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     Date Submitted:03-08-2011
     Last Modified:03-08-2011 (12:55)
    Job information
     Current job:Spacecraft Operations Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems

    Professional Experience 

    1984-1985 Italcom S.r.l. Avezzano (AQ)

    • Hardware In House Final Tests Responsible
    • Remote control system engineering of Eutelsat TDMA Antenna (Installed in Telespazio S.p.A. Fucino earth station) 
    • Prices visualization system for fuel stations with automatic date and time setting. (Using Galileo Ferraris Institute radio signal)

    1985–1989 Alenia Spazio S.p.A. (ex Selenia) Roma

    • EGSE and On Board Integration and Test Technician:
    • OLYMPUS-1 Payloads
    • ERS-1 Radar Altimeter
    • ITALSAT F1 Payloads
    • On Board and Ground integration and test activities for the previous projects.• 

    1989–on going TELESPAZIO S.p.A. Avezzano / Roma

    OLYMPUS-1 Shift Leader :
    • On-shift technicians coordination in the In Orbit Control Centre (Telespazio S.p.A. – Fucino).
    • OLYMPUS-1 Recovery Team (c/o ESOC Germany).
    • On-shift technicians coordination during the telecommunication satellite Olympus-1 Recovery Phase ( ESOC Darmstadt - Germany)

    TEMISAT Customer Care Technical Interface:
    • Technical and managerial coordination activities, Human resources planning, preventive and corrective maintenance for the Data Relay Satellite TEMISAT. 

    SAX Spacecraft Analyst and Operational Planning Responsible :
    • Spacecraft Database project and engineering. Flight Operational Procedures, Sequence of Events, Simulation Schedule preparation both Launch and Nominal Phase.
    • On-shift technicians coordination, Monthly/Daily Plan preparation, Attitude manoeuvres planning in Nominal Phase and in case of “Target of Opportunity”.

    ARTEMIS Spacecraft Analyst and SOM staff. (Launch and LEOP Phase) :
    • Spacecraft Database project and engineering. Flight Operational Procedures, Sequence of Events, Simulation Schedule preparation both Launch and Nominal Phase.

    ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana) Mission MITA:

    OBDH (On Board Data Handling) subsystem engineer. Nominal and Contingency . Flight Operational Procedures preparation. First Acquisition, Operation Plan and Commissioning Plan preparation.
    • MITA Platform management at Launch and during the Commissioning Phase.

    EEC Project "BIDSAVER – Business Integrator Dynamic Support Agents for Virtual Enterprise”:
    • Requirements definition for the Pilot Project relevant to a mini satellite constellation

    EUROCONTROL/ENAV Project MFF – Mediterranean Free Flight:
    • “Operational Procedures” definition in behalf of ENAV – Ente Nazionale Assistenza al Volo. (WP 2.2 Responsible)
    • “Fast Time” simulations conduction and Operational Scenarios definition using the RAAMS Software tool.
    • “Avionic System Software” requirements preparation for the aircraft cockpit instrument ASAS.

    ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana) Mission DAVID:
    • Preparation of “Operational Concepts and Requirements” document

    ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana) Mission AGILE:
    • SOM , Spacecraft Operation Manager 

    • Technical / economical proposal preparation for the Ground Segment and Operations for the ASI Mission MIOSAT.
    • SOM ,Spacecraft Operation Manager for the MIOSAT mission.
    • Preparation and presentation of the paper ”IMPROVEMENTS OF AUTOMATION FOR AGILE SATELLITE OPERATIONS” in the SpaceOps 2006 organized by AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), ASI, Finmeccanica and other international companies in aerospace market .
    • Technical / economical proposal preparation for the Ground Segment and Operations for the Mission GOKTURK.
    • Technical / economical proposal preparation for the Ground Segment and Operations for the ASI Mission PRISMA.
    • SOM ,Spacecraft Operation Manager for the PRISMA mission. 

    A Phase technical / economical studies relevant to the following small missions includede in the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana space program:

    • MAGGIA (Missione Altimetrica Gravimetrica GeochImica Lunare)
    • ADAHELI (ADvanced Astronomy for HELIophysics)
    • FLORAD (Costellazione FLOreale micro-satellitare di RADiometri in banda millimetrica per l’Osservazione della Terra e dello Spazio a scala regionale)
    • POLARX (POLARimetro X)


    Publications and Conferences:

    • Lesson learned from AGILE three years in flight operations
      • TRISMAC 2010 Conference - NASA Safety Center Cleveland Ohio

    This paper describes the analysis that has been carried out on quality measurements data on failures occurred (i.e. NCR) since the launch with the objective to assess useful information for future ASI programs as ‘lesson learned’ coming from an operational system. Data analysis, failure causes mapping and identification of most relevant failures origins were performed and future recommendations have been envisaged.

      • SpaceOps 2006 - Conference (Rome)

    Architectural and Operational Strategy choices, together with the strict cooperation with the customer, Italian Space Agency, driven the realisation of a fully automated and low cost ground segment in the respect of the Agile mission requirements.
    The high level of automation introduced in the AGILE Ground Segment and the identified Operational Strategies help to avoid the possibility of Human Errors, raising at high level the Mission Safety.
    Even the Human effort required during the Nominal Phase ,foreseen only in Working Hours, take advantage from the above choices, avoiding the necessity to have 24 Hours Operators shifts.

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