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Boeing and SpaceX, who have been struggling to meet safety thresholds established by NASA for commercial crew vehicles, now believe their vehicles can meet those requirements as they prepare for test flights scheduled in the next several months. SpaceNews.com
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Orbital Insight, a Silicon Valley geospatial analytics company, announced the purchase Sept. 18 of FeatureX, a Boston-based artificial intelligence firm specializing in computer vision for satellite imagery. The terms of the purchase were not disclosed. SpaceNews.com
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Wilson suggested her proposal is only the opening salvo. “I expect there will be a lot of discussion about how to implement the president’s vision.” SpaceNews.com
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:14:02 +0000
Melanie Stricklan, Slingshot Aerospace: “We see a big need for SSA solutions, not just in the military but also in academia and in satellite owners and operators." SpaceNews.com
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:01:02 +0000
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson’s Space Force proposal dropped on the first day of the Air Force Association’s Air Space Cyber symposium, and it took the community by storm. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:00:33 +0000
The Air Force’s advocacy group, the Air Force Association, is taking off the gloves and pointedly voicing opposition to separating space out of the Air Force. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:12:29 +0000
Three months after its inaugural meeting, the advisory group supporting the National Space Council is working to organize itself and identify topics for study while preparing for its next full meeting. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 07:40:17 +0000
AFA: "Standing up a separate space bureaucracy amplifies the problem by driving more money to a headquarters function, not space operations. " SpaceNews.com
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 03:04:32 +0000
SpaceX announced Sept. 17 that a Japanese billionaire will be paying an undisclosed but significant sum to buy a flight of the company’s next-generation rocket for a flight around the moon carrying a group of artists. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 01:00:54 +0000
Airline customers are well aware of the financial troubles plaguing satellite-enabled inflight connectivity providers. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 23:18:08 +0000
Shotwell: “Failure is bad. But failure while you’re trying and you’re testing is not terrible. You’re learning from it.” SpaceNews.com
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:25:27 +0000
Ten years after then-U.S. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne called for maximizing use of secondary payload adapters to launch small satellites on large rockets, the Air Force, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working together to make that happen. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:16:24 +0000
As the military sometimes must operate in contested environments, they will need more resilient communications system to overcome any intentional interference. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:39:33 +0000
Satellite operators Yahsat of the United Arab Emirates, Brazil's Star One and Bermuda-based ABS are moving into new markets in Latin America and around the world, according to speakers at the World Satellite Business Week conference here Sept. 10. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:09:14 +0000
The launch, India’ first in five months, highlighted the United Kingdom’s desire to bolster trade with India as well as India’s desire to further commercialize production of the PLSV, a rocket often used for smallsat missions. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:16:26 +0000
Wilson: “This proposal establishes a clear mission, directly related to the strategic problem we are trying to solve." SpaceNews.com
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 07:20:04 +0000
As it completes a lunar lander scheduled for launch late this year, an Israeli company says it’s looking for opportunities to do similar future spacecraft to tap into the growing demand for lunar missions. 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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