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     Date Submitted:24-12-2010
     Last Modified:26-01-2016 (07:07)
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     Current job:Software and Simulations Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsOrbital mechanics, Mathematics/Physics/Astronomy, Mission Analysis, Software Engineering, Embedded systems, Algorithm Design, ...



    Birth date

    April 22nd, 1982


    American citizen (SSN: 217-89-3133)

    Dutch citizen (BSN: 183347432)






    Betzdorf, Luxembourg

    Software Engineer


    (Jan 2013 – current)


    LuxSpace, the Luxembourg arm of OHB systems, is a 50 people strong space company. They offer services ranging from satellite electronics design (EDRS-C, Electra) to on-board software development. One of the most sucessful projects thus far is the LuxSpace owned and developed micro-satellite PathFinder, which collects and re-transmits AIS data, which LuxSpace sells as data products and services.


    I develop modules and satellite equipment models for real-time satellite simulators. Notable simulators are for the EDRS-C data-relay satellite (PCDU model), SGEO/HAG1 communications satellite (propellant sloshing model and various environment models), ARTES 11/3 (abstracting entire simulators, and making components ready for reuse).


    References: Ramon Nogueron Christophe Molon-Noblot

    nogueron(at) noblot(at)


     COSINE Measurement Systems

    Leiden, the Netherlands

    Junior Scientist


    (Jan 2011 – Dec 2012)


    Cosine focuses on the development of measurement systems specific for space applications. It is a small company, consisting of 20 highly skilled physicists and technicians, with close ties to Leiden University's physics department.


    My roles, responsibilities on notable projects:

    • NightPod, analysis and software engineering. NightPod is a camera tracking system used on board the ISS to take long-exposure photographs of the Earth's night side. I developed the necessary algorithms to get down to an accuracy of 1m per pixel and 10m targeting precision, and co-wrote the software for the device's embedded computer.

    • NightPod software update, lead developer. After NightPod had been launched and used by the astronauts for a while, they developed a desire for some modifications to the software on the device's embedded computer. The alotted budget for that project turned out to be quite formidable. I also realized that by the time the new software would finally make it to the ISS, the astronauts would have long returned to Earth. Therefore, I took a risk: I developed something that also the new crew would want to engage with (the current crew included 2 amateur photographers, but the new crew did not). Although most of it was well outside requirements (for which I had to answer many questions later on), my goal had been accomplished: the new crew just loved it, and used the NightPod frequently.


    References: Scott G. Moon, MSc, MA (ESA/ESTEC) Marco Esposoto, PhD. (Cosine)

    (Contact details on request) mesposito(at)



    Delft, the Netherlands

    Remote Sensing Engineer


    (Apr 2010 – Oct 2010)


    Hansje Brinker BV. is a startup company, with its roots in the workgroup Mathematical Geodesy and Positioning (MGP) from the Delft University of Technology. It aims to find commercial application for the so called PS-InSAR technique. This remote sensing technique is able to describe accurately and over very long time spans the geodetic behavior of an extremely large area, which is inferred exclusively from objects naturally present in the area.


    My roles and responsibilities, in order of dedication:

    • Rewriting and documenting the existing software,

    • Designing and structuring the IT infrastructure,

    • Advertise the company on as many conferences and related events as possible,

    • Project management, administration & bookkeeping, financial planning, etc., all the tasks that anyone in a startup has.


    (References on request)



    Sagamihara, Japan



    (Oct 2008 – April 2009)


    The internship is an intergral part of the M.Sc. curriculum. I did my internship in ISAS/JAXA (Sagamihara, Japan) over the course of 6 months. My project concerned the optimization of a spacecraft trajectory such that the largest amount of asteroids would be flown by, witin the limits of current technology. I presented my (preliminary) results at the Solar System Science Symposium 2009, held at ISAS/JAXA, Sagamihara, Japan.

    Luckily, that year's international Global Trajectory Optimization Competition (GTOC4/2009) was held during the very last month of my internship period. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to experience first-hand how Japaneses experts would tackle such a task, so I assembled a small team of enthausiasts and registered the first team from ISAS/JAXA to ever to participate in GTOC. It turned out that the task for the competition was remarkibly similar to the project I had been working on for my internship, which led to much optimism and motivation within the team.

    Unfortunately, we could not get the final step of the optimization proces to converge to realistic solutions, so our final solution was invalid and thus disqualified. Years later, it turned out that this was due to a bug in a MATLAB function (fmincon). Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the process, and learned a great deal from my colleagues.


    References: Dr. MAKOTO, Yoshikawa (JAXA/ISAS) Dr. Julie Bellerose (NASA/JPL)

    yoshikawa.makoto(at) Julie.Bellerose(at)




    Delft, the Netherlands

    Master in Space Engineering


    (2008 – Feb. 2010)



    I obtained my Master of Science degree from the Delft University of Technology, in the work group Astrodynamics and Satellite Missions (part of DEOS). The average grade over my whole curriculum is 7.9/10, my final master thesis was graded 9/10. The most prominent courses and projects are:


    • Master's thesis

    My research focused on the optimization of the trajectory of a spacecraft that is to explore the interstellar bow shock surrounding the Solar system, and the interstellar space beyond, preceded by flybys of as many minor planets as possible (optimization parameter). My final grade was a 9/10, which is the average of the quality of the work, the defense thereof and presentation skills. A copy of my Master's thesis can be downloaded from


    • Mission geometry, orbit and constellation design

    A treatment of many basic concepts in use today in mission design, analysis and planning. Subjects included are orbit integration, general function optimization, mission and orbit design, mission orbit and full-sky geometry, Earth coverage, lighting, general mission operations.


    • Astrodynamics

    An elaborate introduction to both basic and advanced concepts of classical and modern astrodynamics. Subjects included in the course are the (relative) many-body problem, the three-body problem with in particular motion about Libration points, two-body problem with various applications, basic Keplerian motion, relative motion of two bodies in orbit, regularization of the equations of motion, coordinate systems, reference frames, time and orbital elements, basic transfer trajectories, rendezvous and docking, launching of satellites, low-thrust trajectories, perturbing forces and basic perturbation theory, and some concepts specific to astronomical observations.


    References: Ir. Ron Noomen (Delt University) Dr. Dario Izzo (ESA/ACT)

    Ron.Noomen(at) Dario.Izzo(at)


    Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering


    (2002 Feb. 2007)


    I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree from the Delft University of Technology in 2007. The most prominent courses and projects are:


    • Bachelor project

      The objective of this project was to design an interplanetary space mission, from phase 0 to operational, within a budget of 500M€ (~700 M$) and a group of 10 people. The mission's goal was to go to Europa (one of the Jovian moons) and prove that Europa has a liquid sub-surface ocean. I was in charge of the trajectory design and mission analysis aspects. Overall, one of the most fun things I've ever done. A copy of the final report can be downloaded from


    • Minor: Remote Sensing

      An introduction to the history, current technologies and data processing techniques used in the area of remote sensing. My final project was about using these techniques to determine the mass and density of the then-newly discovered Saturnian satellite Daphnis, using images from the Cassini spacecraft. A copy of the resulting paper can be downloaded from



    Open Source MATLAB software development


    (2009 – current)


    Over the years, I implemented all sorts of useful functions, algorithms and utilities in MATLAB. I shared the source code of many of these on the File Exchange website from the Mathworks. Two of these (settingsdlg.m and seconds2human.m) were chosen as a pick of the week. To get a feeling for the type of software I write and share, consult my author page: or my GitHub page:


    Participation on Stack Overflow


    (2011 – current)


    In the years following my graduation, my daily activities started to be increasingly more oriented toward software development. As any software developer in the modern world will acknowledge, this undoubtedly will lead to an increase in the number of visits to At one point I realized that not a single day went by anymore without me consulting that site for a software problem I had, and withouth me answering at least a couple of questions that were asked by other software developers. As it is usually the problem areas where most knowledge can be gained, I quickly got hooked, and I have been participating very actively ever since. To get a feeling for what kind of questions I answer, and what questions I ask, consult my profile:, or the equivalent for physics:


    Physics/Mathematics Instructor


    (2009 – current)


    I thoroughly enjoy rendering complex and difficult material easy to understand for people first confronted with it. That is why I started teaching mathematics and physics in my off-hours, mostly to high school, college and university students preparing for exams.


    During the last 1.5 years my activities in this area have declined (due to the language barrier after I moved to Germany), but I used to have 3 to 4 students per week. They varied from teenagers in middle school to mid-carreer professionals in retraining. I find teaching such a widely varied audience a very pleasant challenge: each student has or develops his/her own view on the material, to which I have to constantly adjust my teaching methods, and come up with new ways to get/keep them motivated.

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