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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:40:00 +0100
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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
ESO's fleet of telescopes in Chile have detected the first visible counterpart to a gravitational wave source. These historic observations suggest that this unique object is the result of the merger of two neutron stars. The cataclysmic aftermaths of this kind of merger - long-predicted events called kilonovae - disperse heavy elements such as gold and platinum throughout the Universe. This discovery, published in several papers in the journal Nature and elsewhere, also provides the strongest ev...
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:43:00 +0100
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Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0100
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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:05:00 +0100
The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel-5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The 820 kg satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST) today. The first stage separated 2 min 16 sec after liftoff, followed by the fairing and second stage at 3 min 3 sec and 5 min 19 sec, respectively. The upper stage then fired twice, delivering Sentinel-5P to its final orbit 79 min after liftoff. ...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:55:00 +0100
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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:50:00 +0100
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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:32:00 +0100
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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 9 Oct 2017 16:30:00 +0100
With four days to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The rocket will be fuelled two days before launch, set for Friday at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). The Sentinel-5P satellite has been at the cosmodrome since early September going through a series of tests and being readied for the big day. After being sealed from view in the rocket fairing last week, it was rolled out to the launch pad on Saturday. "This point in any...
Mon, 9 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:03:00 +0100
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Thu, 5 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 4 Oct 2017 14:30:00 +0100
As preparations for the launch of Sentinel-5P continue on track, the team at Russia's Plesetsk site has bid farewell to the satellite as it was sealed from view in the Rockot fairing. Liftoff is set for 13 October at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). Since its arrival at the launch site at the beginning of September, Sentinel-5P has been through a series of stringent tests to confirm there was no damage during the flight from the UK. These tests have made sure that everything is in good working orde...
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    Job Description
    TitleSystems Communications Engineering / Ingénierie des systèmes de communication
    Job posted on19/07/2017 (modified on 20/07/2017)
    Contract typePermanent
    Start datewithin 2 months
    SalaryBetween $87600 and $131400 per year
    Job Description

    Systems Communications Engineering

    As part of the System Engineering Group, the system communication engineer will provide RF and Digital System Payload architecture design, perform link budget and capacity analysis, define payload requirements and associated performances, and do detail analysis in support of MDA communication Payload proposals and programs.


    Communication Engineer provide both payload architecture design and RF/digital system performance analysis during life cycle of payload, from bids to the project implementation phases along with R&D activities in support of payload or processes improvement. The engineer will interface with suppliers and customer and participate in the technical negotiation.

    Knowledge of the immerging satellite technologies is required such as flexible communications payload, digital transparent processor, DSP, Channelizer, Multiport Amplifier (MPA) and active antenna arrays.

    Capability to generate winning technical proposals base on Payload architecture that fulfil the customer requirements and provide an optimum performance/ cost trade-off, with minimum risk. 

    Provision of System Engineering Documentation (System Requirements, Equipment Specifications, SOC, Verification and Validation Matrix, Design Data Packages, Systems Budgets, Test Reports).

    Impact Analysis: of Non and Partial Compliance from Equipment Level up to Payload Level. Management and Execution of RFW and RFD’s. Produce and manage ECN’s as necessary.

    Participate in program design reviews: EQSR, SRR, PDR and CDR.

    Produce Payload Test Plan, Test Requirement and Procedures, provide support and Interface with AIT during Payload Assembly Integration and Test.  Lead and /or attend TRR, TRB, DRB, and NCR’s. Review and approve payload test results. Support the production of the Payload EIDP.

    Provide support to Spacecraft test campaign, at the S/C supplier facility.

    Define In-Orbit Test (IOT) plan and procedures and provide support to IOT Payload tests.

    General Requirements:

    8 to 13 years minimum experience in Communications Satellite Payloads

    RF design background and digital knowledge

    Bent pipe and Digital Communications System design skills including simulations

    Knowledge of Channelizer and MPA


    Competitive benefit package


    Ingénierie des systèmes de communication

    Au sein du groupe d’ingénierie système, l’ingénieur des systèmes de communication fournira une conception d’architecture des charges utiles de systèmes RF et numériques, effectuera des bilans de liaison et analyses de la capacité, définira les exigences de charges utiles et les rendements connexes et fera des analyses détaillées à l’appui des propositions et programmes de charges utiles de télécommunications de MDA.

    Responsabilités :

    L’ingénieur en communication fournit la conception de l’architecture de la charge utile et l’analyse du rendement du système RF/numérique au cours du cycle de vie de la charge utile, des soumissions jusqu’aux phases de mise en œuvre du projet ainsi que les activités de R. et D. à l’appui de l’amélioration des charges utiles et des procédés. L’ingénieur assurera l’interface avec les fournisseurs et clients et participera à la négociation technique.

    Une connaissance des technologies satellitaires émergentes est requise telles que les charges utiles de communications flexibles, les processeurs numériques transparents, DSP, canaliseur, amplificateur multi-ports (MPA) et les antennes-réseaux actives.

    Capacité de produire des propositions techniques gagnantes basées sur l’architecture des charges utiles qui répondent aux exigences des clients et offrent un rendement optimal / une réduction des coûts et un risque minimal. 

    Fournir de la documentation d’ingénierie du système (exigences du système, spécifications d’équipement, SOC, matrice de vérification et de validation, ensembles de données de conception, budgets des systèmes, rapports d’essai).

    Analyse des conséquences : de la non-conformité ou conformité partielle au niveau de l’équipement jusqu’au niveau de la charge utile. Gestion et exécution des demandes de renonciation après production (RFW) et des demandes de dérogation avant production (RFD). Produire et gérer les avis de modifications techniques (ECN) au besoin.

    Participer aux revues de définition des programmes: EQSR, SRR, PDR et CDR.

    Produire le plan d’essai des charges utiles, les procédures et exigences d’essai, fournir un appui et une interface avec l’AIT au cours de l’assemblage, intégration et essai des charges utiles. Mener ou assister aux TRR, TRB, DRB et NCR. Passer en revue et approuver les résultats d’essai des charges utiles. Soutenir la production du EIDP des charges utiles.

    Fournir un soutien pour la campagne d’essai du satellite, à l’établissement du fournisseur du satellite.

    Définir les procédures et le plan d’essai en orbite  (IOT) et fournir un appui pour les essais IOT des charges utiles.

    Exigences générales :

    8 à 13 ans minimum d’expérience en charges utiles de satellites de télécommunications

    Antécédents en conception RF et connaissance numérique

    Compétences en conception de systèmes de communication numériques et à tube coudé incluant les simulations

    Connaissance du canaliseur et de MPA

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    CompanyMDA Corporation
    Contact nameAna Sonicki
    Address21025 Trans-Canada Highway
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    Phone514-457-2150 ext 343
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