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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:24:00 +0100
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet completed his first spacewalk last Friday together with NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough. The duo spent five hours and 58 minutes outside the International Space Station to complete a battery upgrade to the outpost's power system. The main task was to replace nickel-hydrogen batteries that store electricity from the Station's solar panels with newer lithium-ion batteries that arrived recently aboard Japan's cargo vessel. Thomas and Shane's speed allowed them to p...
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:07:00 +0100
MCLEAN, Va. -  Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today the successful launch of its first ten Iridium NEXT satellites. The satellites were delivered into low-Earth orbit approximately one hour after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:54:39 a.m. PST. Iridium NEXT is the company’s next-generation satellite constellation, replacing and enhancing its existing network of low-Earth orbit satellites spanning the entire globe – the l...
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:37:00 +0100
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Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:30:00 +0100
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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:35:00 +0100
NASA has awarded a contract to KBRwyle Technology Solutions, LLC of Columbia, Maryland, for engineering services to support more than 20 NASA exploration missions. The Ground Systems and Missions Operations-2 contract is cost-plus-award fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, with a total maximum ordering value of $442 million. The effective ordering period begins March 1 and runs through Feb. 28, 2022. KBRwyle will support a wide range of mission operations, including concept studie...
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:52:00 +0100
This week, ESA deep-space radio dishes on two continents are listening for signals from the international Cassini spacecraft, now on its final tour of Saturn. ESA's sensitive tracking antennas at New Norcia, Western Australia, and Malargue, Argentina, are being called in to help with crucial observations during Cassini's last months in orbit, dubbed the 'Grand Finale'. The Cassini-Huygens mission is one of the most successful exploration endeavours ever. Launched in October 1997, the Ca...
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:36:00 +0100
Monster black holes sometimes lurk behind gas and dust, hiding from the gaze of most telescopes. But they give themselves away when material they feed on emits high-energy X-rays that NASA's NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) mission can detect. That's how NuSTAR recently identified two gas-enshrouded supermassive black holes, located at the centers of nearby galaxies. "These black holes are relatively close to the Milky Way, but they have remained hidden from us un...
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:15:00 +0100
Some of us may be easing ourselves gently into the New Year, but for the team readying Sentinel-2B for liftoff on 7 March it's full steam ahead. On 5 January, the satellite was shipped from ESA's site in the Netherlands - where it had been undergoing testing since June - and arrived safe and sound in French Guiana the following day. The Sentinel-2 mission is designed as two satellites working in tandem - Sentinel-2A has been in orbit since June 2015. Offering 'colour vision' for Europe'...
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:39:00 +0100
Sentinel-2B has touched down in French Guiana, bringing the second satellite for Europe’s Copernicus program closer to its early March orbiting by Arianespace on a Vega lightweight launch vehicle. Arriving at Félix Eboué Airport near Cayenne last week, Sentinel-2B was delivered by a chartered Antonov An-124 cargo jetliner. Following its unloading process, the satellite was readied for transfer by road to the Spaceport. As a follow-on to Sentinel-2A – lofted by a...
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:30:00 +0100
The U.S. Air Force's next Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), was encapsulated on Jan. 7 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, where it will launch on Jan. 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Encapsulation refers to the sealing of the satellite in a protective launch vehicle fairing-one of the last steps a satellite must undergo before launch. The SBIRS GEO Flight 3 satellite is the latest to join an orbiti...
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:45:00 +0100
Rocket Crafters, Inc. (RCI) announced today a U.S. patent was granted to co-founder, President & CTO Ronald Jones for a method for designing and fabricating flawless, high-performance, safer handling fuel grains for hybrid rocket engines using additive manufacturing technology (also known as 3D printing) which will allow the fabrication of an inherently safe and less expensive launch vehicle with only two moving parts. Jones stated that 3D printing of the rocket combustion chamber allows RCI's e...
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:05:00 +0100
Careful sleuthing through decade-old images has enabled ESA's asteroid team to decide that a newly discovered space rock poses little threat of hitting Earth any time soon. Spotting a previously unknown asteroid for the first time always raises the big question: is there a risk it will impact Earth? Yet, upon discovery, analysts often have very little to go on. The initial image from the observatory, survey team or individual backyard astronomer who spotted the rock typically gives only ba...
Mon, 9 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0100
ESO has signed an agreement with the Breakthrough Initiatives to adapt the Very Large Telescope instrumentation in Chile to conduct a search for planets in the nearby star system Alpha Centauri. Such planets could be the targets for an eventual launch of miniature space probes by the Breakthrough Starshot initiative. ESO, represented by the Director General, Tim de Zeeuw, has signed an agreement with the Breakthrough Initiatives, represented by Pete Worden, Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize ...
Mon, 9 Jan 2017 10:18:00 +0100
Interstellar forecast for a nearby star: Raining comets! NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has discovered comets plunging onto the star HD 172555, which is a youthful 23 million years old and resides 95 light-years from Earth. The exocomets — comets outside our solar system — were not directly seen around the star, but their presence was inferred by detecting gas that is likely the vaporized remnants of their icy nuclei. HD 172555 represents the third extrasolar system wher...
Fri, 6 Jan 2017 03:26:00 +0100
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that it will provide a spacecraft platform for a NASA Discovery Mission to explore the metallic asteroid 16 Psyche. SSL will work for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to support Principal Investigator Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, director of Arizona State University's (ASU) School of Earth and Space Exploration, in a mission to research the 210 km diameter asteroid, which is believed ...
Thu, 5 Jan 2017 18:16:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin has been selected to design, build and operate the spacecraft for NASA's Lucy mission. One of NASA's two new Discovery Program missions, Lucy will perform the first reconnaissance of the Jupiter Trojan asteroids orbiting the sun in tandem with the gas giant. The Lucy spacecraft will launch in 2021 to study six of these exciting worlds. The mission is led by Principal Investigator Dr. Harold Levison of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. NASA's Goddard Space ...
Thu, 5 Jan 2017 11:30:00 +0100
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Wed, 4 Jan 2017 19:38:00 +0100
NASA has selected two missions that have the potential to open new windows on one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system - a time less than 10 million years after the birth of our sun. The missions, known as Lucy and Psyche, were chosen from five finalists and will proceed to mission formulation, with the goal of launching in 2021 and 2023, respectively. "Lucy will visit a target-rich environment of Jupiter's mysterious Trojan asteroids, while Psyche will study a unique metal...
Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0100
This spectacular new image is one of the largest near-infrared high-resolution mosaics of the Orion A molecular cloud, the nearest known massive star factory, lying about 1350 light-years from Earth. It was taken using the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory in northern Chile and reveals many young stars and other objects normally buried deep inside the dusty clouds. The new image from the VISION survey (VIenna Survey In Orion) is a montage of images taken in the near...
Tue, 3 Jan 2017 22:48:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:14-12-2016
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     Current job:Product Assurance Manager
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     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems
     KeywordsAn energetic, experienced, security cleared quality professional who has carried out technical tasks on a large variety of components and projects in the aerospace, electronic and medical industries. Technically minded with good academic, IT and communic
    CV

    Summary

    An energetic, experienced, security cleared quality professional who has carried out technical tasks on a large variety of components and projects in the aerospace, electronic and medical industries. Technically minded with good academic, IT and communication skills, a quick learner and extremely versatile. Used to working within a team to meet strict deadlines and capable of dealing with customers or suppliers at all levels on a personal basis. Applies lateral thinking, enjoys a challenge, flexible, receptive to training, new ideas and change.

    Target employment

    Quality orientated role within a dynamic environment, providing opportunities for personal development.

    Key skills

    Efficient organisational capability, with a specific aptitude for working in a challenging environment and capable of working under own initiative. Proficient with all aspects of Microsoft Office. Competent in using all industry standard measuring and test equipment. Experienced in APQA (Advanced Product Quality Assurance), PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) and ISIR (Initial Sample Inspection Report). Fully understand the requirements of EN9100, ISO9001, ECSS, ISO13485 and IEC17025.

    Career to date: -

    September 2016 to present OHB System AG, Product Assurance Manager, The Netherlands

    PA responsible for the thermal vacuum testing of the Galileo satellites at ETS, Noordwijk. The entire lifecycle of a satellite is covered, from receipt to launch. Worked in French Guiana during several launch campaigns ensuring ESA and company standards are maintained. Close collaboration with the engineering team in Bremen to resolve issues in a prompt and efficient manner.

    August 2013 to September 2016 OHB System AG, Product Assurance Manager, Germany

    Working closely with international suppliers from initial review to final delivery ensuring the product meets our strict requirements whilst maintaining commercial considerations. Performed hardware inspections, both onsite and at suppliers premises for payload equipments, solar arrays and propulsion systems and liaising with various technical departments. Maintaining reporting tools to provide accurate information for the management team.

    February 2012 to August 2013 EADS Astrium, Supplier Relationship Manager, Germany

    My key role as resident was providing an immediate interface with the suppliers to enable an efficient supply chain for various products. Key responsibilities include product assurance activities, verification of datapacks, hardware inspections, non-conformity management and chairing review boards when needed. Proficient in the use of PANDORA and other software for management of data. Participated in local meetings to be proactive in improving the supply chain performance.

    January 2009 to February 2012 EADS Astrium, Stevenage, CPS Product Assurance Manager, UK

    Responsible for the product conformance of a variety of high value chemical propulsion system equipments throughout manufacturing to final customer delivery. Worked with major international customers and suppliers to ensure quality and delivery requirements are met, whilst satisfying budgetary requirements. Nominated chair for various equipment product assurance review meetings. Conducted major supplier audits throughout Europe. Provide mechanical engineering support to the procurement department. Active participant in the “Lessons Learned” programme.

    April 2008 to December 2008 MLT Research Limited, Cardiff, Quality Assurance Associate, UK

    My task was to achieve approval to ISO14001 and OHAS18001 and accomplished in October 2008. Reviewed and updated the quality manual to encompass the needs of these two standards. Initiated and chaired an environmental awareness team for improving the companies’ responsibility towards the recycling and the reduction of energy use. Responsible for final regulatory document review prior to product shipment and the subsequent record control using a global database. I was lead auditor for both internal and external audits. Instrumental in sourcing and approving an off-site storage facility for product with a value in excess of £1.5m

    October 2005 to March 2008 Enfis Limited, Swansea, Quality Manager, UK

    I joined the company to develop their quality systems as they expanded to meet the stringent requirements for ISO13485. Responsible for all aspects of the Quality Management System, with two test and measurement staff for reporting directly. Initiated an environmental awareness project, with the ultimate goal of ISO14001. Responsible for supplier approval, both UK based and international, the subsequent purchase of materiel, including proprietary items, custom designed electronics and hardware. Created an effective working relationship with key suppliers to ensure all deliveries were to our requirements, schedule and budget.

    February 2005 to October 2005 British School of Motoring, Haverfordwest, Driving Instructor

    During our family re-location to Wales, I provided professional driving instruction to learner drivers using the BSM approved system. Achieved a first time pass rate of over 75%.

    Sept 2002 to Jan 2005 Apek Quality Services Limited, Wimborne, Company Director and Head of Laboratory.

    My brief was to increase profitability and efficiency by good management and business techniques. Achieved a 7.2% increase in efficiency and reduced costs by 11%. Maintained all the in house company quality approvals. Acted as a consultant on a contract basis, providing quality system management and audit services. Created several ISO9001:2000/AS9100 compliant systems for associate companies. Refined our dimensional inspection service to meet our customers’ needs utilising the coordinate measuring machine. The specific requirements of TS157 and TS16949 being met. Secured a high value service calibration contract with the defence sector.

    1998 to 2002 Apek Design and Development, Wimborne, Quality Manager

    Responsible to the Managing Director for the overall control of the company Quality Department. Maintenance of BSi, UKAS, BVQi and other customer approvals. Developed the sub-contract CMM inspection service provided by the company to the local moulding and elastomer industry. Generated quality plans and provided an inspection service to the machine shop. Promoted to Deputy Head of Laboratory in November 1999 to oversee all technical operations in Apek Quality Services. Achieved UKAS BS EN ISO IEC 17025 accreditation for the calibration laboratory.

    1996 to 1998 Apek Quality Services, Wimborne, Senior Calibration Engineer

    Duties included the calibration and testing of mechanical and optical test and measuring equipment to National and International standards. Produced a specific test procedure for an optical alignment project. Generated work procedures for the commercial department to produce job sheets and other specific quality documents. Developed a calibration method for a 6m high equipment measuring tower, subsequently completed by our company.

    1985 to 1996 Walker AEC Ltd, Poole, Chief Inspector

    Responsible for the day to day running of a busy inspection department, responsible for a team of four inspectors. The control of calibration, supplier/customer liaison was my responsibility. The department serviced the inspection and testing needs of the workshop of 70 staff, both skilled and unskilled, on a two shift system, meeting strict customer deadlines. Verified suppliers’ documentation for adequacy prior to despatch to customers and produced ISIR’s for safety critical items.

    1984 to 1985 Hamworthy Transmissions Ltd, Poole, Goods Inwards Inspector

    Goods Inwards Inspection of sub-contract processes, proprietary items and precision machined items. Liaised with buying departments and suppliers. Undertook final view duties, screw and plain plug calibration. Completed raw casting approval. Provided assembly and service facility inspection. Used penetrant and magnetic flaw detection techniques.

    1982 to 1984 Hamworthy Hydraulics Ltd, Poole, Inspector

    Duties included final view and patrol inspection. Helped with assembly problem solving. Used the Talysurf, Talyrond, Moores and SIP measuring machine. Undertook gear profile checking and hardness testing.

    1978 to 1982 Hamworthy Engineering Ltd, Poole, Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship

    Multi-discipline broad based training in all aspects of engineering.

    1972 to 1978 Portchester Boys School, Bournemouth.

    Qualifications and Training

    July

    2016

    Solar Array Handling

    Leiden

    August

    2014

    Security Cleared

    Cardiff

    February

    2014

    First Aid at Work examination

    Stevenage

    March

    2012

    Contract Awareness Training

    Portsmouth

    February

    2010

    EN9100 Lead Auditor Training course

    Stevenage

    September

    2008

    Validation training course

    For qualifying and validating processes

    Cardiff

    July

    2008

    Integrated management systems auditing

    Encompassing ISO14001 and OHSAS18001

    Cardiff

    February

    2008

    Admitted to Chartered Quality Institute

    London

    February

    2006

    Laser Safety Training

    Legal requirements and prevention

    Swansea

    October

    2005

    Driving Instructor Examination

    Bridgend

    March

    2003

    BS EN ISO9001:2000 update

    Update to the new standard

    Bournemouth

    July

    2001

    Risk Assessment Course for the workplace

    Poole

    October

    1993

    Statistical Methods for Improving Quality

    Gloucester

    January

    1993

    Rabco Flaw Detection Techniques

    Penetrant, magnetic and x-ray methods

    Poole

    December

    1992

    Internal audit training

    Poole

    September

    1983

    to June 1984 City and Guilds 743 Quality Control

    Poole

    September

    1978

    to June 1982 HNC Mechanical Engineering

    Bournemouth

    September

    1972

    to June 1978 5 "O" Level passes and 4 "CSE" passes

    Bournemouth

    Hobbies

    I enjoy outdoor activities, including dinghy sailing and am currently developing my personal skills in paddlesport. Academically, I am working towards chartered membership of the CQI.

    Supplementary information

    Willing to travel worldwide

    Possess a valid British passport

    Security cleared in August 2014

    Prepared to work anywhere in Europe

    Capable of understanding basic French and German

    Hold a full British driving licence for car, motorcycle and commercial vehicle


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