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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:03:00 +0100
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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
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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:07:00 +0100
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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:00 +0100
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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
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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
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
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100
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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
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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...
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     Keywords1. Development of specifications for procurement of satellite / instrument modules, derived from customer requirements with focus on electrical engineering, e.g. Instrument Control Computers or Vision Based Navigation Sensor Systems.
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    Academic Studies
    10.1999 – 09.2003

    Graduate Engineer: Dipl.-Ing. Electronic Engineering (FH), Information and Communication Technology (FH – Konstanz, University of Applied Sciences)

    Thesis in the area maritime control systems at MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH:

    ø Development of a Connection & Extension Board for A/D-conversion of analog video signals with integrated refresh rate conversation and output as digital video signal according to DVI 1.0 standard

     

    Overall grades: 1,2 (Thesis)

       1,9 (Theory)

    Apprenticeship training
    09.1993 – 06.1996

    Skilled worker: Electronics Engineering Technician – Information and Communication Technology
    Apprenticeship training in the German 'dual system of vocational education':

    ø Dornier GmbH, Defense and Civil Systems, Immenstaad – DE

    ø est Electronic college, Tettnang – DE

    Experience

     

    01.10.2014

    Freelance work, self-employment

    10.2014 – today

     

     

     

    10.2014 – 12.2014

     

     

    Self-employment:

    ø Analysing and programming of algorithms for autonomous trade execution on the stock market.

    ø Apprenticeship as certified broker (Eurex), part-time.

    Freelance work (part-time):

    ø Electronic Systems Engineer in the field space technology / instrument Control Computers (ICC).

    ø This includes: Analysing of Customer Requirement Specification and deriving the corresponding ICC and Unit Specifications.

    ø Update and review Board Level Specifications for: Processor Board Specification, Power Board Specification, Frontend Board Specification.

    07.2010 – 09.2014

    Kayser-Threde GmbH, Munich

    07.2013 – 09.2014

    Systems engineer for MERLIN, Satellite Instrument Control Computer (ICC)
    Area: space technology/electronics

    Responsible systems engineer for all ICC development steps until end of Phase B:

    ø ICC requirements engineering and system consolidation between Instrument Prime, DLR and CNESS (France).

    ø ICC system concept and design of detailed architecture.

    ø System analyses: Performance, data budgets, power.

    ø Submodule requirements and verification engineering.

    ø Board-level requirements and verification engineering.

    ø Interface between Instrument Prime, in-house Hardware and SW department.

    ø Project Planning.

    ø Cost estimation.

     

    PA-Responsible for FPGA Design Review in the Program MTG:

    ø Review of all FPGA design documents according to ECSS-Q-ST-60-02 and supplier audits (FPGA design reviews) as service for quality assurance.

    05.2013 – 06.2013

    Systems engineer, Satellite TET-2 program

    ø Management and technical controlling of subcontractors for onboard computer systems.

    07.2010 – 05.2013

    Systems engineer for VIBANASS – Vision Based Navigation Sensor System
    Area: space technology/electronics

    Responsible systems engineer for electrical engineering, development, AIT and technical management of VIBANASS camera system Bread-Board/Demonstrator Model/ tests:

    ø Analyse of Customer Requirement Specification, engineering VIBANASS camera system design and deriving of corresponding requirement specification (mechanic, hardware- and software architecture, FPGA, optic, power and data budgets).

    ø Requirements engineering and review of Board Level Specifications: power board, controller board, CMOS sensor board, optic design and software.

    ø System design, requirement engineering, development, procurement and documentation VIBANASS ground segment.

    ø System design, requirement engineering, development, procurement and documentation Electronic Ground Support Equipment.

    ø Test concepts engineering and definition of verification requirements for VIBANASS camera system and ground segment.

    ø Management and technical controlling of subcontractors for the camera system, controller board and FPGA (company vH&S).

    ø Management and technical controlling of the in-house design engineers for the camera system (electrical, mechanical and optical design), ground segment (software) and AIT (optical).

    ø Manufacturing/assembly/integration of camera system, ground segment and 

    ø Assembly/Integration/Test of camera system and ground segment.

    ø Testing, analysis and qualification of board-level hardware, VIBANASS Camera System and overall Ground Test of VIBANASS at DLR EPOS Test station (European Proximity Operations Simulator).

    ø Cost estimations.

    ø System analyses.

    06.2007 – 06.2010

    MBDA Deutschland GmbH, Unterschleißheim

    08.2008 – 06.2010

    Project manager and functional responsible for data telemetry/flight termination system guided missile Taurus KEPD350
    Area: RF systems and missile communication

    ø Project management and controlling as overall responsible for post- development and manufacture of telemetry systems.

    ø Elaboration of proposal for telemetry systems together with PVE and PVP for Taurus guided missile.

    ø Execution and release of all required tests and acceptance tests during manufacturing/assembly/integration for telemetry systems.

    ø Integration of the telemetry systems in test missiles.

    ø System responsible for support of telemetry systems during towed flight trials with international customers as well as free flight campaigns in South Africa.

    ø Coordination, execution and release of all necessary tests as well as safety release of the telemetry and flight termination system together with the responsible engineers of the test range.

    ø Acceptance and flight release of data telemetry/flight termination system for free flight test.

     

    F&E project management:

    ø Evaluation of possible encryption algorithm for secure data transmission in future telemetry systems.

    06.2007 – 09.2009

    Systems engineer for data telemetry/flight termination system - guided missile PARS3LR
    Area: RF-systems and missile communication

    ø System design, specification, development and qualification of telemetry system PARS3LR.

    ø Specification for circuit design(digital, analog hardware and FPGA design) – telemetry data controller PARS3LR.

    ø Circuit design, layout support and start-up of hardware.

    ø Design, synthesis, verification and validation telemetry data controller / FPGA design in VHDL (Platform Xilinx).

    ø Testing, analysis and qualification of hardware, FPGA and telemetry system.

    ø Development, set-up and start-up of analog and digital test and application circuits.

    01.2007 – 05.2007

    OSB AG (contract for work - BMW AG, Munich)

     

    Project engineer for hybrid vehicles
    Area: Information and communications components

    ø Project management (responsible for the overall concept w.r.t integration of hybrid scopes in information and communication components, future hybrid vehicles.

    03.2004 – 12.2006

    Inova Semiconductors GmbH, Munich

     

    Development/design engineer for digital design
    Area: ASIC chip sets for serial image data transmission

    ø Support for functional specification and circuit design (RTL-coding in Verilog and VHDL) for partial blocks of an automotive ASIC chip set for serial image data transmission.

    ø Responsible engineer for specification and modelling of test benches (Verilog and VHDL) for validation of the ASIC chip sets.

    ø Specification, design, synthesis, validation and verification of FPGA designs in Verilog and VHDL for evaluation and test of the ASIC chip sets.

    ø Testing, analysis and qualification of the ASIC chip sets.

    ø Specification, development and implementation of test hardware and development of the test vectors for pre- and final test.

    ø Implementation and support of pre- and final test at national and international test houses.

    ø Development, set-up and initial operation of analog and digital test and application circuits.

    12.2003 – 02.2004

    Euro Engineering AG (contract for work – Diehl-Avionk GmbH, Überlingen)

     

    Development engineer for digital hardware
    Area: processor systems

    ø Development of electronic modules for Airbus A380 Slat Flap Control Computer.

    ø Compilation of technical documentation.

    ø Set-up and start-up of test circuitries.

    ø Manufacture and design of necessary test equipment.

    06.1996 – 02.2002

    Dornier GmbH, Defence and Civil Systems, Immenstaad

    09.1999 – 02.2002
    (during study)

    Skilled worker – communications electronic engineering technician
    Area: Data and graphics processors

    ø FPGA design and verification (VHDL).

    ø FPGA test-bench design (VHDL).

    ø CAD/CAE engineering.

    ø Development, set-up and initial operation of test equipment.

    06.1996 – 08.1999

    Skilled worker – communications electronic engineering technician
    Area: Board systems, integration and maintenance

    ø Technical maintenance – aircraft drone CL-289.

    ø Debugging, analysis and modification of electronic devices and assemblies of aircraft drone CL-289.

    ø Manufacture and design of test equipment.

    Skills

    Tools

     

    ø MS-Office, MS-Project

    ø DOORS (advanced)

    ø ModelSIM, HDL Designer, Emacs

    ø ISE Design Tool (Xilinx), Libero (Actel), ispLEVER (Lattice)

    ø System modeling: MATLAB, Simulink, Simulink HDL Coder

    ø CAE: Eagle, Mentor Graphics, PowerPCB, Altium Designer, MicroSim Pspice

    ø CAD: Catia, Inventor

    ø LabView

     

    Software/programming languages

     

    ø VHDL, Verilog

    ø Assembler, C, C++

    ø AWK, Python

    ø MQL4

     

    Know-how

     

    Electronic engineering:

    ø Communications- and HF technic

    ø Analog-, digital- and sensor technic, power boards

    ø FPGA Design (Xilinx, Actel, Lattice)

    ø Bus-Systems: SpaceWire, SPI Bus, MilBus, CAN, RS-232, RS-485, LVDS / image data transmission

    ø Microcontroller/Picoblaze, Processor LEON3 - GR712

    ø Telemetry IRIG Standard

    ø ECSS Standard, Telemetry and telecommand packet utilization - PUS & CCSDS

    ø Optic and opto-electronic

    ø Module test, measuring, validation and failure analysis

    ø EMV

    ø Circuit-layout and routing.

    Project and Quality:

    ø Project-management, Controlling/Reporting, time scheduling

    ø Requirements Engineering

    ø Supplier audits.

    Fee

    Freelancer

     

    Munich:  75,00 – 80,00€/h (negotiable, depending on duration)

    Germany: 80,00 – 87,50€/h (negotiable, depending on duration)

    EU:  90,00 – 100€/h (negotiable, depending on duration)

     

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