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Tue, 18 Dec 2018 22:48:01 +0000
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said U.S. Space Command should not be confused with Space Force.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 22:43:27 +0000
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has won NASA approval to begin full-scale production of its Dream Chaser cargo spacecraft scheduled to make its first flight in about two years.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 20:15:56 +0000
45th Space Wing Commander: “We are now working with General Thompson’s folks and SpaceX to see whether we can launch tomorrow."
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 17:19:55 +0000
Legislation reforming the national security space enterprise received broad bipartisan support in the House last year, so it will be interesting to see how Democrats treat the issue. Is their support for these reforms predicated on whether or not they’re endorsed by President Trump?
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 13:30:04 +0000
Earth observation company Planet plans to acquire Boundless Spatial Inc., a geospatial software specialist “to accelerate the adoption by government and enterprise customers of commercial geospatial information services,” said Robbie Schingler, Planet co-founder and chief strategy officer.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:52:46 +0000
A privately funded Israeli lunar lander originally built for a prize competition is now complete and ready for launch in early 2019.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 00:04:06 +0000
Lord said Virgin Orbit is "an example of the type of companies I think we need to cultivate.”
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 22:48:12 +0000
When the world watched Neil Armstrong take that one small step onto the lunar surface almost 50 years ago, no one could have dreamed how space would one day become an integral part of daily life on earth.
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 18:38:20 +0000
Blue Origin plans to conduct the next test flight of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle Dec. 18 as the company moves closer to flying people into space.
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:50:25 +0000
Swedish startup Ovzon, which in October bought a Falcon Heavy launch from SpaceX, has now purchased a satellite for that mission from Maxar Technologies’ Space Systems Loral division.
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 10:47:05 +0000
As the Commerce Department works on plans to take over civilian space traffic management responsibilities, the U.S. Air Force is making more data available on the positions of military satellites.
Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:10:40 +0000
The Air Force has not determined when it might allow reused hardware instead of brand-new Falcon 9 Block 5 rockets.
Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:21:38 +0000
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket successfully launched a group of cubesats Dec. 16 on a mission funded by NASA as the company looks ahead to more frequent launches in the next year.
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:18:58 +0000
The NASA Advisory Council has recommended that NASA review its existing planetary protection guidelines to balance the needs of science and exploration, an effort that could set the stage for a similar revision at the international level.
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:24:23 +0000
While some question whether Virgin Galactic’s latest SpaceShipTwo test flight actually went into space, a number of government officials and industry organizations have few doubts that it did.
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:30:05 +0000
Business Finland, a Finnish trade and economic development agency, awarded a 10 million Euro ($11.36 million) grant to radar satellite operator ICEYE.
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:55:51 +0000
With a first flight to the edge of space under the company’s belt, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson believes commercial flights of SpaceShipTwo could begin some time next year.
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 23:49:54 +0000
A DARPA team will “inventory the DoD space-based command-and-control capabilities, identify critical gaps, deficiencies and inefficiencies in our existing architectures."
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:16:47 +0000
Greg Wyler, OneWeb’s founder, said the company will need only 600 satellites or so instead of 900 after ground tests of the first satellites demonstrated better than expected performance.
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:17:16 +0000
The first GPS 3, known as SV01, is the first of an entirely new design of GPS satellite that has three times better accuracy and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities, according to Lockheed Martin.
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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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