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Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The 11th annual Mobile Deployable Communications conference will take place in Warsaw, Poland on 1st and 2nd February 2018. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference Flexible and continuous connectivity, anywhere, at any time remains a key priority for major defence forces around the world. With the critical threat of cyber warfare intensifying, there is now a pressing need to ensure secure communications can be effectively operated in contested environments. The...
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:00:00 +0100
Neutrinos are abundant subatomic particles that are famous for passing through anything and everything, only very rarely interacting with matter. About 100 trillion neutrinos pass through your body every second. Now, scientists have demonstrated that the Earth stops energetic neutrinos-they do not go through everything. These high-energy neutrino interactions were seen by the IceCube detector, an array of 5,160 basketball-sized optical sensors deeply encased within a cubic kilometer of very c...
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:09:00 +0100
ESA's first Earth observation satellite was launched on 23 November 1977. When the first Meteosat satellite took its place in the sky, it completed coverage of the whole globe from geostationary orbit and laid the foundations for European and world cooperation in meteorology that continues today. Weather - and particularly extreme weather - affects everything we do. Being able to see the whole disc of Earth allows forecasters to see developing weather systems, as well as working out wind spee...
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The vault-like, 40-foot diameter, 40-ton door of Chamber A at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston was unsealed on November 18, signaling the end of cryogenic testing for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. The historic chamber's massive door opening brings to a close about 100 days of testing for Webb, a significant milestone in the telescope's journey to the launch pad. The cryogenic vacuum test began when the chamber was sealed shut on July 10, 2017. Scientists and engineers at Johnson pu...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +0100
Europe's next four Galileo navigation satellites and the Ariane 5 rocket due to lift them into orbit are being readied for their 12 December launch from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Tuesday saw Galileo satellites 19-22 declared ready for flight, along with their Ariane. Combined activities are now under way, culminating in the satellites meeting their rocket in the Final Assembly Building. The satellites were flown in pairs to French Guiana last month. Once safely unboxed i...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:26:00 +0100
A mini-rover, tools once used on the Moon and lasers for 3D mapping are in the backpack of the explorers of tomorrow. The terrain will be hazardous and it will be dark in volcanic caves, but this equipment could one day help to scout other planets. The alien-like landscapes of Lanzarote, Spain, are almost surreal but this volcanic island is helping to bring future space missions to reality. This month, an expedition with a dozen of experiments mobilised 50 people and four space agencies du...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0100
ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, announced today it has expanded its current relationship with authorized value-added reseller Satcom Direct (SD), to offer ViaSat's full suite of in-flight connectivity (IFC) systems and services to large and mid-cabin business jets. The new agreement adds ViaSat's latest Ka-band business jet service to SD's IFC portfolio, which already included ViaSat's global Ku-band IFC service. ViaSat's Ka-band service is expecte...
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 ...
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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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