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Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The 11th annual Mobile Deployable Communications conference will take place in Warsaw, Poland on 1st and 2nd February 2018. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference Flexible and continuous connectivity, anywhere, at any time remains a key priority for major defence forces around the world. With the critical threat of cyber warfare intensifying, there is now a pressing need to ensure secure communications can be effectively operated in contested environments. The...
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:00:00 +0100
Neutrinos are abundant subatomic particles that are famous for passing through anything and everything, only very rarely interacting with matter. About 100 trillion neutrinos pass through your body every second. Now, scientists have demonstrated that the Earth stops energetic neutrinos-they do not go through everything. These high-energy neutrino interactions were seen by the IceCube detector, an array of 5,160 basketball-sized optical sensors deeply encased within a cubic kilometer of very c...
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:09:00 +0100
ESA's first Earth observation satellite was launched on 23 November 1977. When the first Meteosat satellite took its place in the sky, it completed coverage of the whole globe from geostationary orbit and laid the foundations for European and world cooperation in meteorology that continues today. Weather - and particularly extreme weather - affects everything we do. Being able to see the whole disc of Earth allows forecasters to see developing weather systems, as well as working out wind spee...
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The vault-like, 40-foot diameter, 40-ton door of Chamber A at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston was unsealed on November 18, signaling the end of cryogenic testing for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. The historic chamber's massive door opening brings to a close about 100 days of testing for Webb, a significant milestone in the telescope's journey to the launch pad. The cryogenic vacuum test began when the chamber was sealed shut on July 10, 2017. Scientists and engineers at Johnson pu...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +0100
Europe's next four Galileo navigation satellites and the Ariane 5 rocket due to lift them into orbit are being readied for their 12 December launch from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Tuesday saw Galileo satellites 19-22 declared ready for flight, along with their Ariane. Combined activities are now under way, culminating in the satellites meeting their rocket in the Final Assembly Building. The satellites were flown in pairs to French Guiana last month. Once safely unboxed i...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:26:00 +0100
A mini-rover, tools once used on the Moon and lasers for 3D mapping are in the backpack of the explorers of tomorrow. The terrain will be hazardous and it will be dark in volcanic caves, but this equipment could one day help to scout other planets. The alien-like landscapes of Lanzarote, Spain, are almost surreal but this volcanic island is helping to bring future space missions to reality. This month, an expedition with a dozen of experiments mobilised 50 people and four space agencies du...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0100
ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, announced today it has expanded its current relationship with authorized value-added reseller Satcom Direct (SD), to offer ViaSat's full suite of in-flight connectivity (IFC) systems and services to large and mid-cabin business jets. The new agreement adds ViaSat's latest Ka-band business jet service to SD's IFC portfolio, which already included ViaSat's global Ku-band IFC service. ViaSat's Ka-band service is expecte...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
We are proud to announce the third annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference will be held in Rome from the 30th-31st January 2018. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference Reconnaissance and Surveillance are key to developing clear and accurate maritime situational awareness. In order to maximise their ISR range, Navies and Maritime agencies around the globe are looking beyond the atmosphere to provide new and advanced surveillance capabil...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:47:00 +0100
The propulsion system of the light-weight Angara 1.2 Launch Vehicle Service Module, manufactured by the Khrunichev Space Center (part of ROSCOSMOS State Corporation), completed successful hot-fire testing at the Federal State Enterprise "Rocket & Space Industry Research & Test Center" (RSI RTC) test facility (Peresvet, Moscow Region). The hot-fire tests are the most important and final stage of ground based propulsion system tests prior to flight testing. During the tests, specialists from...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space. Observations from ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile and other observatories around the world show that this unique object was traveling through space for millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system. It appears to be a dark, reddish, highly-elongated rocky or high-metal-content object. The new results appear in the journal Nature on 20 November 2017. ...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:30:00 +0100
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has partnered with NASA's Johnson Space Center to successfully complete thermal vacuum testing for the James Webb Space Telescope - validating its ability to operate in the frigid space environment. The Webb telescope will be the premier space observatory of the next decade, and will study galaxy, star and planet formation in the universe. Harris' team helped safeguard the telescope in Houston during Hurricane Harvey and ensured uninterrupted testing - including ...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:31:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, contributed to the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket as it lifted off Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, carrying the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft. Orbital ATK's contributions to the Delta II include nine Graphite Epoxy Motors (GEM 40) and a large composite fairing for the rocket. This event marks the penultimate launch of the Delta II rocket. It i...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Twice as big as Earth, the super-Earth 55 Cancri e was thought to have lava flows on its surface. The planet is so close to its star, the same side of the planet always faces the star, such that the planet has permanent day and night sides. Based on a 2016 study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists speculated that lava would flow freely in lakes on the starlit side and become hardened on the face of perpetual darkness. The lava on the dayside would reflect radiation from th...
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:03:00 +0100
Today, NASA launched NOAA's next-generation polar satellite, the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, into space. Two Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) weather programs are mission-critical components of the satellite's mission: the JPSS Common Ground System and the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite sensor. Svalbard, Norway, is home to part of a global network of receiving stations that process and distribute polar satellite data to users worldwide. Photo taken at Kongsberg Satellite Services plateau, ...
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) for NASA and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 on Nov. 18 at 1:47 a.m. PST. The JPSS program provides the nation's next generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system, delivering key observations for the nation's essential projects and services, including forecasting weather in advance and assessing environmental hazards...
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian atmosphere at over 12,000 mph (5.4 kilometers per second). Preparations for this mission have provided, for the first time, dramatic video of the parachute opening at supersonic speed. The Mars 2020 mission will seek signs of ancient Martian life by investiga...
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:07:00 +0100
The U.S. Navy's Communications Satellite Program Office, PMW 146, and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) handed over full operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC). The October 11 milestone followed the successful completion of the MUOS-5 satellite's on-orbit testing and delivery of all operational products needed to "fly" the satellite. In April, the Navy, working with Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT), con...
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
As part of ESA's strategy to foster commercial competitiveness in Europe while focusing on its core aims, the agency has transferred ownership of several ground tracking stations for reuse by external organisations. By the end of 2017, ESA will have transferred three stations to national organisations in Spain and Portugal, who will take over the provision of satellite tracking services to a wide variety of commercial customers. The three stations involved in the transfer are all equipped ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:00 +0100
Boeing [NYSE:BA] won large commitments across its twin- and single-aisle commercial airplane families, debuted key capabilities including the CST-100 Starliner docking and KC-46 refueling simulators, and announced services agreements at the 2017 Dubai Airshow. "This has been a very successful show for Boeing. Our regional customers have maintained their trust in our products and technology, and our partnerships in the Middle East region continue to grow," said Bernard Dunn, President, Boeing ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
A temperate Earth-sized planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from the Solar System by a team using ESO's unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world has the designation Ross 128 b and is now the second-closest temperate planet to be detected after Proxima b. It is also the closest planet to be discovered orbiting an inactive red dwarf star, which may increase the likelihood that this planet could potentially sustain life. Ross 128 b will be a prime target for ESO's Extremely ...
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     Date Submitted:13-11-2017
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     Current job:Senior AIT engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     Keywordsopen centre, environmental, launch site, electrical, engineering, testing, pyrotechnics. EGSE,
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    Career/Skills Summary;

    I have steadily progressed to a senior position, being responsible for Integration, Environmental testing and validation of complex Spacecraft electrical. I have extensive experience and knowledge of  Power subsystem testing and use of controlling test equipment (EGSE) and associated software using Open Centre, CGS and SCOS testing environments.

    I am experienced in working within flexible AIT shift patterns needed to meet the tight and demanding Spacecraft programmes Including Environmental and Launch site activities. I also have extensive Pyro technic testing and actuation experience.

     

    Career and Achievements;

    2014 to present S5P responsible for the complete integration of all units, ISST’s , SFT’s preparation and execution , Launch vehicle adapter validation and clamp band release tests and a key member of the Launch site control room  team

    2012 to 2014 S3 FM Stirling cyclic cooler integration and set up test team

    2010-2011 GAIA PSS engineer and AVM bench responsible

    2009-2010 Belpi Colombo pyro separation tests + mechanisms support engineer

                    Responsible for the SOLO orbiter STM deployment mechanism tests

                    Responsible for the Lisa Pathfinder Launch vehicle adapter validation tests

    2004  to 2009 Aeolus PSS engineer + GPS integration

    2003- 2004 Amazonas payload Integration and test Portsmouth

    2002- 2003  Integration phase of the Beagle 2 probe and Lander.

    1998 – 2002         Astrium   Senior AIV Electrical Test Engineer

    Envisat AIT team working on the EM and FM programmes.

    Electrical integration of all the electrical subsystems, IST’S, SPT’s, specifically responsible for the electrical tasks of the solar arrays, ASAR deployment systems,. Pyro subsystem,, Flight battery conditioning/maintenance, and assisting with the clamp band release and shock test.

    I was a key member of the electrical team for the Envisat Arianne 5 launch team at Kourou.

    1997 – 1998         Matra Marconi Space AIV Electrical Test Engineer

    Supported the AIT, Build, Environmental Test & Launch Campaigns of the ST1 spacecraft.

    Responsible for electrical testing integration, IST’s, CPT’s,. Experienced in environmental testing, vibration, acoustic, thermal Vacuum etc. Other duties included being part of launch operations of the Arianne 4 launch in Kourou French Guyana.

    1997 – 1997         Matra Marconi Space Test Engineer

    Worked in the electrical test department. Electrical testing of ASR’s, EIU’s, Momentum Wheels etc. Including environmental testing, vibration, thermal vacuum etc

    1995 – 1997         Calluna Technology, Glenrothes, Fife.        Quality Technician

    Employed to set up a test department to work a 3-shift system to analyse and debug disc drives to work in the PCMCIA slot of computers. Debug to component level of a surface mount technology PCB incorporating a VC and spindle motor driver IC an internally designed ASIC various I/O devices and a central Z86C95 processor. Investigation of mechanical faults in a clean room environment.

    Implementation of new test codes, design improvements, PVT testing and installation of new improved assembly methods and processes. This also included training of two employees as quality technicians.

    1994 - 1995          Soundtracks, Glenrothes, Fife.       PCB Test Technician

    Test, fault find, repair of mixing desks, studio recording equipment/live broadcasting equipment etc, including implementation of design changes.

    1989 – 1994         British Aerospace Systems & Equipment, Plymouth                Quality Technician

    Test (incl. Environmental) to component level on weapon and aircraft systems, ship navigation and communications systems. Inspection to military standards on all electrical and electro-mechanical devices associated with equipment under Use of digital storage oscilloscopes, logic analysers, noise meters, insulation testers, torque meters, watt meters, frequency counter/timers automatic test equipment and environmental test chambers. Successfully completed a 4 year repair contract for a foreign customer. Defined repair schedules, recommended design modifications, supporting other projects during the same timeframe.

      1987 - 1989        British Aerospace, Bracknell          Test Engineer

    Test to component level on many aspects of electrical and electro-mechanical equipment, including PSU’s, computers, digital and analogue systems. Compiling customer and monthly progress reports. During my time here I progressed from tester to accepted test engineer within 3 months.

    1985 - 1987          Manpower Services, Glenrothes Technical College, Glenrothes –Student

    Industrial work placement with Rank Strand on stage lighting control systems.

    1980 - 1985          National Coal Board Kirkcaldy, Fife.         

    Apprentice Mining Electrical Engineer

    Maintenance and repair of heavy-duty 3-phase plant, switchgear, motors, transformers and conveyors. Maintenance and installation of intrinsically safe signalling and safety systems underground.

     

    PERSONAL                         British, Single, Date of birth 16th March 1964.

                                                    Clean driving Licence

     

    EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

    1989 – 1990         Plymouth Polytechnic, Plymouth, Devon.

                                    HNC Final year – Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

     

    1988 – 1989         Reading College of Technology, Reading, Berkshire

                                    HNC year 1 – Electrical & Electronic Engineering

    1985 – 1987         Glenrothes Technical College, Glenrothes, Fife.

                                    ONC in Electrical & Electronic Engineering

    1980 – 1982         Lauder Technical College, Dunfermline.

                                    Class II Mining, Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

    1976 – 1980         Glenrothes High School, Glenrothes, Fife.

                                    ‘O’ Level’s – Anatomy Physiology & Health, Arithmetic, English, Geography,

     Mathematics, Physics, Technical Drawing.

     

    OUTSIDE INTERESTS

    Building of electronic equipments in my spare time. Playing and managing local 5 and 11 aside football teams. Shore fishing, rebuilding of a series III, short wheel-base 2.25L diesel Land Rover.

     


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