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Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:00:00 +0100
Neutrinos are abundant subatomic particles that are famous for passing through anything and everything, only very rarely interacting with matter. About 100 trillion neutrinos pass through your body every second. Now, scientists have demonstrated that the Earth stops energetic neutrinos-they do not go through everything. These high-energy neutrino interactions were seen by the IceCube detector, an array of 5,160 basketball-sized optical sensors deeply encased within a cubic kilometer of very c...
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:09:00 +0100
ESA's first Earth observation satellite was launched on 23 November 1977. When the first Meteosat satellite took its place in the sky, it completed coverage of the whole globe from geostationary orbit and laid the foundations for European and world cooperation in meteorology that continues today. Weather - and particularly extreme weather - affects everything we do. Being able to see the whole disc of Earth allows forecasters to see developing weather systems, as well as working out wind spee...
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The vault-like, 40-foot diameter, 40-ton door of Chamber A at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston was unsealed on November 18, signaling the end of cryogenic testing for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. The historic chamber's massive door opening brings to a close about 100 days of testing for Webb, a significant milestone in the telescope's journey to the launch pad. The cryogenic vacuum test began when the chamber was sealed shut on July 10, 2017. Scientists and engineers at Johnson pu...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +0100
Europe's next four Galileo navigation satellites and the Ariane 5 rocket due to lift them into orbit are being readied for their 12 December launch from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Tuesday saw Galileo satellites 19-22 declared ready for flight, along with their Ariane. Combined activities are now under way, culminating in the satellites meeting their rocket in the Final Assembly Building. The satellites were flown in pairs to French Guiana last month. Once safely unboxed i...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:26:00 +0100
A mini-rover, tools once used on the Moon and lasers for 3D mapping are in the backpack of the explorers of tomorrow. The terrain will be hazardous and it will be dark in volcanic caves, but this equipment could one day help to scout other planets. The alien-like landscapes of Lanzarote, Spain, are almost surreal but this volcanic island is helping to bring future space missions to reality. This month, an expedition with a dozen of experiments mobilised 50 people and four space agencies du...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:47:00 +0100
The propulsion system of the light-weight Angara 1.2 Launch Vehicle Service Module, manufactured by the Khrunichev Space Center (part of ROSCOSMOS State Corporation), completed successful hot-fire testing at the Federal State Enterprise "Rocket & Space Industry Research & Test Center" (RSI RTC) test facility (Peresvet, Moscow Region). The hot-fire tests are the most important and final stage of ground based propulsion system tests prior to flight testing. During the tests, specialists from...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space. Observations from ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile and other observatories around the world show that this unique object was traveling through space for millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system. It appears to be a dark, reddish, highly-elongated rocky or high-metal-content object. The new results appear in the journal Nature on 20 November 2017. ...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:30:00 +0100
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has partnered with NASA's Johnson Space Center to successfully complete thermal vacuum testing for the James Webb Space Telescope - validating its ability to operate in the frigid space environment. The Webb telescope will be the premier space observatory of the next decade, and will study galaxy, star and planet formation in the universe. Harris' team helped safeguard the telescope in Houston during Hurricane Harvey and ensured uninterrupted testing - including ...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:31:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, contributed to the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket as it lifted off Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, carrying the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft. Orbital ATK's contributions to the Delta II include nine Graphite Epoxy Motors (GEM 40) and a large composite fairing for the rocket. This event marks the penultimate launch of the Delta II rocket. It i...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:03:00 +0100
Today, NASA launched NOAA's next-generation polar satellite, the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, into space. Two Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) weather programs are mission-critical components of the satellite's mission: the JPSS Common Ground System and the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite sensor. Svalbard, Norway, is home to part of a global network of receiving stations that process and distribute polar satellite data to users worldwide. Photo taken at Kongsberg Satellite Services plateau, ...
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) for NASA and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 on Nov. 18 at 1:47 a.m. PST. The JPSS program provides the nation's next generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system, delivering key observations for the nation's essential projects and services, including forecasting weather in advance and assessing environmental hazards...
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian atmosphere at over 12,000 mph (5.4 kilometers per second). Preparations for this mission have provided, for the first time, dramatic video of the parachute opening at supersonic speed. The Mars 2020 mission will seek signs of ancient Martian life by investiga...
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:07:00 +0100
The U.S. Navy's Communications Satellite Program Office, PMW 146, and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) handed over full operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC). The October 11 milestone followed the successful completion of the MUOS-5 satellite's on-orbit testing and delivery of all operational products needed to "fly" the satellite. In April, the Navy, working with Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT), con...
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
As part of ESA's strategy to foster commercial competitiveness in Europe while focusing on its core aims, the agency has transferred ownership of several ground tracking stations for reuse by external organisations. By the end of 2017, ESA will have transferred three stations to national organisations in Spain and Portugal, who will take over the provision of satellite tracking services to a wide variety of commercial customers. The three stations involved in the transfer are all equipped ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:00 +0100
Boeing [NYSE:BA] won large commitments across its twin- and single-aisle commercial airplane families, debuted key capabilities including the CST-100 Starliner docking and KC-46 refueling simulators, and announced services agreements at the 2017 Dubai Airshow. "This has been a very successful show for Boeing. Our regional customers have maintained their trust in our products and technology, and our partnerships in the Middle East region continue to grow," said Bernard Dunn, President, Boeing ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
A temperate Earth-sized planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from the Solar System by a team using ESO's unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world has the designation Ross 128 b and is now the second-closest temperate planet to be detected after Proxima b. It is also the closest planet to be discovered orbiting an inactive red dwarf star, which may increase the likelihood that this planet could potentially sustain life. Ross 128 b will be a prime target for ESO's Extremely ...
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     Date Submitted:23-02-2015
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     Current job:Contract Software Engineer
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsIntegrationf Payload Test Equipment Software Hardware
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    Professional Summary
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    Software engineer, solid background in electronics, has worked at all levels of software development, from high level, rapid development languages such as LabVIEW and Visual Basic through to C++, C and assembler. Most recent assignments have involved testing of embedded systems, previously worked on board level software, including embedded and device driver development. Possesses hands on, results driven approach, good attention to detail. Can work individually, or as part of a team. Friendly, approachable demeanour, good communicator. Inquisitive, always keen to learn new skills.
    Key Expertise

    • Software Development, mainly C++/C
    • Electronics
    • Scripting
    • Problem Solving
    • Object Orientated Programming
    • Inter Machine Communication
    • Change Management
    • Automation


    Selected Projects
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    Vitesse Electronic Systems, CANape Extension DLL (C++) Dec 2014
    Vitesse Electronic Systems (VES) is a SME supplying consultancy services to the Automotive sector. VES were contracted to design and supply a custom actuator to be integrated onto a road vehicle under development. The actuator system produced was controlled via a USB connection, to avoid possible conflicts with the main CAN bus. VES’s client requested that control should be possible via Vector’s CANape calibration tool. Commissioned by VES to produce a custom DLL, using Vector’s DAIO development kit and C++. This DLL presented the actuator to CANape as a new I/O device, operating in parallel with the CAN/LIN/FlexRay bus types. All CANape features of logging, configuration and control were supported for the actuator. The DLL, Windows Laptop and actuator were successfully integrated and demonstrated to the client. Gained experience of CANape, the DAIO kit and CANape panels in the development and testing of this DLL.

    J.C. Developments Ltd, Skills Update 2012-2014
    Off assignment period used for training. Acquired new skills with LabVIEW, by following self paced online courses and engaging in various small projects. One of these was an investigation into the use of CAN interfaces with LabVIEW. To facilitate this, used PEAK development board as both source and target of CAN messages. Subsequently built a simple automotive CAN node, consisting of an Engine Management System with just enough wiring to allow power up to take place, and a connection to the CAN terminals. This CAN node was subsequently used for trials with ETAS BusMaster. Undertook refresher course in MatLab/Simulink. Gained knowledge of Stateflow and autocoding. Other areas of study: open source software, Java, design patterns.

    EADS Astrium, Ground Support Application (C++/CLR) 2011-2012
    EADS Astrium are a Pan-European group concerned with the design and manufacture of all types of space vehicles. Following successful work on previous project, assigned to develop code in C++ for a small, but mission critical ground support application to run on a Windows Laptop. Working from DOORS requirements, followed the V-model of software development, producing architectural and detailed design documents, also functional and system test plans. Documents were submitted for team review, updated as required. Following document sign off, coded application, carried out functional testing then submitted software for independent system testing. After successful system testing, application released. Subversion used for version control on this project.

    EADS Astrium, Satellite Payload Test Rig (C++/TCL) 2008-2011
    EADS Astrium required a bespoke automated test system for a new communications satellite payload. Payload required significant RF testing. Instruments controlled on the rack included Spectrum Analyser, Vector Signal Analyser, Network Analyser, Signal Generators and Power Supply units. Each instrument was controlled via a custom developed application, equipped with both a GUI, for use in manual investigations; and a TCP/IP network interface for automated operation during production tests. As member of small team, shared in the production of the instrument control software (mainly C++/MFC, some LabVIEW), also took part in integration process. Translated payload test procedures into TCL based test executive script, to minimize manual operations required. During test campaign, worked closely with production and test teams in class 3 cleanroom to facilitate test operator training, rapid issue resolution and provide swift response to changing requirements.

    Thales Optronics Ltd, Military Avionics (C++, C) 2007-2008
    Thales Optronics Limited is part of Thales, a French multinational defence and security group. Engaged to provide support for a small team working on embedded avionics systems for military use. Product firmware was developed using C and C++. Working to company standards, performed document and software reviews, document updates, product error tracking and resolution, also manual functional testing of embedded hardware. Static code inspection carried out aided by automatic tools and the MISRA standard. Tools used during bench hardware testing included DSO, signal generators and power supplies. Use of CANalyzer was required, gained appreciation of CAPL. Defect reporting and tracking was carried out using in house bespoke software. Version control carried out with SourceSafe.
    By manually verifying test procedures, was able to suggest improvements to enhance effectiveness. During review activities, was able to offer an independent view of the articles under consideration, thereby increasing the rigour of the process.

    University of Salford, Contract Research Associate 2004-2006
    Funded to work within the Robotics Department to further the application of advanced automation within the food industry. Following installation of several new industrial robots, suggested and procured additional prototyping materials, to enhance departmental ability to quickly build concept evaluation systems. Learned to program the new robots, disseminated this knowledge to others. Carried out site visits and feasibility studies to selected food manufacturers. Produced demonstration systems, graphical simulations written reports, as required.

    Ericsson EML, Handset Functional Test (C++, MFC) 1999-2000
    Ericsson EML was a part of the Swedish multinational Ericsson technology group. The product under development combined the functionality of a PDA with internet access on a flip screen mobile phone. Software for the handset was produced using C++ and EPOC libraries. Application and library code were stored using SourceSafe for version control. As a member of the functional test group, duties included formal and informal manual black box testing, white box testing, manual code inspection and code coverage tracking. During early stages of product development, SIL approach was utilized: a cross compiled version of the GUI software was built to run on a PC whilst accessing telephony functions running on external hardware, via patched libraries. Subsequently, most testing was carried out entirely on the target hardware. Instrumented builds on the PC were also used for coverage tracking. During testing, bugs discovered were investigated and logged on the in-house defect tracking system. Bug fixes were manually verified and the defect tracking system updated accordingly.

    EMS Rover Group EMS, Combined Choke/Ignition EMS (C, Assembler) 1987-1989
    EMS Rover Group was responsible for the design and development of powertrain electronics in Rover cars. Assigned to a small team developing firmware for combined choke/ignition control unit - known as ‘ERIC’. Initially developed code using embedded C, then 68HC11 assembler. Contributed to development of idle speed control strategy, and serial diagnostics. Wrote first draft of ROSCO specification for end of line and service diagnostics, implemented this on ERIC. Developed portable scantool software in 'C' running on various types of computer.

    Career Chronology
    =================
    • 12/2014 to 01/2015 Vitesse Electronic Systems Ltd, Tamworth: Contract Software Engineer
    • 04/2008 to 07/2012 EADS Astrium, Stevenage: Contract Software Engineer
    • 01/2007 to 04/2008 Thales Optronics, Bury St Edmunds: Software Engineer
    • 09/2006 to 10/2006 Jaguar Land Rover, Whitley: Contract Software Engineer
    • 06/2006 to 09/2006 Vitesse Electronic Systems Ltd, Tamworth: Contract Software Engineer
    • 08/2004 to 01/2005 EADS Astrium, Stevenage: Part Time Contract Software Engineer
    • 03/2004 to 04/2006 University of Salford: Robotics and Automation Contract Research Associate
    • 09/2003 to 03/2004 University of Salford: Bursary Supported MSc Student
    • 10/2002 to 09/2003 University of Salford: Robotics and Automation MSc Student
    • 08/2000 to 10/2001 EADS Astrium, Stevenage: Contract Software Engineer
    • 07/1999 to 04/2000 Ericsson, Warrington: Contract Software Engineer
    • 07/1997 to 03/1999 Calluna Technology, Glenrothes: Contract Software Engineer
    • 01/1997 to 03/1997 Pi Research, Cambridge: Contract Software Engineer
    • 04/1995 to 12/1996 AMS Neve, Burnley: Software Engineer
    • 11/1993 to 04/1995 Barco Dextralog, Blackburn: Software Engineer
    • 01/1991 to 10/1993 AMS Numerics, Burnley: Software Engineer
    • 07/1987 to 02/1989 EMS Rover Group, Erdington: Firmware Engineer

    Education
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    • MSc Robotics and Automation: University of Salford (2004)
    • BSc (Hons) Electronics: UMIST (with 1-3-1 Industrial Placements) (1987)

    Technical / Professional Qualifications
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    • Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) (June 2013)

    Courses
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    • LabVIEW Core 1,2 & 3 (Spring 2013)
    • Object Oriented Programming LabVIEW (Spring 2014)
    • TestStand 1: Test Development (Autumn 2014)

    Technical Knowledge
    ===================
    • Visual C++ 6.0, Visual Studio 2005, 2013
    • Visual Basic
    • LabVIEW 2013, Version 6
    • CAN tools: CANalyzer, CANape, BusMaster
    • Scripting: TCL, VBS, some Python experience
    • Version Control: Subversion, CVS, SourceSafe
    • Defect Tracking Resolution: RedMine, In-House systems

     

    Personal Details
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    • Full Clean UK Driving Licence
    • SC cleared 2007, 2011, now lapsed
    • References: On Request
    • DBS checked for volunteer work, June 2014


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