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2003 - present. Spacon (spacecraft controller) monitoring and controlling satellites at the European Space Agency I have been spacon on Integral, ESA's gamma ray observatory, XMM-Newton its X-ray space telescope, Sentinel 1A, Sentinel 3A the EU funded Copernicus earth observation program and GAIA that is measuring 1 billion stars in our galaxy the Milky Way. I am also involved in the ESOC Radio Club, the cybernetics club and cubesats such as D-Sat.

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2003 - Short contract at Eumetsat, the European Meteological Satellite Organisation. IT Support.

Receiving weather satellite images direct from space has been one of my hobbies, for many years. The first system I built was a handbuilt VHF receiver connected to a decoder and 32k BBC computer which displayed the low resolution APT pictures. My current PC system receives Eumetcast:- Ku-band DVB-S2 re-transmitted data from MSG, GOES, NOAA, Metop, and Sentinel satellites. Looking at these images I often see things that have not even been mentioned on the news such as fires, sandstorms, and volcanoes The glaciers of Antartica are also amazing to look at.

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1999 - 2001 Enron the energy company famous for its creative book keeping , based in Frankfurt. IT Support for Germany, Switzerland and occasionally other countries.

Since 1995 I've mostly done computer work such as IT Support, Network Support, Systems Administrator, Installation and Rollout Engineer.

I also learned Macromedia Dreamweaver and do Internet Web Design.

My career started as electronics test and service technician fault finding and repairing electronic circuits - analogue, digital and RF.
I have worked in industries such as, Computer, Telecommunications, Broadcast and Cable TV, Electricity Metering, NMR Scanners. Companies worked for include: GEC, AEG Telefunken/ANT, Landis and Gyr, Transtel, Probel.
Electronics was a hobby too and I used to build various radio and amplifier systems from scratch .
I was Councillor on Slough Borough Council 1990-1999, and re-elected twice. I served as Chairman of the Environmental Health Committee, and of the Road Safety Commitee. I worked on the introduction of Sloughs first door-to-door recycling scheme.
Inside and outside the council I have campaigned for better public transport and more cyclepaths.


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