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A discussion of China at the latest National Space Council meeting took a more nuanced view of the country than is typical in such conversations, seeing the rising space power as a competitor and adversary but also a potential partner. SpaceNews.com
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The Army would use small satellites to support tactical imagery needs in the field. SpaceNews.com
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Companies that collect data beamed down from small satellites say they expect partnerships and mergers will stem the rising number of new entrants offering ground station services in their market. SpaceNews.com
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Vice President Mike Pence and members of the National Space Council approved a series of recommendations Feb. 21 that make modest, and expected, reforms to regulations of commercial space activities. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:18:00 +0000
Just as the European masters brought forth a magical period of learning, discovery, invention, fine arts and music 500 years ago, with the advances in the science and technologies proliferating today, we expect a rejuvenation in human space activity in this dawn of the 21st century. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:04:37 +0000
For those who have been waiting for the Air Force to shake up its space investment portfolio, the budget request for 2019 was as disruptive as can be expected from the military. SpaceNews.com
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The biggest thing since sliced bread might just be a satellite the size of a slice of bread. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:23:25 +0000
NASA's vision for lunar exploration includes landing astronauts, from NASA and its partners, on the surface of the moon by the late 2020s, the agency's acting administrator said Feb. 20. SpaceNews.com
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In spite of all the safeguards, companies must continually monitor traffic on their global networks to detect attempted or successful penetration and take steps to mitigate the impact of security breaches. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:02:12 +0000
Bigelow Aerospace has established a space operations subsidiary whose first task will be to study the market for the company's commercial space stations as it grapples with competition from China and NASA. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:50:53 +0000
President Trump's 2019 NASA budget would pull the plug on astronomer's No. 1 priority for the next decade. NASA's former astrophysics chief says Congress should keep WFIRST funded. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:57:05 +0000
Vector, one of a growing number of companies developing small launch vehicles, plans to carry out its first orbital launch this summer from Alaska. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:29:05 +0000
When members of the National Space Council meet this week, they are expected to discuss, among other issues, regulatory reforms intended to promote growth of the commercial spaceflight industry. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:06:38 +0000
What exactly will replace SBIRS remains to be seen. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson suggested the new system will be “simpler” and more survivable to enemy attacks. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:44:31 +0000
Air Force leaders say changes in procurement spending are necessary for the military to ensure air and space supremacy. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:38:47 +0000
The head of the organization that manages the national laboratory portion of the International Space Station will leave next month as it deals with an uncertain long-term future for the station. SpaceNews.com
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:32:36 +0000
Telesat, with one demonstration satellite for its planned broadband satellite constellation in orbit, expects to announce plans for manufacturing the full system in the coming months as it seeks partners to help fund its development. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:45:19 +0000
NASA has certified the current version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 to launch some categories of science missions, a milestone needed for the upcoming, but delayed, launch of an astronomy spacecraft. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:38:53 +0000
Eutelsat Chief Executive Officer Rodolphe Belmer is taking a contrary view on short-term capacity leases and the explosive growth of video streaming — two disruptive video trends causing angst among satellite operators with substantial television broadcast business. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:20:41 +0000
The U.S. Air Force and Aerojet Rocketdyne are working to revise an agreement to support development of the company's AR1 rocket engine, as questions continue about the engine's long-term future. SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:04-08-2017
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     Current job:Research Assistant (Post Doc)
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:,
     KeywordsSurface Exploration, Engineering, Ultrasonics, Drilling, Penetration, Granular Materials, CAD, Manufacture, Testing
    CV

    Overview

    A proactive and focussed engineer who relishes a challenge, and is a persistent and creative problem solver. Self-motivated but also a team player, works well under pressure, and can adapt quickly and easily when faced with new projects. With a first class degree in Physics, is currently in the final stage of doctoral research focusing on the benefits of using ultrasonics for penetration devices for interplanetary landers/ rovers.


    Education

    2013 – 2017

    Ph.D. Researcher – Ultrasonic penetration tools for low gravity environments

    University of Glasgow

    High powered ultrasonic vibration has shown promise in the field of drilling and penetration. My work involved investigating how direct use of ultrasonics can impact penetration through granular material. It was shown to both decrease the required overhead mass (thereby requiring a smaller machine), as well as a decrease the required power (reducing the power consumption) over conventional penetration techniques.
    2007 - 2012

    Masters in Physics – MPhys First Class Honours

    University of St. Andrews

    Awarded Dean’s list for three years.

    Modules included: Organic and Biological Chemistry, Astronomy, and Electronics.
    2000 - 2007

    Latymer Upper School, London

    A Levels:       Physics (A), Maths (A), Chemistry (A). Distinguished results.

    AS Levels:     Design Technology (A)

    Work Experience

    2017 – Present

    Research Assistant – University of Glasgow

    Working on the BADGER drill: a Horizon 2020 project developed to provide autonomous navigation of a sub-surface drill for the construction of stable bores and pipelines. Main duties include leading the design, manufacture, and testing of the drill head for the BADGER device, as well as researching the potential use of an ultrasonic auger to reduce torque requirements.
    2013 – 2017

    Graduate Teaching Assistant – University of Glasgow

    Demonstrator for university courses: Dynamics, Materials, Aerospace Design, Engineering Skills, A5erospace Systems, Engineering Computing.
    2012 - 2013

    Researcher – Pioneer Productions

    Researched and developed the background science for new TV documentaries. Contacted and developed working relationships with experts in relevant fields for filmed interviews. Organised filming locations and managed on-site logistics. Also developed scientific demonstrations for use within programs to help illustrate specific principles.
    2011

    Internship – University of Cambridge

    Internship at the Centre of Music and Science. Developed code for musical perception experiments, as well as assisting in locating and organising volunteers for scientific trials.
    2007 - 2011

    Runner – Pioneer Productions

    Manned the front desk during working hours, directing phone calls and visitors to the necessary people. Performed IT services throughout the building. During filming, organised actors or experts and answered to the director in charge.

    Funding and Awards

    Institute of Physics Funding to attend AIAA Space 2014 conference £250
    Royal Astronomical Society Funding to attend AIAA Space 2014 conference £500
    Royal Aeronautical Society Funding to attend AIAA Space 2015 conference £500
    Royal Aeronautical Society Funding to attend ASCE Earth & Space conference 2016 £300
    Institute of Mechanical Engineers Funding to attend ASCE Earth & Space conference 2016 £1,000
    IPPW-12 Student scholarship to attend the 12th International Planetary Probe Workshop. Awarded 2nd place for Best Student Paper. £698.74
    IPPW-13 Student scholarship to attend the 13th International Planetary Probe Workshop. Awarded 1st place for Best Student Poster.

    $275

    IPPW-14 Student scholarship to attend the 14th International Planetary Probe Workshop. Awarded 3rd place for Best Student Paper. €601.08
    University of Glasgow MacRobertson scholarship – Awarded to enable two months research at the Surrey Space Centre. £1,287.27
    ESA Spin Your Thesis campaign – Funding given to four student teams to conduct research at ESA’s Large Diameter Centrifuge at the ESTEC facilities. €3,000
    EPSRC Ph.D. funding fully supported by a grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.  

    Publications

    2016

    D. Firstbrook, K. Worrall, R. Timoney, F. Suñol, Y. Gao, and P. Harkness

    “An Experimental Study of Ultrasonic Vibration and the Penetration of Granular Material”

    Proceedings of the Royal Society A. 473(2198), 1–16

    2016

    D. Firstbrook, K. Worrall, R. Timoney, P. Harkness, F. Suñol, and Y. Gao

    “Ultrasonically Assisted Penetration Through Granular Materials”

    13th International Planetary Probe Workshop, Laurel, Maryland, USA.
    2016

    D. Firstbrook, K. Worrall, P. Doherty, R. Timoney, P. Harkness, F. Suñol, and Y. Gao

    “Ultrasonic Penetration of Granular Materials in Varying Gravity”

    ASCE Earth & Space Conference 2016, Orlando, Florida, USA.
    2015

    D. Firstbrook, P. Harkness, and Y. Gao

    “Power Optimization for an Ultrasonic Penetrator in Granular Materials”

    AIAA Space 2015 Conference, Pasadena, California, USA.
    2015

    D. Firstbrook, P. Doherty, R. Timoney, P. Harkness, and F. Suñol

    “Preparations for Variable-Gravity Regolith Penetration with an Ultrasonically-Active Probe”

    12th International Planetary Probe Workshop, Cologne, Germany.
    2014

    D. Firstbrook, P. Harkness, and Y. Gao

    “High-Powered Ultrasonic Penetrators in Granular Material”

    AIAA Space 2014 Conference, San Diego, California, USA.

    Software Knowledge

    Microsoft office, SolidWorks, MATLAB, Abaqus, LaTex, Mathematica, MEScope.


     Interests and Additional Information

    Avid photographer, and have been published in both books and internet pages. Loves building things, everything from my own PC to a wooden canoe. Accomplished on the guitar and saxophone, less so on the keyboard. Player for the University Squash Team. Previously captain for a university football team. Holds full, clean U.K. driver’s license.

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