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     Date Submitted:19-09-2010
     Last Modified:28-03-2012 (10:27)
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     Current job:System Engineer - HW/SW Engineer - Operations Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsSystem engineer, Hardware digital design and architecture, Software design and architecture, on-board software, science instruments architecture design and operations, TM&TC design, hw/sw interfaces definition and documentation, instrument ground segment
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    Introduction
    This Professional Curriculum is provided to whom it may concern. The information it contains can be used for any legal use according to EU laws on this matter. This document is organised as follows:
    Personal data
    Professional competencies (specific and additional)
    Current activities
    Past activities
    Publications
    Additional information
     
    Personal Data
    Languages: italian (native), english (fluent).
    Studies:
    - Scientific High School Diploma.
    - Electronics Engineering degree, with thesis about the implementation of a microcontroller-based, GPS-aided, navigation system (it included the development of a flux-gate magnetometer/compass).
    - Professional (legal) qualification attained in January 1995.
     
    Specific competencies
    Systems engineering, interfaces management and systems integration, hardware/software integration, with particular reference to air and space applications. For what pertains space systems: architectures, mission and payload management systems, electronic ground support equipments (EGSE) and on-board avionics (platform and payload). Experience with:
    CCSDS Packet Telecommand/Telemetry standards.
    SCOS 2000 TC/TM configuration, MEDOC database, display configuration.
    ESA’s DDS, POS and other mission related interfaces.
    MIL-STD-1553B applications (Avionics, S/C systems, VEGA launcher), knowledge of CAN, HotLink and SpaceWire.
    NASA/JPL TC/TM architecture and science data disseminations.
    NASA/JPL PTF, ITL and other mission related interfaces.
    Software design and development cycles (experience with mission critical applications running on ERC-32 and other processors).
    Hardware design and development cycles, including clean-room activities, thermo-vacuum testing, S/C integration.
    Validation of mission critical software and hardware.
    Project documentation (for the entire project cycle)
    Hardware design with particular reference to digital design, microcontroller-based designs, microcontroller’s firmware, digital communications including packet radio applications, instrumentation and test benches.
    Embedded systems: Z80, 6502, Z8, MC68000, 80186, 8085, 8051, PIC, AtMega, ARM.
    Systems: PC-104 and other PC-AT based systems, Rabbit, RF devices, ZigBee etc.
    Interfaces: Serial (232, 422, 485, different protocols), HDLC, I2C, 1Wire, HotLink, etc.
    Software design (architectural and detailed) and development with particular reference to technical applications, databases and operating systems.
    Languages: C (preferred), experience has been obtained in Java, Fortran, Pascal with additional experience on specialized languages like Jovial as well as in development systems like MS-VB. Knowledge of Ada.
    Software development and documentation: ER, DFD, UML, and as per ESA ECSS standards and military standards (like DO-178).
    Software architecture and design for mission critical application, in particular science instruments on-board deep space missions, and other LEO applications.
    Analysis, design and administration of relational databases (RDBMS): Informix, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL. Particular experience in use of databases in technical and scientific applications. Knowledge of spatial databases.
    System level and hardware programming.
    Operating systems design and administration: UNIX, HP-Unix, AIX, Linux, Windows, QNX, uCOS-II,  and knowledge of other specialized ones.
    Internet applications design and development: PHP, javascript, AJAX, Python and enabling technologies like XML.
    Analysis and design of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) based applications. Working knowledge of UMN MapServer and design knowledge of other commercial components. Knowledge of OGC standards.
     
    Additional competencies
    Avionics for civil and military aircraft, including on-board systems and electronic ground support equipments.
    Air Traffic Control systems and procedures, flight procedures, airport operations and related infrastructures.
    Theory and applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).
     
    Current activities
    Since August 2009, provides consultancy services to Southwest Research Institute in Boulder (Colorado) related to science activities on MEX/MARSIS, MRO/SHARAD, MESSENGER and GRAIL. Some activities are related to SPICE Kernels processing for gravity models validation.
    Since March 2008, design and development of a competitive Flight Data Monitoring system for small/medium airlines, in compliance with UK CAA CAP-739 recommendations. The system, fully web-based, permits the analysis of flight recorder data and the automatic detection of operational and engineering exceedances (initial development for CargoItalia SpA, now an investment development of GeoFlight Consultancies).
    From July 2007 to January 2009 provided support for the design and development of hardware and software for a nautical AIS Class B transponder/display and other remote control devices (for HitekPartners Srl).
    Since September 2006, is technical responsible for the design and development of the PAGIS Core System and PAGIS Web Interface of the Planetary Geosciences Information System project (consortium led by IRSPS, customer ASI). The system can be used also as a processed planetary data dissemination service and permits the integration of processing pipelines (local and remote).
    Since May 2006, provides design and development assistance for the WU-SHARPS/CO-SHARPS system (Washington University, St Louis/SWRI, Boulder) for processing science data from the MRO/SHARAD instrument (NASA/ASI). This project included the design and development of a full processing chain based on Unix/IDL applications and web-based technologies for remote control.
    Since January 2005, consultant for project O_CHARTS, the geodetic survey of all major Italian airports and surrounding areas (part-time for GEPIN/IDS, customer ENAV). Responsible for airport operations during surveys and all aeronautical interfaces.
    Recent activities
    From April 2007 to October 2007, design and development of a web-based application for the dissemination of geotechnical monitoring data for the Rome Metro C project (for IMG Srl, customer Metro C SpA). The project included a specialized database for the managing of thousands of geotechnical sensors and an advanced Web-GIS interface for quick access to documentation.
    In January and February 2007, provided design consultancy to Rovsing SA (Denmark) for the definition of a Galileo Signals Digitizer and Recorder proposal. In March 2007 provided inputs for the definition of the OLCI EGSE (Sentinel programme).
    In December 2006, provided assistance to Thales Alenia Space / Lockheed Martin for the upload of a new software release to the Mars orbiting SHARAD instrument (MRO/SHARAD).
    From November 2005 to May 2006, provided software support to the VEGA Launcher Programme (for IMT Srl, customer ELV). This included: review of software interfaces for GN&C algorithms, building the 1553 database, managing the import of electrical systems and harnesses data into the VEGA Operational Database.
    From October 2004 to June 2006, responsible for the design (hardware and software) of the microcontroller-based Core CPU and Mission CPU of a micro-satellite project (part-time for IMT Srl). Contributor to the mission and system design of the same project as well as for the related laboratory and test activities.
     
    Past activities
    From 1999 to 2006, has cooperated with IMT Srl, a SME company devoted to aerospace research and applications. This cooperation has been related to:
    ESA (European Space Agency) funded project for the initial development and qualification of an On Board Computer built from COTS components;
    ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana) funded project for the development of a full version of an On Board Computer from COTS components (flown on Photon;
    ASI funded project for the design and development of a spread-spectrum system for GPS position reports.
    ESA funded project for the development of mass memories for flight use based on commercial HD drives.
    ESA funded project for the development of an S-band transponder for flight use.
    In addition, from July 2000 to September 2004, as systems engineer in Alenia Spazio (now Thales Alenia Space) in Rome, with various responsibilities and tasks in the following activities: 
    Design and development of the digital section of a high speed mass memory unit for the PDHT, Payload Data Handling and Transmission system, for the RADARSAT-2 and Cosmo-SkyMed programmes. The assignment included contractor monitoring for both hardware and software in a laboratory environment as well as participating in unit test procedures. Final assignment was the definition of a mass memory extensions for recording of real-time GPS data, and specification of an high-speed, FPGA-based, crypto-unit.
    Design and development of the digital section of the SHARAD (SHAllow RADar) experiment for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as well as the definition of operational interfaces with Lockheed Martin and (for the Ground Segment) with NASA/JPL. Involvement started with the B-phase and ended with integration aboard the S/C and included architecture design, interfaces design, test procedures design and other activities. Additional contributions included EGSE design and cruise and in-orbit phases support.
    Definition, design and implementation of the Ground Segment for Mars Express’ MARSIS (MARs Subsurface Ionosphere Sounding) experiment currently orbiting Mars. Involvement started at the architecture proposal level (with liaison activity at University of Rome, “La Sapienza”, Dipartimento INFOCOM) and ended with customer Final Acceptance Review.
    Definition and implementation of MEX/MARSIS operational interfaces with ESA’s ESOC and RAL’s POS, including the telecommands/telemetry database and control room displays (both under SCOS2000). Activity included the execution of tests with the instrument integrated aboard the S/C and post-launch (cruise phase) tests.
    Since January 1996, partner and Technical Director of A&C2000 Srl, where provides expertise for proposals and for projects at the initial stages, as well as for managing selected ongoing projects. As R&D Engineer and Responsible for Technologies performed, or has participated, in a number of EU-funded project (as senior researcher in Archeoguide, Bisnet, EOI) or was responsible for tasks within projects with high-level customers (MBCA, SIAE, Wind, etc.).
    As independent consultant has worked with ELMER SpA (now Selex) on different designs and implementations, or technical support activities, including:
    Upgrade of the Crash Maintenance Recorder for the MB339 and AMX fighter planes (customer Italian Air Force);
    Proposal for the Tornado MLU CMR (customer Italian Air Force).
    Microcontroller-based interfaces (customer Italian Navy).
    Packet radio adapter/interface to SINCGARS radio equipment for tactical uses (customer Italian Army).
    Other consultancies include:
    Auditing of the development of the new FAO administrative database (for the FAO, Headquarter, Rome).
    Design and implementation of user interfqaces for the RF coverage and administrative database for TV/Radio transmitters (for RAI, Italian State TV, Technical Services).
    Three years as technical consultant to the Department of Electronics Engineering of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and the Italian Research Council (CNR) “Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia” on the design and implementation of automated test benches for the characterisation of Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals Displays. This included a 6 months stay at the University of Gent (Belgium) as responsible for the design of a digital complex waveforms generator.
    High-level experience in technical and professional teaching developed over many years (including participation to academic teaching classes).
     
    Publications
    Scientific and/or technical articles related to Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals, the MRO/SHARAD instrument (AGU, Science, Icarus), and to the Global Positioning System.
    Technical articles on Italian Air Traffic Controllers magazine and amateur radio / electronics magazines as well as on Spaceflight (BIS).
    Currently writes as participating editor in Geomedia (the leading Italian Geomatics magazine) with topics ranging from space applications, space history and other technical matters.
    In addition maintains a web site devoted to spacecraft technology and offered support to many space-related events in Rome.
     
    Additional information
    Job interests:
    Preference for any space-related activity, in an interdisciplinary mission-oriented environment. Flight operations related tasks are one main interest, but also overall support during S/C or Instrument/s definition, as well as other activities, can be considered including test-related ones. 
    Interested also in technical liaison and interface definition / documentation activities as well as in the project definition phase of a project/mission
    To be noted:.
    Good aptitude to manage scientific instruments design requirements and to deal with academic customers. 
    Good aptitude in dealing with technical departments, both for hardware and software development, also with monitoring roles.
    Good aptitude to horizontal thinking, to application of new (particularly low-cost) technologies to current problems, and to troubleshoot hardware or software or systems.
    Personal interests:
    Space technology history.
    Classical music, science fiction.
    Hobby electronics and astronomy.
    Memberships:
    British Interplanetary Society (Fellow)
    Italian Space Society
     
     

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