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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
ESO's fleet of telescopes in Chile have detected the first visible counterpart to a gravitational wave source. These historic observations suggest that this unique object is the result of the merger of two neutron stars. The cataclysmic aftermaths of this kind of merger - long-predicted events called kilonovae - disperse heavy elements such as gold and platinum throughout the Universe. This discovery, published in several papers in the journal Nature and elsewhere, also provides the strongest ev...
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra. Shortly after 8:41 a.m. EDT on Aug. 17, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope picked up a pulse of high-energy light from a powerful explosion, which was immediately reported to astronomers around the globe as a short gamma-ray burst. The scientists at the National S...
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on Oct. 15 at 3:28 a.m. EDT. Designated NROL-52, the mission is in support of national security. "Today's launch is a testament to the tireless dedication of the ULA team, demonstrating why ULA continues to serve as our nation's most dependable and successful launch provider," said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch. "Af...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:05:00 +0100
The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel-5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The 820 kg satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST) today. The first stage separated 2 min 16 sec after liftoff, followed by the fairing and second stage at 3 min 3 sec and 5 min 19 sec, respectively. The upper stage then fired twice, delivering Sentinel-5P to its final orbit 79 min after liftoff. ...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:55:00 +0100
The first full-scale model of the rocket motor that will propel Ariane 6 and Vega-C into orbit has been cast and filled with inert propellant for testing at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. The P120C is the largest solid-propellant rocket motor ever built in one segment. Each P120C will hold over 140 tonnes of propellant in a carbon fibre casing almost 11.5 m long and about 3.4 m in diameter. It is derived from Vega's current first stage motor, the P80, which holds 88 tonnes of propell...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
There's no map showing all the billions of exoplanets hiding in our galaxy -- they're so distant and faint compared to their stars, it's hard to find them. Now, astronomers hunting for new worlds have established a possible signpost for giant exoplanets. A new study finds that giant exoplanets that orbit far from their stars are more likely to be found around young stars that have a disk of dust and debris than those without disks. The study, published in The Astronomical Journal, focused on ...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Our 4th Space Resiliency Summit is designed as an educational and training ''Town Hall'' forum, where thought leaders and key policy-makers across military services, defense agencies, and civilian organizations can come together for actionable discussions and debate. This year's summit will focus on technology and innovation needed to defend critical space assets against increasing and new threats. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference 2017 Summit Topics to Includ...
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:50:00 +0100
EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS) announced today that the EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite was successfully launched on October 11 at 6:53 PM EDT on a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. EchoStar 105/SES-11, a dual-mission satellite for EchoStar and SES, is a hybrid Ku and C-band communications satellite that provides EchoStar with 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz, marketed as EchoStar 105, and SES with a C-band payload of 24 transponders, marketed under the name S...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0100
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was recently selected by DigitalGlobe, Inc. as the next-generation WorldView Legion satellite imaging constellation payload provider. Under the contract, Raytheon will deliver the telescopes, detectors and combined electronics to Space Systems Loral, the WorldView Legion space vehicle integrator. Raytheon's new payload doubles DigitalGlobe's capacity to capture multispectral and 30 cm imagery, while tripling to quadrupling the company's capacity to image high-dema...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:32:00 +0100
Mission controllers completed a critical final rehearsal today, confirming that everything and everyone on ground are ready to take over control of Sentinel-5P in the harsh environment of space. A 'team of teams' working at ESA's control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, today conducted a final rehearsal for this week's launch of Sentinel-5P. They were joined by engineers working at ground stations on three continents and by teams responsible for the launcher and its payload in Plesetsk, Russ...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0100
Ushering in a new era of advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, the U.S. Air Force declared the first Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-built GPS III satellite "Available for Launch." The Air Force's "AFL" declaration is the final acceptance of Lockheed Martin's first GPS III Space Vehicle (GPS III SV01) prior to its expected 2018 launch. GPS III SV01 will bring new capabilities to U.S. and allied military forces, and a new civil signal that will improve future connectivity worldwide ...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 16:30:00 +0100
With four days to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The rocket will be fuelled two days before launch, set for Friday at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). The Sentinel-5P satellite has been at the cosmodrome since early September going through a series of tests and being readied for the big day. After being sealed from view in the rocket fairing last week, it was rolled out to the launch pad on Saturday. "This point in any...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0100
L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide Hawkeye(tm) III Lite VSAT satellite communications terminals and on-site training to the U.S. Air National Guard's Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC) teams. These terminals will facilitate direct communication from remote locations in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Additionally, these Army Strategic Command (ARSTRAT)-certified terminals will enable access to the Wideband Global SATCO...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:03:00 +0100
The third batch of Iridium(r) NEXT satellites built by Thales Alenia Space has been successfully launched by SpaceX from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. After the perfect commissioning of the first 20 satellites launched in January and June, thirteen of which are now interconnected and operating in full compatibility with the initial Block One Constellation, with seven being maneuvered to an adjacent plane, this new milestone allows to continue the fantastic Iridium(r) NEXT adventure. ...
Thu, 5 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Astronomers have identified a bumper crop of dual supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. This discovery could help astronomers better understand how giant black holes grow and how they may produce the strongest gravitational wave signals in the Universe. The new evidence reveals five pairs of supermassive black holes, each containing millions of times the mass of the Sun. These black hole couples formed when two galaxies collided and merged with each other, forcing their superma...
Wed, 4 Oct 2017 14:30:00 +0100
As preparations for the launch of Sentinel-5P continue on track, the team at Russia's Plesetsk site has bid farewell to the satellite as it was sealed from view in the Rockot fairing. Liftoff is set for 13 October at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). Since its arrival at the launch site at the beginning of September, Sentinel-5P has been through a series of stringent tests to confirm there was no damage during the flight from the UK. These tests have made sure that everything is in good working orde...
Wed, 4 Oct 2017 01:00:00 +0100
Though an emerging market, the global nanosatellite market is highly competitive, with major players competing against each other to make a mark in the global market. The companies are adopting both organic and inorganic market strategies such as business expansions, partnerships, agreements, collaborations, product launches, and acquisitions, among others, to strengthen their position in the market. The high growth of the nanosatellite market is unprecedented for the satellite industry and will...
Tue, 3 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0100
After years of development, Lockheed Martin completed the first flight build of its new Multi-mission Modular (MM) Solar Array. This new flexible array advances Lockheed Martin's significant heritage flying flexible arrays on such programs as the International Space Station and a constellation for the U.S. Air Force. The new design is a major component of Lockheed Martin's multi-year modernization of its LM 2100 satellite bus, which is part of its newly-enhanced family of buses. The MM Array ...
Tue, 3 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope now is planning to launch between March and June 2019 from French Guiana, following a schedule assessment of the remaining integration and test activities. Previously Webb was targeted to launch in October 2018. "The change in launch timing is not indicative of hardware or technical performance concerns," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate at Headquarters in Washington. "Rather, the integration of the various...
Mon, 2 Oct 2017 21:01:00 +0100
Spaceflight, the leading satellite rideshare and mission management provider, today announced it was awarded its first NASA Kennedy Space Center Contract (KSC) for launch and integration services. The multi-year contract covers launch services in 2018 for a maximum of 24 payloads, with options to provide launch services for up to 24 additional payloads in 2019 and 2020. The potential total contract value is more than $5 million. U-Class payloads are miniature space research satellites that ty...
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     Date Submitted:12-07-2015
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     Current job:Director
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     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, ,
     KeywordsExperienced space systems program manager and director. Delivered large/complicated launch vehicles, satellites, and ground systems.
    CV

    SUMMARY

    An accomplished and conscientious aerospace executive. A strategic thinker consistently delivering results. Expertise in weapon systems acquisition, organizational leadership, operations, financial management, creating new ideas, and improving processes. Director-level experience leading high-performing organizations with >1,600 people and $400M/year operating budgets.

     

    A rare combination of in-depth program management experience in rockets, satellites, and command/control networks: Program Director for 3 rocket launches; Program Director/Manager for 4 satellites and 65+ payloads; Program Director/Manager for 3 major command/control networks. Promoted 4 years ahead of peers.  One of only 11 senior program directors in Air Force weapon systems acquisition.

     

    EXPERIENCE

     

    ADVANCED SYSTEMS AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORATE, Kirtland AFB NM            10/2014 - 03/2015
    Director and Commander.  Led organizational merger of two directorates. New organization doubled in employees and operating budget with >700 employees in California, New Mexico and Texas with $400M in annual budget. Led the Defense Department's first rocket launch with SpaceX.

     

    SPACE DEVELOPMENT AND TEST DIRECTORATE & DEVELOPMENTAL PLANNING DIRECTORATE, Kirtland AFB NM and Los Angeles AFB CA                                                                         05/2013 - 10/2014

    Director and Commander.  Led 400+ employees with a $1.1B 5-year budget at three operating locations. Directed $280M lunar launch for NASA mission–most complex flight since the Apollo missions. Proved military utility of small rockets and saved $70M in budget. Delivered rocket for world-record breaking 29 satellites on one launch vehicle.

     

    SPACE BASED INFRARED SYSTEMS GROUND GROUP AND ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING DEVELOPMENT DIVISION, Los Angeles AFB CA                                                                 06/2010 - 04/2013
    Commander and Division Chief. Led 1,000+ employees, $400M/year operating budget. Inherited troubled program, reinvigorated culture and processes–delivered complicated computer network 8 days early for program's first satellite launch. Developed $570M ground computer network technical upgrade; saved $167M in negotiations. Overhauled $8.5B contract–met $100M savings target. Led 100-member team on SBIRS GEO-2 satellite launch; flawless factory processing with perfect on-time launch. Devised activation plan 67% faster than predecessor satellite–operational 7 months faster.

     

    Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Ft. McNair, Washington DC                           08/2009 - 08/2010
    Student.  “
    Distinguished Graduate” of 321 US and international students.

     

    SPACE AND MISSILE SYSTEMS CENTER, Los Angeles AFB CA                                          06/2007 - 7/2009
    Commander, Defense Meteorological Satellite Squadron. 
    Led 200+ employees with $90M annual budget for $1.5B weather satellite. Led $101M engineering design program–largest technical program in 40+ years extending life of three $350M satellites by 25%. Devised plan to double production by dual-processing satellites on the factory floor–saved $7M and delivered one month early.  Completely turned around organizational culture after predecessor was fired–morale and production skyrocketed. Ranked #1/26 squadron commanders.

     

    JOINT STAFF, The Pentagon, Washington DC                                                                    07/2004 - 06/2007
    Chief, Global Operations Acquisition
    . Developed & managed worldwide operations budget of $114M/year for the Joint Staff Operations Directorate. Secured $17M in revenue–first investment increase in 10 years. Program manager for $37M classified computer network. Developed plan to recoup unliquidated obligations; spent $9K and saved $500K. Ranked #1/16 program managers.

    MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY, Washington DC                                                                       11/2002 - 07/2003
    Executive Officer.
        Managed front office staff for Senior Vice President-level senior executive in the Missile Defense Agency. Responsible for managing communication between Missile Defense Agency and 10 subordinate program offices. Doubled organization's ability to track interagency communication.

     

    12TH SPACE WARNING SQUADRON, Thule Air Base, Greenland                                  10/2001 - 11/2002
    Operations Flight Commander / Acting Operations Officer
    .  Led team of instructors to train crew members for remote location’s 24/7 missile warning operations. Aggressively tackled slack in training pipeline. Personally developed training program that reduced initial training from 30 days to 15 days; that 50% reduction saved an entire man-year of operations each year; a year-on-year savings of over $100K. Ranked #1/9 officers.

     

    Previous positions (additional information available upon request):

    91ST SPACE WING, Minot AFB ND; Executive Officer,12/1999 - 06/2001

    UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN ETHIOPIA & ERITREA; Operations Officer,01/2001 – 06/2001
    THE PENTAGON, Washington DC; Air Force Intern,07/1997 - 06/1999  

    SPACE & MISSILE SYSTEMS CENTER, Los Angeles AFB CA; Program Manager, 08/1992 - 07/1997

     

    EDUCATION

     

    M.S., National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces

    Certificate, Leadership & Management Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Certificate, Project Management Program, The University of Chicago

    M.A., Military Art and Operational Sciences, Air Command and Staff College, Air University

    M.A., Organizational Management, The George Washington University

    M.S., Systems Management, University of Southern California

    B.S., Management, United States Air Force Academy
     

    CERTIFICATIONS

     

    DoD ACQUISITION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

    Level 3 Program Management
    Level 3 Systems Planning Research Development and Engineering
    Level 3 Communications and Computers
    Level 3 Test and Evaluation

     

    SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS

     

    German Marshall Fund, 2009:  American Marshall Memorial Fellowship
    Space & Missile Systems Center:  Field Grade Officer of the Year (#1/201 officers), 2008
    Air Force Association:

    Program Manager of the Year (#1/127 officers), 2007
    Senior Company Grade Officer of the Year (#1/500 officers), 1996

    Office of the Secretary of Defense:  David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, 2000
    Air Force Space Command Undergraduate Space and Missile Training:  Top Graduate, 1999
    Squadron Officer School:  Distinguished Graduate, 1996
    United States Air Force Academy:  Blue Chip Graduate (Top 15% of 1,076 graduates), 1992


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