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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:40:00 +0100
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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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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...
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:43:00 +0100
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Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0100
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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:05:00 +0100
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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:55:00 +0100
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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:50:00 +0100
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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:32:00 +0100
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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0100
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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
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Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:03:00 +0100
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Thu, 5 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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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...
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     Date Submitted:16-02-2017
     Last Modified:11-03-2017 (10:10)
    Job information
     Current job:Lunar Exploration Coordinator and Instrument Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:
     KeywordsExploration, technology, research, science, management, human spaceflight, international cooperation, commercial partnerships, instrumentation, programmatics
    CV

    Professional Experience                                                                      

     

    ESA-ESTEC (Contracted from HE Space Operations B.V.): March 2008 to present     

    Lunar Exploration Coordinator and Instrument Manager: Jan 2013 - present

    Lunar Lander Project Scientist and Payload Manager: March 2009 - Dec 2012

    MoonNEXT and MarsNEXT Deputy Study Scientist: March 2008 - March 2009

     

    System engineering, science, research and technology

    Defining requirements for space exploration systems and payloads

    Defining and implementing research and payload development activities

    Tracking system performance and requirements throughout the development process

    Project and programme management and strategy development

    Programme and project management support with an emphasis on lunar exploration

    Managing project recovery activities for high profile “at risk” projects

    Supporting the development of space exploration strategic planning

    Coordination and communication within the organisation and with stakeholders

    Secretary to the Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration Management Team

    Internal and external coordination of lunar exploration scientific and research activities

    Reporting to and working with ESA member state delegate and advisory bodies

    International and public-private partnerships

    Supporting the establishment and implementation of bilateral international partnerships

    Supporting inter-agency international strategic coordination

    Supporting the establishment and implementation of public-private partnerships

    Management and leadership

    Building and leading expert teams for science, research and user representation

    Scientific and payload development leadership for lunar exploration activities

    Joint leadership of international working groups

    Outreach, communication and education

    Nominated ESA media spokesperson for science and exploration missions

    Supporting communications, education and outreach activities

    Public speaking and development of multi-media communications products

     

    Space Research Centre, University of Leicester: February 2006 to March 2008         

    Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer (MIXS) instrument scientist: Feb 2006 - March 2008

    Micrometeoroid research lead: Oct 2005 - March 2008

     

    Design and development of the MIXS instrument for the Bepi Colombo mission

    Research in planetary and space science, sample analysis and x-ray physics

    Leadership for analysis of samples exposed on the International Space Station

    Research into space environment and effects for space instruments and missions

    Supporting undergraduate and post-graduate research and teaching

     

    National Space Centre, Leicester: June 2001 to Sept 2002                                               

    Space Now Coordinator

     

    Customer facing work with the general public

    Popular science article writing

    Public communication of science and technology

     

    Education and professional certifications                                      

     

    APMG

    PRINCE2 Practitioner, March 2013

    PRINCE2 project management methodology

     

    University of Leicester, UK

    PhD Microchannel Plates in Astronomy and Planetary Science (2002-2006):

    Advancing optics and detector technologies and applications in planetary remote sensing, EUV and X-ray astronomy and micro-meteoroid research.

    MPhys (Master of Physics) Physics with Space Science and Technology (1998-2002)

    A core of fundamental physics with space technology, space system design, planetary science, Earth observation, astrophysics, management, and communicating science.

     

    Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall, UK

    1996 – 1998: A-Levels in Physics (A), Chemistry (C), Mathematics (A), General Studies (A)

    1991 – 1996: 10 GCSEs at A/B level including French and German

     

    Achievements                                                                                         

     

    Some relevant achievements are listed below

    First implementation of multidisciplinary benefits in an ESA exploration project

    Establishment of the first ESA User Group for exploration

    Co-Chair of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group’s Lunar Volatiles Specific Action Team

    Lead science and payload aspects of cooperation with Russia in lunar exploration

    Lead organiser for science and exploration events and conferences

    Conceived the mission concept for ESA’s first lunar commercial partnership pilot phase 

    Lead for project recovery activities for a Mars mission payload

    Scientific and technical lead for a ice and resources prospecting payload for the Moon

    Devised and published a strategy for evaluating lunar resources

    Author and narrator of ESA’s Destination Moon Movie

    Supporting scientist for the UK National Space Academy

    Supported a Tiger Team to prepare the International Space Station utilisation proposal for ESA’s council at ministerial level 2017

    First measurement of nanoscale dust and debris in Low Earth Orbit from the International Space Station

     

    Languages                                                                                               

     

    Language

    Ability

    English

    Native

    Dutch

    Fair

    German

    Basic

    French

    Basic

     

    Computing experience                                                                         

     

    Work type

    Application or environment

    Document preparation and management

    Microsoft Office

    LateX

    ECLIPSE

    Organisation and planning

    Microsoft Office (e.g. MS Project and Visio) 

    Data handling and analysis

    MS Excel

    Fortran 90

    IDL

    Python

    C

    Specialist space mission support software

    Satellite Tool Kit – mission analysis

    MASTER – space debris environment

    SPENVIS – space radiation environment


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