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     Date Submitted:22-03-2011
     Last Modified:22-03-2011 (05:58)
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     Current job:Senior Ground System Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, ,
     Keywordsground segment systems engineering antenna systems engineering signal processing (including software development) orbit determination, mission analysis radioscience
    CV

    Working Experience

    Position held: Senior System Engineer in the Ground Station System Division, Ground Systems Engineering Department (ESOC/ESA)

    Dates:  July 2004 – August 2009

    Main activities and responsibilities:

    Responsible of the Delta-DOR and Radio Link Support Team in charge of:

    1) Critical operations support towards all ESA Deep Space missions (LEOPs, insertion manoeuvres,

    • S/C recovery support, in-flight link performance characterisation, S/C hibernation, Delta-DOR tracking), including
    • Coordination and Supervision of the Team resources/activities
    • Definition, validation and testing of the ground station configuration for each support
    • Development of ad-hoc post-processing tools (including Project Management)

    2) ESA / Third party joint operations on Delta-DOR :

    • Coordination with NASA/JPL and JAXA for all Delta-DOR interoperability and cross-support activities in X and Ka band

    3) ESA representative in the frame of CCSDS for Delta-DOR standardization

    System Manager and Deputy Project Manager for SRT (Sardinia Radio Telescope) TT&C upgrade (started in 2010) with the following tasks:

    • Identification of TT&C requirements from present and future Astronomy and Deep space missions applicable to the planned TT&C upgrade
    • System requirements, interface identification and design trade-offs (front-end, back-end, frequency and timing, communication, monitoring and control) and related risk analysis
    • Cost Analysis
    • Site surveys
    • Planned support during all phases of the Project (development, integration, test, handover)

    System Engineer in ESA Deep Space Antenna 3 Project (started in 2009):

    1) Support to Front-End activities

    • Identification of overall system, ranging calibration, ancillary systems and testing requirements.
    • Support to the design and verification phases. Planned support to the end-to-end testing and hand-over.

    2) Site infrastructure

    • Definition of requirements for the implementation of the ancillary systems

    3) Back-end

    • Identification of back-end system and Delta-DOR specific requirements, support to the back-end design. Planned support for the system testing and hand-over.

          

    Ground segment system engineering support to ESTRACK Deep Space 35-m and 15-m antenna network system design.

    1) Mission-driven Ground Segment upgrades including:

    • Analysis of SFIRD and interfaces, definition of requirements, evaluation of proposed technical solutions, cost and risk analysis, review of system Test and Validation Plans and results and final hand-over to Operations

    2) Specific support to current and future ESA Deep Space missions:

    • BepiColombo: coordination of the Ka-link budget tool development, coordination of pre-RCFT tests and future RFCT tests
    • Rosetta: coordination in the development, testing and validation of software tool for Rosetta Deep Space Hibernation Entry

    3) Leading role in an interdisciplinary system study for the enhancement of end-to-end tracking performances of all current ESA radiometric systems

    4) Media calibration systems

    • Support to several  studies on microwave water vapour radiometers for atmospheric propagation assessment and tropospheric calibrations.
    • Coordination role for a breadboard GPS-based tropospheric calibration system

                         

    Position held: Sub-System Engineer in the Ground Station System Division, Ground Systems Engineering Department (ESOC/ESA)

    Dates:  July 2004 – August 2009

    Main activities and responsibilities:

    Delta-DOR (high-accuracy navigation technique) project design, development and upgrade coordinator.

    1. Implementation plan covering all upgrades (baseband receiver and communication network) and new developments (software data processing).
    2. IFMS receiver unit upgrade for multi-channel synchronised open loop data recording.

    ·        Identification of requirements and support to the design review, site-acceptance. testing and system deployment (receiver plus external storage unit for data storage)

    1. Data processing software package.
    2. Development, testing, verification, validation and system deployment at ESOC.
    3. ESA ground segment communications capabilities upgrade for Delta-DOR data transfer.
    4. Responsible of the operational tracking campaigns on Venus Express (2006/7/8/9) Rosetta (2007), JPL mission Phoenix (2008) and JAXA mission Hayabusa (2008)
    5. Station upgrades integration, testing and hand-over for wideband DDOR reception

    The Delta-DOR Team was awarded the ESA Team Award 2005.

     

    ESA Frequency & Timing (F&T) system upgrade engineering support in:

    1. Design, development, deployment, testing and operational validation of the F&T system (Cesium based) for the 15-m ESTRACK antenna in Perth.
    2. F&T system (Hydrogen maser based) deployment, testing and operational validation in the Kourou 15-m ESTRACK antenna and in the ESOC Reference Station
    3. Regular maintenance of all F&T systems (both Hydrogen and Cesium based) of ESTRACK.

     

    Position held: Research Fellowship

    Dates: October 2002 – July 2004

    Main activities and responsibilities            

    1. ESA Smart-1 mission: RSIS (Radio Science Investigation on Smart-1) Team Member. Ka-Band link characterisation by using NASA/JPL DSS-13 antenna and of the Moon libration experiment with development of signal-processing tools and Smart-1 orbit determination validation with Ka-band data.

    1. JPL/ESA Cassini-Huygens mission: RST (Radio Science Team) collaborator. Support and data analysis (signal processing and orbit determination) of the Cassini Solar Conjunction Experiment 1 and 2. Organization and participation in two Tracking campaigns on Cassini at the VLBI Antenna of Noto. Analysis (signal processing and orbit determination) of numerous Saturn’s satellite fly-bys of Cassini S/C.

    1. ESA mission BepiColombo. Support to the preparation of the winner proposal for the radio-science experiment MORE (Mercury Orbiter Radio-science Experiment). Participation in studies on the Radio-Science experiment on BepiColombo under ESTEC contract

    1. Mission analysis of a micro-satellite mission to the Moon and the Earth-Moon lagrangian points using Weak-Stability Boundary captures and low-consumption orbital transfers

    Employer: Aerospace Engineering Department, University “La Sapienza”, Rome

     

    Related Activities: Guest Lecturer to the “Seminar on TT&C for Spacecraft navigation and Radio-science experiments”, DIAA, University “La Sapienza” of Rome, June 2007.

     

    Publications: 25 published papers (journals, conferences and workshops)

     

    Training                 

    Phased Array Antennas for Communications and Radar, CEI Europe, August 2008

    RF and Microwave Circuit Design – Applications and Theory, CEI Europe, October 2007

    Radiation Hazard Awareness, HPA, September 2006

     

    Education

     

    Dates: October 1995 – May 2002

    Title of qualification awarded: Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering

    Principal subjects: Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineering

    Institution: Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Rome “La Sapienza”

    Level in national classification: 106/110

     

    Dates: 1991 – 1995

    Title of qualification awarded: School-leaving certificate (A-level Certificate of Education)

    Principal subjects; Scientific studies, Maths, Physics, Science

    Institution: Liceo Scientifico “C. Cavour”, Rome

    Level in national classification: 60/60

     

    Personal skills and competences

     

    Mother tongue; Italian

    Other languages       

    English: Fluent

    Spanish: FLuent

    German: Fair

     

    Social skills and competences                    

    Outstanding spirit of adaptability to multicultural and international environments developed through several stays abroad for study and work.

     

    Organisational skills and competences                  

    Excellent organisational and coordination skills developed during past and present working experiences.

     

    Computer skills and competences              

    Excellent command of MS-Office package

    Good command of Linux/Unix package

    Excellent command of Fortran programming

    Good command of C++  and Matlab programming

     

    Other skills and competences                     

    Founder and Chairman of the “ESOC Italian Library” of ESOC, Darmstadt


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