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Tue, 16 Oct 2018 20:52:46 +0000
The NASA astronaut who was on the aborted Soyuz mission to the International Space Station says he has “complete confidence” in the Russians despite this launch failure and other problems and looks forward to flying again on the spacecraft.
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:26:57 +0000
ThinKom’s recent collaborations with satellite operators Telesat and SES have the antenna builder jockeying to compete with Viasat, IsoTropic Systems and others in the race to build affordable high-tech antennas that can link with satellite constellations in non-geosynchronous orbits.
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 23:40:09 +0000
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Mon, 15 Oct 2018 23:06:02 +0000
Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft who backed the winning entry in a suborbital spaceflight competition and later funded development of a massive air-launch system, passed away Oct. 15.
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:50:15 +0000
The status of proposals to create a separate branch of the U.S. military devoted to space will be the subject of the next meeting of the National Space Council on Oct. 23.
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:37:00 +0000
Canadian satellite startup Kepler Communications raised $16 million from investors, securing funding to build and launch its first-generation constellation of up to 15 satellites, the company announced today.
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:03:08 +0000
Eric Béranger, former chief executive of satellite constellation venture OneWeb, has left the company entirely, OneWeb confirmed Oct. 15.
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:31:23 +0000
Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies expect their $34 billion merger, announced Sunday, will create the sixth largest defense contractor in the United States while saving $500 million in corporate costs by three years of closing.
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:06:30 +0000
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he believes launches of crewed Soyuz spacecraft will resume “on schedule” after last week’s launch failure, avoiding the possibility of leaving the International Space Station without a crew.
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:00:58 +0000
Phase Four, an El Segundo, California startup, is expanding its leadership team as part of a campaign to direct its advanced electric propulsion system toward the growing satellite constellation market.
Sat, 13 Oct 2018 20:34:53 +0000
With the International Space Station likely to have only a three-person crew for an extended period, researchers expect there will be less time devoted to research.
Sat, 13 Oct 2018 17:30:34 +0000
The world’s people buy more than 78 million cars every year. They shop for horsepower and acceleration, leg room and cargo space, and how many miles it can go on a tank of fuel or on a single charge. And every year, more of them want to know just how smart their car is. The […]
Sat, 13 Oct 2018 16:35:04 +0000
Virgin Galactic’s chief executive says the company is approaching the “next phase” of the flight test program for the company’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle as the company’s founder predicts the company reaching space in “weeks.”
Sat, 13 Oct 2018 00:56:05 +0000
As one group of engineers continues to diagnose a gyro problem that has sidelined the Hubble Space Telescope, another is dealing with a problem that has put operations of another large space observatory on hold.
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 22:34:35 +0000
Luck is not a plan. Yet up to now Congressional appropriators and senior NASA officials are mostly relying on luck to keep us safe from catastrophic fatalities resulting from the surprise impact of an unseen asteroid.
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 18:03:30 +0000
The next-generation crewed spacecraft will be the payload for the first flight of the Long March 5B launch vehicle, a variant of the Long March 5 and designed for lofting large modules of the planned Chinese Space Station.
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:45:51 +0000
Defense officials have been sounding alarms about what they describe as a glaring national security vulnerability — a new class of ultrafast weapons being developed by China and Russia that would overpower U.S. missile defenses.
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 12:41:27 +0000
Roscosmos now says one of the Soyuz rocket’s four strap-on boosters failed to properly separate and nicked the core stage.
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:39:24 +0000
The Senate confirmed James Morhard to be NASA’s deputy administrator late Oct. 11.
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:22:45 +0000
Members of an independent NASA safety panel said they were worried that the Oct. 11 Soyuz launch failure could make safety concerns with the agency’s commercial crew program even worse.
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    TitleOperations & Community Support Scientist
    Job posted on09/08/2018
    LocationVillanueva de la Cañada, Madrid
    Contract typeAny
    Start dateimmediately
    Job Description

    Client and Location:

    For one of our main customers, ESA/ESAC, we are currently looking for an Operations and Community Support Scientist for ESAC’s XMM-Newton Mission.

    Tasks and Responsibilities:

    This position will include the following specific tasks:

    • Contribute to instrument calibration or scientific performance monitoring within team activities.

    • Development of new algorithms or shared scripts for scientific analysis.

    In addition to:

    Operations Scientist (50%):

    Optimisation to the observations of accepted proposals. 

    Support to the Observing Time Allocation Committee (OTAC): The OTAC reviews all incoming observation proposals and determines which observations should be assigned observing time, this service may involve provision of support to the Project Scientist and the OTAC in this process.

    Participation on the activities related to the systematic processing of all scientific mission data as they become available.

    Provision of scientific requirements of the pipeline products –following recommendations of the Project Scientist and Users Group- through the PPS Scientist and coordination and participation on the quality control of the pipeline products.

    Participation in the production and regular updating of the XMM-Newton source catalogues, in the definition of their content and scientific validation.

    Generation of conflict free and optimized science instrument operations plan, timelines and command sequences.

    Support the generation of procedures where relevant

    Target of Opportunity on call service

    Coordination of the release of Announcements of Opportunity for observing time, and provide support to the Project Scientist in the subsequent proposal peer review process by the Observing Time Allocation Committee.

    Support to the set-up of calibration observations, including coordination with instrument teams or to engineering observations requested MOC.

    Interact with instrument teams, as requested in order to acquire and maintain instrument-specific knowledge at the SOC.

    Provide second line support on helpdesk queries as requested.

    Participate in internal and external group meetings as requested, provide feedback to users and promote the mission at scientific conferences, e.g., by presentations.

    Community Support Scientist (50%): 

    Contribution to the SAS scientific validation and provision of occasional input to the SAS.

    Support to the Observing Time Allocation Committee (OTAC).

    Support the scientific community via preparation and maintenance of up to date documentation, web contents, help desk service manned in working time and preparation of data analysis and scientific workshops.

    Supporting observers/PIs in the optimization of their science programmes.

    Coordination of the release of Announcements of Opportunity for observing time, and support to the Project Scientist in the subsequent proposal peer review process by the Observing Time Allocation Committee and Optimisation to the observations of accepted proposals.

    Ensuring the scientific value of the pipeline and catalogue products is maintained and improved in agreement with the needs of the astronomical community, interfacing with the Project Scientist and Users’ Group/SWT.

    Support in organising and managing formal reviews, when needed, of scientific aspects  of the mission.

    Maintain user support documentation, as requested.

    Support the Project Scientist in outreach activities on request, e.g., by providing information on details of observing schedules or other data.


    Where it enhances the capability to support the user community, and only if other tasks permit, up to 20% of the work may involve original science research.


    Experience and education:

    At least a Science PhD or Master’s degree in related fields.

    At least 4 years of relevant experience

    High level of expertise in astronomical observations, preferably X-ray astronomy, to understand the needs and requirements of the XMM-Newton community for the planning and implementation of requested observations and to competently deal with community questions on these observations.

    Excellent command of commonly used generic analysis software, like IDL, or Python, and of X-ray astronomical data analysis software in particular, with preference to the XMM-Newton SAS, FTOOLs and XSPEC or similar, in order to competently interact with and support the community in their use of XMM-Newton data.

    High level of understanding of the tasks in scientific operations support for an international space- (or ground-) based observatory. Knowledge of the specifics of astronomical X-ray detectors, preferably those of XMM-Newton.

    High level of ability to interact with and provide support to users from a world-wide community and crossing multiple disciplines.

    Fluency in written and spoken English.


    About ATG Europe

    Today, ATG is recognized as a leading provider of specialized engineering, scientific and technical services to the European Aerospace. Our headquarters is located in Noordwijk, The Netherlands and we have subsidiaries in Germany and the UK and Ireland.

    ATG People is the key player in delivering highly educated personnel for R&D environments throughout Europe. We are continually recruiting experienced Engineers for exciting, full-time positions based at our customers. As an ATG Engineer, you will be working on very diverse missions and assignments. This opens up unique opportunities to be engaged in innovative projects and challenging you to perform to high standards and utilizing the full extent of your professional knowledge. We need you to complement our super star team!


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