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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:05-06-2016
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     Current job:Team Leader
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordsaerospace structures, space mechanisms
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    since April 2011 Sogeti High Tech, Blagnac (France)
    Engineering Consultancy Stress Engineer – Team Leader – Permanent Contract Space Mechanism Engineer - Team Leader stress support and test preparation, post-processing and correlation on the composite wing-to-fuselage joint demonstrator ALCAS. Work in a NASTRAN/Patran environment (linear GFEM), Abaqus (non-linear DFEM) and dedicated tools. - Team Leader certification stress analysis of the hybrid metallic-composite components of the forward passenger door of a passenger airplane. Work in NASTRAN/Patran environment, ISAMI, with hand calculations and standard methodologies (Bruhn, Niu, Airbus, etc.) - Airbus Approved Trainer on «Composite Wing Boxes». - Support of the space mechanisms team at Airbus Defence and Space (former Astrium): dynamics and kinematics of mechanisms, lubrication and space tribology, characterization and control of pointing defects and optical path analysis of satellite-borne instruments. Work in a Matlab environment and dedicated tools. - Stress support for an in-service Airbus transport airplane.

    September 2010 – March 2011 ECM, Blagnac (France)
    Engineering Consultancy Stress Engineer – Team Leader – Permanent Contract Team Leader stress analysis on the composite flap fairings of a passenger airplane for Maturity-C/CDR. Work in NASTRAN/Patran environment, ISAMI, with hand calculations and standard methodologies (Bruhn, Niu, Airbus, etc.).

    April 2009 – September 2010 Geci Systèmes, Paris / SkyAircraft, Chambley-Bussières (Lorraine)
    Engineering Consultancy Stress Engineer– Permanent Contract - Team Leader engine nacelle, engine mounts and flaps stress analysis of the light cargo airplane Skylander SK-105. Work in NASTRAN/Patran environment with hand calculations and standard methodologies (Bruhn, Niu, Airbus, etc.). Dynamics analysis, modal analysis, vibrations and resonances of the engine mount and struts.

    May 2005-April 2009 Assystem Italia, Milan
    Engineering Consultancy Contract Job Structure Analyst - Structural analysis at launch loads of some components of an equipment rack for the International Space Station European Columbus module. Work carried out in NASTRAN/FEMAP/Patran. - Preliminary dimensioning of the metallic components of the tail central box of a passenger airplane. - Structural analysis of the floor of a cargo airplane. Structural analysis in support of certification of the engine “nacelles” of a corporate jet. Analysis carried out in Patran/NASTRAN using standard spreadsheets and manual computation techniques. - Structural analysis in support of Critical Design Review (static, dynamic and frequency response) of some components of the composite engine nacelle of an airliner. Analysis carried out in Patran/NASTRAN using standard spreadsheets and manual computation techniques. - Structural analysis and support to repariment manuals of the metallic components of an airliner engine nacelle. - Structural analysis in support of certification of the engine nacelles of a twin-engined airliner jet. Analysis carried out in Patran/NASTRAN using standard spreadsheets and manual computation techniques.

    March 2004 - May 2005 Eur.E.Ca Srl, Milan
    Engineering Consultancy Contract Job Junior Structure Analyst - Structural analysis of the Indian BRNA freight wagon modified to accommodate rail-laying machines. - Structural analysis of composite panel and stretcher for an heli-ambulance. - Structural analysis of the Italian Le724 passenger wagon modified for medium range routes. - Structural analysis of different types of freight wagons for carrying truck trailers and containers. - Structural/thermal analysis of tanks for oil cracking stations. - Structural analysis of a telescopic lifting crane.

    March 2001 – March 2004 Brime Italia Spa, Milano
    Engineering Consultancy Permanent Job Mechanical designer (CAD) and Analyst - Leader of a four people team designing the structures of the whole coaches of the new Spanish Lanzaderas high speed train, to run the Madrid-Barcelona line starting in 2004. Work carried out in CATIA V422 using 3D modelling, surfaces, 2D drafting modules. Project DataManagement (PDM) was carried out in an Enovia VPM environment. - Structural analysis and validation of the landing gear actuation valve of the Agusta Bell AB139 helicopter. - Configuration study, structural analysis and validation of the in-flight refuelling probe of the Aermacchi M346 advanced jet trainer and its composite aerodynamic fairing. - Project of the pneumatic system of the Italian Bari Nord and Trento Male' regional trains.

    Education and training
    1990-2000 Politecnico di Milano Aerospace Engineering Laurea degree in Aerospace Engineering The graduation thesis examined the minimum energy trajectory problem of a four degree of freedom robotic manipulator to be built by the Italian Space Agency ASI as a contribute to the unmanned space probe exploration initiative of the planet Mars. To do this, it was necessary to study the geometry, kinematic and dynamics of the manipulator.
    - 11 years experience Patran/NASTRAN and FEMAP/Visual NASTRAN FEM structural analysis softwares. Analysis of metallic and composite components. Analyses: linear static, non-linear, modal, frequency response, buckling etc. - 2 years experience on Abaqus non-linear FEM software. - Good Knowledge of standard aeronautical calculation methodologies (Bruhn, Niu, Boeing, Airbus, etc.)
    - 2 years experience on ISAMI, the standard Airbus analytical structural analysis software.
    - Knowledge of standard Office/OpenOffice programs (including macro creation in excel)
    - Good knowledge of numerical analysis software Matlab.
    - CELF (Certificat d'Etudes de Langue Française) diploma obtained in October 1993.
    - Certificate of attendance to the course "Mission analysis for space systems" held by Franco Ongaro of ESA hq at the Politecnico di Milano Department of Aerospace Engineering from May 22 to 26, 1995.
    - Author of the books “Lunar Exploration” and “Robotic Exploration of the Solar System – Part 1, 2, 3 and 4” for Springer Praxis (UK), published between 2004 and 2014.
    - Author of the articles: “Earth and Space Science Payload of the Shen Zhou Orbital Modules”, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, September/October 2004; “ESRO and the Deep Space: European Planetary Exploration Planning Before ESA”, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, June 2006; “Europe's Arrows to the Sun: Two Gravity and Solar Probe proposals from ESRO and ESA”, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, March 2008.
    - Author of several articles on aeronautics, astronautics and astronomy for Italian popular science magazines.
    - Italian mother language - Fluent French - Fluent English


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