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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:35:00 +0100
Activity for Arianespace’s initial mission in 2017 with the lightweight Vega is fully underway in French Guiana, where the launch vehicle’s build-up is starting and its Sentinel-2B payload has begun the pre-flight checkout process in preparation for an early March liftoff. This Vega mission is part of another busy year for Arianespace’s launch services, with a total of 12 flights targeted during the 12 months from French Guiana using its family of vehicles, composed of Veg...
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:41:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is helping NASA begin the hunt for dark energy, a mysterious force powering the universe's accelerating expansion. An instrument assembly the company is developing, if selected by NASA for production, will be the core of the primary scientific instrument aboard the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), whose mission aims to uncover hundreds of millions more galaxies and reveal the physics that shapes them. Scientists and engineers recently began work devel...
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:30:00 +0100
ATLAS - the master-planned d--evelopment situated at the epicenter of the Texas A&M Biocorridor, and ViaSat (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company - conducted a formal groundbreaking ceremony today for ViaSat's new Texas facility. Set to be completed by mid-2018, the 89,000-square-foot complex will sit on 8.6 acres within ATLAS and is expected to house more than 200 ViaSat employees. The ViaSat team located in Bryan/College Station will primarily focus on the Compa...
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0100
At a ceremony today at ESO's Headquarters four contracts were signed for major components of the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) that ESO is building. These were for: the casting of the telescope's giant secondary and tertiary mirrors, awarded to SCHOTT; the supply of mirror cells to support these two mirrors, awarded to the SENER Group; and the supply of the edge sensors that form a vital part of the ELT's huge segmented primary mirror control system, awarded to the FAMES consortium. The second...
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +0100
On the heels of a successful launch of the first ten Iridium NEXT satellites on Saturday, January 14th, Aireon announced today that it has signed a data services agreement with Isavia, the Icelandic Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP). Isavia will deploy Aireon's space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) service throughout the Reykjavik Oceanic Control Area (OCA). In addition to providing enhanced redundancy to existing terrestrial surveillance resources in the southern p...
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:30:00 +0100
The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will launch the next Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite on Jan. 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch window is between 7:46 and 8:26 p.m. EST. SBIRS GEO Flight 3 was designed and built at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California, as the next in a series of Air Force satellites that provide multi-mission surveillance in the areas of missile warning, missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awa...
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0100
New images taken with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed otherwise invisible details of our Sun, including a new view of the dark, contorted centre of a sunspot that is nearly twice the diameter of the Earth. The images are the first ever made of the Sun with a facility where ESO is a partner. The results are an important expansion of the range of observations that can be used to probe the physics of our nearest star. The ALMA antennas had been careful...
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0100
Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) reached another milestone in developing the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, with the completion of the Factory Qualification Test of the Launch and Checkout System (LCS). GPS OCX will unleash dramatically increased performance and security of the GPS system that benefits millions of people worldwide. Raytheon tested 74 OCX segment requirements at its Aurora, Colorado, factory in a cyber-hardened enviro...
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:24:00 +0100
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet completed his first spacewalk last Friday together with NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough. The duo spent five hours and 58 minutes outside the International Space Station to complete a battery upgrade to the outpost's power system. The main task was to replace nickel-hydrogen batteries that store electricity from the Station's solar panels with newer lithium-ion batteries that arrived recently aboard Japan's cargo vessel. Thomas and Shane's speed allowed them to p...
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:07:00 +0100
MCLEAN, Va. -  Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today the successful launch of its first ten Iridium NEXT satellites. The satellites were delivered into low-Earth orbit approximately one hour after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:54:39 a.m. PST. Iridium NEXT is the company’s next-generation satellite constellation, replacing and enhancing its existing network of low-Earth orbit satellites spanning the entire globe – the l...
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:37:00 +0100
Searching for planets around other stars is a tricky business. They’re so small and faint that it’s hard to spot them. But a possible planet in a nearby stellar system may be betraying its presence in a unique way: by a shadow that is sweeping across the face of a vast pancake-shaped gas-and-dust disk surrounding a young star. The planet itself is not casting the shadow. But it is doing some heavy lifting by gravitationally pulling on material near the star and warping the inner...
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:30:00 +0100
Aireon announced today the successful launch and deployment of the first ten satellites hosting its space-based automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) system. Part of the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, Aireon's space-based ADS-B network will transform air traffic management capabilities, providing real-time air traffic surveillance and flight tracking across 100 percent of the planet. Currently, more than 70 percent of the earth, including oceanic and remote airspace, has no...
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:35:00 +0100
NASA has awarded a contract to KBRwyle Technology Solutions, LLC of Columbia, Maryland, for engineering services to support more than 20 NASA exploration missions. The Ground Systems and Missions Operations-2 contract is cost-plus-award fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, with a total maximum ordering value of $442 million. The effective ordering period begins March 1 and runs through Feb. 28, 2022. KBRwyle will support a wide range of mission operations, including concept studie...
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:52:00 +0100
This week, ESA deep-space radio dishes on two continents are listening for signals from the international Cassini spacecraft, now on its final tour of Saturn. ESA's sensitive tracking antennas at New Norcia, Western Australia, and Malargue, Argentina, are being called in to help with crucial observations during Cassini's last months in orbit, dubbed the 'Grand Finale'. The Cassini-Huygens mission is one of the most successful exploration endeavours ever. Launched in October 1997, the Ca...
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:36:00 +0100
Monster black holes sometimes lurk behind gas and dust, hiding from the gaze of most telescopes. But they give themselves away when material they feed on emits high-energy X-rays that NASA's NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) mission can detect. That's how NuSTAR recently identified two gas-enshrouded supermassive black holes, located at the centers of nearby galaxies. "These black holes are relatively close to the Milky Way, but they have remained hidden from us un...
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The report, now available on ASDReports, "Aerospace Robotics Market by Type (Scara, Cylindrical, Articulated, Catesian), Component (Controller, Processor, End Effector, Drive, Sensor) Technology (Traditional, Collaborative), Application and Region - Global Forecast to 2022", The aerospace robotics market is projected to grow from USD 1.81 Billion in 2016 to USD 4.54 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 16.55% during the forecast period. Factors such as increasing use of robots for efficient aircraft...
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:15:00 +0100
Some of us may be easing ourselves gently into the New Year, but for the team readying Sentinel-2B for liftoff on 7 March it's full steam ahead. On 5 January, the satellite was shipped from ESA's site in the Netherlands - where it had been undergoing testing since June - and arrived safe and sound in French Guiana the following day. The Sentinel-2 mission is designed as two satellites working in tandem - Sentinel-2A has been in orbit since June 2015. Offering 'colour vision' for Europe'...
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:39:00 +0100
Sentinel-2B has touched down in French Guiana, bringing the second satellite for Europe’s Copernicus program closer to its early March orbiting by Arianespace on a Vega lightweight launch vehicle. Arriving at Félix Eboué Airport near Cayenne last week, Sentinel-2B was delivered by a chartered Antonov An-124 cargo jetliner. Following its unloading process, the satellite was readied for transfer by road to the Spaceport. As a follow-on to Sentinel-2A – lofted by a...
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:30:00 +0100
The U.S. Air Force's next Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), was encapsulated on Jan. 7 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, where it will launch on Jan. 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Encapsulation refers to the sealing of the satellite in a protective launch vehicle fairing-one of the last steps a satellite must undergo before launch. The SBIRS GEO Flight 3 satellite is the latest to join an orbiti...
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:45:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:09-04-2005
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     Current job:Spacecraft Operations engineer
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     Job location:Europe only
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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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