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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Twice as big as Earth, the super-Earth 55 Cancri e was thought to have lava flows on its surface. The planet is so close to its star, the same side of the planet always faces the star, such that the planet has permanent day and night sides. Based on a 2016 study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists speculated that lava would flow freely in lakes on the starlit side and become hardened on the face of perpetual darkness. The lava on the dayside would reflect radiation from th...
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
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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 ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:29:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), has been chosen by the Italian space agency ASI to develop an instrument called RIME (Radar sounder for Icy Moons Exploration) for the JUICE (JUpiter Icy moons Explorer) mission, part of the European Space Agency's "2015-25 Cosmic Vision" program. Scheduled for launch in 2022 with an expected arrival in 2029, the JUICE mission is designed to study the Jovian system and more specifically its icy moons, Ganymede, Call...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's December 12 year-ending flight for 2017 has completed its initial build-up at the Spaceport in French Guiana - where preparations also are moving ahead with four satellite passengers that will further expand Europe's Galileo global navigation system once in their final orbit. During activity in the Spaceport's Launcher Integration Building, this heavy-lift vehicle for Arianespace Flight VA240 underwent the assembly process that began by mating its two solid prop...
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:47:00 +0100
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth up to $12.8 million to develop an innovative space evaluation and analysis testbed to support the development, integration, evaluation and analysis of advanced space enterprise command and control (C2) tools and capability technologies. The U.S. military must be able to quickly establish situational awareness and execute operations in space. Within the space domain, many thousands of objects that ar...
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that the "S.S. Gene Cernan" CygnusTM spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station earlier this morning. This marks the company's eighth successful berthing with the orbiting laboratory. Cygnus launched into orbit aboard an Orbital ATK Antares(tm) rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on November 12. The spacecraft then executed a ser...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with ArianeGroup, prime contractor and design authority of Ariane 6, to design, develop, qualify and manufacture the telemetry transmitter of the new European launcher. The telemetry transmitter is responsible for transmitting to the ground the data generated by the launcher throughout the whole launch mission. It is the first contract of the company in Spain in the launchers segment. After three decades of activity in the space sector participating i...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100
Gas giant Jupiter, organic molecules in star-forming clouds and baby galaxies in the distant Universe are among the first targets for which data will be immediately available from the James Webb Space Telescope once it begins casting its powerful gaze on the Universe in 2019. Thirteen "early release" programmes were chosen from more than 100 proposals after a competitive peer-review selection process within the astronomical community. The programmes have been allocated nearly 500 hours of obs...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
After a successful year-long test campaign by Airbus at IABG in Ottobrunn near Munich, the twin GRACE-FO (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On) satellites will soon travel to their launch site in California. During testing, the gravity-measuring satellites, which will track the continuous movement of liquid water, ice and the solid Earth due to Earth's changing seasons, weather and climate processes, earthquakes and even human activities, were subjected to conditions similar to t...
Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:15:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched its Antares(tm) rocket carrying a Cygnus(tm) spacecraft today at 7:19 a.m. EST, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch is Orbital ATK's eighth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA. During the mission, designated OA-8, Cygnus will deliver vital equipment, supplies and experiments to the astronauts aboard the space station, as well a...
Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
A contract for two new generation communications satellites was signed today by Turksat with Airbus Defence and Space. The satellites, Turksat 5A and Turksat 5B, are based on the latest Electric Orbit Raising (EOR) version of Airbus' highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, which uses electric propulsion for in-orbit raising and station-keeping. "We are very pleased to welcome Turksat as a new Eurostar customer for the most powerful satellites of their fleet. We were the first to demonstra...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
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Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:42:00 +0100
A UK company has been selected to undertake the Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) for a satellite which will help tackle climate change, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced today. Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with the UK Space Agency to work on MicroCarb, a joint UK-French satellite mission which will measure sources and sinks of carbon, the principal greenhouse gas driving global warming. It is the first European mission intended to characterise greenhouse gas fluxes on Ear...
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     Date Submitted:09-04-2015
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     Current job:Software QA Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     Keywordssafety hazards integration payload interfaces QA assurance validation quality software systems launch launcher test
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    PROFILE

    Seasoned technology professional.   Highly motivated with an extensive breadth of interdisciplinary technical and management skills.  Proficient in all aspects of systems engineering and product assurance development and delivery for both hardware and software.

     

    Follows a strong sense of ethics, and thereby gained the trust of government regulators (e.g. NASA, DOD) and customers.

    - Analyzes detailed complex issues while putting them in the “big picture” context

    - Distills key points of complex issues for presentation to executives, regulators

    - Effective communicator. Team player and team leader

    - Detail oriented while retaining a big picture perspective

     

    PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

    Software QA:

    • Rational Tools:  Clearcase, Clearquest, Requisite Pro, Team Concert, Robot, Purecoverage, Test Studio
    • Test Tools: Selenium, Rational Test Studio, Perl, Silk Test (4Test), Silk Performer; Jtest, Test Director, Mercury Quality Center, Selenium, VMWare, JIRA, Rally, Csh, Ksh, Bash, Java
    • QA/CM Tools:  Visual SourceSafe, PVCS-VM, RCS/CVS, IBM-CMVC, Team Foundation Server (Ms TFS)
    • Operating Systems: Windows-9X/NT/2K/XP/.net/Vista; DOS; Solaris, HPUX, Linux (several distros)

     

    Aerospace Systems integration, Safety and QA

    ·       Integrated and tested embedded software systems (missile electronics and spacecraft)

    ·       Real time flight operations for geostationary spacecraft, LEOP and on-orbit

    ·       Principal author of NASA-GB-1740.13-96 NASA, Guidebook for Safety Critical Software Analysis and Development

    ·       Proficient in NASA Payload Safety certification and Range Safety processes

    ·       Hazards analyses, requirements flowdown, verification and validation for commercial and government spacecraft:

    ·       Has performed the following types of hazard analyses on high value space systems, and ground support equipment (electrical and mechanical):

    o   FMEAs                                               Software safety

    o   Safety interlocks                                Failure tolerance

    o   Pressure vessels                                  Flammability

    o   Liquid propulsion                               Solid propulsion

    o   Pyrotechnics                                       Mechanical systems

    o   Structures                                           Fracture control

    o   Data decoding and conversion command interlocks and menus, alarm criteria Operator procedures training sessions (including for astronauts)

     

    EDUCATION

    M.Sc., Systems Engineering, The City University, London, UK

    B.Sc., Physics, Imperial College, University of London, London, UK

     

    PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS and MEMBERSHIPS

    Associate Fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Engineer-in-Training – California

    President, Oregon L5 Society, a chapter of the National Space Society

    Vice Pre3sident, Leeward Space Foundation


     

    EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

    • 20+ years in aerospace systems engineering and QA; full time 1977 through 1996
    • Since 1996 part time space systems engineer
    • 1997 – current Senior Software Quality engineer in Oregon for non-aerospace companies, medical devices (cardiac implants) , circuit board CAD tools, anti-virus software, and server projects

    Software Quality Assurance engineer and team lead, Oregon

      1997 – present

    Clients: IBM, Intel, Arris Group, Inc., Northwest Evaluation Association , Trizetto, Regence

    IBMTest and validation lead for IBM Systems Director , for network management software

                (switch control functionality) on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows 2008 servers

    Arris Group, Inc.Test and validation for broadband network control, specifically the

                 subscriber billing sub-system

    Trizetto Test and validation for employee benefits web app using QTP

    Intel Test and validation of 3rd party apps for Atom based netbooks

    Northwest Evaluation Association Test and validation forweb based training evaluation system

     

    Cambia Health Solutions, Inc., Portland, OR       Jan 2012 – present

    Software Quality Control Engineer  - testing complex  health insurance portals for employers, providers and members. Using: Selenium, Java, Eclipse, Maven, GIT, Rally, Toad, Oracle, Sybase, Greenplum, TestNG, Fitnesse, Junit

     

    Asteroid Initiatives, LLC – Chief Technology Officer –             April 2014 - present

    Developed proposals for lunar and asteroid exploration spacecraft

     

    Transorbital Inc.  Shareholder, Systems engineer, developing the system design and propulsion stage for the Trailblazer imaging lunar orbiter                 2000 – 2006

     

    Micro Systems Engineering, Lake Oswego, Oregon              1996-1998

    Validation Lead for cardiac pacemakers, defibrillators and user programmers

    ·        Planned, executed and managed complete validation of a major DOS/embedded pacemaker – initial release and two updates. Acted both as individual contributor and team leader

    ·        Provided test reports for regulator approval requests, including FMEA, DFMEA, PFMEA

     

    Lockheed-Martin, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas              1996
    Senior Software Engineer for Mission Control

    SQA for flight control/planning software.   Testing and analysis of mission planning and operations software for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station

    ·        Validated space shuttle control and space station planning software - NASA/ISO standards

    ·        Code inspections for ~20 modules of C and C++ code (each ~200 – 400 lines)

    ·        Test planning, execution and evaluation of the applications on Unix workstations

     

    Raytheon Engineers & Constructors, Cleveland, Ohio                1993-1995
    System Safety Engineer, NASA Lewis Research Center (now Glenn Research Center)

    ·        Co-represented NASA at US government- wide software safety committee

    ·        Performed FMEA, DFMEA, PFMEA of Spacelab experiments and NASA Space Station Power systems

    ·        Presented safety data packages to NASA Safety Review Boards

    ·        Principal author of the NASA Guidebook for Safety Critical Software Analysis & Development

    ·        Participated in systems design, build and test for space experiments and power systems

     

    Astro Aerospace Corporation (now TRW), Carpinteria, California                  1989-1993
    System Safety / Product Assurance Engineer

    ·        System safety and software product assurance for NASA Space Station Mobile Transporter (MT), a smart remote controlled electro-mechanical machine

    ·        Performed structural and mechanical FMEA, DFMEA, PFMEA of MT

    ·        Compiled and presented data packages for to NASA/Customer Safety Review Boards

     

    Hughes Aircraft Company (Space & Communications), El Segundo, California 1987- 1989
    Scientist/Engineer (Level D Manager) lead safety engineer for commercial satellites, interplanetary spacecraft and ground support equipment (electrical and mechanical)

    Projects: Galileo, Magellan, Inmarsat-2, Intelsat-6, JCSat, BSB, Galaxy,
    HS-601, USN/UHF Follow-On (UFO)

    ·        Lead safety engineer for interplanetary [planet Jupiter] spacecraft: Galileo entry probe

    ·        Achieved ground support equipment certification for many spacecraft (KSC/ETR launches)

    ·        Participated in launch site operations of Galileo Probe at NASA Kennedy Space Center

    ·        Performed FMEA, DFMEA, PFMEA, evaluated hardware / software /firmware, including power, control, telemetry / telecommand, RF, structures, and pressure vessels

    ·        Completed hazards analysis for Galileo Probe, approved by JPL, NASA ARC, JSC and KSC

    ·        Obtained NASA/USAF range safety approval for BSB/Galaxy and JCSat spacecraft

    ·        Preliminary hazards analysis for HS-601 / UFO spacecraft and upper stage concepts

     

    Ferranti GmbH, Wiesbaden, Germany                   1985-1987

    Systems Engineer for German navy minehunter systems, including FMEA, DFMEA, PFMEA

     

    Vega Space Sytems Engineering, Ltd                             1984-1985

    Space Systems Engineer for geostationary communications satellites (Marecs-A and Marecs-B2)
     at ESA European Space Operations Center, Darmstadt, Germany

    • Orbit planning and operations of the Marecs-A and Marecs-B2 communications satellites
    • Real-time reconfiguration, in-orbit testing, and recovery from spacecraft hardware failures

     

    British Aerospace, Stevenage, UK                                  1981- 1984
    Launch Vehicle Interface Engineer

    Communications satellites: Skynet-4, Olympus, Unisat, Inmarsat-2, Intelsat-6

    ·        Drove NASA/DOD Space Shuttle payload flight approval for communications satellites

    ·        Performed electrical and mechanical FMEA, DFMEA, PFMEA for spacecraft, and presented data to UK MOD, NASA and USAF safety review boards

    ·        Specified crew displays including pre- processing, interlocks, alarm criteria, menus. Developed operator procedures, and gave training sessions at NASA JSC (including for astronauts)

    • Specified hardware/software interfaces, shuttle crew procedures, systems for space shuttle communications satellite missions; deployment, power control, command & data handling
    •  Development of interface hardware/software
    • Specified operator/crew displays including data decoding and conversion, pre-processing, command interlocks, alarm criteria, command menus
    • Developed corresponding operator procedures, and gave training sessions (including for astronauts)

     

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