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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 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...
Thu, 24 Aug 2017 22:00:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced it is in final preparations to launch the company's Minotaur IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on Friday, August 25, at approximately 11:15 p.m. EDT. The Minotaur IV will carry the U.S. Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS-5) spacecraft, which will monitor satellites and space debris to aid the U.S. military's space situational awareness. Building on the Minotaur...
Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:53:00 +0100
ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Matthias Maurer joined 16 Chinese astronauts earlier this month for nine days of sea survival training off China's coastal city of Yantai. The ultimate goal is for ESA to establish a long term cooperation with China and ESA astronauts to fly on China's space station. Returning from space, astronauts need to be prepared for any eventuality - including landing in water. Sea survival is a staple of all training but this is the first time that other ast...
Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:31:00 +0100
NASA has selected Jacobs Technology of Tullahoma, Tennessee, to provide a broad spectrum of engineering and scientific support services at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama and the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The Engineering Services and Science Capability Augmentation (ESSCA) contract is a cost-plus-award-fee indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract that has a potential period of performance of eight years. It is a follow-on effort to the ESSSA contrac...
Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:52:00 +0100
The industry-funded Low Cost Terminal (LCT) was successfully tested this month with an on-orbit Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. This critical milestone demonstrates the ability of an affordable tactical terminal to connect with the DoD's most highly assured protected communications network. The industry development team is led by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). The AEHF system, designed for both strategic and tactical users, enabl...
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     Date Submitted:05-03-2016
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     Current job:Spacecraft Systems Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Satellite Operators
     Keywords15 years experience in space industry. Platform systems engineer. Operations. Telemetry trend analysis. Spacecraft simulation. FOP design, validation & execution Platform design reviews. AIT customer support. mission planning and analysis
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    CURRICULUM VITAE

     

    CAREER STATEMENT

    I am an enthusiastic and highly technically proficient spacecraft systems engineer offering excellent analytical skills while always looking for innovative solutions to complex engineering problems. I have outstanding communication skills, written and verbal, which are demonstrated daily in my current role. I am looking for a challenging position in which I can consolidate the invaluable knowledge gained throughout my professional vocation and further develop my skills to make an effective and valuable contribution.

     

    EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

     

    09/08-Present  Airbus Defence and Space, 1001 Skynet Drive, Hawthorn, Corsham, Wilts. SN13 9NP

    Spacecraft Systems Engineer, main responsibilities include: Monitoring all SKYNET 5 Platform subsystems, ADCS, EPS, DHS, TCS, TT&C & CPS. Providing & reviewing SKYNET 5 platform trend analysis data in order to maximise spacecraft life, providing technical support to on-station operations, liaison with spacecraft manufacturing team to optimise operations and report observations, provide technical representation at platform investigations, developing and utilising ground software including database management, supporting SKYNET 4 engineering and providing AOCS on-call support.Provide Space Engineering representation at departmental meetings. Support other projects as required and SKYNET 6 development work including nuclear hardening activitiesand any other future bids. Furthermore I have a consultative role in the optimisation of the spacecraft control centre processes including, scheduling and executing routine operations, reports and operational documentation generation and configuration control of the system.

    09/11 – 04/13: In addition to my normal duties I was an integral member of the SKYNET 5D Spacecraft Monitoring Team. Throughout the Assembly, Integration & Test and launch phases of the spacecraft procurement I was part of the customer team providing Product Assurance support ensuring the correct standards of build and tests were performed on the spacecraft. Furthermore, any anomaly that presented itself was tackled and workarounds put in place to mitigate the problems. This culminated in working on the launch campaign in French Guyana and successfully lifting SK5D on an Ariane 5 into geostationary transfer orbit.

     

    05/02-09/08     VEGA Group PLC, Welwyn Garden City, Herts.

    03/06-09/08     Spacecraft Operations Preparation Engineer, based at Paradigm Services, Hawthorn. My responsibilities included: Development, validation and test of flight operations procedures for all SKYNET spacecraft, involving developing, managing and configuration control of new software procedures as well as updating generic customer delivered procedures, ensuring that telemetry and telecommand sequences were correct, editing and validating procedures against the spacecraft simulators. Including extensive use and manipulation of the flight client platform and creating and running scenarios on the simulator before delivering the validated procedures for on-station use. Furthermore I managed the automation of SKYNET 4 & 5 Spacecraft operations, entailing the system level management of the ground segment to automate planning, scheduling and execution of flight procedures. I was also Technical Author of the operational procedure documentation and managed the formal amendment update system for all spacecraft operations.

    05/02-03/06     Spacecraft Analyst & Mission Support Engineer, based at SGS Oakhanger, formally RAF Oakhanger, working on the NATO IV / SKYNET 4 project. This role’s main responsibilities included: Daily sub-system analysis and operation of the SKYNET 4D Spacecraft, including; telemetry analysis, ranging retrieval, parameter out of limit events and taking appropriate actions upon observation of anomalous behaviour. All mission planning for SKYNET 4D and NATO IVB, generation of all EAOS outputs including: orbit and vector determinations, events predictions, east west station keeping manoeuvres including fuel strategy alterations and station keeping strategies, Steering Law updates, and tasking and scheduling of spacecraft events including TTU loads. Co-location calculations between S4C/Intelsat 707, S4D/HelasSat and S4D/S4A. Spacecraft repositioning manoeuvre calculations and associated configuration changes. Analysis and reporting of routine spacecraft events such as Battery Conditionings, Eclipse Seasons, NCL updates, heater switching and RIG Conditionings. Supporting Space Ops Sqn at external technical meetings.

     

    03/00-05/02     Lockheed Martin UK (formerly INSYS Limited), Reddings Wood, Ampthill, Bedfordshire.

    Systems Engineer, responsibilities included software modelling and data analysis for MoD projects. I was involved with calculating structural dynamics for the Rosetta space mission and IBDS system. My main responsibilities however were as part of the ‘special projects’ team, notably in design and production of a high-pressure gas supply system and supervision of qualification trials and co-ordination of the production of qualification reports. I was a project manager for the Engineering in Education scheme, where I managed a project for a group of year 13 students, which culminated in the production of a report and presentation.

     

    11/99-03/00     Fluids Management Group, HS Marston Aerospace Ltd, Wobaston Road Wolverhampton.

    Design Engineer, responsible for designing aircraft fuel and hydraulic components using Pro/ENGINEER CAD system. Major responsibilities were to ensure components could be successfully precision engineered from given specifications, to ensure that the parts conformed to international standards and to produce completed designs for strict deadlines.

     

    EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

     

    2001-2002           Thames Valley University

    Certificate in Management Studies

    Subjects included: HR Management, Financial Management, Management Environment, Project Management, Operations Management. Culminating in the submission of a business plan and presentation to the board.

     

    1998-1999           College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University

    MSc Astronautics and Space Engineering

    Subjects included: Aerospace Propulsion, Hypersonic Aerodynamics, Astrodynamics, Control Engineering, Control System Theory, Space System Engineering, Rigid Spacecraft Dynamics, Spacecraft Attitude Control, Impact Dynamics, Software Development and Documentation.

    Group Design Project: “Mission Design of a Flotilla of Commercially Viable Earth Observation Satellites”My specific responsibility as part of the Spacecraft Design Group was the electrical power subsystem.  This involved determination of the available payload duty cycle, assignment of power budgets and adjustment of these according to the needs of other subsystems. I was also involved in determining the initial mission baseline through studies into a variety of Earth Observation systems.

    Thesis: “SolarArray Power Simulator for Satellite System” The design of PC based software to compute solar array power produced in an arbitrary orbit around any planet incorporating 1 axis rotation of the solar arrays. This was a software development project to design and model algorithms in Visual Basic and produce a comprehensive spreadsheet displaying orbital power production.

     

    1995-1998           University of Salford

    BSc (Hons) Physics with Space technology 2ii

    Subjects included: Mathematics, Nuclear physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Quantum Mechanics, Solid State physics, Electronics, Electromagnetic theory, Communications in Space, Robotics, Vibrations and Waves, Thermodynamics, Thermal Physics, Spacecraft Launch Dynamics, Optics, Electricity, Magnetism.

    Project: “The Manufacturing of Fine STM tips and an Investigation into Single Ion Impacts on Gold Foil” Work involved designing a method to produce extremely sharp platinum/iridium STM tips, manufacturing them and then using them to initiate an investigation into ion impact craters.

     

    1993-1995           North Warwickshire College, Nuneaton

    ‘A’ levels: Mathematics (B), Chemistry (C), Physics (D)

     

    1990-1992           John Cleveland College, Hinckley

    GCSE’s: 8 subjects

     

    SKILLS / OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

    Computing:     Highly competent with standard MS Office packages including writing VBA code, experience with VB development, basic Java, SQL and UNIX knowledge. Flight Operating Procedure software development using the integrated development environment provided by the SCC, InControlNG flight client and SKYNET 5 flight simulator (DSSS) experience, SKYNET 4 simulator experience and the SKYNET 4 AOCS simulator. I have knowledge of Pro/ENGINEER and CATIA CAD systems. I have used many bespoke software packages previously, which has also involved making any necessary enhancements. Knowledge of the process for software development and documentation to ESA standards.

    Driving Licence:          Clean & Full

     

    ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

    I am an active member of Bowood golf club. I also enjoy cycling and have completed a number of long distance events. Snowboarding is another passion. And I have been a full time dad following the birth of my daughter in August 2015.

     

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