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Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:25:18 +0000
Rogers: Whether you call the new branch a Space Corps or a Space Force is not all that important.
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:45:26 +0000
A report released by the White House June 20 outlines a set of goals to address the small but “high-consequence” threat posed by near Earth objects (NEOs), but does not commit to spending more money to achieve them.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:52:56 +0000
Former Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James: "The Air Force and the DoD have to come up with something to back up what the president said.”
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:57:18 +0000
China has lowered the orbit of its Tiangong-2 space lab, likely in preparation for deorbiting the orbital facility and thus averting a similar scenario to the uncontrolled re-entry of Tiangong-1 earlier this year.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:13:10 +0000
Those who loathe or love a Space Force “separate but equal” to the Air Force must think and act decisively and quickly. Regardless of whether the Space Force actually materializes, deliberation alone could finally spring us into action to deal with the looming threat of space Pearl Harbor.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:12:05 +0000
An advisory group dubbed the “think tank” for the National Space Council formally kicked off its work June 19 with a broad but vague mandate to study space policy issues.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:08:21 +0000
Fleet operators SES and Intelsat asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to extend the deadline for their customers to register C-band dishes before the commission decides on the band’s future use.
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:00:08 +0000
Trump’s proposal derives from a growing debate inside military and political circles about how to best meet the threat posed to American space assets by potential enemies: Russia and China, to be precise.
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 01:45:44 +0000
A former NASA astronaut used an appearance at a National Space Council meeting June 18 to argue that a key element of NASA’s plans to return humans to the moon should be reconsidered.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 19:35:34 +0000
Trump: Creating a Space Force and promoting space exploration by NASA and the private sector will be “important for the nation’s psyche.”
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:22:16 +0000
President Trump will sign a new space policy directive June 18 addressing space traffic management issues, closely following the proposed policy that Vice President Pence announced in April.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:45:21 +0000
A key senator says he’s keeping an open mind regarding who in the federal government should have responsibility for the oversight of “non-traditional” commercial space activities.
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 19:45:35 +0000
The House Appropriations defense subcommittee approved $49.5 million to create a new “program of record for commercial satellite communications."
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:23:14 +0000
As the National Space Council prepares for its third public meeting, its activities to date have won widespread praise in the space community, even as there is some skepticism about the effectiveness of the council’s advisory group that will soon meet for the first time.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:00:25 +0000
A House hearing on the reasons for cost and schedule problems with major NASA programs pointed blame at a wide variety of sources, from the tools used to track programs to the agency’s mindset to Congress itself.
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:59:03 +0000
Astranis, a startup developing geostationary satellites to offer broadband internet access, plans to equip its MicroGEO spacecraft with Bradford of the Netherland’s high performance green ECAPS thrusters.
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 17:56:47 +0000
Oxford Space Systems, a British startup that hopes to compete with space industry giants Harris Corp. and Northrop Grumman in the satellite component business, has raised 6.7 million British pounds ($8.9 million) from investors.
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:19:42 +0000
Outer space is the last frontier of human exploration. Unfortunately, the glory days of landing men on the moon are now a distant memory. So too are the memories of watching space shuttles rumble to life and roar to space fading away. That is poised to change and America is ready to lead the way.
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:09:04 +0000
The relay satellite which will facilitate China’s Chang’e-4 lunar far side landing mission late in 2018 has entered its intended halo orbit around Earth-Moon Lagrange point 2.
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:14:11 +0000
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine used a recent speech to lay out not just the recent space policy changes that directly affect NASA activities but other administration efforts that focus more on commercial space.
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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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