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     Date Submitted:21-03-2011
     Last Modified:15-10-2019 (01:21)
    Job information
     Current job:Looking for opportunities
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsVersatile, motivated, AOCS responsible, in orbit support

    Personal Details

    Date of Birth:                         13 August, 1979

    Nationality:                            French

    Current Position :                   None

    Qualifications :                      2000   L’institut Universitaire de Technologie de Marseille, DUT (technological University Degree) in Electronics and industrial computing

                                                 2003   L’Ecole Polytechnique Universitaire de Marseille, Master degree in electronic systems, specializing in telecommunications


    Summary of Expertise

    Since joining ESOC in June 2011, Philippe has been involved in numerous ESA projects (Metop-B and C, Herschel and Planck and Galileo), with different roles (AOCS, Data Handling and Power sub-system engineer). He has also provided numerous system level analyses.

    Previously Philippe was an engineering consultant in the Attitude and Orbit Control Subsystem department of THALES ALENIA SPACE for 7 years. Thanks to his motivation, his autonomy and his quest for knowledge, Philippe has evolved from a hardware bench-test designer to become the AOCS responsible on several telecommunications projects. This was complemented with other responsibilities such as AOCS designer and technical responsible for the after-sales service for a part of the SPACEBUS fleet, also in the AOCS domain.

    The combination of both operational and industrial experience means that Philippe is a very competent engineer.

    In order to gain complementary experiences, Philippe has been also a project manager / sales agent for TECNILAB SERVICE.


    Career History

    June 2017 – Today                 Professional break


    March 2017 – June 2017        EXOSTAFF, Darmstadt

    Assignment for EUMETSAT, the organisation dedicated for the delivery of weather data products to the European partners via the operation of a fleet of spacecrafts (Metop first generation and soon second generation, Meteosat first, second and third generation, Copernicus).


    March 2017 – June 2017          Role: Metop-A/B system SOE – Metop SG engineer

    Philippe was part of the team responsible for the routine operation on Metop A and B at system level (thermal / power / data-handling) and part of the team responsible for the operation preparation / the PUS specification / and any operational aspect and design of the Metop – second generation spacecrafts.

    Prime responsibilities :

    Conduct routine operation on Metop A and Metop B spacecrafts at power / thermal / data handling side.

    Prepare the incoming system revues for the incoming Metop second generation fleet.

    Prepare training revues for the Metop first generation fleet.

    Conduct several analysis at mission planning side, and writing system level documents.


    July 2011 – March 2017         VEGA Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG, Darmstadt

    Assignment for ESOC, the main mission control centre for the European Space Agency (ESA).


    Jan 2014 – March 2017            Role: Galileo data handling SOE

    Philippe was part of the support team at system side for the Galileo mission until begin of July 2014, when he became the prime Data Handling SOE. Was SOM deputy in several occasions.

    Prime responsibilities :

    Responsible for everything related to data handling at operation side :

    ground preparation of the system

    OPS procedures preparation and validation

    performing SVT’s

    participation to simulation campaigns and LEOPs

    writing LEOP reports

    Development and maintain of vital operational tools (Import / processing / analyse and translation of the memory image in scientific format, modification at will of any parameter, and translation / computation of the checksum / processing / export of the image in SCOS format).

    Development of a universal operational tool (processing of all flight dynamic files, and allocating tasks in function of constraints). Used to generate system timeline.

    Support as system engineer

    Interaction with OHB and ESTEC at DHS side


    Nov 2012 – Jan 2014   Role: Herschel and Planck data handling and power SOE

    Philippe was an active SOE on the Herschel and Planck project, as the data-handling SOE on Planck and power SOE on Herschel in parallel. He performed some flight dynamic / AOCS analysis on the variation of the wobble angle on Planck (intensive data analysis all over the satellite lifetime).

    Prime responsibilities :

    Conduct routine, contingency and extra activities as required.

    Writing monthly reports for both subsystems and preparing weekly report when on-call.

    Performing on-call engineer service as part of the on-call duty cycle.

    Performing the OBSM maintenance as required.


    On top of theses fixed responsibilities, other specific analysis tasks where conducted:

    Assessment of the thruster qualification status for End-of-Life activities.

    Development and validation of specific End-of-Life activities for spacecraft passivation including EEPROM patching, fuel drainage and telescope heating as part of the instrument post-science test campaign.

    Analysis of the variation in the principle inertia of the spacecraft, and its impact on the reconstructed attitude used by the instrument teams.

    Analysis of the evolution of the Star tracker – FOG deviation through the Planck mission

    Redaction of the whole mission report for Herschel, and the data handling section for Planck.

    Interaction with the JPL for payload data handling related updates of the lowest temperature cooler on Planck.


    July 2012 – Jan 2013   Role: METOP – C system engineer

    Philippe was strongly involve in the creation of the Mission Operation Concept Document (MOCD) as the designer of the mission profile tool used to simulate various operational scenarios (nominal and contingencies in term of DoD based on thermal/power analysis), and so, to perform the optimal station booking as well as setting on-board system constants. This tool can be reused to any Low Earth Orbit satellite.


    July 2011 – Sep 2012   Role: METOP – B AOCS SOE

    Philippe was the responsible of the AOCS side of the mission, being the interface with the Flight Dynamic department and the team, and as well the interface with Astrium Toulouse concerning any AOCS concerns.

    He also performed team training at system / power / thermal side, conducted SVT, prepared many operational tools for mission planning, data-handling operations, and then conducted the METOP-B LEOP as AOCS SOE.

    Among his responsibilities :

    Responsible for everything related to AOCS at operation side :

    ground preparation of the system

    OPS procedures update (inherited from Metop-A / ENVISAT) and validation

    performing SVT’s

    writing LEOP reports



    April 2010 – July 2011                 TECNILAB FRANCE, Nord / Pas-de-Calais

    Regional manager upon the automation of officinal pharmacies. TECNILAB is an industrial group specialized in the automation of Pharmacy (robot and automate).



    Sept. 2003 – April 2010                   ASTEK SE, Consultancy in Technology: Senior Consultant

    Assignment for Alcatel Space – In-Orbit Support Department and AOCS Service (Attitude & Orbit Control Subsystem) – Cannes (France).

    Most of the following tasks where performed in parallel (for the platform knowledge).


    2005 – 2008        Role: AOCS (and data handling) functional chain responsible

    As AOCS / data handling responsible (on the SPACEBUS 3000 platform, Philippe worked closely with the client organization and requirements, conducted analyses, evaluated and validated AOCS components, as well as having verified and checked the needed specification and then, had successfully led the acceptance of the AOCS subsystem.

    Philippe was the AOCS responsible for the following programs:

    SATCOM BW program (Spacebus 3000B2NG platform) – 16 months – up to April 2009

    THAICOM 5 program (Spacebus 3000A platform) – 14 months – whole program

    GALAXY 17and STAR ONE C1 program (Spacebus 3000B2NG & 3000B3 platform) 1 month each


    Among his responsibilities :

    To check the trend analysis of all AOCS units at provider side and to perform the incoming of the units like AOCS expert at procurement side.

    To validate the good performance of them, to check any mismatching with our references documents (thermal environment, EMC susceptibility, and mechanical / vibrations aspects) and to cross validate at system and customer level any discrepancies.

    To participate with any domain implicated by the AOCS (thermal, mechanical, RF and electrical) to perform system analysis (pointing budget, AOCS thermal and power budget, LEOP optimization, …)

    To cross-validate any procedure where the AOCS domain is involved.

    To check the behaviour of the equipment’s during all the in ground test phases (SPT1&2, thermal vacuum and vibration) for nominal and contingencies tests, to perform the trend analysis for all the AOCS equipment’s.

    To check the behaviour of all the simulated and tested AOCS phases.

    To certify the performance of the AOCS subsystem before the launch phase.

    To manage any AOCS operation phases (Launch and Early operation Phases (LEOP) and in-orbit phase (IOT)) as AOCS expert.

    To prepare the final acceptation of the spacecraft with the customer based on the IOT tests results.


    2005 – 2007        Role: AOCS (and data handling) In-Orbit support technical manager

    Philippe has been also the AOCS In-Orbit Support technical manager for SPACEBUS 3000’s spacecraft, and followed a part of the fleet.

    Among his responsibilities :

    To react, investigate and analyze anomalies and propose solutions (contingency reconfiguration, software patch development ….).

    To participate to Alert Commission upon hardware failure or degradation.

    To prepare and / or cross validate any procedure where the AOCS is involve.

    To prepare the AOCS Yearly Report for customer’s.

    To participate to any operations where the AOCS is a critical actor.

    To collaborate with any other subsystem responsible.

    To participate as a key member of the AOCS hot line level 2.


    2004 – 2005        Role: AOCS designer

    Philippe also participated on the design phase for SPACEBUS 4000’S spacecraft and set several AOCS internal control loops for SPACEBUS 4000 programs for the following modes: sun acquisition mode, earth acquisition mode, orbit raising mode, station keeping mode and normal mode.

    He also worked on the test bench in order to control an 3-axis table and the gyroscopic actuators used on the AGILE platform.


    Computing Skills

    Operating Systems :

    Windows 95, 98, NT, Vista, 7, UNIX, Linux

    Programming Languages

    ADA, C, C++, FORTRAN, Visual Basic, Matlab Simulink

    Software Applications

    Microsoft Office



    SCOS-2000, ESA mission control system, SIMSAT.

    Engineering and Management Skills


    4+ years of track record in designing, developing, and in-flight analyzing in AOCS domain

    3+ years as a member / leader of the AOCS in-Orbit support team

    3+ years as AOCS / data handling responsible on telecommunication programs.

    5+ year as AOCS / data-handling / power subsystems Spacecraft Operation Engineer.



    Self-starter, organized, motivated, work well under pressure and very high autonomy.

    Team-player with good interpersonal skills.

     Good project manager / commercial experiences

     Strong research and problem-solving skills







    Mother tongue



    Training Courses

                   ALCATEL SPACE,  AOCS service, Cannes

    Design, realization and validation of an optical test bench for the SODERN SED16 star tracker based on an MIL-STD-1553 interface. This test campaign has led to the setting and the calibration of the first units launched with the first SPACEBUS 4000 spacecraft, AMC12.

    Recommendations :

    Hervé Côme, ATV (Jules Verne) Mission Director, METOP-B and GALILEO Operation Director  

    Liviu Stefanov, METOP-B and GALILEO Spacecraft Operations Manager (SOM)


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