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Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:19:00 +0100
Friedrichshafen -  Airbus successfully tests the dispenser structure that will hold the twin satellites GRACE-FO (GRACE = Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, FO= Follow-On) during their launch. Once the satellites are integrated in place, the assembly to the launcher or fit check test is carried out. This test is used to demonstrate the mechanical and electrical compatibility between the satellites, the dispenser, and the launcher. Airbus (Friedrichshafen / Germany) is developing and manufacturing the GRACE...
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:40:00 +0100
The ILS Proton Launch Vehicle hardware for the Amazonas 5 launch arrived at the launch site in Baikonur via train on August 18th. The LV hardware includes the Proton, Breeze M, Payload Fairing, and Ascent Unit. Offloading into Halls 101 and 111 is now in progress. Launch is scheduled for September from Pad 39. The satellite will be used for both video content delivery and internet connectivity, among other services, in Latin America. The launch of Amazonas 5 will be the 95th ILS Proton missio...
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:35:00 +0100
NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M), which is the third and final in a series of next generation communications satellites, has successfully been placed into orbit following separation from an United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. TDRS-M launched Friday at 8:29 a.m. EDT from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Ground controllers report the satellite is in good health at the start of a four-month checkout in space by its manufacturer, Boeing. NASA will condu...
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:14:00 +0100
The sixth and final Boeing [NYSE: BA] Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), launched today, will enhance NASA's space communications network when the satellite becomes fully operational early next year. TDRS-M is the latest satellite in NASA's TDRS constellation and will provide high-bandwidth communications to spacecraft in low-Earth orbit. The TDRS network enables continuous communication with the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Earth Observing System and ot...
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:22:00 +0100
If we want to know more about whether life could survive on a planet outside our solar system, it’s important to know the age of its star. Young stars have frequent releases of high-energy radiation called flares that can zap their planets' surfaces. If the planets are newly formed, their orbits may also be unstable. On the other hand, planets orbiting older stars have survived the spate of youthful flares, but have also been exposed to the ravages of stellar radiation for a longer p...
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the NASA's Tracking Data and Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 Aug. 18 at 8:29 a.m. EDT. The TDRS-M is the third and final mission in the series of these third-generation space communication satellites to orbit, as part of the follow-on fleet being developed to replenish NASA's space Network. "ULA uses the TDRS system as a primary means of receiving and distributing launch vehicle telemetry data during eve...
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:24:00 +0100
Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) (TASE: ESLT) ("Elbit Systems") confirmed today, in an answer to media inquiries, that on August 7, 2017, a jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas found Hughes Network Systems, LLC, to have infringed one of its patent, which generally relates to high-speed satellite communications, U.S. Patent No. 6,240,073. The jury awarded Elbit Systems damages of approximately $21million plus interest. The court has yet to issue a final o...
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:56:00 +0100
On August 17, 2017 at 01:07 Moscow time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the Proton Breeze M launch vehicle successfully launched a spacecraft into the orbit in the interests of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The launch was the 100th heavy lift for Proton M, which has been in use since 2001, and the 414th launch in the Proton rocket since its maiden flight in 1965. The Proton M launch vehicle and the Breeze M upper stage are designed and produced at Khrunichev Space Center of...
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:07:00 +0100
Astrophysicists are joining sightseers in watching Monday's total solar eclipse across North America but, in the decade to come, they will be viewing eclipses that last for hours instead of a few minutes - thanks to a pioneering ESA space mission. Aiming for launch in late 2020, Proba-3 is not one but two small metre-scale satellites, lining up to cast a precise shadow across space to block out the solar disc for six hours at a time, and give researchers a sustained view of the Sun's immediat...
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:00:00 +0100
Observations of "Jellyfish galaxies" with ESO's Very Large Telescope have revealed a previously unknown way to fuel supermassive black holes. It seems the mechanism that produces the tentacles of gas and newborn stars that give these galaxies their nickname also makes it possible for the gas to reach the central regions of the galaxies, feeding the black hole that lurks in each of them and causing it to shine brilliantly. The results appeared today in the journal Nature. An Italian-led team o...
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0100
DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced that it signed a Direct Access Program (DAP) contract with the Australian Department of Defence. This multi-year agreement will allow the Australian government to access DigitalGlobe's industry-leading commercial satellite imaging constellation to support defense and intelligence missions. The contract is expected to deliver $83.0 million USD in incremental revenue to Dig...
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0100
Ten spacecraft, from ESA's Venus Express to NASA's Voyager-2, felt the effect of a solar eruption as it washed through the Solar System while three other satellites watched, providing a unique perspective on this space weather event. Scientists working on ESA's Mars Express were looking forward to investigating the effects of the close encounter of Comet Siding Spring on the Red Planet's atmosphere on 19 October 2014, but instead they found what turned out to be the imprint of a solar event. ...
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:38:00 +0100
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Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:44:00 +0100
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Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:47:00 +0100
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Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:31:00 +0100
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Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0100
The payload module of MetOp-C, developed and built by Airbus in Germany, was delivered to Toulouse after it completed a series of tests at ESTEC, the technical centre of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The satellite, weighing in at four tonnes, is now almost complete after successful coupling of its payload and service module. In preparation for the launch scheduled for October 2018 from Kourou, French Guiana, MetOp-C will undergo a further series of radio-electr...
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 20:10:00 +0100
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Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:27:00 +0100
The Amazonas 5 satellite for HISPASAT of Madrid, Spain, arrived at the Baikonur Cosmdrome in Kazakhstan aboard an Antonov cargo jet on August 8 in preparation for mission integration and launch aboard an ILS Proton Breeze M launch vehicle in September. The satellite will be used for both video content delivery and internet connectivity, among other services, in Latin America. The launch of Amazonas 5 will be the 95th ILS Proton mission and the 30th with a Space Systems Loral (SSL) satellite. ...
Wed, 9 Aug 2017 22:30:00 +0100
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    Job Description
    TitleStations Engineer
    Job code1481
    Job posted on28/07/2017 (modified on 11/08/2017)
    LocationDarmstadt
    CountryGermany
    EducationMaster
    Contract typePermanent
    Start dateimmediately
    Job Description

    Vacancy in the Directorate of Operations.

    ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. Applications from women are encouraged.

     

    Post
    Stations Engineer

    This post is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.

     

    Location
    ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany 

     

    Description

    Stations Engineer in the ESTRACK Stations & Infrastructure Section, Ground Facilities Operations Division, Mission Operations Department, Directorate of Operations.

     

    Duties

    Reporting to the Head of Section, the postholder will also assist the Division's other sections with additional activities relevant to ground stations operations as required and will be involved in a variety of tasks related to the technical and operational management of ground stations.

    Main duties include:

    • analysing requirements for missions supported by ESA stations and coordinating station preparation, including configuration control; this encompasses computing link budgets, defining and executing related test and validation programmes such as RF compatibility and station performance tests, and tracking campaigns;

    • leading and supporting activities, processes and projects related to multi-mission services and installations in the ESTRACK domain; this includes requirements definition, design reviews and validation of new infrastructure, participation in anomaly review/configuration control boards as well as acting as user representative in the ground systems development process;

    • performing technical and operational management tasks, including the technical officer role in the area of ground stations; this includes supporting technical officers of external ground operations services with their duties, compiling technical and commercial requirements for the subject services, establishing service level agreements (SLAs) and associated key performance indicators (KPIs), monitoring service performance, and ensuring consistency across contracts;

    • participating in the Mission Control Team for the launch and early orbit phase (LEOP) or other mission-critical phases as Operations Manager or as ESA representative at ESA or external agency sites;

    • the incumbent may also be assigned to one or more missions in the role of Ground Operations Manager (GOM) typically responsible for duties such as, but not limited to:

       - being the single point of contact with the mission for all services provided by ESTRACK, Operations Control Centre (OCC) and ICT infrastructure over the mission lifetime, providing regular routine and event-driven reporting to the customer mission and line management;

       - acting within the Division on behalf of the mission during the build-up of the ground segment for all matters related to ESTRACK, OCC and ICT services; this includes generating and maintaining cost-at-completion data, mission-specific system engineering and steering of the required technical work and preparatory activities across the ground segment, validation of ground segment elements and final delivery to the mission.

     

    Technical competencies

    Telecommunications, electronic and mechanical engineering

    Space communication

    Architecture of ground stations dedicated to space mission support

    Radio frequency, modulation and coding techniques

     

    Behavioural competencies

    Communication

    Planning & organisation

    Results orientation

    Teamwork

    Self motivation

     

    Additional requirements

    Practical experience in designing, engineering, validating and/or operating ground stations.

    Being able to work independently and to present complex technical issues clearly and convincingly is essential for effectively performing this function.

    Candidates should be proactive, able to multitask, have strong self-motivation and be results-oriented. They will be expected to deal with different interfaces and work as part of an interdisciplinary team.

     

    Education

    Master's degree in engineering.

     

    Other information

    For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.     
    The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.     

    The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests.

     

    The closing date for applications is 8 September 2017.

     
    If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email contact.human.resources@esa.int.

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    Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada and Slovenia.

    Priority will first be given to internal candidates and secondly to external candidates from under-represented Member States.

    In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment.

     

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    Contact information
    CompanyEuropean Space Agency
    Address8-10 rue Mario Nikis
    Paris
    France
    75738
    Emailplease see above for application instructions
    Web Pagehttp://www.esa.int/


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