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Shortly after a Finnish company successfully launched the country’s first commercial SAR microsatellite, Finland’s president signed the country’s first comprehensive space legislation.
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There are many valid critiques of U.S. President Donald Trump’s new direction for NASA. Few, if any, would be new. But Russian government officials saw an opportunity for domestic attention and took a stab at it.
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SpaceX reiterated at a congressional hearing Jan. 17 that its Falcon 9 rocket performed as expected on its most recent launch, despite swirling questions about the potential failure of the classified Zuma mission.
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“What are we going to do about deterrence in space?” That is a question the administration should answer in the new strategy, said CSIS analyst Todd Harrison.
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As the two companies developing commercial crew systems reiterated that they were on schedule to carry out test flights later this year, a government analysis of schedules concluded those vehicles may not be certified to carry NASA astronauts until late 2019 or early 2020.
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With no budget deal in sight to avert a Friday government shutdown, a visibly frustrated Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee — and a vocal champion of bigger military budgets — called out his congressional colleagues for putting political agendas ahead of national security
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Effective Space, a U.K.-headquartered company developing spacecraft to extend the life of communications satellites, announced Jan. 17 that it has signed its first contract with an undisclosed customer.
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The Air Force will establish a three-star vice commander of Air Force Space Command to be located in the national capital region.
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Virgin Orbit, which expects to debut the air-launched LauncherOne rocket by summer, signed a contract Jan. 16 with GomSpace to send eight nanosatellites into orbit next year to track airplanes and ships.
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European launch provider Arianespace expects to conduct just 23 more Ariane 5 launches before the next-generation Ariane 6 becomes its primary rocket.
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    Job Description
    TitleSpaceflight Instrumentation Mechanical CAD Engineer
    Job posted on03/05/2016 (modified on 17/05/2016)
    LocationMilton Keynes
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Contract typeTemp/contract
    Start dateimmediately
    SalaryBetween £31656 and £41255 per year
    Job Description

    Spaceflight Instrumentation Mechanical CAD Engineer


    Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Sciences

    £31,656 - £41,255; Ref: 12141

    Based in Milton Keynes

    Temporary contract until 31 July 2020


    The Open University (OU) has an international reputation for building pioneering space instrumentation: the first scientific sensor to touch Titan (Cassini-Huygens); the first European Mars lander (Beagle 2); the first in-situ chemical analysis on a comet (Rosetta Philae).

    Now we are developing instruments for future ESA missions and you will work within a multidisciplinary team drawn from scientists at the OU and engineers within collaborating companies, to design and develop cutting edge instruments for these missions.

    You will liaise with scientists to develop design concepts, and iterate these to produce 3D models of selected design solutions. You will apply relevant standards and practices to ensure that the instrumentation will perform in the space (or laboratory test) environment. You will perform appropriate mechanical analyses to support your designs. You will produce 2D manufacturing drawings and subsequently support the incoming inspection of the resulting hardware.

    You will be educated to degree level, or equivalent, or hold equivalent experience in engineering or a related science subject, and have experience of 3D modeling, preferably with Finite Element Analysis and experience of a current major CAD package (Siemens NX, Catia Pro/Engineer or equivalent). You will have demonstrable ability to communicate and work with others from a wide range of backgrounds, with a logical and rigorous approach to work. You will be familiar with the specific challenges of engineering for space applications and the space environment.


    Closing date: 19 May 2016

     Interview date: TBC


    For detailed information and how to apply go to, call the Recruitment Co-ordinator Michelle Gallacher or email quoting the reference number.


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    CompanyOpen University
    Contact nameMichelle Gallacher
    Addressnot applicable
    United Kingdom
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