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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
"Using a model that more realistically simulates atmospheric conditions, we discovered a new process that controls the habitability of exoplanets and will guide us in identifying candidates for further study," said Yuka Fujii of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), New York, New York and the Earth-Life Science Institute at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, lead author of a paper on the research published in the Astrophysical Journal Oct. 17. Previous models simulated atm...
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:40:00 +0100
NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the Sentinel-6A mission. Launch is currently targeted for November 2020, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The total cost for NASA to launch Sentinel-6A is approximately $97 million, which includes the launch service and other mission related costs. The Sentinel-6A mission, also known as Jason Conti...
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
NASA Team Finds Noxious Ice Cloud on Saturn's Moon Titan Researchers with NASA's Cassini mission found evidence of a toxic hybrid ice in a wispy cloud high above the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The finding is a new demonstration of the complex chemistry occurring in Titan's atmosphere-in this case, cloud formation in the giant moon's stratosphere-and part of a collection of processes that ultimately helps deliver a smorgasbord of organic molecules to Titan's surface. Inv...
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
ESO's fleet of telescopes in Chile have detected the first visible counterpart to a gravitational wave source. These historic observations suggest that this unique object is the result of the merger of two neutron stars. The cataclysmic aftermaths of this kind of merger - long-predicted events called kilonovae - disperse heavy elements such as gold and platinum throughout the Universe. This discovery, published in several papers in the journal Nature and elsewhere, also provides the strongest ev...
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra. Shortly after 8:41 a.m. EDT on Aug. 17, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope picked up a pulse of high-energy light from a powerful explosion, which was immediately reported to astronomers around the globe as a short gamma-ray burst. The scientists at the National S...
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:43:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space GmbH to develop the feed array system for the antenna on the European Space Agency's Biomass spacecraft. This equipment is essential to guarantee the full satellite performance. One of ESA's Earth Explorer missions dedicated to protect our planet, Biomass will help us understand the quantity of carbon stored in the world's forests within the global carbon cycle. Due for launch in 2021, Biomass is primarily designed to d...
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
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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
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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...
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     Date Submitted:26-05-2016
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     Current job:Remote Sensor Research Assistant
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Space Tourism
     Keywordssmall sat, satellite, engineer, astronautical, testing, systems, design, research, payload, structures, Matlab, solidworks, STK
    CV

    Summary

    Aerospace Engineer with experience in project oriented design for Cubesats and professional experience in the US Navy as an Electronics Technician working with telecommunications. Seeking position  within the space industry to develop space industries. Experience using Matlab for data analysis, multidisciplinary projects in club activities, and experimental analysis in campus aerodynamic laboratory facilities.

     

    Education

    Bachelors Science in Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics concentration

    Ira A.  Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University

    Graduated: May 2016

    GPA: 3.2

     

    Skills

    Tools: •Matlab •SolidWorks •Python •MS Excel •Electronics Test Equipment

    Knowledge: •Aerodynamics •Space Vehicle Dynamics •Communications Systems •Cubesat Design •Technical Writing •System Troubleshooting •Applied Experimental Statistics

     

    Projects

    Sun Devil Satellite Lab (SDSL): NASA 2015 Undergraduate Science Instrument Proposal (USIP) Competition Systems Engineer. [SDSL Awarded Phase I approval]

    Jun 2015- Present

    Developed the 3U Cubesat model within SolidWorks for subsystem layout to verify volume management and identify initial interfacing conflicts between structure and each subsystem component

    Development of USIP Science payload architecture for the FLIR Tau 2 640 IR camera and 100mm lens for a 3U cubesat bus, including interface management and structural interface fixture design.

     

    Space Systems Design: Capstone- Design and develop an inspection satellite as a hosted payload to inspects spacecraft in near Earth orbit.

    Aug 2015- May 2016

    Conducted special engineering investigation of close proximity operations satellite missions and satellite mission failures to inform mission and engineering requirements development

    Designing payload architecture to ensure visual and infrared data collection of a target satellite to discern status, possible faults, and collect information critical to target repair or maintenance

    Developing requirements and flow down for the mission from assignment prompt to develop an orbital inspection satellite to establish visual contact with nonresponsive or derelict satellites

    Designing optical payload based on mission requirements to capture specific resolution features in both visual and IR EM spectrums, along with visual feedback for GNC operations

     

    Engineering System & Experimental Problem Solving: Using Python to program a Scribbler Using a Fluke II acquire, chase, and follow a target.

    Aug 2015- Dec 2015

    Programmed a simulated obstacle course within Calico Myro python/robotics interfacing environment to test developed search and motion code

    Programmed a robust target tracking scheme using the “blob” command in Myro to include target acquisition, target approach, and follow

    Conducted testing and debugging of final code with aggregated code from multiple group members to adjust target reacquisition, blob detection parameters, course correction, and various translation speed adjustments

     

    Sun Devil Satellite Lab (SDSL): 2015 CanSat Competition to design and build a canisterized rotor descent science vehicle.

    Aug 2014-Jun 2015

    Developed the Descent Control System (DCS) configuration through design, prototyping, testing, evaluation and validation phases to interface with the science vehicle payload

    Constructed the Descent Control System (DCS) structure and skin to include additively manufactured ribs, carbon fiber spars and MonoKote wing cover as a deployable rotor system

    Designed the preliminary structural for initial science vehicle structure for configuration modeling, mass analysis, and material selection trade study using SolidWorks

     

    Lab Experience

    High Speed Aerodynamics- “Design Your Own” Lab: Designed and conducted an analysis of the ASU wind tunnel force gage.

    Jan 2015- May 2015

    Identified erroneous data from wind tunnel force gauge by comparing low speed wind tunnel drag polar to know drag polar for the NACA 0012 airfoil

    Developed a method of testing force gauge in order to identify known measurement conditions for possible calibration methods

    Conducted testing on force gauge and compared results to previous calibrations data, and original manufacturer's calibration data to identify an internal deformation causing inter axis coupling errors

     

    High Speed Aerodynamics- Transonic Flow Lab: Flow analysis of the transonic regime using small perturbation theory in a simulated environment using Matlab.

    Jan 2015- May 2015

    Coded a computational flow analysis for transonic flow regime over a selection of airfoils using small perturbation theory within Matlab

    Modeled NACA 0012 airfoil and a NASA Langley Whitcomb 11% thick super critical airfoil within transonic flow to observe the advantages of a supercritical airfoil to delay drag divergence

     

    Work Experience

    ASU Remote Sensor Lab Group

    Tempe, AZ

    Jan 2016- Present             

     Research Assistant- Sensor Design, Prototyping, and Building

    Background research current LIDAR wind sensor and readily available “off the shelf” LIDAR technology to design and prototype a low cost laser range finder

    Developing a prototype laser rangefinder using a Raspberry Pi for the purpose of designing a low cost LIDAR

     

    ASU Teaching Assistant

    Tempe, AZ

            Jan 2016- May 2016

     Thermofluids TA- assisted in class preparation and curriculum development

    Led weekly recitations to cover course topics using examples and discussion to explore current course concepts

    Held weekly office hours to provide one-on-one assistance on homework, test preparation, and class material

    Developed in class quizzes to deliver quick feedback to the professor on course concept understanding

     

    ASU Private Tutor

    Tempe, AZ

             Jan 2016-May 2016             

     Thermofluids Tutor- Conducted private tutoring to assist a disabled student flourish

    Developed a condensed review of key concepts, definitions, and equations to review course concepts through repetition

    Provided guided discussion for homework and practice exams to allow for effective learning without providing solutions.

     

    Metal Craft

    Tempe, AZ

            Aug 2012-Sep 2013             

      Internship- Aerospace component fabrication shop processes and facility maintenance

    Organized facility materials including; in-processing, collated storage facilities, and recycled metals.

    Maintained shop’s mills, lathes, and CNC equipment by managing coolant and lubricant levels, clearing recycle materials, and setting up and tearing down operational fixtures.

    Review of drawings for feature cataloging using InspectionXpert software.

     

    United States Navy

    Sasebo, Japan/San Diego, CA

    Jan 2003-Jan 2009

      Electronics Technician- HF and UHF radio technician  

    Responsible for 30 UHF radios for LOS and SAT communications involving troubleshooting, maintenance, insulation, repair of radios and associated equipment (including antennas, remote amps, and handsets)

    Regularly used oscilloscopes, voltmeters, signal generators, power supplies, and dummy loads in maintenance and troubleshoot of radio sets

    Handled division equipment supply orders by coordinating with ship’s supply division and combat systems to facilitate placement part purchasing

     

    Current Activities: •System Tool Kit certification •edX ANSYS Simulation software course •SDSL Pheonix Cubesat •Remote Sensor Research Group


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