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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 ...
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:21-07-2016
     Last Modified:26-07-2016 (02:36)
    Job information
     Current job:Remote Sensing Scientist
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Operators, ,
     Keywordsanalysis; processing data; IDL; ENVI; MATLAB; Python; Earth Explorer 8 algorithm development; writing reports; presentations; maths; physics; astrophysics; SVD method;
    CV

    Summary

    After gaining a first-class Masters in Mathematics and Astrophysics from the University of Sheffield, I moved to the Netherlands where I worked in the European Space Agency for over a year. I worked on data analysis, data processing and algorithm development for a future Earth Observation satellite. Since leaving the agency, I have been working as a self-employed English teacher in Portugal in order to experience a new field and a new culture. I am currently teaching English over Skype in the UK and hope to re-enter remote sensing to pursue my career once again.

     

    Employment History

    Jan 2016 to present

    Self-employed English teacher, Lisbon and UK

    During my experience working as a CELTA qualified teacher, I have strengthened many skills including effective communication; decision making; strategic marketing and the management of my schedule. Throughout my experience, I have had a lot of practice delivering complex information; conducting a variety of activities and explaining matters to groups of adults with differing abilities. Freelance teaching requires excellent time management, reliability, patience, a very strong work ethic and absolute dedication.

     

    2014-2015    

    Earth Observation Trainee Scientist, The Netherlands

    The Young Graduate Traineeship is a year-long programme designed to train recent graduates in their area of expertise whilst they contribute to current missions within ESA. My project’s aim was to work on campaign airborne data obtained to verify the ability of an imaging spectrometer on the candidate satellite, FLEX (FLuorescence EXplorer). The satellite will detect sun-induced vegetation fluorescence from space. During my first few months, I learnt about several different retrieval methods used to disentangle the weak fluorescent signal from the strong reflected light and how one of these algorithms is implemented in IDL. My main focus was to change parameters within a singular vector decomposition method in order to finely tune the algorithm for each particular campaign data set by using ground data as reference. This requires excellent programming skills in IDL; an ability to deal with a large amount of data; thorough data analyses and a knowledge of the causes of discrepancies in the images. During the internship, I had the freedom to choose large parts of the research and the scientific method to be used to find and present results.


    For five weeks of my time at ESA, I visited the Forschungszentrum in Jülich, Germany, to work with scientists to exchange my knowledge of the retrieval method for their knowledge in processing and analysing data. We continued working together remotely, sharing data and knowledge, over the course of the traineeship. I also attended numerous mission advisory and update meetings of the FLEX campaign team, some of which I presented my work at.

     

    Summer 2013

    Undergraduate fluid dynamics research student, Sheffield

    I took part in a research scheme for undergraduates at my university. In my research, I simulated in MATLAB how confinement in nuclear fusion plasmas can be improved by introducing a time oscillating input power. To do this, I learnt a new programming language, developed my mathematical modelling techniques and used problem solving skills to produce very interesting results. I worked independently on the project, with guidance from my supervisor, with whom I have published the results in Physics of Plasmas (see publication below). This experience gave me real insight into an independent research environment, taught me how to organise my time in order to complete work and gave me the chance to learn a new programming language.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Education and Qualifications

     

    2009-2014           University of Sheffield - First-class Masters in Maths and Astrophysics (MMath)

     

    2007-2009           Cheadle Hulme School - A-levels in Maths, Physics and Biology (all A grade) and AS-level in Geography (B grade)

    More information:

    I achieved a first-class honours Masters degree in Maths and Astrophysics. Along with a wide variety of applied Mathematics and Statistics modules, I also completed two projects in Astrophysics. In my dissertation, I used Fortran to simulate galactic chemical evolution in order to find the limitations for life to exist. In another project, I successfully observed and calculated the mass of a star thought to be undergoing a supernova explosion relatively soon. I have studied a wide range of Physics topics and a remote sensing module on geospatial technologies, which included using ArcGIS and Erdas Imagine. During my degree, I became proficient at analysing large data sets, presenting projects, working in a group and using MATLAB, Microsoft Excel and Maple.

     

    Additional courses: Monitoring Climate From Space by ESA (online); Sensing Planet Earth – Water and Ice by Chalmers University of Technology (online); Space Systems Engineering course provided by ESA (five days); Big Data: Mathematical Modelling by Queensland University Of Technology (online).

     

     Responsibilities

    Society

    At university, I was the treasurer and regional officer of ‘SpaceSoc’ at the University of Sheffield. The committee, including myself, successfully started the society for anyone with an interest in Space. My role was to look after and advise on all economic issues and as regional officer, I lead four SEDS societies to organise events within the North west. I also took the lead in organising our branch’s two largest events; a stargazing camping trip and a national rocketry workshop for UKSEDS. During both of these events, I directed a team and produced two educational and enjoyable events.

     

    Volunteering

    I was also a STEM ambassador at university, which involves promoting science and maths careers to children by engaging them in scientific activities and showing them how this would apply to a career that they could obtain. I have also given talks to pupils on university life and what a maths degree encompasses and can offer.

     

    During the summer holidays of 2012, I volunteered at the Museum of Science and Industry in
    Manchester for three days a week. This included presenting exhibits to visitors.

    Computing Skills

    During my traineeship at ESA, I wrote a large amount of code in IDL in order to manipulate the data in various ways and I used ENVI extensively to analyse images. I am also proficient in using MATLAB; have good skills using Fortran, Linux, Python, ArcGIS, Erdas Imagine and Maple.

     

    Languages & Other Interests

    One of my major passions is experiencing different cultures and with this I have travelled to a number of countries and have attempted to learn a few languages. This includes Spanish and Portuguese for which I am currently at an elementary level. I also cycle, play tennis, go salsa dancing and I enjoy meeting up with friends regularly.

     

    Publication

    Douglas S., Mohamed M. and Kim E.-J., 2013, Physics of Plasmas 20, 114504


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