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Tue, 6 Dec 2016 20:00:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) newly upgraded Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) ground system received sign-off from the U.S. Air Force, enhancing the constellation's ability to deliver infrared data that is critical to early missile warning and defense. The new SBIRS ground system serves as the nerve center for the constellation, collecting large amounts of data from the satellite's powerful sensors and converting it into actionable reports for defense, intelligence and civil applications....
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:23:00 +0100
NASA has awarded the Restore-L Spacecraft Bus and Support Services contract to Space Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, California. Restore-L is a robotic spacecraft equipped with the tools, technologies and techniques needed to service satellites currently in orbit. The contract has a firm-fixed-price and includes a three-year core period and a two-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity portion. The total maximum value of the contract is $127 million. Space Systems/Loral will provide space...
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:07:00 +0100
Arianespace today launched a Vega rocket on a commercial mission to deliver a Turkish Earth observation satellite into orbit. Liftoff of Vega's eighth flawless mission from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana came at 13:51 GMT on 5 December (14:51 CET; 10:51 local time). With a mass at liftoff of 1060 kg, Gokturk-1 was manoeuvred into its target Sun-synchronous orbit about 57 minutes into the mission after a series of burns of Vega's upper stage. Complying with debris regulation...
Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:00:00 +0100
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Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0100
Cubic Corporation ( NYSE: CUB ), today announced that its subsidiary GATR Technologies (GATR), which operates within the Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division, received the Most Innovative New Product (MIP) Award in the Defense, Transportation and Cybersecurity category at the 2016 CONNECT MIP Awards that took place at an awards ceremony on Dec. 1, in San Diego. In its 29 th year, the annual awards program continues its tradition of honoring San Diego's leaders of innovation and ground...
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:21:00 +0100
The Russian space agency Roscosmos has confirmed a Progress cargo resupply spacecraft bound for the International Space Station has been lost. The spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Thursday on a Soyuz rocket, but experienced an anomaly around six and a half minutes into its flight. Six crew members living aboard the space station are safe and have been informed of the mission's status. Both the Russian and U.S. segments of the station continue to operate normally ...
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 19:53:00 +0100
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Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:07:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has completed a major upgrade to modernize the current ground control system of the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite constellation. The Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Upgrade #2 (CUP2) project is the latest step in the Air Force's multi-year plan to refresh technology and transform the legacy Operational Control Segment - known as the Architecture Evolution Plan (AEP) -- into a modern, high-performance command and control system. On Octob...
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:29:00 +0100
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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:25:00 +0100
The eighth Vega lightweight launcher to be operated from the Spaceport in French Guiana has been fully assembled and “topped off” with the GÖKTÜRK-1 optical satellite payload, readying it for Arianespace’s mission to Sun-synchronous orbit on December 5. Designated Flight VV08 in Arianespace’s numbering system, this Vega launch is to deploy GÖKTÜRK-1 during a mission lasting just under two hours. With Vega now in full commercial operation, Fligh...
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:51:00 +0100
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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:30:00 +0100
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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:32:00 +0100
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Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:26:00 +0100
NASA's International Space Station Rapid Scatterometer (ISS-RapidScat) Earth science instrument has ended operations following a successful two-year mission aboard the space station. The mission launched Sept. 21, 2014, and had recently passed its original decommissioning date. ISS-RapidScat used the unique vantage point of the space station to provide near-real-time monitoring of ocean winds, which are critical in determining regional weather patterns. Its measurements of wind speed and dire...
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:20:00 +0100
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Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:21:00 +0100
Preparations for Arianespace’s latest mission at the service of Earth observation are entering their final phase, with the GÖKTÜRK-1 optical satellite now transferred to the launch zone for integration on its lightweight Vega launcher. During activity in French Guiana yesterday, GÖKTÜRK-1 was moved by a special transporter vehicle to the Spaceport’s SLV launch site.  The spacecraft – which previously had been encapsulated in a protective payload fa...
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:16:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:02-06-2009
     Last Modified:19-03-2012 (08:19)
    Job information
     Current job:Reporting Services at Promotion Office Human Spaceflight ESA
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     KeywordsESA, international, space, creative, innovator, communicator, adaptability, science, learner, multiple-focus, achiever, analytic
    CV

    Personal information
    Nationality Portuguese
    Date of birth 28.06.1975

    Education and training
    Dates September 2010-July 2011
    Master Degree in International Communication Management Full-time programme Corporate Internal and External Communication, Project Management, Marketing Communications
    The Hague University

    Dates October 1993- January 2001
    Licenciate in Mathematics Education degree Education and Mathematics
    University of Lisbon

    Work experience
    Dates 2011-current
    Employer European Space Agency (ESA), ESTEC Netherlands (contract with Sapienza Consulting)
    Position held Reporting Services/Communication Officer at the Promotion Office of Human Spaceflight Directorate
    Main activities and responsibilities
    • Speeches, Presentations and briefings to Management
    • High-level External Communication
    • Support to ad-hoc ESA promotion activities
    • Responsible for Internal communications about key business developments

    Dates 2008-2010
    Employer Shell International, Rijswijk/Netherlands (contract with Blue Lynx)
    Position held Knowledge management and communication Assistant
    Main activities and responsibilities
    • Content manager Shell wiki (+70 000 users). Design of global trainings.
    • Training of users and super-users.
    • CMS migration and managing related communication activities - Learning Designer/Functional Administrator certificate through Shell’s Moodle Training and Certification Program and Moodle super user
    • Communication support for the Knowledge, Innovation and Design Team / HR (drafted team communication plan)

    Dates 2002-2008
    Employer European Space Agency (ESA), Italy
    Position held Corporate Communication Officer
    Main activities and responsibilities
    • Drafting and implementing the Communication Plans in alignment with corporate strategies and managed 150k communication campaigns
    • Responsible for organising and running of internal and external meetings including preparation of supporting documents and presentations
    • Identification of partners in Industry, Academia and Media, negotiated and implemented international communication and education partnerships
    • Planning and executing technical and communication activities and associated progress in terms of output / schedule / resources, and of related procurement actions.
    • Responsible for intranet site, weekly news releases, briefings and news articles
    • Web editor for corporate website
    • Coordinating internal awareness events and acted as main coordinator for about 10 communication events a year and their implementation
    • Managing and ensured practical organization of stands at exhibitions during international conferences and fairs
    • Representing ESA in several high-level events and scientific meetings
    • Main focal point for local and international media, as well to the general public, answering external queries and providing information and documentation and prepared media information kits
    • Producing impact report, including press clippings and checking media for issues that affect the organisation
    • Coordinating multiple education projects on space and science together with institutions and science foundations, including the preparation of fact sheets.

    Dates 2001-2002
    Employer Accenture Consulting, Portugal
    Position held Consultant
    Main activities and responsibilities
    • Web developer. Analyst on the implementation of the Integrated Information System of the European Social Fund in Portugal (SIIFSE).
    • Project assistant in different project phases
    • Change Management and Development junior coordinator

    Dates 1999-2001
    Employer Secondary Schools Lisbon
    Position held Mathematics Teacher
    Main activities and responsibilities
    • Teaching Mathematics to secondary school students

    Personal skills and competences
    Languages:
    Native speaker of Portuguese, very fluent in English, Italian. Good knowledge of French and Spanish. Fair knowledge of German and Dutch.

    Social skills and competences
    Worked for 8+ years in International Organisations with geographically dispersed teams. Has recognised very good team spirit, but also has the capacity to work independently and bring innovation through her proactive attitude and her creativity in managing resources. Proven track record as a competent coach, capable of raising enthusiasm, dedication and confidence in colleagues. Proven strategic thinking. Has been on the front line in challenging communication campaigns and in critical moments. Was invited to work on the Strategy and Planning Team. Experience in harnessing ideas and opportunities to achieve goals. Responsible for the definition and implementation of communication campaigns and for contributing to the definition of high-level communication strategy. Has excellent communication and mediating skills and knows how to handle issues with respect and discretion when needed. Experience in managing and coordinating different types of projects at European level. Appreciates differences between people and is happiest working in very heterogeneous groups.

    Organisational skills and competences
    Initiated and managed several successful projects at the work floor but also outside work. Successfully built several long-term partnerships with stakeholders, including media and public institutions. Likes working in a dynamic and demanding environment. Experience in providing ad-hoc support in administrative tasks. Experience in making power point presentation and other support materials, preparing meeting dossiers. Drafting skills in several internal documents, such as strategic plans, project proposals and project reports.

    Skills and competences
    Skilled speaker and presenter. Creative and fast-learner with regards to software and IT.

    Computer skills and competences
    Very good knowledge of Microsoft Office™ tools and Lotus Notes Advanced understanding of content management systems. Experienced in maintaining and producing content for websites. In particular IPS. Knowledge of HTML and JavaScript Good knowledge of graphic design applications (Adobe Acrobat™, Photoshop™)


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