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Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on Oct. 15 at 3:28 a.m. EDT. Designated NROL-52, the mission is in support of national security. "Today's launch is a testament to the tireless dedication of the ULA team, demonstrating why ULA continues to serve as our nation's most dependable and successful launch provider," said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch. "Af...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:05:00 +0100
The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel-5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The 820 kg satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST) today. The first stage separated 2 min 16 sec after liftoff, followed by the fairing and second stage at 3 min 3 sec and 5 min 19 sec, respectively. The upper stage then fired twice, delivering Sentinel-5P to its final orbit 79 min after liftoff. ...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:55:00 +0100
The first full-scale model of the rocket motor that will propel Ariane 6 and Vega-C into orbit has been cast and filled with inert propellant for testing at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. The P120C is the largest solid-propellant rocket motor ever built in one segment. Each P120C will hold over 140 tonnes of propellant in a carbon fibre casing almost 11.5 m long and about 3.4 m in diameter. It is derived from Vega's current first stage motor, the P80, which holds 88 tonnes of propell...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
There's no map showing all the billions of exoplanets hiding in our galaxy -- they're so distant and faint compared to their stars, it's hard to find them. Now, astronomers hunting for new worlds have established a possible signpost for giant exoplanets. A new study finds that giant exoplanets that orbit far from their stars are more likely to be found around young stars that have a disk of dust and debris than those without disks. The study, published in The Astronomical Journal, focused on ...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Our 4th Space Resiliency Summit is designed as an educational and training ''Town Hall'' forum, where thought leaders and key policy-makers across military services, defense agencies, and civilian organizations can come together for actionable discussions and debate. This year's summit will focus on technology and innovation needed to defend critical space assets against increasing and new threats. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference 2017 Summit Topics to Includ...
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:50:00 +0100
EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS) announced today that the EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite was successfully launched on October 11 at 6:53 PM EDT on a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. EchoStar 105/SES-11, a dual-mission satellite for EchoStar and SES, is a hybrid Ku and C-band communications satellite that provides EchoStar with 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz, marketed as EchoStar 105, and SES with a C-band payload of 24 transponders, marketed under the name S...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0100
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was recently selected by DigitalGlobe, Inc. as the next-generation WorldView Legion satellite imaging constellation payload provider. Under the contract, Raytheon will deliver the telescopes, detectors and combined electronics to Space Systems Loral, the WorldView Legion space vehicle integrator. Raytheon's new payload doubles DigitalGlobe's capacity to capture multispectral and 30 cm imagery, while tripling to quadrupling the company's capacity to image high-dema...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:32:00 +0100
Mission controllers completed a critical final rehearsal today, confirming that everything and everyone on ground are ready to take over control of Sentinel-5P in the harsh environment of space. A 'team of teams' working at ESA's control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, today conducted a final rehearsal for this week's launch of Sentinel-5P. They were joined by engineers working at ground stations on three continents and by teams responsible for the launcher and its payload in Plesetsk, Russ...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0100
Ushering in a new era of advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, the U.S. Air Force declared the first Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-built GPS III satellite "Available for Launch." The Air Force's "AFL" declaration is the final acceptance of Lockheed Martin's first GPS III Space Vehicle (GPS III SV01) prior to its expected 2018 launch. GPS III SV01 will bring new capabilities to U.S. and allied military forces, and a new civil signal that will improve future connectivity worldwide ...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 16:30:00 +0100
With four days to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The rocket will be fuelled two days before launch, set for Friday at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). The Sentinel-5P satellite has been at the cosmodrome since early September going through a series of tests and being readied for the big day. After being sealed from view in the rocket fairing last week, it was rolled out to the launch pad on Saturday. "This point in any...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0100
L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide Hawkeye(tm) III Lite VSAT satellite communications terminals and on-site training to the U.S. Air National Guard's Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC) teams. These terminals will facilitate direct communication from remote locations in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Additionally, these Army Strategic Command (ARSTRAT)-certified terminals will enable access to the Wideband Global SATCO...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:03:00 +0100
The third batch of Iridium(r) NEXT satellites built by Thales Alenia Space has been successfully launched by SpaceX from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. After the perfect commissioning of the first 20 satellites launched in January and June, thirteen of which are now interconnected and operating in full compatibility with the initial Block One Constellation, with seven being maneuvered to an adjacent plane, this new milestone allows to continue the fantastic Iridium(r) NEXT adventure. ...
Thu, 5 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Astronomers have identified a bumper crop of dual supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. This discovery could help astronomers better understand how giant black holes grow and how they may produce the strongest gravitational wave signals in the Universe. The new evidence reveals five pairs of supermassive black holes, each containing millions of times the mass of the Sun. These black hole couples formed when two galaxies collided and merged with each other, forcing their superma...
Wed, 4 Oct 2017 14:30:00 +0100
As preparations for the launch of Sentinel-5P continue on track, the team at Russia's Plesetsk site has bid farewell to the satellite as it was sealed from view in the Rockot fairing. Liftoff is set for 13 October at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). Since its arrival at the launch site at the beginning of September, Sentinel-5P has been through a series of stringent tests to confirm there was no damage during the flight from the UK. These tests have made sure that everything is in good working orde...
Wed, 4 Oct 2017 01:00:00 +0100
Though an emerging market, the global nanosatellite market is highly competitive, with major players competing against each other to make a mark in the global market. The companies are adopting both organic and inorganic market strategies such as business expansions, partnerships, agreements, collaborations, product launches, and acquisitions, among others, to strengthen their position in the market. The high growth of the nanosatellite market is unprecedented for the satellite industry and will...
Tue, 3 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0100
After years of development, Lockheed Martin completed the first flight build of its new Multi-mission Modular (MM) Solar Array. This new flexible array advances Lockheed Martin's significant heritage flying flexible arrays on such programs as the International Space Station and a constellation for the U.S. Air Force. The new design is a major component of Lockheed Martin's multi-year modernization of its LM 2100 satellite bus, which is part of its newly-enhanced family of buses. The MM Array ...
Tue, 3 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope now is planning to launch between March and June 2019 from French Guiana, following a schedule assessment of the remaining integration and test activities. Previously Webb was targeted to launch in October 2018. "The change in launch timing is not indicative of hardware or technical performance concerns," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate at Headquarters in Washington. "Rather, the integration of the various...
Mon, 2 Oct 2017 21:01:00 +0100
Spaceflight, the leading satellite rideshare and mission management provider, today announced it was awarded its first NASA Kennedy Space Center Contract (KSC) for launch and integration services. The multi-year contract covers launch services in 2018 for a maximum of 24 payloads, with options to provide launch services for up to 24 additional payloads in 2019 and 2020. The potential total contract value is more than $5 million. U-Class payloads are miniature space research satellites that ty...
Mon, 2 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0100
A molecule once thought to be a useful marker for life as we know it has been discovered around a young star and at a comet for the first time, suggesting these ingredients are inherited during the planet-forming phase. The discovery of methyl chloride was made by the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, and by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft following Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It is the simplest member of a class of molecules known as organohalogens, whi...
Mon, 2 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0100
Observations made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and ESA's Rosetta mission, have revealed the presence of the organohalogen Freon-40 in gas around both an infant star and a comet. Organohalogens are formed by organic processes on Earth, but this is the first ever detection of them in interstellar space. This discovery suggests that organohalogens may not be as good markers of life as had been hoped, but that they may be significant components of the material from wh...
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     Date Submitted:12-04-2016
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     Current job:Postdoctoral Researcher
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     Keywordspropulsion, dynamics, controls, electric propulsion, rockets
    CV

    Programming Skills

     

    CATIA V5, SolidWorks, Onshape

    AutoCAD: Mechanical Engineering Drafting

    MATLAB: Simulink, Control Systems, and Computational Fluid Dynamics

    LabVIEW: Instrumentation

    Python: Numerical Analysis

    COMSOL Multiphysics

    ANSYS: Computational Fluid Dynamics

    Windows XP/Vista/7

    MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint

    Knowledge and information

     

    Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Fluid Dynamics

    Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Analysis

    Rocket and Space/Electric Propulsion, Aerodynamics

    Computer Aided Design and Engineering

    Plasma Physics: Generation, Diagnostics

    Technical Writing

    Quantum and Particle Physics

    Nanotechnology, MEMS, Solid State Physics, Optomechanics

    Other Skills

    Technical Writing and Creative Thinking

    Excellent Communication Skills

    Teamwork and Team-Building Expertise

    Self-development

     

    Intermediate French and Basic German

    Networking

    Public Speaking

    Presentations

    Experience

     

    Energy Systems Engineer in Power and Thermal Engineering

    GPROSYS Corps., Oshawa, ON

    Nearly 30 years of experience in smart energy grids, oil and gas, process automation, and plasma technology where it has been the leader in clean energy systems and technologies, with best practices.

    What was delivered?

    Improvements on current inductive plasma torches by 5%

    Developed thermoelectric generator network

    Created optimization software

    Created renewable energy systems

    Analyze design review packages and actively participate in design review meetings

    Identifying & take initiatives for input parameters for material models used in FEA

    Worked in Computational and Experimental Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, and, Heat Transfer

    Plasma Engineering: Space Propulsion, DC/RF Plasma Generation, Ion Optics, Z-Pinch, Electronics Design

    CAD/Modeling: SolidWorks, CATIA, NX

    CFD/FEA/Coding: MATLAB, LabVIEW, FLUENT, ANSYS, COMSOL

    Use of 3D printers for fast prototyping.

    Project manage engineering projects in power generation: Plasma and Thermal Engineering

     

    09/2015 – 11/2016

    Aerospace Test Engineer for Satellites

    Thoth Technology Inc., Toronto, ON

    Canadian space and defense company founded in 2001. We specialize in services and products for space applications. A Canadian Mission House, we also provide end-to-end services for space missions, from design, development and test to operations and information-product delivery.

    What was delivered?

    Tested High End Satellite Equipment launched later during development

    Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics analysis on the tested satellites.

    Verified space engines under space conditions.

    Standards: ISO 9001

    Operated 2-meter diameter by 3-meter length thermal vacuum chamber

    Controlled temperature for various equipment under high vacuum (<10-5 Torr)

    Verified test equipment is operating at specifications

    Handling cryogenic materials

    03/2017 – Present

    06/2011 – 10/2015

    Sub-Contractor in Avionics Maintenance and Repairs

    AJW Group, Montréal, QC

    AJW Technique's component repair services cover the global commercial, regional and business aviation market place across an expanding and diverse range of platforms from Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, and Embraer.

    What was delivered?

    Developed Instrumentation Program for Avionics Calibration

    Written a lab manual on how to operate the program

    Standards: ISO 9001

    Computer Aided Design - AutoCAD and SolidWorks.

    Instrumentation/Programming - LabVIEW and MATLAB

    Technical Writing - Test Procedures.

    HP 8583 Spectrum Analyzer.

    Microwave Generator: Magnetron, Gyrotron.

    Calibration of DMMs using Fluke 5250, 5215A, and 5720,

    Avtron Hydraulics Calibration.

    Thermotron 7800+ Operator.

    08/2015 – 09/2015

    PhD Researcher in Aerospace Engineering

    York University, Toronto, ON

    Aerospace Research and Development Institution.

    What was delivered?

    Produced a 20W fuel-efficient plasma thruster for nanosatellites

    Research and Development in Computational and Experimental Fluid Mechanics, Gas Dynamics, Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, and Aerodynamics

    Design miniature thrusters and their test rigs

    The goal has been achieved by combining the Ion and MPD propulsion technologies.

    The thruster was simulated using MATLAB, Maple, and CATIA.

    Tested the thruster using thermal vacuum chamber under medium vacuum (10-2 to 1 Torr) and high vacuum (<10-5 Torr) conditions.

    Measurements and data-acquisition using HeNe Lasers and LED with electro-optical instruments in a standard NI DAQ board.

    09/2009 – 06/2014

    Internship: Industrial Research in Vibration Measurements in the Manufacturing Industry

    ArcelorMittal Dofasco/McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

    Advanced manufacturing supply chain working with the top automotive, energy, packaging and construction brands to develop lighter, stronger and more sustainable products – from cans to cars.

    What was delivered?

    Delivered results of the data to the engineers

    Collected data using Fiber Optic Vibration Sensor

    Programmed vibration sensor using LabVIEW to correlate to the Dofasco Steel Industry environment. Analyzed the data using MATLAB.

     

    09/2008 – 11/2008

    Research Assistant in Optomechanical Engineering

    McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

    Optics Research and Development Institution.

    What was delivered?

    Created a compact temperature and vibration sensor used for the steel industry

    Performed research and development in fiber optic temperature and vibration sensors using optomechanical methods. Worked with 1060nm and 1550nm lasers, classes I-IIIa (old system)

    The work is developed for the Hamilton Steel Industry: Dofasco.

    09/2006 – 11/2008

    Academic Background

     

    Doctor of Philosophy, Space Engineering, York University     

    Concentration: Propulsion and Power 

    Areas of Research: Fluid Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Data Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis, Plasma Physics

     

    09/2009 – 12/2013

    Master of Applied Science, Engineering Physics, McMaster University

    Concentration: Optical Engineering

    Areas of Research: Optics, Micro electromechanical systems (MEMS), Instrumentation, Sensors, Lasers, Fiber Optics, Solid-State Electronics

    09/2006 – 12/2008

    Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Concordia University

    Concentration: Aerospace and Vehicle Systems

    09/2002 – 05/2006

     


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