbiting Artificial Satellite Observed near the Local Zenith. The Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, October 2006.
     
    Determining the Range of an Artificial Satellite Using its Observed Trigonometric Parallax. The Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, April 2005.
     
    Coincidental Supernovae in Spiral Galaxy NGC 772. The Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, April 2004.
     
    The Space Surveillance Research and Analysis Laboratory. The Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, December 2000.
     
    Progress in Research and Development on the CASTOR K Satellite Tracking Facility: Presented at the Canadian Aeronautic and Space
    Institute (CASI) Astro2000 Conference, Ottawa, Ontario Canada, 9 November 2000.
     
    Progress Report for the Canadian Automated Small Telescope for Orbital Research (CASTOR) Satellite Tracking Facility: Presented at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory 2000 Space Control Conference, Boston, Massachusetts U.S.A., 13 April 2000.
     
    The Canadian Automated Small Telescope for Orbital Research (CASTOR) - A RAVEN System in Canada: Presented at the Air Force Maui Optical Station (AMOS) Conference, Kihei, Hawaii U.S.A., 3 September 1999.
     
    PUBLISHED ARTICLES
     
    Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251: A Historic Collision. Ottawa RASC AstroNotes March 2009.
     
    Hickson 50 and the Question of Magnitude. Ottawa RASC AstroNotes July 2008 - Winner of the 2008 Ottawa RASC AstroNotes Article of the Year.
     
    CASTOR's "Sputnik 50th Anniversary Satellite Tracking Bonanza". Ottawa RASC AstroNotes April 2008.
     
    The Astro Power Cube. Ottawa RASC AstroNotes, March 2006.
     
    Finding the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Ottawa RASC AstroNotes, January/February 2006.
     
    A Sea of Satellite Dishes. Ottawa RASC Website, January 10, 2006.
     
    Tracking Telesat’s Past from Rideau Ferry. Ottawa RASC Website, November 25, 2005.
     
    Why Amateur Astronomers would make Excellent Satellite Trackers. Ottawa RASC Website, October 4, 2005.
     
    Coincidental Supernovae in Spiral Galaxy NGC 772. The Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, April 2004.
     
     
    CITIZENSHIP:
    Canadian
     
    LANGUAGE:
    English – written and oral
     
    FORMAL EDUCATION:
    BSc, Physics, 1995, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
    MSc, Physics, 2013, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario
    PhD Candidate, 2013 to Present, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario

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