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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
Our 4th Space Resiliency Summit is designed as an educational and training ''Town Hall'' forum, where thought leaders and key policy-makers across military services, defense agencies, and civilian organizations can come together for actionable discussions and debate. This year's summit will focus on technology and innovation needed to defend critical space assets against increasing and new threats. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference 2017 Summit Topics to Includ...
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
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was recently selected by DigitalGlobe, Inc. as the next-generation WorldView Legion satellite imaging constellation payload provider. Under the contract, Raytheon will deliver the telescopes, detectors and combined electronics to Space Systems Loral, the WorldView Legion space vehicle integrator. Raytheon's new payload doubles DigitalGlobe's capacity to capture multispectral and 30 cm imagery, while tripling to quadrupling the company's capacity to image high-dema...
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
L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide Hawkeye(tm) III Lite VSAT satellite communications terminals and on-site training to the U.S. Air National Guard's Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC) teams. These terminals will facilitate direct communication from remote locations in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Additionally, these Army Strategic Command (ARSTRAT)-certified terminals will enable access to the Wideband Global SATCO...
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:11-03-2015
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     Current job:Mechanical Engineer
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     KeywordsMechanical, Stress, Testing, Design for more details see my CV
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     *[Nov 13 – Present]                           Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, Guildford, UK
    Opto-Mechanical System Engineer (Contractor)
    Major responsibilities include:
     Verifying the structural design philosophy by hand calculations and bespoke software techniques, including Solid works utilities, NASTRAN, PATRAN Hypermesh, Hyperworks, ANSYS Workbench, MathCAD and Visual Basic.
     To support SSR, PDR, CDR, MRR, FMEA, Internal/external customer reviews
     Linear and non-linear finite element analysis, Structural dynamics, Thermal analysis  &  Aero – structures,  couple analysis, transient analysis etc
     Liaising with internal and external customers to negotiate and to finalize system specifications and agree the interface requirements.
     Satellite systems test support
     Equipment testing and verification through simulation & Preparing the Test procedures and Test reports.
    Experience Gained:  Structural and thermal analysis relating to optical systems, Vibration and shock testing, analysis and results correlation,  System engineering, Design support etc
    Projects:  EarthCARE, SWIR TROPOMI, S1 Image, ALSAT
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    [June12 – Dec13]                           The GKN Aerospace, Filton Bristol BS34 9AU, UK
    Stress & Integration Engineer
    Major responsibilities include:
     Verifying the structural design philosophy by hand calculations and bespoke software techniques, including NASTRAN, PATRAN Hypermesh, Hyperworks MathCAD and Visual Basic.
     Fatigue and damage tolerance assessment using ISAMI a bespoke software by Airbus
     Metallic & Composite aircraft stress analysis
     Linear and non-linear finite element analysis, Structural dynamics, Thermal analysis  &  Aero - structures experience
     Liaising with airbus to finalize all the pre & post testing activities.
     First flight certification integration support
     Equipment testing and verification through simulation & Preparing the Test procedures and Test reports.
    Experience Gained: Aerospace Major Testing (ES, EW and EF2) & Liaising with Airbus/Focal point for major testing.
    Projects:  A350-900/1000 Wing, XWB (ES, EW, EF2 testing, inspection and test results correlation via structural analysis; first flight clearance)
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    [June09 – June12]                                               Com Dev Europe Ltd.  Triangle Business Park, Stoke Mandeville Aylesbury, HP22 5SX, UK
    Senior Mechanical Engineer 
    Major responsibilities include:
     Design and analysis of the mechanical components to fit into the customer agreed envelope & mass limits, meet all the environmental requirements (structural, thermal, venting and radiations) as per customer specifications.
     Produce the mass budget estimation, during the different project life cycle phases.
     Liaising with electrical & manufacturing departments to produce the optimum mechanical design.
     Equipment testing and verification through simulation.
     Drive the unit development process from concept stage to detailed design stage.
     Responsible for all mechanical, structural, thermal and assembly decisions.
     Mechanical Structural Analysis, correlating test results with simulation & reporting ( Venting analysis, Shock Response Analysis, Random Vibration Analysis, Static Analysis, thermo-mechanical stresses)
     Thermal Analysis & reporting ( Detailed thermal analysis, calculating the maximum junction temperatures of the electronics components, material & process allowable temperatures predictions check)
     Mechanical Vibration Testing of all equipment
     Preparing the Test procedures and Test reports.
     Alias with Design integrity to prove the new processes & design as per ECSS standard guidelines.
     Supervise and guide the work being carried out by other design engineers.
    Experience Gained:
     Structural analysis, thermal analysis and venting analysis
     Tolerances stack analysis
     Vibration & Shock Testing
     Lamination Process verifications
    Projects:
     SRAL, SIRAL, SWIM, SWOT, COREH2O, ALPHASAT, TT&C Transponder, HSDL, HIP, ADS-1B, PEM. AEHF,  M3M Program,  TECH DEMOS, RCM, GALIEO FOIC
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    [May 08 –May 09]                                                  Deep Stream Technologies Ltd. 6 Llys Helyg, Fordd Y Llyn Parc Menai, Bangor, LL57 4EZ, UK
    Mechanical Design Engineer
    Major responsibilities include:
     Design & Modeling of Mechanical components, to fit into customer applications, & be suited for manufacturers & testing through Deep Stream Production lines.
     Liaising with electrical & manufacturing departments to produce the optimum mechanical design.
     Modeling of thermal & mechanical stresses, using Finite Elements Software.
     Design of Prototype components to establish design principles and goals.
     Production of customer & tooling drawings as required.
      Problems solving & brainstorming, both individually and as part of the Mechanical Design Team.
     Use or experience of SPC, FMEA or the six sigma environment.
    Experience Gained:
     Design for Chemical Etching, Sheet Metal forming, Overmould Design and Forms Tools Design Considerations.
     SolidWorks ( Sheet Metal Design, Macros, Over-mould Design, Part Design and Assembly, Drawing packs,  all SolidWorks applications)
     Working on FMEA, FME systems
     Design for  Manufacturing lines & Design for SMT process
     Developing Drawing Packs for different manufacturing process applicable to product assembly and tests.
     Using Rapid Prototyping SLA/SLS techniques to have the reverse engineering
    Projects:
     RCD, RCB, RCBO and GFCI Controllers Design and development for Moeller
     Energy Intelligent Products Design and development, e.g. Adaptor &Trailing Lead, Switches, Sockets, Plugs as per EU, UK, USA standards.
     Universal energy conservation solution for domestic and industrial users to cut their energy consumption by more than 50%.
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    [March 07 - Sept 07]                              CM & Microtech Engineering Services 121 Ferozepure Road, Lahore Pakistan
    Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
    Major responsibilities include:
     Supervision of the Designing department of the organization and company's requirement analysis
     Developing products / platforms from both a hardware and software design perspective for use within the company and by their customers
     To interpret schematics and produce wiring diagrams for various parts of Fabrication
     Develop the solution using Auto CAD and communication with 3D Modeler
     Justify the design concept with hand calculations and FEA
     Present ideas through design reviews and drawing sign-off
     Validate design through lab testing and field hardware review
     Project planning, controlling and monitoring with the collaboration with Project Department
    Experience Gained: To design and Manufacture pipes and frames for Tower erection. Control the project cost by managing the ongoing activities and resources, Project Management
    Projects:
     Paktel Telecommunication Tower Design review and Development
     Warid Telecommunication Tower Design review and Development
     Manufacturing of Transformer for Packages Industries
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    [Feb 04 - March 07]                        Space and Upper Atmosphere Commission, SRDC-L, Samsani Road, Lahore, Pakistan
    Assistant Manager ( Mechanical Team Leader)
    Major responsibilities include:
     Supervision of the AOCS and Structural Departments of the organization and company's requirement analysis
     Mechanical design of various components, assemblies and mechanisms using 3D standards modeling (CAD) software.
     Assembly and integration plan of different components design by different departments
     Support component / system acceptance testing, defining pressure / electrical test set ups including the software interface via Labview or similar
     Supporting propulsion system analysis
     Technical data pack development (BOM, Assembly Drawings, Manufacturing Drawings, Component Drawings, Acceptance test specifications etc.)
     Prototype development and testing. Interpret the results from these testing to validate the FEA results and developed the design rules.
     Implementation of Quality Management System within the Design Department.
    Experience Gained:
     Working in the part, assembly, mechanism and manufacturing module of Pro-Engineer (Pro-e 2001, Wildfire2)
     Working with large assemblies, simplified representations and shrink-wraps.
     Locking mechanisms and Packaging of electronic components.
     Propulsion System
     Assembly and integration plans
     Standards Mechanisms for the Aerospace Industry
    Major Projects:
     Solar Array Drive Assembly Mechanism for PAKSAT 1-R
     Pneumatic System for 2-Axis Attitude Control system.
     Thermal analysis of hybrid and NiCad battery thermal analysis.
     Reaction Control system, Structure design for Prototype PAKSAT 1-R
     PID controller for 2-DOF experimental models
     Reaction wheel design consideration and designing of Reaction Wheel for geo-stationary satellite while considering all constraints and performance parameters according to space industry standards
     Developed the test beds for the calibration and certification of Reaction Wheels and Momentum Wheels and Reaction control system, by this system we have integrated computers, sensors, and necessary requisite hardware required for communication and performance prediction while considering all the physical laws and system anomalies.
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    [15th Jun 03- 15th Aug 03]                         Siemens Ltd (Japan Power Plant Ltd. Lahore, Pakistan).
    Graduate Engineer (Operations)
     Planning operation of the Diesel Engines in order to meet the power demand of the sole consumer WAPDA, in time considering actual demand figure in MW, type of fuel available, efficiency of Diesel Engine on different fuels and the time specified to meet the demand.
     Fault reporting using P&IDs to aid quick identification of the actual cause of fault
     To ensure the isolation of equipment from system for the routine maintenance work
     Preparation of Shift Report regarding the events that occurred during the shift.
     Preparation of Daily Performance Report, Hourly plant output report and Full day operations in night shifts. 
    Interests  Cricket, Cycling,  Book reading, Cooking, Sports, music, soccer etc
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