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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
"Using a model that more realistically simulates atmospheric conditions, we discovered a new process that controls the habitability of exoplanets and will guide us in identifying candidates for further study," said Yuka Fujii of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), New York, New York and the Earth-Life Science Institute at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, lead author of a paper on the research published in the Astrophysical Journal Oct. 17. Previous models simulated atm...
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:40:00 +0100
NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the Sentinel-6A mission. Launch is currently targeted for November 2020, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The total cost for NASA to launch Sentinel-6A is approximately $97 million, which includes the launch service and other mission related costs. The Sentinel-6A mission, also known as Jason Conti...
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
NASA Team Finds Noxious Ice Cloud on Saturn's Moon Titan Researchers with NASA's Cassini mission found evidence of a toxic hybrid ice in a wispy cloud high above the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The finding is a new demonstration of the complex chemistry occurring in Titan's atmosphere-in this case, cloud formation in the giant moon's stratosphere-and part of a collection of processes that ultimately helps deliver a smorgasbord of organic molecules to Titan's surface. Inv...
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
For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra. Shortly after 8:41 a.m. EDT on Aug. 17, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope picked up a pulse of high-energy light from a powerful explosion, which was immediately reported to astronomers around the globe as a short gamma-ray burst. The scientists at the National S...
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:43:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space GmbH to develop the feed array system for the antenna on the European Space Agency's Biomass spacecraft. This equipment is essential to guarantee the full satellite performance. One of ESA's Earth Explorer missions dedicated to protect our planet, Biomass will help us understand the quantity of carbon stored in the world's forests within the global carbon cycle. Due for launch in 2021, Biomass is primarily designed to d...
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on Oct. 15 at 3:28 a.m. EDT. Designated NROL-52, the mission is in support of national security. "Today's launch is a testament to the tireless dedication of the ULA team, demonstrating why ULA continues to serve as our nation's most dependable and successful launch provider," said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch. "Af...
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
The first full-scale model of the rocket motor that will propel Ariane 6 and Vega-C into orbit has been cast and filled with inert propellant for testing at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. The P120C is the largest solid-propellant rocket motor ever built in one segment. Each P120C will hold over 140 tonnes of propellant in a carbon fibre casing almost 11.5 m long and about 3.4 m in diameter. It is derived from Vega's current first stage motor, the P80, which holds 88 tonnes of propell...
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
There's no map showing all the billions of exoplanets hiding in our galaxy -- they're so distant and faint compared to their stars, it's hard to find them. Now, astronomers hunting for new worlds have established a possible signpost for giant exoplanets. A new study finds that giant exoplanets that orbit far from their stars are more likely to be found around young stars that have a disk of dust and debris than those without disks. The study, published in The Astronomical Journal, focused on ...
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
Mission controllers completed a critical final rehearsal today, confirming that everything and everyone on ground are ready to take over control of Sentinel-5P in the harsh environment of space. A 'team of teams' working at ESA's control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, today conducted a final rehearsal for this week's launch of Sentinel-5P. They were joined by engineers working at ground stations on three continents and by teams responsible for the launcher and its payload in Plesetsk, Russ...
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0100
Ushering in a new era of advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, the U.S. Air Force declared the first Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-built GPS III satellite "Available for Launch." The Air Force's "AFL" declaration is the final acceptance of Lockheed Martin's first GPS III Space Vehicle (GPS III SV01) prior to its expected 2018 launch. GPS III SV01 will bring new capabilities to U.S. and allied military forces, and a new civil signal that will improve future connectivity worldwide ...
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
Astronomers have identified a bumper crop of dual supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. This discovery could help astronomers better understand how giant black holes grow and how they may produce the strongest gravitational wave signals in the Universe. The new evidence reveals five pairs of supermassive black holes, each containing millions of times the mass of the Sun. These black hole couples formed when two galaxies collided and merged with each other, forcing their superma...
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
    TitleALTIUS Mission Performance Engineer
    Job codeRT-C/EOP-PM/00084
    Job posted on12/10/2017
    LocationEstec, Noordwijk
    CountryNetherlands
    EducationMaster
    Contract typePermanent
    Start datewithin 2 months
    Job Description

    Specific Tasks:

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    The ALTIUS mission aims at the development of an Earth limb sounder
    mission based on a small satellite. Its main objective is the monitoring of
    the distribution and evolution of stratospheric ozone at high vertical
    resolution in support of long term monitoring and operational services.
    Measurements of concentration profiles of other atmospheric species as
    well as of aerosol extinction vertical profiles are also envisaged in the
    frame of monitoring and scientific activities.
    The holder of this post will contribute to all aspects (project internal
    activities, monitoring/review of the relevant industrial activities, interaction
    with Mission Users and Scientists) relevant to the mission performance of
    the ALTIUS mission up to Level 2.
    The post holder will report to the ALTIUS System and Engineering
    Manager.
    The principle tasks and responsibilities include:
    • Support the definition and maintenance of mission and system level
    requirements in the following areas:
    o Mission observation requirements and mission data products
    requirements;
    o ALTIUS End-to-End simulator and Ground Processor Prototype (GPP);
    o Internal and External characterisation and calibration of the instrument;
    • Develop and maintain mission performance mathematical models and
    tools to support the assessment of the relevant industrial development
    activities and of the compliance of the system design to the mission
    performance requirements;
    • Maintain mission level performance and error budgets, in coordination
    with the other ALTIUS project team members. Analyse the compliance of
    the mission performance budgets with the end-to-end mission
    performance requirements and propose corrective actions in case of
    deviation;
    • Monitor and critically analyse the mission level performance
    requirement allocation, their flow down to the relevant contributors, the
    associated margins, their evolution and their verification;
    • Monitor and review the definition and implementation of the ALTIUS
    characterisation, calibration and validation plans and follow up the
    specification, procurement and verification/validation of the relevant
    equipment and activities;
    • Support the payload team for aspects relevant to instrument
    performance requirements flow-down and instrument performance
    verification, including relevant models and tools;
    • Follow up the End to End Simulator and GPP specification,
    procurement, verification/validation and acceptance activities; Acquire
    working knowledge of the tools for test data generation purposes and
    internal mission level verification activities;
    • Support the preparation, execution and analysis of the relevant in-flight
    cal/val operations during the commissioning phase;
    • Support Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS) Requirement definition
    and reviews for what concern the Ground processor aspects;
    • Support cross-verification activities of the PDGS operational ground
    processor against the Ground Processor Prototype;
    • Support the establishment, maintenance and running of the ALTIUS
    Mission Advisory Group (MAG) for what concerns mission & instrument
    performance aspects, including end-to-end mission performance
    verification and compliance status;
    • Interact with the ALTIUS Mission Users Community and Scientific
    Community for what concerns Mission definition, Products definition and
    mission & instrument performance aspects.
    • Support the System and Engineering Manager and the other ALTIUS
    project team members in all aspects related to mission performance, as
    necessary for the effective execution of the ALTIUS project.
    The Mission Performance Engineer will cooperate closely with the
    ALTIUS payload team in the execution of the relevant tasks. Furthermore
    she/he will be supported by and is expected to closely cooperate with
    specialist engineers from the ALTIUS team, from the Earth Observation
    Projects Department and from the Directorate of Technology,
    Engineering and Quality (D/TEC) as appropriate.

    Requirements:

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    Applicants for this post should have a university degree (at least Master’s
    degree) or equivalent qualification in a relevant physical science or
    engineering subject, together with a demonstrated background and
    experience in systems for Earth Atmospheric Composition monitoring and
    science studies in a space project environment as well as knowledge of
    aerosols and ozone observational data. Experience working with
    atmospheric composition in Earth-System models and data assimilation
    as well as background and experience on the specific issues relevant to
    bright limb, solar and stellar occultation observing systems are assets.
    The candidate must possess solid analytical skills and the command of
    the physics and techniques of Earth limb observation systems (bright
    limb, solar/stellar occultation), together with the capability to critically
    analyse the work performed by industry in the relevant areas, identify
    problems and propose/instigate corrective actions.
    The candidate shall demonstrate to be proficient with programming tools
    and languages relevant to the implementation and maintenance of the
    system performance models (e.g. MATLAB).

     

    Contact information
    CompanyVITROCISET Belgium Sprl
    Contact nameLjiljana Petkov
    AddressRue Devant les HĂȘtres,2
    TRANSINNE (SOUTH OF BELGIUM)
    not applicable
    Belgium
    6890
    Phone+32 61 23 00 04
    Fax+32 61 23 02 69
    Emaill.petkov@vitrocisetbelgium.com;jobs@vitrocisetbelgium.com
    Web Pagehttp://www.vitrocisetbelgium.com


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