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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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    Personal Profile

    I am an Aerospace Engineering graduate with special focus on space aspects. I have also done an MSc in Space Technology and Planetary Exploration at Surrey University. I am confident using computers and can quickly learn new programs. I have some experience in the use of various 3D design tools involving both CAD and CAM and image manipulation software, which I am constantly developing as I use these skills for the design of small models and projects. I am very comfortable with Microsoft Office. I also have good practical skills such as soldering, I am confident using manufacturing equipment such as lathes, bandsaws, mills and hand tools. Being an avid model maker, I can work accurately on small scales.

    Recently I was also a key member in a group looking to design, construct and then operate a CubeSat in Lunar orbit. Over the course of a year I went from a member of the group to leading the weekly meetings and, as I was the only one in the group with knowledge of space mission and satellite design, practically designing the whole mission and satellite myself. My first language is English; I do not speak another language fluently but am willing to learn in my own time if necessary. I hold a full UK driving Licence.

     

    Education

    MSc Space Technology and Planetary Exploration:

    Merit

                Surrey University, Guildford. Sept 2011-Sept 2012

                Modules in:

                Spacecraft systems design                                           

                Space Robotics                                                           

                Antennas and Propagation                                           

                Spacecraft Dynamics and Control                                 

                Advanced Guidance, Navigation and Control                 

                Launch Vehicles and Propulsion                                               

                Satellite Remote Sensing                                              

                Space Missions                                                            

    Individual project

    My individual project was to analyse a design concept for a Mars aerobot then develop a scale version to show that flight would be possible on Mars. By the end of the project I had developed a CAD model, which I used for both the design and for simulations, and a remote controlled aircraft which represented the Mars concept. During the project I improved upon my CAD and solid modelling skills.

    BEng Aerospace Engineering with Astronautics and Space Technology:

    Lower Second Class

    Kingston University London. London. Sept 2007-July 2010

    Modules in:

    Introduction to Astronautics, where I achieved the highest grade in the year and received the Vega Space Systems Award. This module involved all the basics for astronautics including orbital mechanics, comms, re-entry and thermal protection systems.

    Space Vehicle Design 1 and Space Vehicle design 2, which involved further development on introduction to astronautics topics and work on launch systems.

    2 years with courses on Aerodynamics and Propulsion.

    Engineering Computing

    Aerospace Structures and Dynamics

    Individual Project

    My individual project was to design, construct and launch a level 3 UKRA certified high-powered rocket. Skills developed include time management, planning, resourcing components, material testing, predictions for how physical objects react to external forces and report writing skills. By the end of the project I had designed my rocket however supplier issues meant that I have not yet built it although I do wish to do so in the near future.

    The group project was to design and construct a level 1 UKRA certified rocket and use it to launch a scientific payload that was also designed & built by the group. My role was to design and construct the rocket as it allowed for an overlap with my individual project. Working on this project improved my team working skills as well as my small group skills. The rocket was built however, time constraints meant that it could not be launched.

    Foundation degree

    Kingston University London. Kingston 2006-2007

    A Levels

    Northgate High School and Sixth form. Ipswich.  2004-2006

    Electronics, Physics, Mathematics (AS), General studies & Design and Technology

    GCSE’s

                Northgate High School and Sixth Form. Ipswich 2000-2004

    Experience

    Co-Founder nPAE Precision Astro Engineering

    I am currently starting up a small business designing and manufacturing optical accessories for telescopes. To date we have produced our first full aluminium prototype which involved me designing the accessory in CAD, making several plastic prototypes using my 3D printer which I used to refine the design, then producing engineering drawings, liaising with several manufacturers and suppliers to get a prototype built and the off the shelf components delivered and finally performing quality control checks on all the parts. Having made our first fully realised and working prototype we took it to several stargazing events to get feedback from our target audience. Following this feedback I am currently in the process of designing an expanded range which consists of 3 variations of the original made from a wider range of materials and manufacturing methods.

     

    Sales Team Leader. Maplin Electronics LTD

    My role as a sales team leader at Maplin electronics was to; serve customers, to help customers with any enquiries, re-stock shelves, answer technical questions on the wide range of products sold, give advice on the best methods of solving any problems that a customer might have, to manage the other staff on the shop floor and to open and close the shop. These latter responsibilities are where I try my best to keep my analytical and problem solving skill sharp. In my time working at Maplin I have helped people to design electric bikes, size battery and solar power systems for boats and houses in other countries. I have helped with the preliminary design of several final year projects in all fields from Art to aerospace. I have repaired computers that should not have been repairable. In short I did my best to put my skills and knowledge to the test on a day to day basis so that I remained sharp.

     

    Assistant. Cambridge Optical sciences. Ipswich

    In this 4-week placement I was tasked with the designing and building of a prototype surveillance robot. At the end of the placement I had to give a presentation on the project and what I had achieved in the time provided. By the end of the placement a functional prototype had been constructed and a second was nearly completed. The skills I took from this placement were working to very tight deadlines, short presentation skills and quickly working through design problems.

     

    Hobbies/interests

    Amateur astronomy and astro-photography. As often as I can I use my personal telescope and SLR camera to image deep sky objects and planets. This involves stacking multiple images using specialist software in order to obtain a clear, well-defined image.

    Photography.

    Prop making. I enjoy making props for science fiction costumes such as Bluetooth versions of the star trek communicators and a few larger items such a half scale Stargate that I designed and built for a friends Cub camp. Design work such as this is something I enjoy greatly and have come up with several ideas that I am in the process of developing. I am currently in the process of researching possible construction methods for starting a small model design and construction business to be able to expand my love of design work and prop making.

    I am a very avid science fiction fan and enjoy going to conventions and other events. This also provides me with the opportunity to demonstrate my engineering abilities and imagination, and to obtain new ideas for small projects.

     

    Referees

                Academic:

    Dr Chris Welch,

    Director Master Programs

    International Space University

    1 rue Jean-Dominique Cassini

    67400 Illkirch-Graffenstaden

    France

    E-mail: welch(at)isu.isunet.edu

     

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