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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
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 ...
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
What seemed at first like a rare instance of a huge, ancient galaxy revealed itself to be an even rarer pair of extremely massive galaxies, seen on the brink of merging when the Universe was only a billion years old. This outstanding source was first identified by ESA's Herschel space observatory, and later exposed in greater detail with the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. The earliest galaxies in the 13.8 billion-year history of our cosmos starte...
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
NASA's Orion spacecraft aims to send humans further into space than ever before, and ESA's European Service Module will provide the essentials for keeping the astronauts alive and on course. A review of the programme by NASA to assess progress is now showing a launch date from December 2019 to June 2020. The first Exploration Mission-1 will circle the Moon without astronauts to lay the foundation and prove the technology for a second mission with a crew. In Bremen, Germany, integration ...
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:Deep Space Operations Chief
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     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsOperations Management Computer Mainframe Management Software/Hardware Test Set-up Cable harness installation Data General mainframes Microcomputers Networks (LAN, WAN, MAN) Computer management, software and database applications (MS Word, Excel,
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    OBJECTIVE

     

    Obtain a position in the operations management environment or any creative position allowing me to demonstrate my skills through hard work, solid work experience, and the historic achievements I've accomplished. I would like to continue serving the Space industry and show my seasoned expertise in providing excellent customer satisfaction, employee guidance, and passion for training and challenges.


    WORK EXPERIENCE

     

    Entertainer – Ordinary Immortals and The resistance (bands)          February 2013 – Present

    Working on new progressive songs as keyboardist, singer, and backup guitarist.  Actively recording new material and playing small venues; however, I would like to be creative with my past experience and utilize my expertise in any way.

     

    Operations Chief Aerospace and Defense                 August 2006 – December 2012                

    JPL/NASA                                          

    Pasadena, California

     

    Managed real-time monitoring and control of the Network Operations Control Center (NOCC). Mentored personnel charged to meet the Deep Space network customer requirements and monitored real-time performance and reliability of Deep Space network systems. Acted as Senior DSN O&M Contract management representative and Central point of contact for real-time operations issues including: spacecraft emergencies, management notifications, NOCC facilities evacuations, and NOCC safety issues. Generated Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), ISO work instructions, and other relevant documentation. Facilitated troubleshooting, problem isolation, resolution and restoration of voice and data flow issues. Generated NOCC reports, logs and metrics, including daily/weekly/monthly reports. Represented the NOCC during ITT and JPL meetings and reviews. Provided performance objectives, evaluations, improvement plans, on-the-job training, mentorship, and leadership to subordinates. Lead the Six Sigma process to improve network processes and procedures.

     

     

    Tracking Support Specialist                             September 2002 - August 2006

    JPL/NASA

    Pasadena, California

     

    Monitored DSN Ground systems performance in support of real-time activities. Provided the DSN with real-time assistance and guidance in fault isolation and restoration, resource scheduling conflicts, and data capture/delivery. Provided ground systems support for spacecraft anomalies that may have required additional DSN coverage. Provided customers with alternative DSN solutions during MSPA support. Evaluated & documented NOCC processes & procedures including: generating and updating SOP, ISO work instructions, and other relevant documentation used in the NOCC. Maintained familiarity with the entire data flow processes from various spacecraft to customer, including systems not directly related to the DSN ground stations, but which did interface with DSN subsystems, including AMMOS telemetry and Project Mission front end processors and communications equipment. Provided the Deep Space Communication Complexes with support products necessary to track and support scheduled pass activities, real-time assistance with trajectory predictions and algorithms for ground station tracking systems. Provide accountability for anomalous conditions reported in real-time, in the form of a variety of applicable reports such as DSR, DRMS, Remedy Tickets, AR’s, and Ops Chief Event Logs. Participated in network testing and training in NOCC JPL operations.

     

     

    Network Specialist I                          May 2000 - September 2001

    GlobalStar L.P.

    San Jose, CA

     

    Monitored and maintained network operational status and connectivity in a Ground Operations Control Center using SUN/UNIX and NT systems. Oversaw day-to-day functions in an operations environment implementing quick and concise decision making skills during operational anomalies. Reported daily at operations staff meetings and attended GOCC related staff meetings to resolve operational issues. Primary network operability utilities included Spectrum, HP, Openview, Ciscoview, Trane, and various Unix based applications. Primary administrative duties included recognizing and verifying anomalies in our network cloud with customer support groups, i.e. Infonet and Qualcomm, creating Remedy trouble tickets, and conferencing/coordinating corrective actions with gateways at various sites worldwide. Corrected network problems and procedures, redlined and creating new operations guidelines. Continuously monitored routers to other ports and troubleshot errors. Coordinated with all operations sites resolve downtimes and possible impacts to network operability.

     

     

    Spacecraft Electromechanical Test Tech                        July 1998 - May 2000

    Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space  

    Sunnyvale, CA

     

    Directly supported the Television Infrared Observatory Satellite (TIROS) and Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) spacecraft, working in close contact with liaisons from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the United States Air Force. Performed flight hardware integration and testing of spacecraft system components using detailed procedures. Verified and performed in-process and acceptance verification of flight hardware. Initiated and controlled test operations for on-board COMSEC decryption/authentication unit and associated subsystems from ground station terminal using command encryption module and Abbreviated Test Language for Avionics Systems command and control software. Successfully launched a DMSP satellite aboard the Titan II missile.

     

     

    Communications-Computer Systems Operator                  March 1995 - July 1998

    United States Air Force

    Offutt Air Force Base, NE

     

    Provided continuous support for a multi-purpose satellite operations center Ground system and managed a network of nine Data General computers, associated peripheral equipment, and a communications system used to command, control, and recover data from orbiting DMSP weather satellites. Provided COMSEC support and maintained operational mainframe systems with immediate and responsive software troubleshooting/restoring to ensure continuous real-time operations.

     


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    SSBI

    DOD Top Secret

    COMSEC Encryption Devices

     


    SKILLS

     

    Operations Management

    Computer Mainframe Management

    Software/Hardware Test Set-up

    Cable harness installation

    Data General mainframes

    Microcomputers

    Networks (LAN, WAN, MAN)

    Computer management, software and database applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Exchange/ Outlook, FrontPage, Oracle, ATLAS), Sun UNIX, NT and UNIX operating systems utilities, diagnostic testing

     


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