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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
We are proud to announce the third annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference will be held in Rome from the 30th-31st January 2018. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference Reconnaissance and Surveillance are key to developing clear and accurate maritime situational awareness. In order to maximise their ISR range, Navies and Maritime agencies around the globe are looking beyond the atmosphere to provide new and advanced surveillance capabil...
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
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:29:00 +0100
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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
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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:03-06-2015
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     Current job:Superintendent, Standardization and Evaluations
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:US only
     Date available:>3months
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     KeywordsStrategic and Theater Missile Warning Space Surveillance Ground Systems
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    PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY: I am a dedicated professional with over 21 years of leadership, supervisory, and operational experience with the U.S. Air Force. Throughout my career, I have accomplished guiding diverse teams through complex, high-pressure projects and dynamic operational environments to exceed organizational goals. I have more than 8 years of experience in Space Systems Operations consisting of satellite systems, missile warning, space surveillance, and space warfare operations. Additionally, I have over 13 years of experience as an Aerospace Ground Equipment Technician servicing, inspecting, troubleshooting, and repairing multiple engine types, generators, HVAC units, hydraulic and pneudraulic systems.

    • Team Leadership

    • Change Management

    • Resource Management

    • Conflict Resolution

    • Product Development

    • Training and Evaluations

    CLEARANCE: TS/SCI (DCID 1/14 eligible)

    Date of Investigation: 02 July 2013

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: U.S. Air Force 1993 - Current Superintendent, Standardizations and Evaluations 2011 - Current Detachment 1, 609th Air Operations Center, Shaw AFB, SC

    As the Superintendent of Standardizations and Evaluations, I led an 11-person evaluation team that administered deployment readiness assessments for more than 250 personnel each year. Additionally, I was the Noncommissioned Officer in charge of the operations flight and directed 48 employees across three occupations tasked with the production and distribution of the daily war plan to support combat operations. Furthermore, as a Space Duty Technician, I led the testing of six command and control systems, and tested and validated upgrades to a $5.4M suite of software applications used for war planning, tasking, and monitoring.

    • Hand-selected to fill in as the 1st Sergeant for 15 weeks--provided advice to the commander on morale, discipline, recognition, and the professional development of 83 employees

    • Facilitated career development course revision--depicted the roles and responsibilities of Space personnel working within a Combined Air and Space Operations Center thus fortifying core knowledge within the career field

    • Accomplished a 75 hour joint leadership curriculum and attended four professional development courses--utilized knowledge to mentor and develop professional growth among 43 junior members

    • Revised supplemental guidance for Air Force instruction--identified and resolved multiple errors and standardized processes and procedures for evaluating and certifying personnel for combat operations within the Combined Air and Space Operations Center • Provided over 500 hours of academic and operational instruction to 21 Space Professionals--increased efficiency and knowledge on command and control systems for aiding war planning for senior decision makers

    Mission Chief, 1st Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB, CO         2008 - 2011

    I was an enlisted leader of a 4-member crew operating Air Force Space Command’s $850M Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) system. I directed emergency response actions, ensured security and safety of more than 100 military and contracting personnel while safeguarding $52M in equipment. Additionally, I oversaw the execution of operational plans, coordinated real-time schedule changes, and scheduled ground asset usage.

    • Facilitated the operational check-out of the Air Force Space Command’s only space-based space surveillance satellite--vigilantly ensured the orbital safety of the $850M satellite

    • Established command and control links for more than 1K satellite contacts; tracked over 40K man-made objects in space--doubled the national space observation capabilities within the first month of operations

    • Developed over 60 training guides and trained 10 new satellite operators; instrumental to the operational hand off from contractors to military personnel--recognized by higher headquarters with the coveted “Omaha Trophy #1 Global Operation Unit”

    Crew Chief, 10th Space Warning Squadron, Cavalier AFS, ND    2007 - 2008

    As a Crew Chief, I conducted space surveillance and strategic missile warning operations utilizing the $1.6B Perimeter Acquisition Radar and Attack Characterization System (PARCS). I was responsible for monitoring the U.S./Northern Hemisphere to detect any maritime launched or intercontinental ballistic missile threats. Additionally, I provided orbital data and voice reports on satellites and man-made objects in low orbits to the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC). Furthermore, I performed Command Post responsibilities during emergencies, force protection measures and emergency action messages.

    • Provided critical orbital data on high profile Chinese satellite break-up; observed and tracked over 2K pieces of space debris--mitigated the collision of debris with vital space assets

    • Detected an unannounced foreign space launch--collected vital ephemeris data and facilitated the Space Surveillance Network’s capability to identify the space object

    • Tracked more than 35K objects deemed a collision threat to the International Space Station--ensured safety of asset valued over $100B

    Craftsman, Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE)      1994 - 2007

    As an AGE technician, I performed maintenance, inspections, tests, and operational checks on AGE to determine equipment serviceability. I diagnosed and repaired mechanical and electronic circuitry malfunctions using various test equipment, hand tools, technical publications, schematics, and wiring diagrams. Additionally, I used automated maintenance system to monitor maintenance trends, analyze equipment requirements, maintain equipment records, and document maintenance actions.

    EDUCATION:

    • Senior Noncommissioned Officer Distance Learning Course, Air University (2015)

    • Space Warfighter Preparatory Course, Advanced Space Operations School (2012)

    • AAS, Community College of the Air Force, Air and Space Technology (2010)

    • Space 200 Course Advanced Space Operations School, Air University (2010)

    • AAS, Community College of the Air Force, Aerospace Ground Equipment Technology (2009)

    • Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Air University (2009)

    • Enlisted Space 100 Course, Air University (2007)

    • Airman Leadership School, Air University (2000)


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