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A SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched a NASA science mission April 18 that will look for planets orbiting other stars. SpaceNews.com
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A satellite startup that today announced SoftBank, Airbus, Bill Gates and OneWeb founder Greg Wyler as investors says it has plans to field a constellation of hundreds of satellites to provide global video of the Earth, but provided few details on how it will accomplish that goal. SpaceNews.com
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Open Cosmos, a British startup planning to manufacture and operate inexpensive cubesats for customers, announced April 18 it raised $7 million in Series A funding in an investment round led by London-based BGF Ventures. SpaceNews.com
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In his last major speech as NASA’s acting administrator before retiring, Robert Lightfoot said he believes the space agency needs to do a better job assessing risks and making decisions in order to carry out its exploration plans. SpaceNews.com
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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:08:15 +0000
Boeing has decided to not challenge Lockheed Martin for the next production lot of up to 22 GPS 3 satellites. SpaceNews.com
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The House Science Committee, after some unusual last-minute drama, approved a NASA authorization bill April 17 that offers more support to the agency’s Earth science program. SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:17-08-2016
     Last Modified:17-08-2016 (04:51)
    Job information
     Current job:PhD candidate
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, , , Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsFlight dynamics, optimisation, space debris, motivated, rigorous, autonomous, curious
    CV

    Date of birth: 02-05-1988
    Nationality: Dutch


    Professional experience
    02/2014-present    Astronomical Institute of the University of Bern (AIUB)
    - Maintaining the internal space debris catalog. Requires routine orbit determination and data association.
    - Aiding the team in optimising the routine data processing.
    - Assisted in teaching the Astronomy I course. Created, distributed, and corrected students’ coursework (in German). Gave frequent question and answer sessions (both in English and German).

    04/2013-09/2013    Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
    Final Master internship in the Terrestrial and Planetary Geodesy department.
    - Precise Orbit Determination of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Odyssey and Mars Global Surveyor Spacecraft.
    - Estimation of seasonal gravity field variations by processing several years worth of data.
    - Computation of exospheric densities to improve the DTM-Mars atmosphere model.
    - Results were presented at the American Geophysical Union meeting in 2013.

    Education
    02/2014-present    Astronomical Institute of the University of Bern (AIUB/CNES/TAS)
                                  Bern, Switzerland
                                  PhD Candidate in Astronomy
    - Funded by the AIUB, CNES, and Thales Alenia Space France (TAS).
    - Performing innovative research on orbit determination and data association methods. The goal is to develop an algorithm capable of maintaining a catalog of space debris in the MEO and GEO regions in a robust and autonomous manner.

    09/2011-09/2013    Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (SUPAERO/ENSICA)
                                   Toulouse, France
    - Master of Science program in Aeronautical and Space Systems
    - Major in Space Systems Engineering.

    09/2006-07/2011    Technical University of Delft
                Delft, the Netherlands
                Bachelor of Science program in Aerospace Engineering
    - Final design project: designing a propulsion system to enable manned missions to Mars. Responsible for orbital mechanics. Worked in a team of 10 students.

    Publications
    Advances in Space Research        M. Zittersteijn, A. Vananti, T. Schildknecht, J.C. Dolado Perez, V. Martinot, Associating optical measurements of MEO and GEO objects using Population-Based Meta-Heuristic methods,     2016 (In Press).

    Proceedings of KEPASSA        M. Zittersteijn, A. Vananti, T. Schildknecht, J.C. Dolado-Perez, V.  Martinot, A study of the time complexity of an Elitist Genetic Algorithm used for associating optical observations of MEO and GEO Space Debris. Toulouse, France, 2015.

    Proceedings of 66th IAC        M. Zittersteijn, A. Vananti, T. Schildknecht, J.C. Dolado-Perez, V. Martinot, Associating optical measurements and estimating orbits of geocentric objects through population-based meta-heuristic methods. Jerusalem, Israel, 2015.

    Proceedings of 6th EUCASS        M. Zittersteijn, A. Vananti, T. Schildknecht, J.C. Dolado-Perez, V.  Martinot, A genetic algorithm to associate optical measurements and estimate orbits of geocentric objects. Krakow, Poland, 2015.


    Computer skills
    OS:                     Windows, Linux, OSX
    Languages:        Java, C++, Fortran90, Perl
    Software:            Orekit, Matlab/Simulink, GINS, CelMech, Netbeans

    Language skills
    Dutch:                 mother tongue
    English:               fluent (C2)
    French:                fluent (C1)
    German:              fluent (B2)


    Scholarships/Awards
    2011            Bourse d’excellence Descartes
    - Financial support during the MSc. program at the ISAE.
    - Awarded by the French embassy in the Netherlands and funded by Airfrance-KLM.
    - Based on academic performance during the BSc. program.


    Additional information
    - motivated, curious, rigorous, autonomous
    - Former competitive rower (participated in e.g. the Junior World Championships)
    - Leisure activities: sports (cycling, running), kite surfing, reading, guitar
    - Member of Erasmus Student Network Bern. Organising field trips and social events for Erasmus exchange students living in Bern.
    - Possess a drivers licence.


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