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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:30:00 +0100
Today Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) debuted a new family of satellite buses that form the core of nearly every space mission. From nanosats to high-powered satellites, the versatile lineup incorporates dozens of major enhancements and hundreds of common components that speed production and reduce cost. The company announced the lineup at the Air Force Association Air, Space & Cyber Conference. "We've invested $300 million in revamping our satellite solutions from top to bottom, applying what we...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:54:00 +0100
FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: FLY) (OTCQX: FLYLF) (the "Company" or "FLYHT") is pleased to announce a flight trial with Inmarsat, and would like to bring attention to an Inmarsat press release titled Inmarsat to demonstrate advanced SwiftBroadband-Safety capabilities in flight trial with FLYHT on September 19, 2017. This trial will demonstrate the use of FLYHT's Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS(tm)) to send data to the UpTime(tm) Cloud management platform via I...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:53:00 +0100
With the ''Space Strategy for Europe'' from the European Commission and the new ESA roadmap on the table, the European space stakeholders will have the great opportunity to debate and influence, at the highest level, the medium and long term development of European space programmes and of the spread of space services in many economic and societal activities as well as in a wide range of public fields, including security and defence. Download Conference Agenda | Register to a...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0100
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it has recently received approximately $8.2 million in orders or specialized products in support of satellite global positioning system protection and communication systems. Work on these recent orders will be performed in secure Kratos manufacturing facilities. Due to customer related, competitive and other considerations, no additional information will be provided rel...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:51:00 +0100
The Sun's recent activity has caught the interest of scientists and space weather forecasters worldwide, highlighting the need to keep a watchful eye on our star and its awesome power. On 6 and 10 September, our Sun produced a pair of solar flares, the strongest observed in over 10 years. They were accompanied by huge eruptions of billions of tonnes of matter into space. While many such eruptions fall back onto the hot surface, these two did not and became 'coronal mass ejections' (CMEs) -...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:19:00 +0100
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. This light-eating prowess is due to the planet's unique capability to trap at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere. The oddball exoplanet, called WASP-12b, is one of a class of so-called "hot Jupiters," gigantic, gaseous planets that orbit very close to their host ...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:13:00 +0100
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will continue its support for NOAA's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System program that ingests and analyzes weather data, creating useful visualizations for forecasters and distributing time-sensitive weather statements such as watches and warnings across the United States. Used by more than 140 National Weather Service field offices, the AWIPS program informs decisions that save lives and protect property during natural disasters. Under the $269 mill...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0100
The international Cassini mission has concluded its remarkable exploration of the Saturnian system in spectacular style, by plunging into the gas planet's atmosphere. Confirmation of the end of mission arrived at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at 11:55 GMT/13:55 CEST with the loss of the spacecraft's signal having occurred 83 minutes earlier at Saturn, some 1.4 billion km from Earth. With the rocket propellant for manoeuvering the spacecraft fully expended as planned touring Saturn and i...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:17:00 +0100
Four of the latest set of Galileo navigation satellites will be launched on Ariane 6 rockets - ESA's first contract to use Europe's new vehicle. The launches are scheduled between the end of 2020 and mid-2021, using two Ariane 62 rockets - the configuration of Europe's next-generation launch vehicle that is best suited to haul the two 750 kg navigation satellites into their orbits at 23 222 km altitude. Under development, Ariane 6 is Europe's newest launcher, designed to extend guaranteed ...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0100
The Space Alliance, formed by Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Leonardo 33%) and Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33%), today signed a partnership with the US-based company Spaceflight Industries which includes the following elements: A minority investment in Spaceflight Industries, which through its BlackSky business, has developed a geospatial platform and plans to build and operate a constellation of 60 small high-resolution observation satellites featuring very short revisit times; ...
Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:33:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin (LM) unveiled a new small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that has been designed and developed in the UK at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI). OUTRIDER is a lightweight, canister launched UAS that has been designed by engineers at Lockheed Martin UK's Havant facility in partnership with Wirth Research, an engineering company with specialisation in aerodynamics and composite materials. At only four inches wide and weighing only 1.7 kilograms, it is designed...
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced significant progress on the industry's first commercial in-space satellite servicing system. The Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) spacecraft successfully completed its critical design review earlier this year and is now in production with about 75% of the platform and payload components already delivered to the company's Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Virginia. The spacecraft will begin system-level testi...
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:07:00 +0100
Boeing will design and build seven super-powered medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites for SES, delivering efficient high-performance data communications services to users around the world. The O3b mPOWER satellites will include Boeing's most-advanced digital payload technology and will be built using electronics from the flight-proven 702 satellite platform customized to support the unique MEO environment. "With this new technology and design, Boeing is able to build satellites faster and m...
Wed, 6 Sep 2017 16:31:00 +0100
EchoStar Corporation and Lockheed Martin announced today that the EchoStar III satellite has been successfully recovered following an anomaly that occurred in late July and retired per the FCC regulations. "After the initial loss of contact, with a joint effort by EchoStar and Lockheed Martin, a command and control link was reestablished and deorbit maneuvers performed" said Derek de Bastos, chief technology officer for EchoStar Satellite Services L.L.C. "EchoStar III is now safely in a grave...
Wed, 6 Sep 2017 15:24:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, recently completed an important qualification test of the avionics system for the solid rocket boosters the company has developed and is now manufacturing for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Completion of this milestone is an important step toward preparing the SLS and Orion spacecraft for their first flight in 2019. Two Orbital ATK-developed five-segment rocket boosters will be used on each SLS launch to help provide initial ...
Tue, 5 Sep 2017 14:07:00 +0100
Launch is the most strenuous part of a satellite's life. To survive the extreme sound wave pressure and pounding vibrations generated by more than 700,000 lbs. of thundering rocket thrust, spacecraft need a solid, reliable design if they hope to arrive operational on orbit. On July 13, Lockheed Martin (LMT)'s second, fully-assembled GPS III space vehicle (SV) completed a realistic simulation of its future launch experience and passed this critical acoustic environmental test with flying color...
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:39:00 +0100
Stevenage -  Europe’s pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor has left Airbus’ Stevenage site and is on its way to the launch site, the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia. Launch is currently planned on 9 October on a Rockot rocket. The journey that will last 5 days, will start with a flight to Moscow aboard an Antonov 124, followed by another flight to Archangelsk in the northwest of Russia. The last leg of the journey will be a train ride taking the satellite 200km south of Archange...
Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0100
Star Storm, an explosive performance inspired by stellar processes in the Universe, will be premiered at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, on 10 September. The creator of the show is Aoife van Linden Tol, the recipient of the first art&science@ESA residency organised by Ars Electronica in partnership with ESA. A multimedia artist working primarily with explosive materials, Aoife spent six weeks at ESA's technical heart in the Netherlands to research her project. Durin...
Sat, 26 Aug 2017 09:35:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced its Minotaur IV space launch vehicle successfully launched and placed into orbit the U.S. Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS-5) spacecraft on August 26, 2017. The Minotaur IV launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 46 (SLC-46), which is operated under license by Space Florida. This mission marks the 26th consecutive successful launch for the company's Minotaur product line. ...
Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:37:00 +0100
Rockwell Collins recently delivered the latest generation of Digital GPS Anti-Jam Receiver (DIGAR) airborne anti-jam and anti-spoofing technology to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The enhanced solution provides unsurpassed airborne anti-jam capability with over 10,000 times improved jamming resistance over the previous model. "From advanced fifth-generation aircraft to ground and maritime applications, this receiver is the most reliable military-grade GPS solution avai...
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     Date Submitted:14-12-2015
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     Current job:Instrument/Calibration Scientist
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     Keywordscalibration scientist, detectors, image processing, scripting, telescope, antenna, spectral imaging, astrophysics, project management, communication, ground segment, infrared, terahertz, microwave, international, IDL, Jython
    CV

    Summary:

    I have devoted the past decade to supporting and contributing to scientific research. This led me to work at world-class research institutes across Europe and the USA, where I collaborated with and learned from talented engineers and scientists. I have built up a solid expertise in various domains such as space missions, large infrastructures, exotic cryogenic detectors, scientific computing, project management, and community support.

    I am currently looking for exciting projects to join in the domain of Earth observations, remote sensing, or astrophysics.

     

    Experience:

    Project coordinator & microwave engineer at Institut de Radio Astronomie Millimétrique (2011 - present)

    IRAM operates two world-class astronomical facilities, the NOEMA interferometer in France, and the 30-meter telescope in Spain. The IRAM 30m telescope is by far the most sensitive and advanced single-dish radio telescope operating in the millimetre range. 

    I am responsible for the end-to-end management of science observing at the 30m telescope. This role is central to the operations of the Observatory. My main duties consist in: 
        • Coordinating the observing proposals submission and reviewing process (~300 yearly)
        • Scheduling of all scientific and technical projects
        • Maintaining the scheduling database and associated PHP scripts
        • Overseeing the development and deployment of the IRAM Proposal Management System
        • Acting as the main communication channel between the institute and the user community
        • Reporting on Observatory activities to the direction
        • Providing technical support for our suite of heterodyne and continuum instruments operating in the range 70 - 370 GHz
        • Acting as the local leader for the distributed European project RadioNet - Transnational Access
        • Training of visiting astronomers
        • Mentoring of Master and PhD students
        • Carrying out research on star formation processes through continuum and spectroscopic observations, data reduction and analysis.
     
    Experience acquired in project management, communication and astro-politics, database management, PHP, SVN, microwave instruments (radiometers and spectrometers), Kinetic Inductance Detectors.
     
     
    Instrument/Calibration Scientist at NASA Herschel Science Center (2008 - 2011)
    The Herschel Space Observatory was a cornerstone mission of the European Space Agency science program. NASA was deeply involved in the Herschel mission, and I joined the NASA Herschel Science Centre on the Caltech campus to support the north-american community and to contribute to ground-segment activities. 
     
    My main duties consisted in:
    • Acting as the local Herschel/PACS Photometer expert, based on my expertise of the PACS bolometers
    • Actively contributing to the ground and in-orbit calibration and commissioning of the PACS Photometer, including numerous visits to P.I. institutes in France, Germany and Spain.
    • Developing and validating data reduction pipeline modules (scripting in jython and IDL)
    • Validating science requirements (beam smearing, non-linearity, scanning strategy, etc.)
    • Acting as liaison scientist for US-led projects
    • Training north-american astronomers to optimise and prepare Herschel observations, and to reduce and analyse PACS data. I gave one-to-one training sessions, oral presentations for groups of 40+ astronomers, and I prepared on-line tutorials for the community.
    • Developing a research program on the theme of star formation based mostly on large Galactic surveys from space observatories (Spitzer and Herschel), which led to the publication of several peer-reviewed articles.
     
    Experience acquired in space missions, calibration, scripting, data processing, user support.
     
     
    Calibration Scientist - PhD student at CEA (2004 - 2007)
    The CEA-LETI developed an innovative process in the mid-90's to collectively manufacture filled bolometer arrays operating in the far-infrared regime (50 - 500 micron) at cryogenic temperatures (300 mK). These detectors would offer superior mapping speeds and sensitivities, and they were later selected to fly on-board the Herschel Space Observatory.
     
    The work of my PhD thesis consisted in:
    • Testing and characterising the bolometer arrays in the laboratory and clean room (1000+ hours)
    • Developing a dedicated calibration procedure and its data reduction/analysis package
    • Joining the Herschel--PACS Instrument Control Centre
    • Providing technical support for ground-segment activities, including the calibration and control of the PACS Photometer.
    • Presenting the latest achievements of our team at international conferences
     
    Experience acquired in bolometer arrays, cryogeny, IDL scripting, lab testing and characterisation, cold multiplexed readout electronics, AIV, instrument control.
     
     
    Research intern at ONERA (2004)
    ONERA is a leading institute in the domain of adaptive optics systems for astronomical telescopes. I briefly joined the Applied Optics Department to study the analytical properties of wave propagation through a highly turbulent atmosphere (anisoplanetism and scintillation), followed by numerical simulations to predict the performances of an AO system for military applications.
     
     
    Outreach worker at Palais de la Découverte, Paris (2004 - 2007)
    Monthly presentations on the theme of stellar evolution for the general public at the Astronomy department.
     
     
    Education:
     
    Doctor of Philosophy in Instrumentation for Astrophysics at the University of Paris - Sud (2004 - 2007)
    PhD Thesis: "Calibration of a novel type of bolometric detectors for the Herschel Space Observatory"
     
    Master by Research in Instrumentation for Astronomy at the University of Paris VI (2003 - 2004)
    Master thesis: "Analytical study of wavefront propagation through a turbulent atmosphere"
     
    Master of Physics at the University of Edinburgh (2000 - 2003)
    MPhys project: "Design, construction, and calibration of a 2-meter radiotelescope operating at 10 GHz for the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh"
     
     
    Languages:
     
    French: mother tongue
    English: fluent (level C1)
    Spanish: Intermediate (level B1)
     
     
     

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