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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.
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:31:42 +0000
Inhabitants of the tiny tropical island pay through the nose for internet service that mainlanders would have considered painfully slow during the pre-Netflix era.
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    Job Description
    TitleSoftware Test Engineer
    Job codeJ1158
    Job posted on06/07/2017
    Contract typePermanent
    Start date>3months
    Job Description

    About us
    SCISYS Deutschland GmbH provides professional engineering and consultancy services supporting space programmes and missions. We have a strong presence at ESOC and EUMETSAT, as well as serving all ESA sites and spacecraft primes. Our team is composed of university graduates and experienced professionals, comprising some of the most knowledgeable, dedicated and talented engineers across Europe. Our services cover the whole life cycle of space programmes from early concepts to operations.

    Our Space Division provides a dynamic, supportive and friendly atmosphere in which you are encouraged to lead with initiative. We support new ideas from our colleagues and are focused on innovation. Moreover, we actively manage your professional development, training and career progression.

    We are looking for a Software Test Engineer to work at The European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching, near Munich.

    The Software Engineering and Quality Group (SEQ) in the Department of Science Operations Software (SCS) provides development teams with software engineering services, including the testing of software applications during all phases of the development life-cycle. Particular focus is on the automation of test cases wherever possible, GUI testing for desktop and web applications, and the maintenance of regression test suites.

    The required services consists of:

    Testing software applications for the Atacama Large Millimeter Aarray (ALMA) project according to ALMA standards and processes.

    Regularly interacting with developers and science users to collect and understand the user requirements.

    Producing test cases, plans, and reports.

    Analyzing test results, and investigating the root causes in collaboration with the developers.

    Maintaining the existing automated test suites.

    Defining, and maintaining effective test environments. (Platforms used are Linux and Mac OS.)

    Essential requirements:

    University degree in Computer Science or equivalent.

    Experience in software testing, test automation, requirements analysis, and testing of web and desktop GUI applications.

    Ability to conduct manual testing, and implement fully automated tests.

    Ability to write documentation of test tools and environments, as well as test case descriptions and test reports.

    Familiar with modern software development and test methodologies, as well as standard software engineering practices

    Good knowledge of Java programming, scripting languages (e.g. UNIX Shell, Python, Groovy), and software build tools.

    Proven experience testing Java Desktop GUIs under Linux and/or Mac OS.

    Proven experience testing dynamic web applications, including JavaScript-centric single page applications.

    Sufficient programming experience in Java, especially writing and improving comprehensive test cases.

    Proven experience with relational databases and designing SQL queries.

    Proven experience in the use of testing tools like Selenium or QF-Test.

    Good knowledge of test Automation.

    Good knowledge scripting languages, preferably Groovy and/or Python.

    Sufficient exposure to version control systems, preferably Git.

    Very good command of the English language.

    Very good oral and written communication skills.

    Team spirit and eagerness to learn and understand complex operational environments.

    Customer orientation and a strong sense for quality development.

    Desirable requirements:

    Knowledge of Unit test frameworks like Junit or TestNG.

    Knowledge of general purpose software testing techniques (equivalence partition, combinatorial, pair-wise, boundary conditions, etc.).

    Knowledge of JavaScript.

    Experience in the use of continuous integration systems (e.g. Jenkins).

    Knowledge of administering Linux.

    Other Information

    Start date is 1st January 2018

    To apply online please visit

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    CompanySCISYS Deutschland GmbH
    Contact nameAntonella Costa / Kiri Wood
    AddressEuropaplatz 4
    Phone0049 6151 428530
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