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Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:49:42 +0000
For the space-based infrared SBIRS satellites 5 and 6, the Air Force says the per-unit cost went down 12 percent — from $1.9 billion to $1.6 billion.
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:39:02 +0000
Companies that are developing small launch vehicles or who provide rideshare launch services say they expect new Chinese launch vehicles to drive down launch prices, raising concerns among some of unfair competition.
Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:26:31 +0000
Pentagon official: “There are new threats that the industrial base needs to support. So what does this mean in terms of production capacity?”
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:56:55 +0000
Loral Space and Communications wants to move ahead with a “strategic transaction” involving fleet operator Telesat that may spark a legal fight with Telesat’s other major shareholder, a Canadian pension fund.
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:49:52 +0000
To prevent collisions in space, nations with advanced orbital monitoring abilities need to share data with each other. Russia, being skilled in space situational awareness (SSA), should be part of the global effort to protect the space environment, experts said March 15 at the Satellite 2018 conference here.
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:48:13 +0000
In its budget proposal for the coming year, the U.S. Air Force is trying to send the same message to foreign adversaries and critics at home: the service definitely is not underestimating threats the United States and its allies face in space.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 23:57:04 +0000
Assistant Secretary of Defense Kenneth Rapuano: “The president is very interested in ensuring that the department is best organized and equipped to achieve our vital missions in space."
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:17:02 +0000
The hand-wringing continues at the Pentagon over how to respond to Chinese and Russian missile advances.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:18:23 +0000
With a stopgap spending bill set to expire in just over a week, House and Senate appropriators are continuing to negotiate provisions of an omnibus bill, including funding levels for some NASA programs.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:22:31 +0000
Broadband megaconstellations are expensive propositions, with SpaceX’s Starlink constellation expected to cost $10 billion or more, and OneWeb expecting to spend $3 billion. The actual cost could ultimately be higher.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:52:06 +0000
The introduction of 5G services will bring users globally the ability to have true anytime, anywhere capabilities to support a myriad of user devices and applications never imagined.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:17:36 +0000
The U.S. Senate confirmed Jeffrey DeWit as NASA's new chief financial officer March 14, completing an expedited process starkly different than the one for the agency's next leader.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 03:13:13 +0000
United Launch Alliance plans to increase its activities in the commercial launch market using both the current Atlas and future Vulcan rockets, while acknowledging that the U.S. government will remain its major customer for the foreseeable future.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 02:39:35 +0000
Satellite manufacturers say they are trying to protect their component suppliers from the drought of commercial telecom spacecraft that threatens to put such companies out of business.
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:34:12 +0000
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry: "We will not relax our effort on space reforms. This topic is just too important.”
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:24:56 +0000
WASHINGTON — The Air Force on Wednesday awarded two major launch contracts to SpaceX and United Launch Alliance. Under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, SpaceX received a $290 million firm-fixed-price contract for three GPS 3 missions. ULA was awarded a $351 million firm-fixed-price deal for Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-8 and AFSPC-12 satellites […]
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:32:25 +0000
Despite uncertainty about who will lead the agency after the end of April, NASA's current acting administrator says he expects little change in the agency's activities in the near future.
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:14:02 +0000
The downward trend of satellite capacity pricing, brought about largely by the increase in more powerful high-throughput satellites, has prices trending between 35 and 60 percent lower than where they were two years ago, according to Northern Sky Research.
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:06:37 +0000
“We can put a satellite phone in the hands of folks who don’t know how to use it and it won’t make a hill of beans difference,” said Ken Flowers, Iridium Communications vice president government.
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    Job Description
    TitleSoftware System Engineer
    Job codeRT-C/TEC-331
    Job posted on01/09/2016
    Contract typePermanent
    Start datewithin 2 months
    Job Description

    *    Specific Tasks


     The System Software  Engineer will join the Software Systems Engineer section (TEC-SWE). He will be assigned to the Electra Project where he will be required to monitor the design, the development, the verification and the maintenance of all the software elements of the Electra project. Specifically, the tasks will include: 
    • Technical and programmatic management of the software products of the satellite project, namely: SCSW, SVF, SRDB and DSSS; 
    • Supervision of the development, implementation and verification (from Unit to Integrated/System and including requirements definition); 
    • Monitoring the coherent implementation of the Software products requirements verification plan through test plans, test specifications, test reports and Verification Control Documents; 
    • Support the definition and execution of tests and verification
    programmes at spacecraft level throughout the environmental test and launch campaigns, including LEOP and IOT phases; 
    • Participation in the Project Agency level Reviews and as well as lower level reviews in the relevant fields of technical responsibility; 
    • Support the definition and execution of tests and verification programmes of the Operational Products for LEOP, IOT and On-Station Operations; 
    • Monitoring the schedule and risks of the software products activities. 

    *     Specific Competence Requirements

     Applicants for  this  post  should  have  a  Master's  degree  or equivalent qualification in Computer Science, Software Engineering or a related discipline, together with extensive experience in the development of satellite platform equipment software in the sphere of telecommunications. Systems and strategic thinking, results orientation, responsible risk-taking & decision-making, and relationship management are considered important. The candidate should be familiar with modern software engineering practices: 
    • Knowledge of real-time embedded space systems is necessary with practical experience on real-time software, model based software engineering (e.g. Rhapsody)., cross compilers (GNU), C programming language, real-time operating system (e.g. RTEMS). 
    • Knowledge in on-board software architecture and more generally space system avionics is an important asset with practical experience with space processors (e.g. Leon) and related communication busses (1553, CAN). 
    • Experience in system/software requirements, trade-off, modelling of embedded systems is interesting.
    • Knowledge in software standards (space ECSS, aircrafts, train, automotive) is interesting. 
    • Knowledge in Software production and test processes (SRDB, SVF) is interesting. 
    • A pro-active and can-do attitude is expected.

    Contact information
    CompanyVITROCISET Belgium Sprl
    Contact nameMassimiliano Mazza
    AddressRue Devant les Hêtres,2
    Phone+32 61 23 00 04
    Fax+32 61 23 02 69;
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