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Mon, 22 Jul 2019 00:15:34 +0000
As NASA celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first crewed landing on the moon, the agency released new details about how it will procure launders to enable humans to return to the moon in the 2020s.
Sun, 21 Jul 2019 02:53:09 +0000
NASA and the White House used the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing to mark the latest achievement in the development of the Orion spacecraft and reaffirm plans to use it to return humans to the moon by 2024.
Sat, 20 Jul 2019 21:27:21 +0000
The SDA is preparing to host its first public meeting with space industry contractors as it tries to reassure skeptics.
Sat, 20 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000
Indeed, we were witnessing “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Nevertheless, my maternal grandmother who lived with us and was born in Eastern Europe in 1890, exclaimed, “I don’t believe it and will never believe it.”
Sat, 20 Jul 2019 04:01:20 +0000
Fifty years after Apollo 11, we are in a far better position, and so much closer, to return to the moon and send humans to Mars than we ever have been in the past. There are still many technical challenges to overcome, but the biggest challenge remains the political will to do so.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 20:22:00 +0000
Satellite and rocket hardware provider Ruag Space signed a contract with Firefly Aerospace to provide payload adapters for its small launch vehicles.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 20:00:29 +0000
During the decades since the cancellation of the Apollo program, some have used the Chinese treasure fleets of the early 1400s as a cautionary tale.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 19:31:29 +0000
Rocket Lab passed a milestone in the production of its Electron rocket as the company gears up for its next launch and continues work on a new launch facility.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:23:00 +0000
The Connect Bidco consortium told the British government that for at least three years it would keep Inmarsat’s core network operations center and skilled engineering resources in the country once the merger, expected to close late this year, is complete.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:18:10 +0000
China carried out the controlled deorbiting of its Tiangong-2 space lab into the South Pacific, the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) announced Friday.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:36:28 +0000
Kevin O’Connell, director of the Commerce Department’s Office of Space Commerce, said the repository, called the Unified Data Library, is the first step in the transfer of some space situational awareness responsibilities as requested by the White House last year.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:00:53 +0000
The story of the Apollo program, the many heroes in the headlines and those behind-the-scenes, the unprecedented crisis and tragedies that were overcome to fulfill a martyred President’s bold promise, is a story as compelling as any great novel or Greek myth.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 01:26:17 +0000
NASA has decided to extend the lifetimes of all eight astrophysics missions up for review, from large space telescopes to an instrument on the International Space Station.
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 23:17:32 +0000
The U.K. will invest $34 million in small satellites, will increase support for the Combined Space Operations Center.
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 17:00:44 +0000
History is now repeating itself. President Trump has declared he wants to send astronauts to the moon by 2024 and then Mars by 2033. But, in other words, NASA is saying to Trump the same thing it said to Bush: “You can’t do your program until you do my program.”
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:49:15 +0000
Virgin Galactic’s merger with a publicly-traded investment company is likely a one-off event based on the company and people involved, and not a sign of more fundamental changes in the industry, investors argue.
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:39:00 +0000
A half-century after developing the computers that guided the Apollo missions to the moon, Draper is working on technologies that it says can enable new human and robotic missions to the moon in the near future.
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:00:47 +0000
Just as we have built on the foundation provided by the Apollo astronauts, the next generation will build on our achievements, and future generations on theirs.
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 12:00:22 +0000
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first humans to walk on the moon, you might notice we aren’t celebrating it on the moon. Why?
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 02:44:31 +0000
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told a Senate committee July 17 that a cost estimate for landing humans on the moon by 2024 likely won’t be ready until the administration submits a budget request next February.
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    TitleSpacecraft Operations Engineer – Aeolus -
    Job posted on10/07/2019 (modified on 17/07/2019)
    Contract typePermanent
    Start datewithin 3months
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    Thorn SDS is part of the industrial consortia contracted to provide ICT and Engineering services to the European Space Agency (ESOC).  We have a heritage of working in the Space sector, providing talented individuals to work on high-profile and ground-breaking projects.

    We are committed to working with the best people, who are determined to use all their skills and experience to deliver successful outcomes to our clients. We want our teams to be experts in their fields and offer training and support within the lifecycle of a project.

    We are looking for a Spacecraft Operations Engineer (SOE) who will have responsibility for the Aeolus Payload chain, including the In-situ Cleaning System and the related interfaces for Mission Planning and Industry and payload external interfaces (PDGS, Mission Scientists). You will work in close co-ordination with the prime Payload and ICS engineers.  The service may be extended to additional subsystems or systems within the scope of general SOE service and you will need to participate in the on-call rota.

    The service will initially be provided for the Aeolus mission within the Earth Observation Missions family but with the possibility of supporting other missions within this family.

    The general activities to be supported by this service are:

    - Maintenance and preparation of Flight Control and Contingency Procedures

    - Support to the general routine activities of the mission (Mission Planning, documentation maintenance, satellite and ground systems anomaly investigation).

    - Acquisition and maintenance of general satellite knowledge and procedures, participating in the on-call engineer service rotation.

    - General Flight Control Support Service

    - Spacecraft Performance Analysis


    Essential Requirements

    - Spacecraft subsystem knowledge

    - Experience in spacecraft operations

    - Ability to work in an organised, timely, reliable manner with good reporting skills.

    - Ability to work with other service providers in operations (team player)

    - Ability to interact with other teams supporting the operations preparation (e.g. Payload Data Ground Segment, Ground Data Systems)

    - An ability to work in English


    Desirable requirements

    - Familiarity with the ESOC environment

    - Familiarity with satellite control systems, in particular SCOS-2000

    - Familiarity with operational simulators, especially the ones based on SimSat

    - Familiarity with MOIS


    If you are interested, please email your CV to


    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.


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    CompanyThorn SDS
    Contact nameMarina Ludwig
    AddressOtto Hesse Str. 19
    Phone0049 (0) 6151 670 66
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