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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...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
At the Dubai Airshow, which runs from 12th to 16th November 2017, Airbus will showcase its wide range of innovative technologies, products and services, from market-leading commercial and military aircraft to helicopters and space systems. The Airshow, which was launched in 1986, represents one of the largest and most important aerospace events in the world. The Dubai Airshow is an important platform for Airbus to demonstrate its products and services to customers as the organisation looks to...
Wed, 8 Nov 2017 22:05:00 +0100
ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, today announced it expanded its relationship with JetBlue, and will serve as the direct in-flight internet service provider to the airline. JetBlue aircraft will be upgraded to the latest ViaSat hardware, and will have access to the additional coverage and capacity offered by ViaSat's next-generation ViaSat-2 and ViaSat-3 satellite platforms JetBlue first offered the ViaSat in-flight internet service, branded Fly-...
Wed, 8 Nov 2017 19:05:00 +0100
Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists were part of a team that helped to decipher one of the most bizarre spectacles ever seen in the night sky: A supernova that refused to stop shining, remaining bright far longer than an ordinary stellar explosion. What caused the event is puzzling. A Las Cumbres Observatory press release about the supernova, which was discovered by the Palomar Transient Factory in September 2014, noted that the explosion at first appeared to be an ordinary supernova. "Se...
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     Date Submitted:12-06-2015
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     Current job:Senior Planner
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:US only
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, , , Launch Systems, Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordsproject management, system analysis, process improvement
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    Experienced Technical Project Professional with a Successful Track Record for Driving Improved Cost, Schedule and Project Performance through Continuous Improvement in Aerospace, Science, and Technology Projects

    Providing over 10 years of technical project management expertise as a Project Management Professional and Systems Engineer with a history of strong technical leadership, planning and control, and business analysis experience in the aerospace and defense industry. Thriving on challenging projects and collaborative, fast-paced environments offering strong aptitude and demonstrated success in effective team management, data analysis, risk management, and schedule development. With a diverse background and a critical thinking mindset, provides innovative strategic processes and technologies to enhance business efficiency and improved decision making. Highly regarded for ability to interpret big data into actionable information allowing for integration of technical, cost, and schedule data for increased visibility of project performance.

    Core Competencies
    - Program Planning and Control
    - Program and Project Management
    - Data Analytics and Statistical Interpretation
    - Systems Integration and Software Engineering
    - Team Collaboration and Leadership Skills
    - Sustainment and Life Cycle Management
    - Articulate Oral and Written Communicator

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
    * Designed, planned, and executed transition of Lockheed Martin's core financial data center to a modernized, virtualized architecture with improved redundancy and availability. Achieved significant cost savings and business efficiencies.
    * Facilitated implementation of software development lifecycle (SDLC) project management best practices for Department of Defense software deployment project allowing for on-time delivery of long-delayed releases.
    * Participated as content editor for the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) 5th Edition Risk Management chapter. Collaborated with content team to incorporate feedback from project management practitioners around the world and refined existing content to include latest best practices.
    * Support NASA funded Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Mars analog research study in a mission support role providing critical, time-delayed, communication to isolated crewmembers.

    EDUCATION
    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    Master of Aeronautical Science; Aerospace Management, Space Studies
    Thesis: Effectiveness of Project Performance Measurement Standards in the Aerospace Industry

    Florida Institute of Technology
    Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Computer Information Systems

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    Senior Planner - NASA, GOES-R Program (2014 - Present)
    Support NOAA's largest technical development project to develop a state-of-the-art ground system to process data from the next-generation of weather observing satellites. Performed technical oversight n vendor supplied project schedule deliverables and provided guidance and training to ensure consistent and efficient schedule development and control. Responsible for design, development, and integration of an Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) consisting of numerous sub-projects across multiple contractors and federal agencies encompassing the satellite ground system.

    * Constructed Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) compliant with NASA, NOAA, and GOES-R program office standards. Aligned existing, disparate project schedules with WBS and created a master-level project schedule with integrated sub-projects.
    * Identified gaps in existing schedule management processes and procedures. Standardized project control methods ensuring alignment and compliance with Center, Agency, and Federal project management directives, policies, and regulations.
    * Monitor and audit contractor schedule deliverable and scheduling systems to ensure compliance with the schedule management plan, Statement of Work (SOW), and Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL). Conduct project schedule critical path analysis, evaluation of schedule performance, and develop trend and variance analysis reports.
    * Developed schedule metrics analysis tool providing for current and historical assessment of baseline performance, forecast execution, and schedule health assessment.
    * Received GOES-R Process Improvement / Innovation Award for implementation of Primavera P6 and data migration from Microsoft Project allowing for improved performance monitoring across ground and flight project segments.

    Lead Schedule Manager - Department of Defense, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program (2012 - 2014)
    Provided lead subject matter expertise to F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Office military and civilian leadership, in addition to international partners, on Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) reporting and analysis, including critical path management, schedule development, and forecast accuracy. Supported, and trained, Integrated Product Teams (IPT) through Integrated Baseline Reviews (IBR), Program Management Reviews (PMR), and IMS "deep dive" reviews. Briefed senior program leadership on schedule execution metrics, "what-if" analysis, and reconciled differences in IMS Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL) submissions.

    * Led semi-annual Schedule Risk Assessment (SRA) in concert with fiscal year Estimate at Complete (EAC) analysis. Utilized statistical analysis to quantify technical and programmatic risks to determine probability of completion of program milestones and associated trends.
    * Coordinated with multiple prime contractors and suppliers to remediate discrepancies in schedule baselines and summary milestone schedule dates.
    * Created innovative, automated technical solutions to allow for improved processing and data analysis of multiple, extremely large schedules while reducing the time required, by a magnitude of multiple days, to analyze the supplier provided data.

    Technical Project Manager - Department of Defense, Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) (2011 - 2012)
    Led technical project team in management and coordination of multiple-phase, congressionally mandated software development implementation initiative to increase collaboration between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veteran Affairs. Formulated and maintained top-level project plan and schedules, defined technical support requirements, and monitored schedule and cost performance. Served as interface and technical subject matter expert between the Project Management Office and regional technical staff.

    * Reduced existing six-month baseline slip to an on-time delivery when the final software product was rolled-out during the first phase. Utilized lessons learned to provide for future performance improvements throughout remaining deployment phases.
    * Applied project management techniques and performance analysis best practices, including implementation of a work breakdown structure (WBS) and introduction of agile software lifecycle methodologies, reducing project cost and schedule.
    * Consistently exceeded government customer's expectations and satisfaction during contract and staff transition phase, in addition to high-level project audits, by fostering a continuous improvement environment in addition to defining and implementing processes and procedures.

    Technical Project Manager - United States Federal Government (2010)
    Contributed surge support leading multi-disciplinary federal government team responsible for multiple technology projects. Managed schedule and overall project plan, performed earned value analysis, and defined resource and technical support requirements. Provided weekly metric status updates to senior leadership and reported on project progress to senior level management.
     


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