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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
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...
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     Date Submitted:09-11-2015
     Last Modified:11-12-2016 (08:10)
    Job information
     Current job:Independent Contractor Consultant
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsSystems Integration, Flight Operations, Manufacturing, Research and Development, CAD, CREO, Requirements Management, Risk Management, Conceptual Design, SEIT, DOORS, CORE, STK, CATIA, Solidworks, MATLAB LabVIEW, Design reviews, Presentation, oral communic
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    Aerospace Systems Engineer

    Summary
    Extensive experience developing various spaceflight missions, systems, and technologies for NASA and private enterprise.

    Experience
    Independent Contractor Consultant at BlueGimbal
    September 2013 - Present (3 years 4 months)
    Conceived, Simulated, and verified multiple mission orbits in STK for radio telescopes using naturally reflective craters on Ceres and sun synchronous small satellites on earth.
    Specified, designed, built, tested, and verified a lifter for a lunar space elevator
    Conceived and developed optical 3D “inside-out” wireless positioning system for mobile devices including the Samsung Gear VR.
    • Successfully built, tested, and filed the patent application for the technology.
    • Created multiple iOS and Android VR Headsets since 2013 with unique features, particularly the Evolo VR headset for the Samsung Note 4.
    • Established partnerships and garnered quotes from multiple domestic and international suppliers in order to ship the Evolo VR headset to consumers before the commercial launch of the Gear VR in December 2014.
    • Collaborated with suppliers to maximize producibility of injection molded parts.
    • Engaged and contracted outside marketing firm to promote Evolo.
    Laser scanners for capturing 3D content are expensive, generally, and typically tied to a desktop computer or dedicated mobile equipment. Because of the high cost of available laser scanners, I:
    •Conceived and built a laser scanner using low cost laser module, mobile device, and custom software, and 3D printed plastic structure.
    •Established relationships with hardware developers and manufacturers to mature, apply, and manufacture the technology
    The smartphone 3D display technology market is in it’s infancy. Opportunities with Autostereoscopy, 3DTVs, and VR headsets all offer promising opportunities in underserved markets. Perceiving the vacuum of applications for these opportunities, I:
    •Created the software to display dynamically generated two-camera 3D content for output to a 3DTV, for use in a VR headset, or rendered for an Autostereoscopic display. This software proves the concepts for a myriad of commercial applications.

    Founder at Vote for Space
    February 2016 - November 2016 (10 months)
    Vote for Space is "Activating Space Advocacy" by opening a channel between the community of space supporters and the legislators who influence the fate of our nation's space activities. Vote for Space also opens a new channel between corporation who stand to gain from legislative activities to the community who
    can influence the legislators beyond their districts and across the nation.
    The innovative "Mission Control" community technology at voteforspace.com simultaneously connects the community, prompted them to take action, invites fundraising, and records knowledge and opinion in context.

    Mechanical Systems Design & Analysis Engineer at Boeing Defence Systems
    December 2010 - August 2014 (3 years 9 months)
    •Optimized trajectories for the SLS heavy lift rocket; based on mass, and thrust, target orbit, aerodynamic data, etc.
    •Manipulated internal and NASA trajectory data with MATLAB to tease out trends and design-to environments.
    •Define ground and launch vehicle interfaces and integration concept for the NASA's funded Cryogenic Propellant Storage and Transfer Demonstration Mission
    •lead, planned, and conducted internally funded research and development
    •Generate configuration concepts and socialize them with the customer
    •Sole inventor and principal investigator for patent pending space power & propulsion nuclear reactor that produces its own nuclear fuel by irradiating otherwise benign (and safely launched) materials with an compact onboard particle accelerator
    •Assemble and lead team w/ Boeing Research & Technology, Linac Systems, Ohio State University, and Ohio Aerospace Institute to write a proposals to NASA's NIAC solicitation and the DOE's 2012 SBIR solicitation to establish feasibility of my patent pending nuclear fuel production technology Space Station Logistics

    Engineer at Boeing Defence Systems
    May 2008 - January 2011 (2 years 9 months)
    •Operate the International Space Station Logistics and Maintenance console daily in Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center
    •Review and correct procedures for astronauts to maintain and replace environmental control and life support system hardware
    •Physically inspect discrepant ISS hardware at JSC and KSC and implement repair plan
    •Resolve configuration & delivery problems of hardware between suppliers, Boeing, & NASA’s next level integrator
    •Verify physical fit of Russian manufactured Waste and Hygiene Compartment (the toilet) at the JSC Mockup Facility
    •Respond to astronaut’s questions at hardware bench review regarding configuration and installation of flight hardware
    •Define Boeing’s CCDev programs Level 0 requirements for our commercial manned space capsule
    •Generate redlines and recommendations at design reviews for new life support system hardware

    Manufacturing Engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplanes
    May 2007 - May 2008 (1 year 1 month)
    •Led 8 engineers at workshop defining requirements and initial design of an innovative armrest to solve stakeholders’ issues
    •Designed, manufactured, and deployed to technicians a tool to verify FAA seat envelope exit impingement requirement
    •Represented Boeing to multiple suppliers while gathering performance and production capability data in order to improve a design solution minimizing total operating cost
    •Daily resolution of problems on the 737 production floor regarding installation of the interior hardware
    •Revised technician work instructions for seat installation for new 737 configurations
    •Designed, prototyped, and tested improved exit door armrest to reduce manufacturing and maintenance costs
    •Coded real-time online visual reporting of supplier design engineering data exchange reducing late data submittals by 40%
    •Performed photogrametry on 737 interiors to model 3D tolerances and correct hardware installation envelope requirements so that we conformed to FAA requirements without rework

    Teaching Assistant at BYU School of Engineering
    January 2007 - May 2007 (5 months)
    •Operated and maintained highly automated robotics and automation equipment in multi-million dollar lab
    •Instructed students on operation of instrumentation, robotic programming, hydraulics, and PLC
    •Evaluated lab reports and provided feedback and mentoring

    Chairman at Society of Manufacturing Engineers
    April 2006 - April 2007 (1 year 1 month)
    •Elected by peers to lead student engineering organization, preside at board and chapter events and coordinate activities with local professional chapters
    •Organized and executed various events to promote awareness and increase membership
    •Formulated and executed plan with board members and delegates to increase membership, provide professional education and encourage networking among members

    Global Manufacturing Developer at Brigham Young University
    May 2006 - August 2006 (4 months)
    •Conceived and implemented research model (based on interviews with manufacturers on 3 continents) that yielded a 68-category decision matrix for outsourcing strategies.
    •Integrated World Bank data for 150 countries with user-defined parameters with resulting graphs and reports defining advantages and disadvantages of various strategies
    •Leveraged RFQ’s from American companies seeking to source in Eastern Europe. Developed outsourcing opportunities with business leaders in US, Japan, China, Serbia and Croatia

    Engineering Assistant at Fast Fill Systems
    November 2005 - May 2006 (7 months)
    •Conceptualized and led full time staff effort to identify problems with faulty check valve and design new parts using Cp analysis, competitive benchmarking, and prototype DFMA
    •Redesigned company’s flagship nozzle product to exceed performance of all other industry nozzles through innovative and original design

    Product Design Team Member at CompleteSpeech
    August 2005 - May 2006 (10 months)
    •Redesign outdated commercial speech pathology diagnostic instrument on multidisciplinary team
    •Led concept generation, requirements definition, product design, prototyping, and requirements verification
    •Evaluated materials' compliance to requirements
    •Analyzed alternative instrumentation configurations with LABVIEW.
    •Wrote user manual.
    •Chosen by teammates to present to sponsors and business partners.

    Shipping and Receiving Coordinator at Brigham Young University, Especially for Youth
    January 2005 - August 2005 (8 months)
    •Led all inventory control and logistics for nation-wide program of summer camps with over 40,000 participants.
    •Arranged and scheduled supply delivery dates, quantities and warehouse layouts.
    •Managed audiovisual hardware and planning, including counselor training and writing field manuals for equipment.
    •Took innovative and cost reducing idea from concept through pilot to standardized procedure that removed dependency on outside vendors by purchasing specialized DJ equipment and providing usage training to staff.

    Test Scores
    GRE
    October 2009 Score:650/770
    Skills & Expertise
    Systems Engineering
    Engineering
    Space Systems
    Lean Manufacturing
    Pro Engineer
    Catia
    Program Management
    Aerospace
    Manufacturing
    CAD
    Matlab
    Integration
    Project Management
    Solidworks
    Leadership
    Concept Generation
    Business Intelligence
    Unigraphics
    GD&T
    Change Management
    Operations
    Data Visualization
    Customer Presentations
    Proposal Generation
    Change Leadership
    Brazilian Portuguese
    Manufacturing Engineering
    Spacecraft Design
    Strategy
    Analysis
    Proposal Writing
    Management
    Strategic Planning
    Virtual Reality
    Sensors
    3D Scanning
    Operations Management
    Rapid Prototyping
    Embedded Systems
    Linux
    Raspberry Pi
    Arduino
    Product Management
    Remote Sensing
    Hyperspectral Imaging
    Infrared Thermal Imaging
    Autodesk Inventor
    Kinect
    OpenCV
    PCL

    Education
    University of Southern California
    Masters, Astronautical Engineering, 2009 - 2011
    Activities and Societies: Propulsion, power systems, remote sensing, structural strength and materials, spacecraft and satellite design, engineering analysis, orbital mechanics, space environment.
    Stevens Institute of Technology
    Graduate Certificate, Space Systems Engineering, 2008 - 2009
    Brigham Young University
    BS, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, 2001 - 2007
    Activities and Societies: Chairman: Society of Manufacturing Engineers
    Highland Park High School
    Languages
    English (Native or bilingual proficiency)
    Portuguese (Full professional proficiency)
    Volunteer Experience
    Missionary at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
    November 2002 - November 2004
    Certifications
    STK
    AGI December 2015

     


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