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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
ESO's fleet of telescopes in Chile have detected the first visible counterpart to a gravitational wave source. These historic observations suggest that this unique object is the result of the merger of two neutron stars. The cataclysmic aftermaths of this kind of merger - long-predicted events called kilonovae - disperse heavy elements such as gold and platinum throughout the Universe. This discovery, published in several papers in the journal Nature and elsewhere, also provides the strongest ev...
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra. Shortly after 8:41 a.m. EDT on Aug. 17, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope picked up a pulse of high-energy light from a powerful explosion, which was immediately reported to astronomers around the globe as a short gamma-ray burst. The scientists at the National S...
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on Oct. 15 at 3:28 a.m. EDT. Designated NROL-52, the mission is in support of national security. "Today's launch is a testament to the tireless dedication of the ULA team, demonstrating why ULA continues to serve as our nation's most dependable and successful launch provider," said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch. "Af...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:05:00 +0100
The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel-5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The 820 kg satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST) today. The first stage separated 2 min 16 sec after liftoff, followed by the fairing and second stage at 3 min 3 sec and 5 min 19 sec, respectively. The upper stage then fired twice, delivering Sentinel-5P to its final orbit 79 min after liftoff. ...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:55:00 +0100
The first full-scale model of the rocket motor that will propel Ariane 6 and Vega-C into orbit has been cast and filled with inert propellant for testing at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. The P120C is the largest solid-propellant rocket motor ever built in one segment. Each P120C will hold over 140 tonnes of propellant in a carbon fibre casing almost 11.5 m long and about 3.4 m in diameter. It is derived from Vega's current first stage motor, the P80, which holds 88 tonnes of propell...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
There's no map showing all the billions of exoplanets hiding in our galaxy -- they're so distant and faint compared to their stars, it's hard to find them. Now, astronomers hunting for new worlds have established a possible signpost for giant exoplanets. A new study finds that giant exoplanets that orbit far from their stars are more likely to be found around young stars that have a disk of dust and debris than those without disks. The study, published in The Astronomical Journal, focused on ...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Our 4th Space Resiliency Summit is designed as an educational and training ''Town Hall'' forum, where thought leaders and key policy-makers across military services, defense agencies, and civilian organizations can come together for actionable discussions and debate. This year's summit will focus on technology and innovation needed to defend critical space assets against increasing and new threats. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference 2017 Summit Topics to Includ...
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:50:00 +0100
EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS) announced today that the EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite was successfully launched on October 11 at 6:53 PM EDT on a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. EchoStar 105/SES-11, a dual-mission satellite for EchoStar and SES, is a hybrid Ku and C-band communications satellite that provides EchoStar with 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz, marketed as EchoStar 105, and SES with a C-band payload of 24 transponders, marketed under the name S...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0100
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was recently selected by DigitalGlobe, Inc. as the next-generation WorldView Legion satellite imaging constellation payload provider. Under the contract, Raytheon will deliver the telescopes, detectors and combined electronics to Space Systems Loral, the WorldView Legion space vehicle integrator. Raytheon's new payload doubles DigitalGlobe's capacity to capture multispectral and 30 cm imagery, while tripling to quadrupling the company's capacity to image high-dema...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:32:00 +0100
Mission controllers completed a critical final rehearsal today, confirming that everything and everyone on ground are ready to take over control of Sentinel-5P in the harsh environment of space. A 'team of teams' working at ESA's control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, today conducted a final rehearsal for this week's launch of Sentinel-5P. They were joined by engineers working at ground stations on three continents and by teams responsible for the launcher and its payload in Plesetsk, Russ...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0100
Ushering in a new era of advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, the U.S. Air Force declared the first Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-built GPS III satellite "Available for Launch." The Air Force's "AFL" declaration is the final acceptance of Lockheed Martin's first GPS III Space Vehicle (GPS III SV01) prior to its expected 2018 launch. GPS III SV01 will bring new capabilities to U.S. and allied military forces, and a new civil signal that will improve future connectivity worldwide ...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 16:30:00 +0100
With four days to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The rocket will be fuelled two days before launch, set for Friday at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). The Sentinel-5P satellite has been at the cosmodrome since early September going through a series of tests and being readied for the big day. After being sealed from view in the rocket fairing last week, it was rolled out to the launch pad on Saturday. "This point in any...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0100
L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide Hawkeye(tm) III Lite VSAT satellite communications terminals and on-site training to the U.S. Air National Guard's Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC) teams. These terminals will facilitate direct communication from remote locations in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Additionally, these Army Strategic Command (ARSTRAT)-certified terminals will enable access to the Wideband Global SATCO...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:03:00 +0100
The third batch of Iridium(r) NEXT satellites built by Thales Alenia Space has been successfully launched by SpaceX from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. After the perfect commissioning of the first 20 satellites launched in January and June, thirteen of which are now interconnected and operating in full compatibility with the initial Block One Constellation, with seven being maneuvered to an adjacent plane, this new milestone allows to continue the fantastic Iridium(r) NEXT adventure. ...
Thu, 5 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Astronomers have identified a bumper crop of dual supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. This discovery could help astronomers better understand how giant black holes grow and how they may produce the strongest gravitational wave signals in the Universe. The new evidence reveals five pairs of supermassive black holes, each containing millions of times the mass of the Sun. These black hole couples formed when two galaxies collided and merged with each other, forcing their superma...
Wed, 4 Oct 2017 14:30:00 +0100
As preparations for the launch of Sentinel-5P continue on track, the team at Russia's Plesetsk site has bid farewell to the satellite as it was sealed from view in the Rockot fairing. Liftoff is set for 13 October at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). Since its arrival at the launch site at the beginning of September, Sentinel-5P has been through a series of stringent tests to confirm there was no damage during the flight from the UK. These tests have made sure that everything is in good working orde...
Wed, 4 Oct 2017 01:00:00 +0100
Though an emerging market, the global nanosatellite market is highly competitive, with major players competing against each other to make a mark in the global market. The companies are adopting both organic and inorganic market strategies such as business expansions, partnerships, agreements, collaborations, product launches, and acquisitions, among others, to strengthen their position in the market. The high growth of the nanosatellite market is unprecedented for the satellite industry and will...
Tue, 3 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0100
After years of development, Lockheed Martin completed the first flight build of its new Multi-mission Modular (MM) Solar Array. This new flexible array advances Lockheed Martin's significant heritage flying flexible arrays on such programs as the International Space Station and a constellation for the U.S. Air Force. The new design is a major component of Lockheed Martin's multi-year modernization of its LM 2100 satellite bus, which is part of its newly-enhanced family of buses. The MM Array ...
Tue, 3 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope now is planning to launch between March and June 2019 from French Guiana, following a schedule assessment of the remaining integration and test activities. Previously Webb was targeted to launch in October 2018. "The change in launch timing is not indicative of hardware or technical performance concerns," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate at Headquarters in Washington. "Rather, the integration of the various...
Mon, 2 Oct 2017 21:01:00 +0100
Spaceflight, the leading satellite rideshare and mission management provider, today announced it was awarded its first NASA Kennedy Space Center Contract (KSC) for launch and integration services. The multi-year contract covers launch services in 2018 for a maximum of 24 payloads, with options to provide launch services for up to 24 additional payloads in 2019 and 2020. The potential total contract value is more than $5 million. U-Class payloads are miniature space research satellites that ty...
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     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, , , Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsProject Management, Programme Management, Portfolio Management, Engineering, Operations, Manufacturing, Space, Consultant, Consulting, Interim, Change Management, Building Teams, Delivery, Best Practice, Chartered, APM, RPP, Project Professional
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    Andrew is a Project Manager and Consultant with space and high-tech manufacturing experience spanning 15 years, and has delivered over 100 projects; from project, programme and portfolio-management roles. He is a Registered Project Professional, Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Directors.



    Experience


    Programme Director, AM Project Dynamics, Oxfordshire, UK

    Founded by Andrew in 2015, AM Project Dynamics supports European space, high-tech and high-value manufacturing industry; helping business leaders turn strategy into delivery.


    MetOp SG Consulting and Interim Programme Management 2015-present

    Thomas Keating Ltd has almost unique expertise and track record in terahertz physics and instrument making, and in 2015 won MetOp SG projects for the ICI and MWS instruments worth €10million. Customers: Airbus UK, Airbus CASA.

    Responsibility

    o  Build a space-dedicated business able to deliver the MetOp SG programme

    o  Interim programme management of contracts worth €10million.

    Key Achievements

    o  Built TK Space - a project-team capable of delivering multiple, complex ESA projects

    o  Set up tools and processes: CADM software, risk management, project reporting etc.

    o  Contract renegotiation - restructuring the industrial team to minimise risk

    o  Took the programme from a skeleton pre-KO team to successful PDR.


    High-Throughput Satellite Programme 2016

    o  Consultant to a major high-throughput satellite programme

    o  Feasibility, bid-stage support and delivery planning.


    Other Activities 2015-present

    o  Supporting Space SMEs with PPM/ERP, CADM software implementation

    o  Mentoring and development support for project and operations professionals.



    EnerSys ABSL Space, Oxfordshire, UK

    ABSL Space designs, builds and tests hardware for the international space industry. Acquired by EnerSys (“Global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications”) in 2011.


    Business Manager 2012-2015

    A 2.5-year general management assignment to turn around a challenged business and project portfolio. Reporting directly into the Zurich-based Vice President Aerospace & Defense, before moving under the Vice President for Advanced Systems in California.

    Responsibility

    o  Delivery of a £10million project portfolio


    o  Full P&L accountability for the business

    o  Line management of 50+ personnel, including: finance, human resources, operations, engineering, quality, procurement, programme management.

    Key Achievements

    Designed and executed a 2-year business improvement plan, which:

    o  Restructured the project portfolio

    o  Turned a loss-making situation to healthy profitability

    o  Increased year-on-year sales, growing core business by 25%

    o  Created a solid foundation for future growth.


    Head of Project Management 2010-2012

    Responsibility

    o  Providing governance for a rolling portfolio of up to 30 live contracts across 5 product groups (deployable space structures, imaging/landing LIDAR, lithium-ion batteries for spacecraft, microwave and infra-red calibration loads for satellite mounted radiometers)

    o  Line management to the project management teams

    o  Continuous improvement of project management within the organisation.

    Key Achievements

    o  Improved project governance, implementing processes based around the APM and ECSS (European Cooperation for Space Standardization) project management methodologies and using the Microsoft Project Server project portfolio management (PPM) system.

    o  Built a strong team of project- and programme-managers including succession planning

    o  Improved tools and processes with a new ERP system implementation, business-wide risk management system, resource management process, milestone tracking, standardisation of tools and templates, project management team intranet portal, work package management system.


    Project Manager 2008-2010

    Responsibility

    o  Managing £1million+ space hardware projects across 3 product groups (lithium-ion batteries, microwave and infra-red calibration loads).

    Key Achievements

    Building and leading international industrial-academic teams through the full project life cycle from pre-bid to delivery:

    o  EarthCARE Multispectral Imager (MSI) black bodies for Surrey Satellites (SSTL)

    o  Low Mass Calibration Load (LMCL) for European Space Agency (ESA)

    o  Microwave Radiometer (MWR) black bodies for Airbus Spain


    o  Swarm batteries for Airbus Germany.


    Project Engineering Lead 2006-2008

    Responsibility

    o  Technical Manager for some of ABSL’s largest spacecraft battery projects


    o  Responsible for the performance of the delivered product (a mission critical system) and all engineering from development of concept through manufacture, test and delivery. Included thermal, mechanical and EEE (electrical, electronic and electromechanical) design and analysis.

    Key Achievements

    This hardware is now operating in low Earth orbit, solar orbit and around the Moon (LCROSS is buried deep inside a lunar crater):

    o  Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) for NASA Goddard

    o  Lunar Crater Observation & Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) for Northrop / NASA Ames

    o  Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) for NASA Goddard


    o  24AH for Swales / US DoD

    o  Gravity Field and Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) for Airbus / ESA

    o  TanDem-X for Airbus / ESA.

    Attended the launch of the LRO/LCROSS mission from the Kennedy Space Centre as a guest of NASA Goddard.



    TRW Aeronautical Systems, Merseyside, UK

    After changing ownership in 2001 this lean manufacturing site continued to streamline its operations and processes, fast-tracking a small number of graduates into leadership positions.


    Deputy Operations Manager & Logistics Team Leader 2001-2002

    Responsibility

    o  Deputy Operations Manager of a lean manufacturing module with 60 personnel and £12million annual sales


    o  Cost, quality and delivery performance of the manufacturing module and its key suppliers

    o  Line management of a seven-person team.

    Key Achievements

    o  Ran a supplier development programme, improving cost, quality and delivery performance

    o  Led lean improvement projects to reduce lead times by 20% and inventory by 36% in under 12 months, achieving £300k savings.



    Lucas Aerospace, Merseyside, UK

    A third-tier manufacturer for the aerospace industry, the site supplied direct line feed wing-sets for Airbus assembly lines as well as helicopter spares for the UK government.


    Continuous Improvement Team 2000-2001

    Responsibility

    o  Intensively trained then deployed as an internal lean manufacturing consultant, I worked with business leaders and teams to improve the flow of materials and information.

    Key Achievements

    o  Implemented and led an effective program of mini, team-based, root cause analysis projects, which achieved £200k scrap savings and 54% reduction in quality costs


    o  Supported design and realisation of £1.7million lean production cell for Airbus A380

    o  Project managed a new Kanban system, working with suppliers to achieve direct line feed.



    BNFL Instruments, Sellafield Nuclear Site, Cumbria, UK

    A wholly owned subsidiary of British Nuclear Fuels plc., providing instrumentation and services for the measurement of nuclear materials.

    Systems Engineer (gap-year placement) 1997-1998

    o  Developed software and electronics as part of a small team delivering radiation counting and classification systems to the nuclear industry.



    Education, Qualification and Professional Membership

    Association for Project Management (APM)

    - Registered Project Professional (RPP)

    University College London (UCL)

    - APM / IPMA Certified Project Manager (MAPM)

    Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)

    - Chartered Engineer (CEng MIET)

    Institute of Directors (IoD)

    - Full Member (MIoD)

    Cranfield University 2003-2005

    - Astronautics and Space Engineering (MSc)

    University of Liverpool 1995-1999

    - 1st Class Honours and ‘IMechE Best in Institution’


    - Engineering Science & Industrial Management (BEng)



    Selected Professional Development Courses

    Transition from Bid to Project (APM), Team Leader, Team Facilitator, 6-Sigma/ATQ, Total Quality Management (TQM), Lean Manufacturing, Commercial Awareness for Project Managers, Effective Meeting Skills, Managing Project Risk (APM), Stress Management, Managing Safely (IOSH), ISO9001 Appreciation and Interpretation (LRQA), Advanced MS Project, Professional Ethics, ITAR Awareness, MS Project Server, Export Control Reform, Managing Performance (ACAS), Finance for Non-Financial Managers (Hemsley Frazer & Open University).



    Other Interests

    My love for adventure has taken me to 6,300m in the high-Himalayas and on a 1,500km race across Australia’s Simpson Desert. Closer to home, I’ve competed in half- and full-marathons and numerous adventure-races. I’m currently enjoying snowboarding, mountain biking and yoga.

     


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