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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
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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
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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
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...
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     Date Submitted:27-03-2016
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     Current job:Physics Instructor
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     KeywordsTechnical Manager, Project Manager, Leadership, Process Improvement
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    EDUCATION

    M.S. in Physics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2015  (3.56 GPA)

    B.S. in Physics, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, 2005  (3.32 GPA)

    ·       Inducted into the National Physics Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma

    Key Qualifications and Core Competencies

    ·       Yellow Belt, Lean Six Sigma

    ·       Top Secret Clearance, SCI

    ·       Leadership (Persuasive & Peer)

    ·       Project Management

    ·       Adaptability

    ·       Teaching and Mentoring

    ·       Problem Solving

    ·       Visionary Planning

    ·       Process Improvement

    EXPERIENCE: 2nd Lieutenant to Captain, U.S. Army

    Instructor, United States Military Academy (CPT)   West Point, NY                                             Jun 2015-present

    Taught 4 sections (65 students total) of Advanced Physics covering 160 lessons and 32 laboratory periods at the premiere leadership development institution in the world. Counseled and mentored 20+ future officers of the U.S. Army. Provided feedback on their learning and ability to communicate through informal and formal assessments.

    ·       Developed students’ complex problem solving skills by modeling conceptually-challenging problems in class. Tested knowledge retention using written and oral techniques.

    ·       Provided constructive feedback and mentored students on considering sources of potential error in order to understand all possible environmental impacts on measurements and experiments.

    Space Control Team Executive Officer(CPT)       Colorado Springs, CO                                 Apr 2011-Jun 2013

    Oversaw maintenance program for communications equipment and government vehicles valued at $10M. Coordinated with external agencies and units including government contractors, civilians, and military personnel. Directed the security program for multiple locations; ensured compliance in areas such as personnel security, physical security, and information security.

    ·       Spearheaded the Emergency Back-Up Communication System (EBUCS) full capability proof-of-concept demonstration to prove the effectiveness of a highly visible and sought-after capability. Conducted planning, created operations plans and operating procedures, conducted site surveys, coordinated and executed overseas equipment shipment and personnel travel. Project success was noted by senior level management and entire team of 14 people received performance awards.

    ·       Single-handedly resurrected a one-of-a-kind large footprint mobile communications system worth $20 million that had been dormant for 18 months; efforts resulted in the system receiving information assurance accreditation for the first time.

    ·       Saved the Army and taxpayers $20K in new purchases by utilizing refurbished Army equipment and parts from other programs.

    Unit Communications Officer (CPT)                   Fort Lewis, WA                                                Apr 2008-Sep2010

    Advised the commander and staff on all communications support matters and recommended priorities and courses of action. Led an 8-person section that established voice, data, and video services for the unit operations center in order to communicate with higher headquarters and subordinate organizations in remote locations.

    ·       Led the project to get fiber network connectivity to the Provincial Reconstruction Team for Diyala Province, Iraq. Resulted in significant increase in throughput for project management documents sent by Department of State officials and military leadership.  Awarded Bronze Star Medal for exceptionally meritorious service.

    ·       Integrated the unit’s first Command Post Node, satellite communications and local area network equipment. Led team that provided digital connectivity to higher headquarters and the internet for the first time while in the field.

    ·       Led section during a field training exercise providing over-the-horizon secure radio communications to support integrated unit training and certification in preparation for a 12-month Iraq deployment.

    ·       Supervised the induction and maintained accountability of 150 pieces of heavily used and outdated equipment into a refurbishment and replenishment program enabling the unit to return to 100% readiness for the next deployment.

    ·       Created and managed a SharePoint website for knowledge management and daily operations within the organization.

    Executive Officer(1LT)                                      Fort Lewis, WA                                            May 2007-March 2008

    Second in command of a 76-person unit in direct support of combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Supervised the motor maintenance, supply, and accountability of 37 tactical vehicles, 10 cargo trailers, 12 communication assemblages, and 27 power generation platforms with a value in excess of $40 million. Directly supervised and mentored 16 people.

    ·       Selected to be a purchasing officer in order to buy mission critical supplies. Accounted for and personally responsible for $8k in cash per month for 13 months of combat operations.

    ·       Organized and supervised the movement of personnel and equipment out of Iraq including the packing, customs inspection and shipment of 17 20-foot containers. No loss of equipment over a 6,800 mile trip.

    ·       Managed the equipment replenishment and refurbishment schedule for the company by tracking hundreds of pieces of equipment worth over $30 million without losing a single item.

    ·       Established maintenance and supply procedures that guaranteed a smooth transition into stateside operations. Heavily advised new commander after 80% turnover in leadership in 7 months. Organization continued to meet all goals.

    Team (Platoon) Leader & Staff Officer(2LT)       Fort Lewis, WA                                                Dec 2005-Apr 2007

    Planned, coordinated, and executed combat net radio communications support for eight command posts. Supervised the installation, operation, maintenance, and accountability of 7 mobile radio-frequency communications platforms, 20 tactical vehicles, and 9 power generation units valued in excess of $10 million. Supervised and mentored 20 people.

    ·       Led a 20-person infrastructure and operations team that established a secure voice and data radio communications network over 78 square miles of urban terrain for over 4,000 mobile and stationary customers. Supervised the team to achieve 98% coverage with 99% reliability over 8 months of 24/7 operations.

    ·       Installed, operated, and maintained the radio network backbone that allowed a 4,000-person organization to reliably communicate over encrypted channels across hundreds of square miles of northern Iraq during combat operations.

    ·       Tracked the operation of all major communications assets throughout the organization including seven organic units and two attached units. Conducted daily and weekly briefings to leadership in support of decision making involving allocation of resources.

    OTHER EXPERIENCE / SKILLS

    ·       Possesses leadership and communication skills required for effective interaction with various levels of employees, from mentoring those with less experience to providing recommendations to management for higher level decision making.

    ·       Extensive experience working in a Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) environment, marking and handling classified documents, information security, personnel security, and physical security.

    IT & COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS

    ·       Space control

    ·       Satellite system architecture

    ·       iDirect and Comtech VSAT platforms

    ·       Configuring and deploying networks

    ·       Integrated Joint Special Technical Operations

    ·       TCP/IP addressing and sub-netting

    ·       Radio Frequency bands (HF, VHF, UHF, SHF, EHF)

    ·       Signal processing technologies

    ·       WAN & LAN routing and switching

    ·       Defense Information Systems Network

    ·       Communications Security

    ·       GPS architecture

    SCHOOLS & TRAINING

    Graduate Student,University of Pennsylvania        Philadelphia, PA                                                           May 2015

    Researched the electrical properties of Graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition for use in field-effect transistor devices and ultra-sensitive biosensors for cancer and disease detection. Completed graduate course work in Nanoscale Science & Engineering, Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetic Phenomena, Statistical Mechanics, and Mathematical Methods of Physics.

    Student, Signal Officer’s Advanced Course              Fort Gordon, GA                                                          Mar 2011

    ·       Exceeded course standards by graduating as number 4 out of 40 students with an academic average of 94.58%.

    ·       Volunteered to lead and participate in the pathfinder Program, which provides leadership, counseling, and mentoring to the lieutenants attending the Signal Officer’s Basic Course.

    SPECIALTY COURSES

    ·       Space Operations Officer Qualification Course

    ·       Electromagnetic Interference Fundamentals Course

    ·       Satellite Communications Advanced Course

    ·       Space 200, National Security Space Institute


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