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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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    Experience: NASA/NOAA GOES-R Enterprise and Infrastructure Lead

    Configuration Management, ClearCase, ClearQuest, CMVC, CVS, Netbeans, Java, JavaScript, Shell Scripting, Oracle, Unix, Linux, AIX, IRIX,SQL, Perl, PHP, Postgres, HTML, Sed, Apache, Six Sigma Tools, HP Proliant, SGI, IBM, PC, Solaris, Pro*C, XML, CSS, Eclipse, C, Twiki,VISIO, Microsoft Project X86 IBM Maximo Asset Manager and Service Desk¸ ClearCase and ClearQuest Configuration Management, Oracle¸ LDAP¸Windows Active Directory and RAID5 Oracle Architecture based on test automation Zephr Scripts. Reviewed and provided comments on NIST 500.83 Rev 3 and Rev 4

    Chief Software Systems Engineer December 2012 - January 2015) Columbus Technologies and Services

    December 2012 - January 2015

    GOES-R NOAA/NASA Ground Segment Team Award for Outstanding Support Developing and Delivering the Ground Segment Release 2, June 2015

    NASA/NOAA GOES-R Enterprise Services & Infrastructure oversight on the GOES-R Project Development Phase, Integration and Test Phase and delivery of production system. Area of expertise focused on the Enterprise Services and Infrastructure as a Subject Matter Expert. Monitor and oversight across the large integration effort including Configuration Management, Service Desk, Event Management, Inventory Management. Reviewed and commented on all aspects of Security with respect to Enterprise Management and Infrastructure. Participated in Quality Reviews in the areas of design, code review and testing of Enterprise and Infrastructure Tools utilizing Zephr Test Automation of

    SGT Inc. (Sept 2009 – December 2012) Enterprise Management/CMART Project Staff Engineer

    System design oversight of an end-to-end configuration management system for the NOAA GOES-R Program. Project and engineering/design documentation; Mission Operations Data Base configuration items such as Spacecraft command procedures, Spacecraft/Instrument Command and Telemetry Database as well as Flight software, system hardware/software baselines; control, management, reporting/notification, and tracking of anomalies, Help Desk services, property and logistics management, system history accounting and auditing. Review Requirements and Design utilizing the Unified Modeling Language (UML) sequence diagrams from the Integrated Requirements and Design Model (IRDM) IBM Rational Software Architect (RSA) tool depicting the data activity between the elements and the processing sequence on each side of the interface. Participate in cross-functional teams including Systems Engineering, IT Security, Mission Assurance, Software Assurance, Integration & Test and Verification & Validation. Provide technical observations with respect to major reviews SRR, SWRR, PDR and CDR in the area of Enterprise Management/Configuration Management and Anomaly, Reporting and Tracking (CMART).

    Honeywell Corporation(1982 – Aug 2009)

    NASA/EDOS Software Configuration Manager (6 years)– Provided Software Configuration Management of all EDOS Software. Responsible for all builds, releases, release notification letters, and software installations. Coordinated all release upgrades including software, firmware, database, configuration files on a real time multi-mission capture and production system in support of five satellites. Provided the configuration management for four major systems: Development System, Integration and Test system, Backup EDOS Operational System. Managed and tracked all software changes on each system with respect to binaries, scripts, tools, configuration files, middleware, Java Gui's, our International Partner Deliverables and Installations. Designed and developed CM repositories for multiple purposes including firmware, international deliverables, multiple systems when migrating from one hardware/software configuration to another, maintaining each and tracking anomalies to each including builds, releases and installations.

    Designed and developed a documentation tracking tool to provide all software deliverables including releases, installations, configuration files,PDRs, CDRs, User's Guides, Work Instructions, project and engineering/design documentation. Experience with many Configuration Management Tools to track anomalies in each software version, tracking these versions to the hardware/software configurations. Wrote, tracked and corrected anomalies using many anomaly reporting and tracking systems at GSFC/NASA. Designed, developed and implemented CM Configuration Management in support of complex, multi-functional software including international collaborated partners; integrated into a multi-functional geographically disperse system including the capture of satellite data at WSC, Norway, Alaska, return link data to GSFC and the production and delivery of Level Zero Data to a wide group of domestic and international customers.

    Provided software engineering leadership on large scale satellite control projects; conceptualize and design of technical solutions for real-time mission critical systems; develop and present proposals; work with clients to understand overall technical objectives. Wrote shell and perl scripts to provide automated installation scripts as well as other CM tools to provide repeatable processes throughout the life cycle of the project.

    Design and developed C programs on a high volume data production multi-satellite system using the “gcc” compiler together with Pro*C routines, shell scripting using csh, ksh, and bash, Sed, Perl scripts, and Java GUI development using Netbeans. Presentation experience to small and large groups throughout the SDLC; such as Concept Design, Preliminary or Software Design Review, Operational Transition, Operational Scenarios including Design charts, schedules, critical path, resources required – hardware, software, configuration management, operations, installation, lessons learned and user documentation.

    Software Lead for the Honeywell NASA Mission to Planet Earth Operations Data Center. CCSDS Processing. Systems Integration Test of all CSCI of the EDOS System. Acceptance Test Conductor on EDOS. Software Integration and Test Lead for NASA EDOS Software Team. Troubleshooted operational anomalies, network problems, wrote and corrected software defects. Tracked configuration processes through tools such as ClearCase, CVS, and CMVC. Analyzed large complex systems through integration of SQL, Database Triggers on ORACLE databases, C programs, Perl scripts, HTML scripts, shell scripts to deliver software which supports Operations with the minimum of failures and workarounds. Developed real time Graphical User Interface using Netbeans and Java.

    Project Lead for the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) Satellite Control Center workstation development project. Developed client/server applications written in "C" for satellite control centers for Goddard Space Flight Center. The COBE Project was the recipient of the Nobel Prize which provided the first evidence in support of the Big Bang Theory.

    NASA - Satellite Control Centers – EDOS, Terra, Aqua, Aura, IceSat, EO-1, COBE, HST, UARS, Shuttle Payload Interface Facility.

    Stress tested the initial deliveries of NASA's Network Control Center. Tested the operability of releases and wrote reports on the assessment of the requirements being met by the product delivery.

    (1980-1982) Mountain Bell

    Defined, design and implement software simulation programs to generate Financial Projections for Rate Increases for the telecommunications carrier of Mountain Bell of AT&T in the mid-western state of the United States.

    (1976- 1980) Sperry Univac

    Senior Systems Analyst: Pre-Sales and Post-Sales support, benchmarking and technical responses to Request for Proposals,. Benchmark Manager and Project Lead for responses to proposal, conversion of software to newly designed hardware/software to be released to the market

    Achievements:

    Key Contributor on Successful Missions

    Excellent Problem Solving Strategy on Complex Problems

    Excellent Critical Analysis in Evaluating Operational Impact

    Visionary when analyzing changes from a top level and bottom level changes

    Multiple NASA and Honeywell Awards on missions, such as Hubble Space Telescope, Earth Observing System, and COBE in the areas of Operations, Design Reviews, Testing, Integration and Transition.

    Education: MBA Finance Johns Hopkins University

    MS Computer Science Colorado State University

    BS Mathematics Towson University

    Six Sigma DFSS Certification/Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification

    Papers: “Perl Tools for Automating Satellite Ground Systems”, Space Ops 2000, France

    Clearance: NACI


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