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     Date Submitted:17-01-2012
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     Current job:Senior Operations Analyst (in transition)
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     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Launch Systems
     KeywordsSpacecraft Operations expert
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    PROFILE         

    Highly experienced professional in the aerospace industry both in Europe and the USA with the last 19 years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California as a Senior Operations Analyst for the European Space Agency on one of the most successful projects ever flown, the ESA/NASA Ulysses solar mission.  

    Extremely detail oriented and organized, with well-developed time management and prioritization skills. Totally familiar working with most aspects of spacecraft operations including flight dynamics and mission planning and scheduling.

    OBJECTIVE

    To utilise the experience, skills and disciplines gained over many years of critical space operations on other spacecraft missions.

     

    RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

    • Spacecraft and Mission control for geostationary & orbiting platforms

    • Spacecraft Operations Planning and Scheduling

    • Data Analysis and Reporting

    • Database Maintenance and Management

    • Contingency Planning and Troubleshooting

    • Document History Tracking and Archiving

    • Command Sequence Preparation

    • Writing and Validating Flight Control (Operational & Contingency) Procedures

    • Systems Implementation and Trouble Shooting

    • Team Building and Training

    • Project Management

    • Client Support and Customer Service

    • Quality Assurance

    In depth knowledge and experience of MS Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint plus other SQL database and software applications. Working knowledge of MS Access, Oracle and Lotus Notes.

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    SENIOR OPERATIONS ANALYST -  ESA (@JPL)  PASADENA, CA             1991-2010

    Based at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California, a backbone member of an international team of engineers and operators charged with monitoring and controlling the ULYSSES scientific spacecraft (Deep space mission)

    Mission Operations Planning & Scheduling ♦Spacecraft Monitoring and Control

    ♦Resource Allocation ♦Database Maintenance and Management  ♦Data Analysis ♦Status Reporting ♦Project Administration Support  ♦Ground Station Operations ♦Satellite Launch Support ♦Team Training ♦Documentation Preparation ♦Procedure Writing & Validation ♦Operations Scheduling ♦Documentation Archiving ♦Engineering Support 

    The Ulysses spacecraft operations team won the AIAA SpaceOps most prestigious award in International Space Operations for Outstanding Achievement in 2008 and were recipients of many NASA and ESA group and individual achievement awards over the years.

     

    SATELLITE OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR -  BSkyB,  ENGLAND

    Supervised a team of 12 controllers and technicians responsible for monitoring and controlling two Hughes 376 geostationary communication satellites at the tracking and uplink station in Chilworth, England.  Overall responsibility for the tracking station operations, antennae, baseband and RF equipment including the specification, purchase and integration of much of the control room ancillary equipment.

    Assisted in preparing and supervising the training of the spacecraft controller team and wrote many operational procedures in support of this activity. Led the station integration prior to launch of the two spacecraft and was deeply involved in the station final configuration and acceptance tests for mission support as well as supervising routine in-service operations.

     

    PRIOR POSITIONS AT THE EUROPEAN SPACE OPERATIONS CENTER,  DARMSTADT, GERMANY    

                              

    ULYSSES Mission Spacecraft Analyst

    ·         Liasing with space science community for payload launch

    ·         Identifting requirements and preparing spacecraft procedures

    ·         Testing and validating operational spacecraft software

    ·         Generation and maintenance of mission databases

    ·         Interfacing with NASA’s mission team at JPL.

    ·         Preparing command schedules for STS (Space Shuttle) launch

     

    METEOSAT Mission Support Controller

    Supervise operations of the METEOSAT weather Data Collection System.

    Responsible for operating the METEOSAT Engineering Data Service.

    Schedulerfor all spacecraft operations and ground support maintenance activity.

     

    METEOSAT 1 and 2 Spacecraft  Controller

    Responsible for the monitoring and control of the first two METEOSAT (European weather) geostationary satellites during launch and routine operations.

     

    GEOS 1 Ground Station Controller

    Responsible for the preparation and integration of the first ESA remote tracking station M & C (monitor and control) system in support of GEOS scientific mission.

    Wrote the operational procedures and supervised the integration of  the system.

    Controlled the remote station during the initial acquisition and routine phases.

     

    EDUCATION

    St. Mary’s College, Aberdeen, Scotland

    St Patrick's High School, Coatbridge, Scotland


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