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This op-ed originally appeared in the Jan. 15, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. The creation of the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize competition in 2007 was a masterstroke to incentivize bold new dreams of commercial space ventures beyond Earth orbit. The competition was built on the legacy of the $10 million Ansari X Prize […]
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Former NSC official Jon Wolfsthal: “If we’re going to threaten the use of nuclear weapons in response to a cyber attack, why aren’t we investing more money in our own cyber capability?”
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In a deal struck Monday, Congress passed its fourth continuing resolution since late September to keep the government funded at last year's levels.
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Eutelsat CEO Rodolphe Belmer, who ran the French film and television studio Canal Plus before taking the helm of the world’s third largest satellite fleet operator, has joined the board of directors of Netflix.
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The foundation running the Google Lunar X Prize announced Jan. 23 that the $20 million grand prize for a commercial lunar lander will expire at the end of March without a winner.
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Morten Tengs, Telenor Satellite’s CEO, says direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting is still the largest revenue generator for the operator, but Thor-7 now has “a substantial maritime datacom business,” as well as some land-based customers in the Middle East.
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The successful launch of Rocket Lab's Electron rocket Jan. 20 also tested a kick stage designed to circularize the orbits of its satellite payloads.
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The first federal government shutdown in more than four years came to a swift end Jan. 22 but served as a warning of what a future shutdown could do to both government and commercial space efforts.
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:35:56 +0000
As Kepler approaches the end of its life, NASA’s next mission to search for exoplanets is gearing up for launch. Technicians are completing final tests on the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a NASA mission scheduled for launch this spring.
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CSIS: From 2013 to 2015, contracts on space products plummeted by 56 percent, and R&D fell by 47 percent.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:38:02 +0000
Kepler Communications, a Canadian startup designing a low-Earth-orbit constellation for satellite connectivity, says its first satellite is performing as expected following a Jan. 19 launch on China’s Long March 11 rocket.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:35:11 +0000
SpaceX and mobile satellite services provider Iridium, now halfway through deploying the Iridium Next constellation, are preparing for their fifth mission on March 18 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 02:20:14 +0000
Rocket Lab announced Jan. 20 that the second launch of its Electron small rocket was a success, reaching orbit and deploying three cubesats.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:56:18 +0000
The SBIRS GEO Flight 4 satellite flew aboard a U.S. Air Force Atlas 5 rocket. This was the 75th launch carried out by the Atlas 5.
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As the federal government begins its first shutdown in more than four years Jan. 20, NASA's operating plans are little changed from that earlier shutdown, with most agency employees set to be furloughed.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:27:50 +0000
Details about how NASA will implement a space policy directive regarding a human return to the moon will be in the agency's 2019 budget request, scheduled for release as soon as early February.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:54:25 +0000
California Assembly Appropriations Committee backs plan to create a California Aerospace and Aviation Commission to recommend action the governor and state legislature could take to retain jobs and encourage the industry's growth.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:57:20 +0000
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis: “In space we will do our best to deter. But for right now, it’s about sizing up the problem."
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:46:13 +0000
Shortly after a Finnish company successfully launched the country’s first commercial SAR microsatellite, Finland’s president signed the country’s first comprehensive space legislation.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:20:10 +0000
A Senate committee voted on party lines Jan. 18 to advance the nominations of individuals to lead NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, although with no clear indication of when, or if, they will be confirmed by the full Senate.
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    TitleNOC System Administrator
    Job codeDA-ESOCNOC-007
    Job posted on06/12/2017 (modified on 12/01/2018)
    Contract typePermanent
    Start date>3months
    Job Description


    LSE Space GmbH is truly an international company with widespread expertise in large international projects - often crossing multiple organizational, cultural, and technological barriers.

    LSE Space is looking for an experienced Engineer (m/f) in order to fulfil the duty of: 


    for our customer ESA/ESOC  in Darmstadt/Germany.


    For our activities in the European Space Agency, we are currently seeking to employ a highly motivated and enthusiastic SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR to work in an exciting innovative international environment

    The role will be part of a newly established Network Operations Centre (NOC) tasked with coordinating, configuring and monitoring activities related to the ESA ground segment, specifically the Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TT&C) stations of the ESTRACK ground station network.

    The NOC is responsible for providing 1st and 2nd line support to the ESA space missions and its users.

    It provides Ground Operations, Operational IT and Operational Control Centre services and acts as single point of contact for real-time service requests from ESTRACK customers.


    As System Administrator, you will have the opportunity to support provision of ESA Ground Facilities Operations Services. In particular, you will provide system engineering, maintenance and operations for the Mission Operations Infrastructure Information Technology (the network and the communication system).

    This position is based in Network Operations Centre (NOC), responsible for the provision of ESA Ground Facilities Operations Services, which includes the monitoring and control of ESA’s Tracking Station Network (ESTRACK) as well as the underlying Mission Operations Infrastructure Information Technology (MOI-IT) and Operations Control Centres (OCC).

    Task and Activities

    ► System installation

    ► Configuration and maintenance of software products

    ► Systems test and validation

    ► System rebuilds and data restoration

    ► Systems administration

    ► Installation and management of user accounts, including the management of user administration rights where authorised in coordination with the Service Desk

    ► Maintenance and administration of the shared infrastructure, e.g. virtualization and storage environments

    ► Handling of incidents passed from 1st level (CCC Service Desk)

    ► Diagnosis and reporting of software faults, including escalation to 3rd line support if necessary

    ► Performance measurement and accounting

    ► System and sub-system performance evaluation and optimization

    ► Support to problem analysis, with appropriate reporting

    ► Arranging for software backups and restoring from backup on request

    ► Sustaining replacements

    ► Decommissioning and disposal

    ► Consultation to the user community

    ► Production of utilities/interfaces for user applications

    ► Production of simple scripts and consultation on script writing

    ► Administrate and configure the tools used to monitor the MOI-IT infrastructure.

    ► Change Management


    Skills and Experience

    The following skills and experience are mandatory:

    ► You have professional qualifications in the relevant disciplines.

    ► You have a significant knowledge and a minimum of 5 years’ direct experience in the area of administration of software & systems.

    ► You have a demonstrable ability to analyse complex systems and present them in a comprehensible way to across other technical and managerial domains, with the specific ability to understand and communicate the relevant detail (whilst maintaining focus on the overall system-wide aspects).

    ► You have experience with estimating and scheduling of multiple concurrent technical activities such that milestones and their likely achievement can be communicated.

    ► You have good communication skills, in terms of experience in authoring technical and project documentation, and then being able to present it to a broad audience in English.


    The following skills would be highly desirable:

    ► Internet Protocol network design, specification, documentation, testing, fault finding, and evolution.

    ► You possess in-depth knowledge of Cisco design methodologies, technologies and solutions (ideally including enterprise WLAN infrastructure). It will be beneficial if the key person holds current Cisco certification(s) or equivalent

    ► You have security skills associated with securing the communication system (eg next generation Firewalls, VPN, intrusion detection and prevention, strong authentication).

    ► You are familiar with IP based Telephony Systems

    ► Preference will be given to candidates eligible for an EU or national personal security clearance at the level of SECRET or above.


    Location of work:




    A permanent employment contract. Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package. Career path.


    In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process. Furthermore, in view of the nature of the work the company is in, all potential employees will undergo stringent reference and identity checks.

    You are looking for a challenging position in a very interesting, international environment?

    Then send your application preferably online (including CV and cover letter) not later than 25th January 2018 to:



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    CompanyLSE Space GmbH
    Contact nameDaniel Gestal
    AddressRobert-Bosch Str. 16A
    Phone+49-6151 666-1918
    Fax+49-6151 666-1999
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