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NASA’s next administrator, Jim Bridenstine, is set to be sworn into office April 23 as the space industry breathes a sigh of relief that his extended confirmation process is finally over. SpaceNews.com
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Within the top five space contractors, from 2011 to 2017, ULA surpassed Boeing and became the top overall vendor. SpaceNews.com
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:53:32 +0000
"Other transactions authorities" allow the Air Force to go faster to prototyping. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:19:54 +0000
GEOShare, a Lockheed Martin subsidiary matching missions with orbital slots in an effort to boost satellite sales, has signed up over 150 missions and over 100 orbital locations, said Lon Levin, GEOShare president and chief executive. SpaceNews.com
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As Lockheed Martin prepares to complete assembly of the Orion spacecraft flying on the first SLS mission, the company says it’s making progress in lowering the costs of the future spacecraft, including through reuse. SpaceNews.com
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Air Force and NRO leaders emphasized their close ties at the 34th Space Symposium here and offered proof the relationship is helping them share capabilities. SpaceNews.com
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David Hartshorn, one of the satellite industry’s most vocal advocates and a prominent defender of its spectrum rights, is resigning from the Global VSAT Forum. SpaceNews.com
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Blue Origin's CEO says he expects the company’s BE-4 engine to complete qualification testing by the end of the year as the company ramps up work on its New Glenn orbital rocket. SpaceNews.com
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The number of space-related technology patent applications filed in China over the five-year period grew by 13.3 percent. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:23:51 +0000
WASHINGTON — French fleet operator Eutelsat finished a lengthy 302 million euro ($372.9 million) sale of its stake in Spanish fleet operator Hispasat after gaining long-awaited approval from Spain’s government. The divestiture was first announced last May and expected to close that year, but required approval from Spain’s Council of Ministers, which didn’t occur until […] SpaceNews.com
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The most contentious nomination process for a NASA administrator in the agency’s six-decade history came to an end April 19 when the Senate voted to confirm Jim Bridenstine. SpaceNews.com
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Harris Corp. plans to offer the U.S. Air Force an updated version of a legacy sensor for future weather satellite. SpaceNews.com
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Arianespace on April 19 announced a agreement Japan’s Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation BSAT and satellite manufacturer Space Systems Loral to launch the BSAT-4b satellite on an Ariane 5 rocket in 2020. 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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