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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
    TitleAssistant Controller / Administrator
    Job codeBMC-05-18
    Job posted on09/12/2016
    LocationNoordwijk / Harwell
    Contract typePermanent
    Start date>3months
    Job Description

    Specific Tasks:

    • Act as secretary to the Engineering Control Board (ECB).
    • Establish a folder in Document Management System / eroom or other suitable medium for each of these topics (or populate the existing ones). This folder /eroom shall be accessible to relevant parties (i.e. ESTEC, Toulouse, Astrium) (note that some items might be internal to ESA).
    • Be the focal point for all members of the ECB who want items to be treated at an ECB. Collect the inputs as they arrive, file the inputs in the relevant folders, Group them into batches and schedule them for a suitable ECB (in coordination with the ECB Chairman).
    • Prepare and send out the agenda for the ECB.
    • Attend the ECB and write the minutes.
    • Ensure that the minutes are sent out.
    • Establish a tracking list for ECB actions. Track actions taken during the meeting and follow up with team members so that the actions can be closed out.
    • IOCRs: Collect the input from the designated team members. Put the IOCR on the ECB agenda. Reflect the ECB decision in the IOCR form (update it) and send the form (on an individual basis) to HFI and / or Astrium following the meeting (as per the agreed IOCR process). Maintain the FS IOCR tracking list (complementary to the ESA-HFC one in order to show status of FS ECB processing and feedback).
    • CPs: (Astrium maintains the tracking list including the impact on various documents / products): Help ECB members ensure that the changes are implemented in the relevant HFC Products.
    • OCRs: Prepare the FS position (in coordination with the Deputy Mission Manager). Coordinate with Astrium in order to get their feedback. Put the OCR on the ECB agenda. Reflect the ECB decision in the FS OCR form and send the form (on an individual basis) to HFC and Astrium. Maintain the FS OCR tracking list (complementary to the ESA-HFC one in order to show status of FS ECB processing and feedback).
    In addition to the above the position shall also provide support to the Deputy Mission Manager outside ECB for managing the interface with ESA HFC Ground Segment (GS) and the various ATV Operational Control Boards (AOCB) as follows:
    • AOCB: Act as focal point for ESA-HFC. Documents are sent to FS for comment. Maintain the tracking list, ensure the distribution to the appropriate team members, assign proper deadline, follow up so that comments are received, check the comments with the Deputy Mission Manager and then send the file back to ESA- HFC.
    • AOCB: track the meetings to see when the documents are approved.

    Specific Competence Requirements:

    University Degree (Bachelor) from a recognized Institute of Secondary studies or equivalent.

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