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NASA and the White House used the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing to mark the latest achievement in the development of the Orion spacecraft and reaffirm plans to use it to return humans to the moon by 2024. SpaceNews.com
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Fifty years after Apollo 11, we are in a far better position, and so much closer, to return to the moon and send humans to Mars than we ever have been in the past. There are still many technical challenges to overcome, but the biggest challenge remains the political will to do so. SpaceNews.com
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Satellite and rocket hardware provider Ruag Space signed a contract with Firefly Aerospace to provide payload adapters for its small launch vehicles. SpaceNews.com
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The Connect Bidco consortium told the British government that for at least three years it would keep Inmarsat’s core network operations center and skilled engineering resources in the country once the merger, expected to close late this year, is complete.  SpaceNews.com
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:18:10 +0000
China carried out the controlled deorbiting of its Tiangong-2 space lab into the South Pacific, the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) announced Friday. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:36:28 +0000
Kevin O’Connell, director of the Commerce Department’s Office of Space Commerce, said the repository, called the Unified Data Library, is the first step in the transfer of some space situational awareness responsibilities as requested by the White House last year.  SpaceNews.com
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:00:53 +0000
The story of the Apollo program, the many heroes in the headlines and those behind-the-scenes, the unprecedented crisis and tragedies that were overcome to fulfill a martyred President’s bold promise, is a story as compelling as any great novel or Greek myth. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 01:26:17 +0000
NASA has decided to extend the lifetimes of all eight astrophysics missions up for review, from large space telescopes to an instrument on the International Space Station. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 23:17:32 +0000
The U.K. will invest $34 million in small satellites, will increase support for the Combined Space Operations Center. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 17:00:44 +0000
History is now repeating itself. President Trump has declared he wants to send astronauts to the moon by 2024 and then Mars by 2033. But, in other words, NASA is saying to Trump the same thing it said to Bush: “You can’t do your program until you do my program.” SpaceNews.com
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:49:15 +0000
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Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:39:00 +0000
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Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:00:47 +0000
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Thu, 18 Jul 2019 12:00:22 +0000
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first humans to walk on the moon, you might notice we aren’t celebrating it on the moon. Why? SpaceNews.com
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 02:44:31 +0000
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told a Senate committee July 17 that a cost estimate for landing humans on the moon by 2024 likely won’t be ready until the administration submits a budget request next February. SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:28-01-2019
     Last Modified:28-01-2019 (01:54)
    Job information
     Current job:PhD Researcher
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsElectronics Engineer
    CV

    Current address: Leicester, U.K.

    Nationality: Irish

    Summary

    Returning to higher education has expanded my knowledge across multiple disciplines but my focus has remained on electronics and electrical systems. I am a motivated, self-driven individual with a comprehensive understanding of the space environment, digital and analogue circuit design, embedded systems, RF propagation, software development and customer service. I am a leader by nature but also a team player as my previous projects showed that I work well with colleagues and senior managers. I am currently looking for an exciting space industry position in avionics or systems engineering.

     

    Professional Highlights

    Designed, produced and implemented the avionics for team PIOneERS which launched on the ESA backed sub-orbital rocket REXUS 24 in March 2018

    Designed, manufactured and demonstrated an electromagnetic docking system implemented on the ‘Autonomous Assembly of a Reconfigurable Space Telescope' (AAReST) satellite due for launch in 2019

    Developed a highly effective smartphone application for an insurance firm giving customers the ability to report incidents efficiently whilst still on-scene

    Planned, deployed and operated a semi-autonomous satellite ground-station on a Cape Verdean island which yielded UHF ionospheric scintillation statistics and is still in use for other novel space related projects

     

    Education

    Ph.D. : Space environment and radio engineering, 2019

    University of Birmingham - U.K.

    Characterisation of the wideband UHF ionospheric RF channel

    Satellite communications have become an integral and invaluable part of modern society. With limited bandwidth available in the electromagnetic spectrum, it is imperative that we use what is available to its maximum utility

    As part of the Space Environment and Radio Engineering (SERENE) group, experimental techniques were implemented to evaluate the time-varying nature of ionospheric disturbances

    Required skills span across physics, computing and engineering to model, measure and predict for digital modems of the future

    Bespoke software modelling and analysis techniques were used to quantify and predict the occurrence of such scintillation

    An opportunity arose to develop hardware for a sub-orbital spaceflight backed by ESA which launched in March 2018 on REXUS 24. Details at: http://uobserene.com/category/pioneers/

    M.Sc. : Space Engineering - Merit, 2015

    University of Surrey - U.K.

    The Surrey Space Centre (SSC) has been manufacturing satellites for over 30 years. Therefore, this MSc took full advantage of the excellent opportunities involving real satellite missions 

    A highly technical multi-disciplinary engineering degree incorporating all aspects of space missions from initial concept to hardware design, avionics, launch, propulsion, manufacturing and testing, to in orbit operations and communications

    Final project: design and fabrication of an innovative electromagnetic docking system. This included the control PCB and associated electronics for wireless operation before validating its functionality on a purpose built air-bearing testbed. Awarded a distinction for the project. The spacecraft is anticipated to be launched into low earth orbit in 2019

    Bachelor of Engineering : Electronics & Software – 2.1, 2005

    University of Ulster - Northern Ireland

    Digital and analogue circuit theory, microcontroller operation and software engineering

    Final year project: developed software using C/C++ to interface GPS and GSM modules which evaluated local electromagnetic radiation levels and mapped the results. Awarded a distinction for the project

     

    Employment

    Project Demonstrator

    April 2016 to present (ad hoc)

    University of Birmingham - Birmingham, U.K.

    Showcase current research equipment/concepts to prospective students

    Answer academic questions while conveying the message of a great student work/life balance

    Installation Engineer
    March 2011 to August 2014

    Perth Services - Perth, Australia

    Installation of satellite TV systems for domestic and commercial properties

    Diagnostic and repair/upgrade of existing satellite TV systems

    Telephone/fibre and data cabling through patch boards

    Full responsibility for liaising with the client, quotations, completion of the project within schedule, up-selling and invoicing

    Technical Lead
    March 2006 to May 2010

    Automatic Amusements - Dublin, Ireland

    Bench diagnostics, troubleshooting, schematic interpretation and repair of custom embedded systems

    Soldering and SMT rework to IPC-A-610 specifications

    Technical documentation and record keeping

    Technical support, store-room management and inventory control

     

    Publications

    McKenna E, Angling M.J., Subash J, G. Minelli, J. Newman, P.A. Bernhardt (2018) 'On the use of a CubeSats UHF modulated beacon for characterisation of small-scale ionospheric disturbances'. 15th European Space Weather Week 5-9 November, Leuven, Belgium.

    McKenna E. (2018) 'Ionospheric scintillation characterisation at UHF'. 2018 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium 13-14 October, Milton Keynes, U.K.

     

    Technical Skills

    Skills

     

    Experience

     

    Total Years

     

    Last Used

    Windows, Unix, Linux, Mac OSX

     

    Expert

     

    20

     

    Current

    Manual soldering

     

    Highly proficient

     

    15

     

    Current

    MATLAB

     

    Highly proficient

     

    5

     

    Current

    Python

     

    Proficient

     

    2

     

    Current

    C/C++

     

    Proficient

     

    5

     

    2018

    Eagle PCB Design

     

    Proficient

     

    3

     

    2018

    Java

     

    Proficient

     

    1

     

    2017

    Swift

     

    Intermediate

     

    1

     

    2017

     

    Additional

    European Space Agency (ESA) certificate in manual soldering

    Active member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

    Ofcom Amateur radio licence holder


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