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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 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 ...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:33:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin (LM) unveiled a new small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that has been designed and developed in the UK at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI). OUTRIDER is a lightweight, canister launched UAS that has been designed by engineers at Lockheed Martin UK's Havant facility in partnership with Wirth Research, an engineering company with specialisation in aerodynamics and composite materials. At only four inches wide and weighing only 1.7 kilograms, it is designed...
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced significant progress on the industry's first commercial in-space satellite servicing system. The Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) spacecraft successfully completed its critical design review earlier this year and is now in production with about 75% of the platform and payload components already delivered to the company's Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Virginia. The spacecraft will begin system-level testi...
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:07:00 +0100
Boeing will design and build seven super-powered medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites for SES, delivering efficient high-performance data communications services to users around the world. The O3b mPOWER satellites will include Boeing's most-advanced digital payload technology and will be built using electronics from the flight-proven 702 satellite platform customized to support the unique MEO environment. "With this new technology and design, Boeing is able to build satellites faster and m...
Wed, 6 Sep 2017 16:31:00 +0100
EchoStar Corporation and Lockheed Martin announced today that the EchoStar III satellite has been successfully recovered following an anomaly that occurred in late July and retired per the FCC regulations. "After the initial loss of contact, with a joint effort by EchoStar and Lockheed Martin, a command and control link was reestablished and deorbit maneuvers performed" said Derek de Bastos, chief technology officer for EchoStar Satellite Services L.L.C. "EchoStar III is now safely in a grave...
Wed, 6 Sep 2017 15:24:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, recently completed an important qualification test of the avionics system for the solid rocket boosters the company has developed and is now manufacturing for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Completion of this milestone is an important step toward preparing the SLS and Orion spacecraft for their first flight in 2019. Two Orbital ATK-developed five-segment rocket boosters will be used on each SLS launch to help provide initial ...
Tue, 5 Sep 2017 14:07:00 +0100
Launch is the most strenuous part of a satellite's life. To survive the extreme sound wave pressure and pounding vibrations generated by more than 700,000 lbs. of thundering rocket thrust, spacecraft need a solid, reliable design if they hope to arrive operational on orbit. On July 13, Lockheed Martin (LMT)'s second, fully-assembled GPS III space vehicle (SV) completed a realistic simulation of its future launch experience and passed this critical acoustic environmental test with flying color...
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:39:00 +0100
Stevenage -  Europe’s pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor has left Airbus’ Stevenage site and is on its way to the launch site, the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia. Launch is currently planned on 9 October on a Rockot rocket. The journey that will last 5 days, will start with a flight to Moscow aboard an Antonov 124, followed by another flight to Archangelsk in the northwest of Russia. The last leg of the journey will be a train ride taking the satellite 200km south of Archange...
Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0100
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Sat, 26 Aug 2017 09:35:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced its Minotaur IV space launch vehicle successfully launched and placed into orbit the U.S. Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS-5) spacecraft on August 26, 2017. The Minotaur IV launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 46 (SLC-46), which is operated under license by Space Florida. This mission marks the 26th consecutive successful launch for the company's Minotaur product line. ...
Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:37:00 +0100
Rockwell Collins recently delivered the latest generation of Digital GPS Anti-Jam Receiver (DIGAR) airborne anti-jam and anti-spoofing technology to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The enhanced solution provides unsurpassed airborne anti-jam capability with over 10,000 times improved jamming resistance over the previous model. "From advanced fifth-generation aircraft to ground and maritime applications, this receiver is the most reliable military-grade GPS solution avai...
Thu, 24 Aug 2017 22:00:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced it is in final preparations to launch the company's Minotaur IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on Friday, August 25, at approximately 11:15 p.m. EDT. The Minotaur IV will carry the U.S. Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS-5) spacecraft, which will monitor satellites and space debris to aid the U.S. military's space situational awareness. Building on the Minotaur...
Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:53:00 +0100
ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Matthias Maurer joined 16 Chinese astronauts earlier this month for nine days of sea survival training off China's coastal city of Yantai. The ultimate goal is for ESA to establish a long term cooperation with China and ESA astronauts to fly on China's space station. Returning from space, astronauts need to be prepared for any eventuality - including landing in water. Sea survival is a staple of all training but this is the first time that other ast...
Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:31:00 +0100
NASA has selected Jacobs Technology of Tullahoma, Tennessee, to provide a broad spectrum of engineering and scientific support services at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama and the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The Engineering Services and Science Capability Augmentation (ESSCA) contract is a cost-plus-award-fee indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract that has a potential period of performance of eight years. It is a follow-on effort to the ESSSA contrac...
Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:52:00 +0100
The industry-funded Low Cost Terminal (LCT) was successfully tested this month with an on-orbit Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. This critical milestone demonstrates the ability of an affordable tactical terminal to connect with the DoD's most highly assured protected communications network. The industry development team is led by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). The AEHF system, designed for both strategic and tactical users, enabl...
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     Date Submitted:24-03-2015
     Last Modified:24-03-2015 (01:43)
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     Current job:Graduate Trainee at ESTEC
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsProgramming, Software, C, Python, SVF, Time and Space partitioning, Integrated Modular Avionics, Technical Writing, aerospace System Design, testing
    CV

    PROFILE

     

    Technical background

     

    European Space Agency, Flight Software Systems Section (National Graduate Trainee)

    Participation in project reviews, On board software debugging of a ‘Time and Space Partitioned’ Reference Spacecraft

    (C / C++ / Ada / Python), fault injection testing and demonstration of TSP testbed.

     

    M.Sc. Avionic Systems Design

    GNSS for Air Nav. , ADS-B, MATLAB, Simulink, CATIA v5, Control Systems Engineering.

     

    IT Engineering ( >1 year experience )

    TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, VPN, Network infrastructure design, MikroTik RouterOS.

     

    Lufthansa Technik Malta Intern

    Airbus AMM, job cards, service bulletins.

     

    Team Work Experience

     

    ESA: worked in TSP related projects, participated in PDR, CDR, AR

     

    ISU Space Studies Program:Intensive one month team project involving over 30 nationalities

     

    M.Sc. Avionic Systems Design: A virtual industrial environment comprised of 70 members designing a concept aircraft

     

    IT Freelancer: Coordinated a small team over peak periods

     

    Other: For over 5 years (2005-2010) was a local committee member of an international voluntary organization (http://www.sdcmuseum.org/) running daily activities earmarked for youths and adults..

     

    Challenges and Discipline

    Through the participation in a number of sport marathons (e.g. Aug 2007 – Cycling Eastern Europe 2400km), learned to face challenges and push myself whenever necessary. I strongly believe in the benefits of a healthy balanced lifestyle and I enjoy cycling, diving and skydiving.   

     

     

     

    Multicultural Exposure

    The healthy multi-cultural environment at ESA has strengthened my international awareness and helped broadening my social and technical perspectives.

     

     

    AWARDS

    M.Sc. Thesis “Impact of GNSS Performance on ADS-B Availability” overall grade A

     

    Undergrad Thesis“Platform Stabilization for Airborne Applications” nominated for the ‘Best Thesis of the Year’ award by the Chamber of Engineers, Malta

     

    University of Malta Junior College  - an overall grade A and a University Ethos Awardee

     

    European Flight Academy - Aviation Ground Training Programme, 1st in Class of 2003

     

     

     

     

     

    TECHNICAL SKILLS

    ECSS Guidelines

    C / C++

    RTEMS

    GNSS / GPS protocol

    PUS Services

    Ada

    MATLAB  & Simulink

    ADS-B Services

    SOIS

    Python

    CATIA v5

    GDB Debugger

    MILBUS

    UNIX

    Microsoft Office

    XtratuM Hypervisor

     

    EXPERIENCE

    NATIONAL GRADUATE TRAINEE – FLIGHT SOFTWARE SYSTEMS SECTION

    ESTEC, European Space Agency (Feb 2013 – Nov 2014)

    Trainee software engineer within the Flight Software Systems section. Working within a team towards getting Time and Space Partitioning (TSP) as implemented in Integrated Modular Avionics for spacecraft.

     

    Tasks include:

    -        Fault injection testing of a hypervisor under consideration for ESA projects (GDB / BALLISTA)

    -        On board software debugging of a TSP Reference Spacecraft (C/ C++/Ada/Python).

    -        Participation in PDR, CDR and AR of TSP related projects.

    -        Development of a visualisation toolkit for spacecraft flight software (Python).

     

    IT ENGINEER

    Freelance (Sept 2011 – Jan 2013)

    Freelancing IT Engineer supporting a number of companies both locally and also temporarily abroad. Experience with TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, VPN, RAID configurations, MikroTik RouterOS.


    Examples of some projects:

    -        IT infrastructure for the iPad Class School Project with over 40 iPads used for interactive learning. 

    -        5GHz Point to Point wireless network link connecting adjacent offices - MikroTik RouterOS.

    -        Network infrastructure setup of satellite schools and offices both locally and also in Rome.

    -        CCTV interfacing and setup for remote viewing through MikroTik RouterOS.

    -        Delegated work and managed a small IT team to work effectively over peak periods.

     

     

     

     

    ENGINEERING INTERN

    Lufthansa Technik Malta Ltd (Jul– Sept 2009 Internship)

     

    During this 3-month internship, I was exposed to various sections of the MRO industry

    -   Reading through the Aircraft Maintenance Manual of the A340-600 and listing required tooling

    -   Exposed to the preparation of job cards and other maintenance planning

     

     

     

     

    EDUCATION

    Space Studies Program, Montréal CA, International Space University 2014

     

    -   Two-month intensive course with 130 participants from over 30 countries.

    -   Multidisciplinary program covering all major space-related topics.

    -   Worked on the team project ‘Autonomous Mission for On-Orbit Servicing’ (work published at IAC 2014).

     

     

    M.Sc. Aerospace Vehicle Design (Avionics), Distinction, Cranfield University 2010-2011

     

    -      Primary subjects: Aerospace Software Engineering with Ada; Aircraft System Development; Navigation Systems; Cockpit Environment; Stability and Control; Fault Tolerant Avionics Design, Systems Integration.

    -      Designed the Terrain Surveillance System of the V-10 tilt-rotor concept as part of a project comprising a 70-member virtual industrial environment (http://goo.gl/1S3FyQ)

    -      Submitted the research dissertation entitled “Impact of GNSS Performance on ADS-B Availability” which analyses ADS-B service outages as a result of reduced GPS-satellite constellation quality.

     

     

    Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.), 2:1, University of Malta 2006-2010

     

    -     Primary subjects:Electrical, Electronics, Control Systems Engineering, C,  

    -     Dissertation submitted entitled: “Platform Stabilization for Airborne Applications”.

     

    Matriculation Certification Grade A , University of Malta Junior College 2004-2006

    -      Subjects:Advanced Pure Maths and Physics; English, Geography, Computing and Systems of Knowledge.

     

     

    LANGUAGES

    Mother tongues: Maltese / English

     

    Understanding

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    Listening

    Reading

    Spoken interaction

    Spoken production

     

    English

    C2

    Proficient

    User

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    Proficient

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    Italian

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