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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:16-05-2016
     Last Modified:16-05-2016 (10:28)
    Job information
     Current job:Senior Associate
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
     KeywordsStrategy, Operations, Engineering, Management
    CV

    Experience summary

    Senior Associate at PwC Strategy& (former Booz & Company), member of the Aerospace and Defence team. 15 year professional experience in programme and operations management in the Space sector gained in both manned and unmanned space missions in the context of research and commercial projects. 8 years’ experience in the coordination of multicultural and multidisciplinary teams distributed all over Europe. 

    Support to major Space programs in the field of microgravity research (ESA Payload Columbus Operation on International Space Station), satellite navigation (EC Galileo Mission and Service implementation) and satnav application (prospective Africa ATM service provider), satellite telecommunication (ESA ARTESS). 

    Provided support to European and extra European Institutions and Agencies and cooperated with many Industries and Private Companies operating in the Space Business. Wide network of contacts within the European Space Community.
    Currently in the process to get the Project Management Institute certification as Project Management Professional. 

     

    Work experience

    01/04/2008 - present; Senior Associate; Strategy definition; Space programme management; PwC Strategy& (former Booz & Company) 

    Space systems program management expert providing support to external clients for strategic and program/project management matters related to the design and implementation of space system programs
    Support the business development activities and other activities internal to PwC Strategy&. 

    Example of supported projects:
    - ESA/ISS: implementation of ESA scientific program on the International Space Station.
    - ESA/Artess: Strategy For Introducing Innovation In Satcom Commercial Scenarios And Experimental Payloads Definitions
    - European Commission/Galileo: implementation of Galileo Mission and Services
    - European Commission/Space Policy office; definition of an impact assessment for the implementation of the European Space Situational Awareness program.
    - European Commission/Space Policy office: Analysis of a fully European supply chain of atomic frequency standards for the Galileo system.
    - Prospective Africa ATM service provider: commercial project for the provision of satellite-based Air Traffic Management and Navigation services in the Africa and Middle-East region.
    Business or sector Aerospace and Defence 

    01/01/2005 31/03/2008; Senior Consultant; Operations management; System engineering; Booz Allen & Hamilton 

    Support to the European Space Agency (ESA) for the Management of the International Space Station (ISS) Utilization program as Payload Operations Manager. The assignment included the provision of management support in the phase of operation definition, procurement and preparation, support to the definition and procurement of ground segment and ISS payload facilities, support systems end-to-end validation activities, definition of the utilization program of the ISS on-board facilities, and coordination of the real-time operations. In particular coordination and management of the work performed by the User’ Support and Operations Centre (USOC) centres dislocated in different Countries in Europe, interface with ESA’s internal organizations and International Partners (e.g. NASA, Roscosmos, Jaxa), interface to industrial Payload Integration Managers and Payload Engineering managers, report to Operational and Program Management Boards. Day to day support to section and division work. 

    Business or sector Aerospace and Defence

    01/09/2001 - 31/12/2004; Operation Engineer, System engineer; Microgravity Advanced Research and Support Center 

    Liaison with ESA/ESTEC Columbus Payload Operation unit for the preparation and execution of Payload Operations on board the International Space Station, in support of European Space Agency Utilization Program. Preparation and execution of Sounding rockets missions in support of scientific experiments program. System and software engineer. Software development. 

    Business or sector Aerospace and Defence 

     

    Education and training 

    1992 - 2000 Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering (110/110 cum laude) 

    Universita' degli Studi di Napoli - Federico II, Napoli, Italy 

    Aerodynamics, Computational Fluid-dynamic, Structures, Communications Systems, Space Systems Design, Space plants and research

    1987 - 1992 Diploma in Scientific Studies - Maturita’ Scientifica
    Liceo Scientifico Statale “F. Silvestri”, Portici (NA), Italy 

    Mathematic, physic, chemistry, Astronomic Geography, Biology. Italian, Latin and English grammar and literature studies. 

     

    Personal skills 

    Mother tongue(s): Italian 

    Other language(s):  

    English Understanding/reading C2, Understanding/listening C2; Speaking/Interaction C2, Speaking/Production C2; Writing C2

    Dutch Understanding/reading A1, Understanding/listening A1; Speaking/Interaction A1, Speaking/Production A1; Writing A1

    French Understanding/reading A1, Understanding/listening A1; Speaking/Interaction A1, Speaking/Production A1; Writing A1

    Communication skills
    Excellent communication skills in Italian and English gained during work activities and triggered by specific training offered by my employer.

    Organisational / managerial skills
    Excellent organisational skill, Team leadership, Negotiations, Problem solving, Data gathering and analysis, Activities and resources planning
    Skills gained while supporting in different projects the definition of operational processes and the coordination of multi-ethnic and continental-wide distributed working teams. The skills have been enhanced also by the participation to training offered by my employer.

    Digital competence

    Excellent command of MS and MAC Operative Systems; Basic knowledge of Unix Systems. Excellent command of MS and Open-Office office suites;
    Good command of Lotus Notes, ME Outlook and similar office suites 

    Other skills 

    Excellent ability to adapt to multicultural environments gained during my study and work experience in different European Countries. The work at ESA and in the African/Middle Eastern region was performed in a multicultural and multifaceted (Industries, International Entities, National Space Agencies, Research and Support Centres) environment. 

    Driving licence:  B 

     

    Additional information

    Honours and awards Certifications 

    October 1998 - Second place award at the ESA (European Space Agency) student contest SUCCESS (Space Station Utilization Contest Calling for European Students initiative) for the SEE-US (Space Earth observation Experiment for Universities and Schools) 

    May 1997 - One year ERASMUS/SOCRATES grant at the Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom 

    Different training and certificates as ESA/Columbus User 


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