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Fri, 24 May 2019 12:46:52 +0000
In the days since the May 3 release of the Air Force’s formal call for proposals for the National Security Space Launch Phase 2 Launch Service Procurement, new squabbles have arisen as bidders scrutinize the final solicitation for anything that might tilt the competition in a rival’s favor. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 24 May 2019 11:22:58 +0000
A former space industry executive who joined NASA to guide its revamped lunar exploration strategy has left the agency after just a month and a half. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 24 May 2019 03:49:33 +0000
The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 10:30 p.m. Eastern, and deployed the satellites into a low Earth orbit a little over an hour later. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 23 May 2019 23:01:45 +0000
The SASC bill makes the commander of Air Force Space Command also the commander of the U.S. Space Force for the first year. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 23 May 2019 22:38:44 +0000
As is often the case with procurement reforms Congress imposes on DoD, the devil is in the implementation. And lawmakers now worry that DoD may be overusing Section 804 in programs where skipping tests and reviews could be problematic. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 23 May 2019 22:38:05 +0000
Is it time for the Navy to turn over the Mobile User Objective System to the Air Force? The House Appropriations Committee is calling on the leaders of the services to consider such a move. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 23 May 2019 22:23:07 +0000
Ground stations in Ohio and Oregon mark the first two of a planned 12 stations spread out globally to enable communication with satellites, allowing operators to downlink data such as imagery and weather. The stations also enable operators to control their satellites. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 23 May 2019 18:47:56 +0000
NASA has selected Maxar Technologies to develop the first element of its lunar Gateway, the Power and Propulsion Element, for launch in late 2022. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 23 May 2019 12:39:30 +0000
A Long March 4C rocket carrying the Yaogan-33 reconnaissance satellite failed following its May 23 liftoff, Chinese state-run media confirmed. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 23 May 2019 12:13:45 +0000
The NewSpace sector is expected to grow from a $350 billion global industry in 2018 to a trillion dollar one by 2040, according to a Morgan Stanley report. Given these forecasts it is not clear how the market will expand, will there be more mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, initial coin offerings or just companies remaining private? SpaceNews.com
Thu, 23 May 2019 05:54:43 +0000
NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service is requesting nearly $17.3 million in 2020 funding for a series of initiatives to explore the potential contributions of new data partnerships, small satellites and advanced technologies. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 22 May 2019 22:43:02 +0000
Olis Robotics is working to demonstrate the application of its autonomy software for NASA, the Air Force and others space customers to support internal and external space servicing, assembly, manufacturing and operational concepts,” said Blaine Levedahl, Olis Robotics’ U.S. government programs director. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 22 May 2019 22:03:03 +0000
Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman and United Launch Alliance have filed 'motions to intervene' in the lawsuit filed by SpaceX against the U.S. government SpaceNews.com
Wed, 22 May 2019 21:40:16 +0000
With congressional funding and industry support, nuclear thermal propulsion technology is making progress for potential use on future NASA deep space missions, although how it fits into the agency’s exploration architectures remains uncertain. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 22 May 2019 21:04:29 +0000
Hawkeye 360, a company flying a constellation of small satellites to map radio frequency signals, announced a partnership May 22 with Windward, a company focused on maritime risks, to offer customers insights on the maritime environment. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 22 May 2019 20:30:41 +0000
Although NASA’s Mars Laser Communications Demonstration never flew, the project proceeded far enough to establish a price for terminals to relay data for the Mars Telecommunications Orbiter: $90 million. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 22 May 2019 20:18:29 +0000
The Canadian Space Agency — NASA’s first international partner to commit to the lunar Gateway — is considering a faster schedule for its contributions to keep pace with NASA’s accelerated plans. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 22 May 2019 19:02:04 +0000
Companies interested in developing commercial space stations and related facilities in low Earth orbit are wondering if NASA’s support for such efforts havsbeen overshadowed by the agency’s rush back to the moon. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 22 May 2019 18:00:00 +0000
SpaceX says Starlink satellites will directly receive Air Force tracking data and use that to tweak their orbits when presented with the risk of a collision. Space debris experts say the probability of a collision varies on a case-by-case basis, making automation difficult. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 22 May 2019 15:40:55 +0000
Launch vehicle startups remain focused on unique engine designs. At last count, there were 129 rocket startups, Rich Pournelle, NanoRacks senior vice president for business development, said at a recent conference. How many will survive? SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:30-11-2018
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     Current job:Astrophysicist and Operation Astronomer
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     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within 2 months
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     KeywordsAstrophysics Research Operations Data analysis Problem Solving Coding Conflict Management Communication Teamwork Leadership Initiative
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    ► EMPLOYMENT

    • European Southern Observatory (ESO Headquarters, Garching, Germany). September 2015 - present
         -> ESO Fellow. Independent researcher, Principal Investigator using the Very Large Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope. Data analysis of spectroscopic and imaging samples. Supervision of PhD students. Initiator, organizer, and invited speakers of international conferences. Member of committees (selecting people or projects). Project planning including milestones and budgeting. Publications in high-impact astronomical journals.
         -> Operations Astronomer at the ESO Very Large Telescope, Chile. Specialized in spectrographs for very high-resolution, UV/VIS/NIR coverage, multi-object spectroscopy. Responsible for scientific observations, instrument operation, data quality certification, system verification. Monitoring instrument performance and long-run health, coordinating interventions with the engineering department. Working with diverse teams (scientists, engineers, different cultures). Handling failures and contingencies; problem solving/troubleshooting.
                         
    • Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel - Department of Particle Physics & Astrophysics. Nov 2012 - Jul 2015
         -> Koshland Prize Fellow. Member of the Palomar Transient Factory wide-field all-sky survey (science & operations). Research on transient astronomy (Superluminous Supernovae) and the Interstellar Medium
     
    • University of Iceland - Center for Astrophysics & Cosmology
         -> Postdoc research on the Interstellar Medium of small distant galaxies July 2011 - July 2012
         -> PhD research on Gamma-Ray Burst (GRB) environments January 2008 - July 2011

    • ESO Santiago, Chile February - April 2009
          -> Director General Discretionary Fund visitor: project on GRB Rapid-Response Mode science
     
    • University of Leicester, UK July - September 2009
          -> Centre of Excellence for Space, Planetary and Astrophysics Research Training and Networking Education


     

    ► EDUCATION
    Italian habilitation for 2nd level Professorship July 2018
    PhD in Astrophysics - University of Iceland July 2011
    • Master in Astrophysics and Cosmology (110/110), University of Bologna December 2007
    • Trans Atlantic Science Student Exchange, U. of Calgary, Canada Sep 2005 - Jun 2006
    • Bachelor in Astronomy (105/110), University of Bologna December 2004


     
    ►  PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT/TRAINING
    • Leadership and Supervision (Coverdale OD Limited) October 2018
    • Project Management Fundamentals (Tiba Managementberatung GmbH) November 2017
    • Conflict Management (Coverdale OD Limited) September 2017
    • Presentation Skills (Mind & Vision Consulting LtD) February 2016



    ►  TRANSFERRABLE SKILLS
    • Enthusiasm. I feel enriched by working, and I can take initiative (e.g. I initiated international conferences and seminar series, or independent projects). I am also an energetic person, and a quick and eager learner.
    • Effective communication. Empathic conflict solver (e.g. I relieved tensions with peers and found mutual solutions, or I guided colleagues to ensure an healthy environment).
    • Teamwork. I have experience with both small teams and large multi-national collaborations. I found that cooperation, transparency, and sharing clear information among scientists and engineers was key for smooth operations at the VLT Observatory. I can nourish enthusiasm inside a team, but I am also proficient and comfortable in working independently.



    ►  TECHNICAL SKILLS
    • IDL
    • Matlab (intermediate)
    • UNIX shell
    • Data analysis
    • Astronomy Software
    • Telescope Operations


     

     LANGUAGES
    • Italian (fluent)
    • English (fluent)
    • German (intermediate)
    • Spanish (intermediate)
    • Icelandic (basic)

     


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