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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:35:00 +0100
The protective shipping container with Intelsat 33e is unloaded from a chartered An-124 jetliner at Félix Eboué Airport, which was followed by the satellite’s transfer by road to the Spaceport. One of two Intelsat satellites that will be orbited on Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 mission has been delivered to the Spaceport, advancing pre-launch activities for this August 24 heavy-lift flight to the payload preparation phase. Intelsat 33e “touched down” i...
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:29:00 +0100
A new understanding of our galaxy's structure began in an unlikely way: on Twitter. A research effort sparked by tweets led scientists to confirm that the Milky Way’s central bulge of stars forms an “X” shape. The newly published study uses data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. The unconventional collaboration started in May 2015 when Dustin Lang, an astronomer at the Dunlap Institute of the University of Toronto, posted galaxy maps t...
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:19:00 +0100
Cobham will provide motion control technology for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) instrument to be flown on the Joint Polar Satellite System 3 (JPSS-3) and 4 (JPSS-4) satellites. Hauppauge, NY - Cobham recently received an award from Northrop Grumman valued at approximately $8 million for motion control technology for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) instrument to be flown on the Joint Polar Satellite System 3 (JPSS-3) and 4 (JPSS-4) satellites. The work will ...
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0100
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced it has received $20.7 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design and build robotic arm flight hardware for the first phase of the agency's Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program. SSL is receiving the funds through MDA US Systems, a division of MDA managed by SSL, and is working with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), which ...
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 22:24:00 +0100
NASA is joining with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston to operate a new institute charged with researching and developing innovative approaches to reduce risks to humans on long-duration exploration missions, including NASA's Journey to Mars. Work under the Translational Research Institute Cooperative Agreement, overseen by NASA's Human Research Program, begins Oct. 1. Translational research is an interdisciplinary model of research that focuses on translating fundamental research co...
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:08:00 +0100
Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the first search for atmospheres around temperate, Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system and found indications that increase the chances of habitability on two exoplanets. Specifically, they discovered that the exoplanets TRAPPIST-1b and TRAPPIST-1c, approximately 40 light-years away, are unlikely to have puffy, hydrogen-dominated atmospheres usually found on gaseous worlds. "The lack of a smothering hydrogen-helium enve...
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:58:00 +0100
Radiation is an invisible hazard of spaceflight, but a new monitoring system for ESA astronauts gives a realtime snapshot of their exposure. The results will guide researchers preparing for deep-space missions to come. A key element of the new system launched to orbit with Monday's Falcon 9 launch to the International Space Station, ensuring it is in place for ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet's November mission to the Station. As a general rule, radiation exposure increases with altitude - peo...
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:23:00 +0100
An international team of astronomers has discovered and confirmed a treasure trove of new worlds using NASA’s Kepler spacecraft on its K2 mission. Among the findings tallying 197 initial planet candidates, scientists have confirmed 104 planets outside our solar system. Among the confirmed is a planetary system comprising four promising planets that could be rocky. The planets, all between 20 and 50 percent larger than Earth by diameter, are orbiting the M dwarf star K2-72, found 181 l...
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:08:00 +0100
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for one of several Next Mars Orbiter (NeMO) conceptual study efforts to develop concepts for a potential future orbiter. In the four-month study, the Northrop Grumman team is thoroughly evaluating a range of potential solutions using a variety of the company's production and heritage spacecraft platforms and designs. The study's focus is NeMO mission objectives and requirements, including ...
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:48:00 +0100
NASA’s Juno is now poised to shine a spotlight on the origins and interior structure of the largest planet in our solar system. As we wait for Juno's first close-up images of Jupiter (to be taken Aug. 27 during the spacecraft's next pass by the planet), NASA continues to explore our solar system to help answer fundamental questions about how we came to be, where we are going and whether we are alone in the universe. “Juno is the latest example of the extraordinary scienc...
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 19:04:00 +0100
After an extensive review process and passing a major development milestone, NASA is ready to proceed with final design and construction of its next Mars rover, currently targeted to launch in the summer of 2020 and arrive on the Red Planet in February 2021 . The Mars 2020 rover will investigate a region of Mars where the ancient environment may have been favorable for microbial life, probing the Martian rocks for evidence of past life. Throughout its investigation, it will collect samples of...
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:30:00 +0100
Today SpaceX confirmed that the company is targeting the launch of its ninth NASA Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-9) aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. on Monday, Jul. 18 at 12:45 a.m. EDT. As with prior NASA Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) missions, Falcon-9 will launch with an instantaneous launch window. If needed, a backup launch opportunity is available on Jul. 20 at 12:00 a.m. EDT. In addition to the primary mis...
Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0100
Jon Weiner 510-486-4014 . July 14, 2016 A team of hundreds of physicists and astronomers have announced results from the largest-ever, three-dimensional map of distant galaxies. The team constructed this map to make one of the most precise measurements yet of the dark energy currently driving the accelerated expansion of the Universe. "We have spent five years collecting measurements of 1.2 million galaxies over one quarter of the sky to map out the structure of the Universe over a volume ...
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 23:00:00 +0100
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that the JCSAT-16 satellite, which it designed and built for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, has arrived at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where it will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The satellite, which is currently being prepared for launch, will function as an in-orbit back-up that will ensure stability for existing services and further strengthen th...
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 22:45:00 +0100
Final preparations are underway at Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) to ship DigitalGlobe's (NYSE:DGI) WorldView-4 earth imaging satellite to Vandenberg Air Force Base for a Sept. 15 launch. The Lockheed Martin team is completing final satellite testing and checkout before shipment. Testing includes calculating the weight and center of gravity of WorldView-4, completing a health check of major systems, and testing out image collection and downlinking capability. "The high resolution and high acc...
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:00:00 +0100
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has made the first ever resolved observation of a water snow line within a protoplanetary disc. This line marks where the temperature in the disc surrounding a young star drops sufficiently low for snow to form. A dramatic increase in the brightness of the young star V883 Orionis flash heated the inner portion of the disc, pushing the water snow line out to a far greater distance than is normal for a protostar, and making it possible to obs...
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:20:00 +0100
Getting the bigger picture on the health of our planet drew another step closer today as Europe's Sentinel-3A satellite was handed over to Eumetsat for operations. Since it was launched in February, the satellite and its instruments have been meticulously fine-tuned to make sure that everything is fit and ready for the task in hand: to systematically map Earth's surface for a myriad of services related to both the oceans and land. ESA's Bruno Berruti has been responsible for taking Sentine...
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100
Safran Reosc, a subsidiary of Safran Electronics & Defense, has signed a contract with ESO, the European Southern Observatory, to polish, measure and test the M2 mirror, the secondary optics on the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), which will be the world's most powerful telescope (*). Safran Reosc will also be responsible for the development and construction of the high-precision optical test bench, designed to measure the M2 mirror's optical quality throughout the polishing proces...
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:31:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:09-04-2005
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     Current job:Spacecraft Operations engineer
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     Keywordsspacecraft operations, ground operations, space engineering, flight control team, procedures definition, system validation tests, mission planning, user manual, control center AIV, ISS, columbus payloads
    CV
    EDUCATION
     
    March – June 2005   Specialist in Satellite Communications
    Postgraduate course composed of 5 modulesspace segment, ground segment, satellite link, user segment and orbital mechanics
    Universidad Politécnica de Madrid – E.U.I.T. Telecomunicación (Spain)
     
    1995 – 2001   Telecommunications Engineer – option: communications (antennas, radiocommunications, optical communications, microwaves, signal processing...)
                           Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación (E.T.S.I.T.)
                           Universidad Politécnica de Valencia   (Spain)
     
    February – July 2001    Final studying project: Execution of a simulator of city over flying
    ERASMUS scholarship, in the « Equipe de Traitement des Images et du Signal » of the « Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Electronique et ses Applications » - ENSEA (Cergy – France)
                                      
    1991 – 1995   High school diploma in Sciences (Bachillerato). I.B. “José de Ribera” in Xàtiva (Spain)
     
     
    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
     

    September 2015 – at present   PAZ Spacecraft Operations Engineer  at Hisdesat (Spain)
    • Preparation for PAZ commissioning and routine operations (Radar Earth Observation satellite):
      • All platform subsystems: AOCS, Power, Thermal, Propulsion, TTC, DH
      • Ground subsystems: MCS, FDS, MPS
     
    July 2013 - July2014   Operations Engineer  at Space Applications Services (The Netherlands)
    • B-USOC: support to SOLAR operations (shift work to ensure 24/7 payload monitoring)
    • Collaborated in the following projects:
      • Moonwalk(development and validation of concepts, operations and technology for future exploration missions in Earth analogue environments)
      • Yamcs software development for ERA Support Centre: support to the preparation of test procedures and user manual
     
    January 2013 - June 2013   ISS Payload Operations Engineer & Ground Controller  at Erasmus USOC/ESTEC (The Netherlands) - Space Applications Services 
    • Support to the operations preparation of the new payload Ham Video: operational products development and validation, review of operations documentation and payload requirements, participate in regular meetings with involved parties 
    • Trained in the Columbus Systems and Operations at ESA/EAC
    • Trained as a console operator and ground controller to support ISS payload operations under the responsibility of Erasmus USOC

     

    November 2009 - December 2012   ATV Ground Control Engineer at CNES (Toulouse) – VITROCISET   
    • Support to the preparation and operational maintenance of the ATV Control Center subsystems: acceptance testing, installation, configuration, follow-up of related AR/Rfc
    • Support to the Assembly, Integration, and Validation (AIV) of the ATV-CC: test procedures preparation, execution and reporting
    • Technical responsible of the Mission Data Base (MDB) related activities: reception, verification, adaptation to the ATV-CC needs, import into ATV-CC subsystems
    • Responsible of the Ground Control Procedures maintenance:  definition, update and validation
    • Ground Controller position handling during the Simulation Campaign and all the operational phases of the ATV mission: monitoring and operation of the ground subsystems, interface with International Partners (ISS GC and GSOC GC), technical support to the ATV-CC users

    June 2007 – May 2009  Herschel/Planck Operations Engineer at Thales Alenia Space (Cannes) - RHEA group

    • Preparation of the System FCPs (nominal flight procedures), System CRPs (contingency procedures) and Commissioning procedures.
    • Revision and updates of the Herschel/Planck Spacecraft User Manual
    • Support to the System Validation Tests preparation and execution at ESOC (SVT-1 & SVT-2)
    • Support to the LEOP and Commissioning activities preparation
     
    July 2005 – May 2007     Spacecraft Operations Engineer (Spanish Trainee Programme)   at ESA/ESOC (Germany)
     
     Herschel/Planck Flight Control Team (September 2006 – May 2007)
    • Preparation of the flight control procedures to operate the SREM instrument
    • Support to the Mission Control System testing (SCOS2000)

      SMART-1 Flight Control Team (July 2005 – September 2006)

    •        Ground operations automation: procedures definition, development and testing
    •        Medium and short term mission planning
    •        Routine spacecraft operations: upload of the Mission Timeline, download of telemetry stores and events, satellite performance checking
    •        Training in all the spacecraft subsystems (TTC, AOCS, Power, Thermal, Data handling)
    •        Participation in the lunar impact operations on the 3rd September 2006

       

    April 2003 – July 2004    ESA’s Young Graduate Trainee Programme. ESA - Redu Ground Station (Belgium)
     
          PROBA Operations & Control Team (Earth observation mission) - 11 months
    • Operations of the 2 main scientific instruments (CHRIS and HRC): user requests reception, planning consolidation and commands generation
    • Satellite pass monitoring (SCOS II system): transmission of telecommands, reception of telemetry and acquired images, satellite performance checking, manoeuvre checking, detection of anomalies
    • Data extraction, processing and archiving
    • Preparation of the weekly status report       
                In Orbit Testing Team - 4 months
    •        Programming of a routine to monitor the ARTEMIS LLM payload (HP VEE)
    •        Participation in the EUTELSAT e-Bird commissioning and acceptance phase        
     
    October 2001 – December 2002    Consulting Engineer. ALTIOR - ALTRAN group, Paris (France)
    • Training period in Nortel Networks (UMTS development and integration teams)

    • Mission in General Electric Medical Systems (Computer Software Applications department)
     
    LANGUAGES
     
    Spanish / Catalan : Bilingual
    French : Fluent
    English : Fluent
    German : Beginner
    Italian : Beginner
     
     
    INFORMATICS SKILLS
     
    Computer Languages : Pascal, Java, C/C++, HP VEE
    Operating Systems : Windows 95/98/2000, UNIX, LINUX
    Tools : Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Matlab
    Specific Space SW: SCOS II and SCOS 2000 control systems, MOIS (Manufacturing and Operations Information System), MUST (Mission Utility & Support Tools)
     
     
    OTHER INTERESTS
    • Co-author of the paper “SMART-1 Ground Operations Automation” (presented at Spaceops 2006)
    • Driving licence

     


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