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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 23:09:46 +0000
With about $40 million in hand and an agreement to use a new launch site, British small launch vehicle startup Orbex argues that it’s joined the small group of companies in this sector of the industry that should be taken seriously. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:45:22 +0000
Earth observation startup Planet laid off dozens of employees July 13. The move affected less than ten percent of the firm's workforce, a company spokesperson said. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:23:07 +0000
Blue Origin conducted a successful test flight of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle July 18 that demonstrated its crew capsule escape system. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:00:23 +0000
Maxar announced a $1.3 million deal with the UK Space Agency to develop space robotics technology in the United Kingdom. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:37:02 +0000
Trump administration officials are at the Farnborough Airshow in the United Kingdom this week on a mission to sell American aerospace and weapons. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:17:49 +0000
As Astrobotic prepares to compete for NASA lunar payload delivery contracts, the company has signed an agreement with Dynetics for the last major component of its lunar lander. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:50:51 +0000
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said July 17 that he’s had good discussions with European officials about potential cooperation on NASA’s plans to return to the moon. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:16:24 +0000
Lockheed VP: “As the UK develops its space industry further, I think you’ll see bigger economics from the mini-satellites and the value they create from data." SpaceNews.com
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:20:46 +0000
While Lockheed Martin continues to suggest it will use Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket at a Scottish launch site announced at the beginning of this week, company officials said July 17 they have yet to formally select a vehicle to fly at the site. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:28:34 +0000
Maxar Technologies on July 16 purchased Neptec, a Canadian company with robotic expertise deemed useful for in-space activities like satellite servicing and building space stations. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:27:06 +0000
A solid rocket booster designed for both the Ariane 6 and Vega C next-generation launchers completed a successful test firing Monday, clearing a hurdle for the maiden flights of both vehicles. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:58:13 +0000
Ken Gabriel, CEO of Draper Labs: The idea of small satellites making up large constellations is a “powerful shift." SpaceNews.com
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:54:04 +0000
Virgin Orbit says an agreement that could lead to LauncherOne missions from an English airport is part of an effort to both better meet the needs of its customers as well as support the U.K. space industry. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:03:49 +0000
With the announcement that Scotland will be home to Britain's first spaceport, the U.K. is on the road to offering a one-stop-shop for building, operating and now launching satellites. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:14:34 +0000
The British government announced July 16 that it will provide funding to two companies, including an American aerospace giant, who plan to use a newly announced launch site in Scotland. SpaceNews.com
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 21:58:30 +0000
After years of study and consideration, the British government announced July 15 that it will start development of a new spaceport in northern Scotland, while an English airport signed a deal that could also lead to launches from its facility. SpaceNews.com
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:39:31 +0000
The space market worldwide has averaged $269 billion over the past five years, growing more than 5 percent each year. SpaceNews.com
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 08:03:46 +0000
The military wants to apply quantum computing to secure communications and inertial navigation in GPS denied environments. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:43:08 +0000
On his first foreign trip since taking office nearly three months ago, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine traveled to Israel this week to meet with the country’s prime minister and other officials. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 19:21:26 +0000
Gogo, an inflight connectivity provider leasing capacity on dozens of satellites, bulldozed its old business plan July 13 amid looming concerns over unprofitability, encroaching debt deadlines, and a potential buyout. SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:04-08-2017
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     Current job:Research Assistant (Post Doc)
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     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
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     KeywordsSurface Exploration, Engineering, Ultrasonics, Drilling, Penetration, Granular Materials, CAD, Manufacture, Testing
    CV

    Overview

    A proactive and focussed engineer who relishes a challenge, and is a persistent and creative problem solver. Self-motivated but also a team player, works well under pressure, and can adapt quickly and easily when faced with new projects. With a first class degree in Physics, is currently in the final stage of doctoral research focusing on the benefits of using ultrasonics for penetration devices for interplanetary landers/ rovers.


    Education

    2013 – 2017

    Ph.D. Researcher – Ultrasonic penetration tools for low gravity environments

    University of Glasgow

    High powered ultrasonic vibration has shown promise in the field of drilling and penetration. My work involved investigating how direct use of ultrasonics can impact penetration through granular material. It was shown to both decrease the required overhead mass (thereby requiring a smaller machine), as well as a decrease the required power (reducing the power consumption) over conventional penetration techniques.
    2007 - 2012

    Masters in Physics – MPhys First Class Honours

    University of St. Andrews

    Awarded Dean’s list for three years.

    Modules included: Organic and Biological Chemistry, Astronomy, and Electronics.
    2000 - 2007

    Latymer Upper School, London

    A Levels:       Physics (A), Maths (A), Chemistry (A). Distinguished results.

    AS Levels:     Design Technology (A)

    Work Experience

    2017 – Present

    Research Assistant – University of Glasgow

    Working on the BADGER drill: a Horizon 2020 project developed to provide autonomous navigation of a sub-surface drill for the construction of stable bores and pipelines. Main duties include leading the design, manufacture, and testing of the drill head for the BADGER device, as well as researching the potential use of an ultrasonic auger to reduce torque requirements.
    2013 – 2017

    Graduate Teaching Assistant – University of Glasgow

    Demonstrator for university courses: Dynamics, Materials, Aerospace Design, Engineering Skills, A5erospace Systems, Engineering Computing.
    2012 - 2013

    Researcher – Pioneer Productions

    Researched and developed the background science for new TV documentaries. Contacted and developed working relationships with experts in relevant fields for filmed interviews. Organised filming locations and managed on-site logistics. Also developed scientific demonstrations for use within programs to help illustrate specific principles.
    2011

    Internship – University of Cambridge

    Internship at the Centre of Music and Science. Developed code for musical perception experiments, as well as assisting in locating and organising volunteers for scientific trials.
    2007 - 2011

    Runner – Pioneer Productions

    Manned the front desk during working hours, directing phone calls and visitors to the necessary people. Performed IT services throughout the building. During filming, organised actors or experts and answered to the director in charge.

    Funding and Awards

    Institute of Physics Funding to attend AIAA Space 2014 conference £250
    Royal Astronomical Society Funding to attend AIAA Space 2014 conference £500
    Royal Aeronautical Society Funding to attend AIAA Space 2015 conference £500
    Royal Aeronautical Society Funding to attend ASCE Earth & Space conference 2016 £300
    Institute of Mechanical Engineers Funding to attend ASCE Earth & Space conference 2016 £1,000
    IPPW-12 Student scholarship to attend the 12th International Planetary Probe Workshop. Awarded 2nd place for Best Student Paper. £698.74
    IPPW-13 Student scholarship to attend the 13th International Planetary Probe Workshop. Awarded 1st place for Best Student Poster.

    $275

    IPPW-14 Student scholarship to attend the 14th International Planetary Probe Workshop. Awarded 3rd place for Best Student Paper. €601.08
    University of Glasgow MacRobertson scholarship – Awarded to enable two months research at the Surrey Space Centre. £1,287.27
    ESA Spin Your Thesis campaign – Funding given to four student teams to conduct research at ESA’s Large Diameter Centrifuge at the ESTEC facilities. €3,000
    EPSRC Ph.D. funding fully supported by a grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.  

    Publications

    2016

    D. Firstbrook, K. Worrall, R. Timoney, F. Suñol, Y. Gao, and P. Harkness

    “An Experimental Study of Ultrasonic Vibration and the Penetration of Granular Material”

    Proceedings of the Royal Society A. 473(2198), 1–16

    2016

    D. Firstbrook, K. Worrall, R. Timoney, P. Harkness, F. Suñol, and Y. Gao

    “Ultrasonically Assisted Penetration Through Granular Materials”

    13th International Planetary Probe Workshop, Laurel, Maryland, USA.
    2016

    D. Firstbrook, K. Worrall, P. Doherty, R. Timoney, P. Harkness, F. Suñol, and Y. Gao

    “Ultrasonic Penetration of Granular Materials in Varying Gravity”

    ASCE Earth & Space Conference 2016, Orlando, Florida, USA.
    2015

    D. Firstbrook, P. Harkness, and Y. Gao

    “Power Optimization for an Ultrasonic Penetrator in Granular Materials”

    AIAA Space 2015 Conference, Pasadena, California, USA.
    2015

    D. Firstbrook, P. Doherty, R. Timoney, P. Harkness, and F. Suñol

    “Preparations for Variable-Gravity Regolith Penetration with an Ultrasonically-Active Probe”

    12th International Planetary Probe Workshop, Cologne, Germany.
    2014

    D. Firstbrook, P. Harkness, and Y. Gao

    “High-Powered Ultrasonic Penetrators in Granular Material”

    AIAA Space 2014 Conference, San Diego, California, USA.

    Software Knowledge

    Microsoft office, SolidWorks, MATLAB, Abaqus, LaTex, Mathematica, MEScope.


     Interests and Additional Information

    Avid photographer, and have been published in both books and internet pages. Loves building things, everything from my own PC to a wooden canoe. Accomplished on the guitar and saxophone, less so on the keyboard. Player for the University Squash Team. Previously captain for a university football team. Holds full, clean U.K. driver’s license.

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