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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:33:00 +0100
Rome -  The Nasa SAGE (Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment) observation instrument that uses the Hexapod Pointing System produced by  Thales Alenia Space on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) was launched yesterday from the Kennedy Space Center launch pad by means of the Falcon9 launcher with the Space X Dragon capsule. SAGE III is a NASA instrument produced as part of the EOS (Earth Observing System) programme to measure the components of the Earth’s atmosphere, such as pres...
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 02:00:00 +0100
Boeing [NYSE: BA] will build a 702 satellite to expand communication for mobile telephone, data and internet users throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The satellite, owned and operated by SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation and Kacific Broadband Satellites, has two distinct payloads. The JCSAT-18 payload will improve mobile and broadband services for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation customers in Asia Pacific including Far East Russia. The Kacific-1 payload for Kacific Broadband Satellites will provide h...
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:34:00 +0100
Major experiments that will look into a range of scientific disciplines from human health to atmospheric conditions on Earth are on their way to the International Space Station following liftoff at 9:39 a.m. EST aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. About 5,500 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies are packed into the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that is now in Earth orbit and headed to the station on the CRS-10 mission. SpaceX's Dragon cargo craft launched from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's...
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0100
NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission. This will allow Juno to accomplish its science goals, while avoiding the risk of a previously-planned engine firing that would have reduced the spacecraft's orbital period to 14 days. "Juno is healthy, its science instruments are fully operational, and the data and images we've received are nothing short of amazing," said Th...
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:34:00 +0100
Tomorrow, a Space-X Dragon cargo ferry will be launched to the International Space Station packed with supplies, experiments, tools and food for the six astronauts living and working high above Earth. In the unpressurised cargo hold is a new NASA sensor that will monitor our atmosphere with a helping hand from ESA. The Space Station flies 400 km above our planet at 28 800 km/h, experiencing 16 sunrises, sunsets, moonrises and moonsets every 24 hours. This orbit is lower than most satellites a...
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:31:00 +0100
A European Service Module will power NASA's Orion spacecraft beyond the Moon and back in 2018, and now work has started on a second mission, this time to carry astronauts. Set for launch as early as 2021, this will be the first mission since 1972 to take humans out of low orbit - and European hardware will provide propulsion, electrical power, water, thermal control and atmosphere for up to four crewmembers. ESA formalised the contract yesterday with Airbus at the Bremen, Germany, site whe...
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:30:00 +0100
Going to space is never routine, and Sentinel-2 mission controllers are leaving nothing to chance as they prepare for the critical days following next month's liftoff. Launched in 2015, ESA's Sentinel-2 mission is using the first of two near-identical 'colour-vision' satellites to deliver sophisticated information that is central to Europe's Copernicus programme. Now, the Sentinel-2A craft is about to be joined by its twin, Sentinel-2B, which will complete the pairing that will cover all E...
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:46:00 +0100
Today, ground control in Belgium switched off a package that had been continuously watching the Sun from the International Space Station for nine years. 'Solar' has been measuring most of the radiation emitted by our closest star across the electromagnetic spectrum. Built to run for only 18 months, it was still working until today - exceeding all expectations. Solar's observations are improving our understanding of the Sun and allowing scientists to create accurate computer models and pred...
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:20:00 +0100
An Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, has delivered the Sky Brasil-1 and Telkom-3S telecom satellites into their planned orbits. Liftoff of flight VA235 was announced at 21:39 GMT (22:39 CET, 18:39 local time) from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana for a mission lasting about 39 minutes. Sky Brasil-1, with a mass at liftoff of 6000 kg, was the first to be released about 27 minutes into the mission. The 3550 kg Telkom-3S was released about 12 minutes later. Sky Brasil-1, operat...
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0100
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ:CMTL) announced today that during its second quarter of fiscal 2017, its Santa Clara, California-based subsidiary, Comtech Xicom Technology Inc., which is part of Comtech's Commercial Solutions segment, has received a follow-on contract for more than $5.5 million from a U.S. military integrator for high-power satellite communication (SATCOM) traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTAs). This is the second installment of a multi-year program for these power ampl...
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:27:00 +0100
For the first time, scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have witnessed a massive object with the makeup of a comet being ripped apart and scattered in the atmosphere of a white dwarf, the burned-out remains of a compact star. The object has a chemical composition similar to Halley’s Comet, but it is 100,000 times more massive and has a much higher amount of water. It is also rich in the elements essential for life, including nitrogen, carbon, oxygen, and sulfur. These...
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 01:45:00 +0100
NASA has awarded a contract to Ball Aerospace for continued spacecraft operations support for the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite. The sole source contract has a maximum ordering period of five years beginning March 7, 2017. Ball's engineers designed and built the Suomi NPP satellite vehicle and its Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) instrument, integrated all five of the satellite instruments, and performed satellite-level testing and launch sup...
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 23:01:00 +0100
NASA has awarded the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership Sustainability (SNPPS) contract to Ball Aerospace of Boulder, Colorado. This is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity, cost-plus fixed-fee contract with the ability to issue task orders. The contract is a five-year effort with a minimum ordering value of $50,000 and maximum ordering value of approximately $9.5 million. Under this contract, Ball Aerospace will continue to provide sustaining engineering services to the Joint...
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:56:00 +0100
NASA has selected two proposals for the development of oxygen recovery technologies that could help astronauts breathe a little easier on deep space, long-duration missions. The agency will invest as much as $2 million and 24 months for the development of each proposal into a complete and integrated system for NASA testing. "The development of advanced life support technologies will allow NASA to establish improved capabilities for future deep space, long-duration, human exploration missions,...
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:07:00 +0100
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals are critical tools for industries requiring exact precision and high confidence. Now, Geoscience Australia, an agency of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) have entered into a collaborative research project to show how augmenting signals from multiple GNSS constellations can enhance positioning, navigation, and timing for a range of applications. This innovative research project aims to demonstrate how a second-gener...
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:23:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missiles Systems Center to provide payload integration and support services for Space Test Program Satellite 6 (STPSat-6). The multipurpose satellite will operationally demonstrate advanced communication capabilities, collect space weather data and support nuclear detonation detection in the Earth's atmosphere or in near space. STPSat-6 is ...
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0100
The race is on to build the most sensitive U.S.-based experiment designed to directly detect dark matter particles. Department of Energy officials have formally approved a key construction milestone that will propel the project toward its April 2020 goal for completion. The LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment, which will be built nearly a mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, S.D., is considered one of the best bets yet to determine whether theorized dark matter...
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The space sector has been witnessing a transition from being funded mostly by governments to being funded through a recent slew of investments by venture capital firms. Small satellites are increasingly being used for applications pertaining to satellite television, satellite navigation and satellite-based mobile communications, apart from various research related activities. In the coming years, the industry is expected to observe a higher demand for dedicated satellite launch vehicles, relativ...
Thu, 9 Feb 2017 21:00:00 +0100
Vencore, Inc. announced today that it was awarded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Systems Engineering and Technical Services (SETS) contract valued at $113 million. Under the terms of this contract (one-year base period with four one-year options), Vencore will support NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). NESDIS acquires and manages the nation's operational environmental satellites, operates NOAA 's National Centers for E...
Thu, 9 Feb 2017 21:00:00 +0100
Vencore, Inc. announced today that it was awarded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Systems Engineering and Technical Services (SETS) contract valued at $113 million. Under the terms of this contract (one-year base period with four one-year options), Vencore will support NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). NESDIS acquires and manages the nation's operational environmental satellites, operates NOAA 's National Centers for E...
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     Date Submitted:04-01-2017
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     Current job:AIT Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsOptical AIT Engineer, Assembly, Integration, Validation and Testing, Calibration, Space Instrumentation, Payloads
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    PERSONAL INFORMATION

    Nationality                          Italian

    Date of birth                       September 7th, 1988

    Gender                               Male

     

    WORK EXPERIENCE

    Dates: July 2015 – to present

    Name of employer: Leonardo Finmeccanica S.p.A. - Aerospace, Defence and Security (Altran Consultant)

    via delle Officine Galileo 1 - 50013 Campi Bisenzio (Firenze) - Italy

    http://www.leonardocompany.com/

    Division: Airborne & Space Systems

    Occupation:

    AIT responsible for the MetOp-SG 3MI (Multi-viewing, Multi-channel, Multi-polarization Imager):

    - Assembly, integration and test of optical components for space Earth Observation Payloads.

    - Deep involvement in the 3MI phase B2/C/D, with expertise in the integration, alignment and characterization of optical flight components and OGSE in clean room environment ISO 5 (class 100) and/or ISO 8 (class 100000).

    - Execution and leading of optical integration and test activities for the 3MI Elegant Bread-Board (EBB), with definition of optical test plan/procedures and test report redaction.

    - Preparation and implementation of standard AIT review boards such as TRR and TRB.

    - Knowledge of European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS).

    - Supervision of AIT-related hardware procurement (e.g. test facilities, instrumentation, OGSE, TGSE, MGSE, EGSE) and requirements specifications of test-related hardware.

    - Coordination with other engineering sectors involved in the project, such as Mechanic, Thermic, Electronic and Optic departments.

    - Preparation of specifications for environmental test campaign.

    - Experience in high-power lasers handling (class 4) and security issues (certificate).

    - Support to instrument related NCRs and related investigations.

    - MATLAB code implementation for test/calibration data analysis and for electro-optical instrument simulator definition.

    3MI On-Ground Calibration Procurement Manager:

    - Experience of ESA Best Practices.

    - Data package preparation for the ITT emission on EMITS, leading participation in the proposals evaluation and in the Subcontractor selection process (pre-TEB, TEB, Negotiation meetings).

    - Subcontractor Management.

     

    Dates: March 2015

    Name of employer: CERN – Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire

    Type of business or sector: Scientific Research

    Occupation: Scientist

    I worked for a collaboration between the Florence section of the INFN and CERN on a test beam at the Geneva Super Proton Synchrotron for a R&D project named CaloCube.

     

    Dates: September 2008 – July 2009

    Name of employer: Agriturismo Ristorante "Podere Santa Rita"

    via Catavoli 199/201 - 51034 Casalguidi (Pistoia) - Italy

    Type of business or sector: Family business

    Occupation: Waiter

     

     

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    Dates: September 2011 – April 2015

    Title of qualification: Master Degree in Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics

    Title of thesis: Study of the energy resolution of an isotropic calorimeter made with crystals for detection of cosmic rays in space

    Final grade: 110 / 110

    Name and type of organization providing education and training: University of Florence - Faculty of Mathematical Physical and Natural Sciences

     

    Dates: September 2007 – June 2011

    Title of qualification: 3 years Bachelor of Science in Physics and Astrophysics

    Title of thesis: Energy calibration of G.AR.F.I.E.L.D. Microstrip Gas Chambers

    Final grade: 108 / 110

    Name and type of organization providing education and training: University of Florence - Faculty of Mathematical Physical and Natural Sciences

     

    Dates: September 2002 – July 2007

    Title of qualification: Secondary School Diploma

    Principal subjects covered: Italian literature, mathematics, physics, Latin, English, history and philosophy

    Final grade: 100 / 100 cum laude

    Name and type of organization providing education and training: Liceo Scientifico “Amedeo di Savoia Duca d’Aosta”  in Pistoia

     

     

    PERSONAL SKILLS AND COMPETENCES

    Mother tongue: Italian

    Other language(s): English (Fluent), French (Beginner)

    Social skills and competences:

    - Strong ability to build and sustain collaborative working relationships in interdisciplinary and international team.

    - Good communication skills, customer facing abilities and capability to manage complex and potentially stressful tasks.

    - Good proactivity and problem-solving attitude.

    - Self-motivated, reliable and flexible.

    Organizational skills and competences:

    - Ability to develop and link long-term objectives with day-to-day tasks both from the company's and the customer’s perspective.

    - Ability to multi-task efficiently, working simultaneously on multiple activities.

    - Good practical and analytical skills.

    - Ability to work in an autonomous, effective and cooperative manner defining and implementing solutions in line with team objectives and project deadlines.

    Computer skills and competences:

    - Excellent knowledge of the three main OS (Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux).

    - Competent with most Microsoft Office programs and some experience with HTML.

    - MATLAB and C/C++ programming languages and main use of ROOT.

    - Good experience with LaTeX.

    - FLUKA simulation software.

    - NI LabVIEW system design software.

    Driving license: A / B (motorcycle and car)

    Personal Interests:

    - Excellent predisposition for sports in general.

    - Love to travel and experience different cultures.


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