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Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:03:25 +0000
Leaps in capabilities of commercial constellations of small Earth-observation satellites and the decreasing cost of their services were at the center of a debate about the future of publicly funded Earth-observation missions after Spire CEO Peter Platzer introduced the company’s ambition to become “the Amazon” of space. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:06:23 +0000
While everybody is rightly celebrating recent successes in commercial space, some long-term trends are just beginning. It is still early days, and significant growth and new opportunities are just around the corner. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:36:09 +0000
It’s no secret the megaconstellations will have a dramatic impact on space traffic. Experts now are turning their attention to ensuring they don’t also create a dangerous spike in orbital debris. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:00:52 +0000
Space Tango, a Kentucky startup that develops microgravity research platforms, announced plans Nov. 15 to launch in the mid-2020s an autonomous in-orbit manufacturing facility. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:36:34 +0000
With NASA committed to a human return to the moon, Mars exploration advocates say those lunar missions can be useful to achieve their long-term goals, if designed properly. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:15:39 +0000
WASHINGTON — Air Force buyers of space systems are cutting red tape and removing layers of oversight to expedite programs, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Stephen Wilson said on Wednesday. Wilson said the reorganization of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and the establishment of a rapid procurement office […] SpaceNews.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 21:12:03 +0000
Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) wrote to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai saying the agency “must consider whether sufficient spectrum will remain available to accommodate today's C-band services,” among other issues. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:00:40 +0000
One take-away from last week’s Global MilSatcom conference in London is that the satellite communications industry is giving government buyers more choices than they can handle. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:00:45 +0000
Space transportation startup Momentus raised $8.3 million in seed funding for its business of offering satellite operators rides from one orbit to another, the Santa, Clara, California company announced Nov. 14. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:00:22 +0000
Geospatial imagery and services provider DigitalGlobe secured a $900 million contract extension from the National Reconnaissance Office to provide commercial imagery until August 2023. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:00:17 +0000
Elections have consequences. But exactly what the new power structure in Washington means for the future of the Space Force will not be known for some time. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:31:29 +0000
The Army’s interest in small satellites has not wavered. Pentagon contractor Dynetics announced last week it has been selected to develop small satellites for the USASMDC/ARSTRAT under a program named Gunsmoke-L. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:07:08 +0000
"The end of the development of Ariane 6 and the need to increase competitiveness in the European rocket launch business compel ArianeGroup to reduce its capacity by the equivalent of 2,300 full-time jobs by 2022," the company said in a statement. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 01:36:05 +0000
Griffin said nothing has yet been decided on how the Space Development Agency should be organized. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 23:50:40 +0000
The smaller crew complement on the International Space Station created by last month’s Soyuz launch abort has not affected research activities there or plans to send new experiments on upcoming cargo missions. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:27:05 +0000
The European Space Agency expects to carry out the qualification flight of the Space Rider spaceplane in 2021 followed by multiple demonstration missions before handing over the program to industry, according to Lucia Linares, head of ESA space transportation strategy and policy. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:59:42 +0000
China unveiled a heavy-lift launch vehicle it is developing to carry a next-generation crewed spacecraft and power human spaceflight missions beyond low Earth orbit. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:49:02 +0000
The European Space Agency plans to launch an Earth observation satellite equipped with an artificially intelligent processor that would enable the spacecraft to make decisions regarding what to image and which data to send to the ground. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:00:23 +0000
Rupert Pearce, Inmarsat’s CEO, said Nov. 8 that the company is taking steps to retain customers in its largest market segment, having identified broadband for social use among crews as the missing component of Inmarsat’s maritime service offering. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:20:10 +0000
A week after the sudden firing of Roberto Battiston as the head of the Italian Space Agency, the reasons for his ouster remain unclear while a grassroots effort is underway to restore his job. SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:04-08-2017
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     Current job:Research Assistant (Post Doc)
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     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
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     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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