Ken has, since 1976, been involved in all aspects of operational simulator development. His experience spans development of subsystem models, to project management of medium- to large-scale projects.
In 1994 he founded Headway Consultancy Ltd to provide consultancy to the Space, Defence and commercial markets, specialising in re-use and extended use of simulations to manage development costs and support the procurement process of large systems.
In 2011 he founded Mio Simulations to continue to provide Simulations Consultancy to the UK and European Space Industries.
His specialisations include Simulation Consultancy, Project Management, Spacecraft Modelling and Simulations.
2011 - present
Director Mio Simulations
Mio Simulations Ltd 2011-present
Founder, sole Director
Space Simulations Consultant 2020-present
Space Simulations support to UK & European customers, covering requirements, technology and acceptance testing.
Responsible Engineer (RE) and Supplier Relationship Manager (SRM) for the design, implementation and delivery to sites of the IOV and FOC CSIM component of the Galileo Ground Segment (GCS)
Procurement and delivery for the constellation expansion to full FOC capability, currently E26, consisting of 4 IOV spacecraft and 22 FOC spacecraft models
Responsible Engineer for the design, implementation and test of the specialised HWIL Classified IOV and FOC ClaCSIM simulators.
Technical management of the integration and testing under classified conditions and the delivery to the GCC site at Fucino in Italy. Performed on-site acceptance and handover for operational use.
Constellation requirements for Airbus in-house simulations platform and expansion of the Functional Bench for use throughout all projects phases
Definition of the System Engineering Testbed element of the UK national GNSS program, a system of simulations using interoperability and deigned to meet the project’s simulations needs from cradle to grave.
Headway Consultancy Ltd 1994-2011
Started Headway Consultancy Ltd in July 1994 as a provider of IT consultancy services, specialising in Space and Simulations. Developed the company’s range to Defence and Commercial markets. Grew the business to nearly 20 staff, with clients and staff in the UK, USA, Holland, Denmark and Germany.
Technical and management consultancy to the ESOC Simulations Division. Responsible for ensuring the schedule and technical adequacy of simulator deliveries, and managing the suppliers of the ISO, Cluster and Pastel operational simulators
Technical and management consultancy to ESOC for a hybrid simulations (HWIL)
Technical consultancy to ESTEC for the development of Project Testbed (PTB) concept, later to become the Virtual Spacecraft Reference Facility (VSRF/EagleEye).
Development of Simulation and interoperability standards for ESTEC, for the Simulator Portability Standard (SMP) as a standard under ECSS
Several R&D style developments of model level interoperability over Milbus, CAN bus and USB connectivity
Prototype developments of packet-based TM and TC interfaces to an existing EGSE system, and demonstration of a distributed PTB based on HLA.
Responsible Engineer (RE) for the IOV CSIM component of the Galileo Ground Segment
Consultant to MOD, Whitehall for the PERUSE study into the use of Synthetic Environments as an integral part of the Smart Procurement Process for large systems.
Consultant to DERA, UK, on the design of the Virtual Ship Synthetic Environment
Consultancy to the RAF for Computer-Based Training (CBT) for operational staff
Development of the European Shooter/Sensor Simulation containing missile defence system models as part of Northrupp Grumman's "Global Engagement Model" for the US DOD MDA. Designed and demonstrated a distributed real-time system for scenario interaction between European based components and US-based systems.
Development of an Internet-based collection of marketing facilities for the Pharmaceutical industry.
Delivery Manager for a large system development (c. £25M) for a 2000 seat 24/7 call-centre for the retail sector. Responsible for the scheduling and content of deliveries, liaison with the business and co-ordination within the development team which consisted of over 100 engineers.
Consultant for the Project and Technical Management of a high capacity emergency notification system to be operated by an Application Service Provider.
Development of propriety Engineering Standards developed under license for ESA’s PSS-05 use in the commercial sector
Cray Systems / Anite (ex-Marcol) 1990-1994
Simulations Manager, Bristol
SAX operational simulator project manager for the Italian Space Agency (ASI)
Cluster operational simulator project manager
Cluster Hybrid Simulator manager – use of Hardware in the Loop (HWIL)for operational simulators (the start of the generally used emulators for operational simulators)
ISO Operational simulator Project Manager
ISO Instrument Simulator project manager – intention of the ISO operational simulator to support Payload operations
ISO/VME - a HWIL extended development for ESOC based on the ISO simulator allowing the use of flight software image as part of the simulator
Creator of the VISIM graphical simulation package and promoted/supported its use on the ISO, Cluster, SAX and DFS-Kopernikus projects
Marcol Computer Systems Ltd 1980-1990
Project Manager / Simulations Engineer to the European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany
Italsat Operational Simulator Project Manager
Hipparcos Operational Simulator Project Manager
Giotto Simulator developer, delivery and operational support
Exosat Simulator developer, delivery and operational support
Ground Station microprocessor development for VHF ranging system for Redu and Frequency Control Unit for Malindi.
British Aerospace PLC 1976-1979
Mission Analysis for the MARECS satellite, involving eclipse predictions; launch window analysis; transfer orbit attitude manoeuvre planning; optimal ABM firing; ground station visibility; effects of antenna pattern; station keeping; life time fuel budgeting; orbit and attitude contingency handling
Developer for the MARECS closed loop operational simulator
Various Mission Analysis studies for NATO IV, IndonesiaSat, OTS
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