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     Date Submitted:17-01-2012
     Last Modified:17-01-2012 (05:56)
    Job information
     Current job:Spacecraft Platform Specialist
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsInternational Team Experience, Expert in AOCS, EPS, Thermal Subsystems, AIV/AIT, operations experience with manned, unmanned missions, with NASA, ESA, DLR.



    Spacecraft Systems Engineer with over 18 years experience in manned and unmanned spacecraft, having worked with NASA, ESA, and DLR, looking for the opportunity to use my experience to develop future missions from Phase A through launch and operations.

    Core Competencies Attitude and Orbit Control Subsystem, Electrical Power Subsystem, Thermal Subsystem, Spacecraft Integration and Testing (AIT/AIV), Spacecraft Operations, Spacecraft Ground Testing, Spacecraft Flight Software Testing.


    Feb 2011 - Present

    Spacecraft Platform Specialist

    RKM GmbH/Astrium GmbH/ESA

    Provide spacecraft platform expertise to ESA study on the feasibility of creating a Space Weather Constellation of instruments to be launched on planned missions from inside and outside ESA.  Develop list of potential spacecraft from around the world based on their technical specifications, contact the relevant organization, and work out technical issues between the spacecraft platform and the instrument.  Provide ESA with a standardized procedure for this process.

    Jan 2010 – Feb 2011       GOES-15 Spacecraft Bus Systems Engineer

                                           Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies/NASA/NOAA

    Prepare for the launch of a geosynchronous environmental monitoring spacecraft.  Work as part of the team to develop all of the products (command scripts, contingency procedures, etc.) required to support the launch, 6 month on-orbit check out period and subsequent operational handover to the customer. Principle Subsystem Engineer for:

    • Electrical Power Subsystem.
    • Thermal Subsystem
    • SXI
    • Imager and Sounder
    • Communication Subsystem
    • SEM
    • Telemetry and Command Subsystem


    Apr 2007 – Apr 2008

    ISS-Columbus Flight Control Team Instructor

    DLR/CAM GmbH

    Train and certify all Flight Control Team members for operations on ISS/Columbus module.

    • Kept up-to-date of latest hardware and procedures on Columbus
    • Produced new training material and tests.
    • Worked simulator training sessions with FOT for certification.
    • Certified through Columbus User Level Training at European Astronaut Center, Köln.

    Dec 2005 – Aug 2006


    Proposal Preparation for ESA


    Worked on a proposal “Techniques to improve spacecraft monitoring based on onboard visual systems” with intention of winning for GEO-Ring the contract with the European Space Agency.

    Nov 1999 – Dec 2004

    Platform Engineer, Earth Resource Satellite (1,2)                          

    VEGA GmbH / ESA

    Performed routine maintenance of all subsystems on spacecraft bus. Consulted ESA staff of new requirements. Advisor to ESA staff on failures in hardware or degradation of performance. Represented ESOC when meeting with spacecraft manufacturer and other agencies to discuss spacecraft performance, design, and contingencies. Updated and maintained ERS flight simulator with each flight software or hardware change.


    • Worked with Flight Dynamics Department to predict ageing of on-board gyroscopes and hydrazine supply. 
    • Tested, corrected, and uplinked Mono-Gyro Attitude Control Software.
    • Tested, corrected, and uplinked the first Gyroless Attitude Control Software ever to control a LEO 3-axis satellite.
    • Presented the first Gyroless Maneuver Mode feasibility study to ESA/Astrium Engineering Review Board.
    • Independently verified and validated safe procedure for uplink of Zero-Gyro Maneuver Mode.
    • Considered team expert with AOCS, EPS, Thermal, DHSS, and Communication subsystems.
    • Reviewed and accepted or rejected Design Change Notices (DCN) for all spacecraft bus subsystems during 0-Gyro Attitude Control Software acceptance testing.
    • Through simulation and on orbit experience, determined tension load to be added to rotating Solar Array to minimize oscillation during Zero-Gyro Mode attitude control, thus reducing yaw deviation that it induced and allowing science data collection.

    Mar 2004 – Dec 2004

    Payload Engineer, ERS-2                                                               

    VEGA GmbH / ESA

    Responsible for routine and contingency operation and maintenance of all scientific instruments onboard the satellite.

    Nov 1996 – Nov 1999 

    Spacecraft Systems Engineer, Landsat-7                                        

    Allied Signal Technical Services/NASA/NOAA

    Flight Operations Team Lead Engineer for the Attitude Control, Propulsion, Electrical Power(28V), and Thermal Subsystems.

    • Performed flight software validation and verification with Lockheed-Martin during Integration and Test phase of spacecraft development, as well as Sine Vibration and Thermal Vacuum testing.
    • Worked with Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for L-7 ground system.
    • Tested OBC for launch sequence through separation from Delta 2 and deployable functional verification with NASA and contractor personnel, verifying safety, reliability, and survivability of subsystems and payload during launch.
    • Determined safest configuration and power-up timing of on-board components. 
    • Verified deployables such as HGA and the very large Solar Array would extend after launch stress by post sine vibration test cleanroom deployment. 
    • Identified key issues with software non-conformance for NASA management.  Reviewed Interface Control Documents to assure accuracy.
    • Reviewed Contingeny Plans and wrote contingency procedures for launch and early orbit subsystem failures.
    • Worked on console to support launch operations and early orbit calibration/check-out.
    • Wrote software for ground system to safely operate the above subsystems and trained Spacecraft Controllers in operation of these subsystems.
    • Reviewed, updated Operations Control Documentation (OCD).
    • Participated in feasibility study of adding second instrument at late stage of L-7 development, its operations impact on Electric Power Subsystem, Ground Operations, and Planning.
    • Evaluated attitude control subsystem equipment operational function, limitations, and possible failures and contingency operations, and established anomaly recovery procedures for post-launch operations.
    • Helped develop requirements for, simulated function of electrical power and AOCS subsystems. 
    • Interfaced with parts suppliers when performance or safety concerns in these subsystems arose.
    • Identified ground testing issues and recommended solutions.
    • Developed software simulator with two other teammates to assure accurate subsystem modeling and failure mode transitions. 
    • Simulator modelled all bus engineering functions, including power generation and storage through day/night cycles, ground station contacts, attitude and orbit adjustments, appendage occultations, thermal cycles, failure and recovery modes.
    • Identified risks to mission success based on second stage burn failure, reignition failure.

    Sep 1997         

    Flight Ops Team Supporting Engineer, Lewis                               

    Allied Signal Technical Services/NASA

    Volunteered to help Lewis Flight Ops Team attempt recovery of disabled spacecraft.

    Nov 1994 – Nov 1996 

    Spacecraft Subsystem Engineer, Solar and Heliospheric Observatory    

    Allied Signal Technical Services/NASA/ESA

    Flight Ops Team Lead Engineer for Electrical Power Subsystem and CEPAC instrument, backup engineer for Attitude Control Subsystem.

    • Supported Thermal Vacuum and Spacecraft-Ground testing.
    • Worked with Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for SOHO ground system.
    • Wrote and coded contingency procedure to add torque to Solar Arrays with S/C rotation and thruster burns in event of failed SA deployment.
    • Concieved contingency plan to bring SUMER instrument into operations during anomalous Launch and Early Orbit power-up.
    • On console during launch, early orbit check-out, and operational phase.
    • Wrote software for ground system to safely operate Electrical Power and Attitude Control subsystems, CEPAC instrument.
    • Interacted with ESA/NASA to perfect testing and operational procedures.
    • Documented all anomalies and concerns with EPS and CEPAC operations, developed workarounds.

    Nov 1990 – Nov 1994

    Command Analyst/Shift Supervisor, Hubble Space Telescope      

    Bendix Field Engineering/NASA

    Team Leader responsible for all off-line products to be uplinkded to HST.

    • Built command loads and mission schedule for all science and engineering automated commanding.
    • Scheduled communications contacts with Telemetry Data Relay Satellite System and ground stations.
    • Processed ephemeris loads, correlated on-board clock with UTC, and processed and archived telemetry.
    • Calibrated gyros and fixed head star trackers and fine guidance sensors.
    • Supported HST First Servicing Mission with Space Shuttle.
    • Produced daily reports for NASA. Trained and provided guidance to less experienced analysts.
    • Reported on daily off-line operations to NASA management.
    • Wrote software to expedite and quality assure ephemeris loads, FHST and FGS performance analysis.


    Sep 1986 – May 1990

    B.S. Physics / Computer Science                                                   

    State University of New York at Albany.


    Computer Experience


    Hardware:VAX 8650/6220, IBM 3086BX, DECstation 5000/120, IBM PC, Macintosh, HP Workstations

    Software:MS-DOS, AutoSketch, MathCad, ChiWriter, Wordstar, MS Word, GENSA (NASA), Altair, SCOS 1B (ESA), SCOS 2000 (ESA), MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MatLab

    Languages:Fortran, Pascal, Turbo Pascal v3.01 and v5.5, Basic, Assembler for IBM PC and VAX 8650/6220, Oracle SQL for HP workstations, JOVIAL, TSTOL (NASA Spacecraft Control Language), STOL (NASA Spacecraft Control Language), C++

    Language Skills










    Very Good


    Out of Practice






    • Licenced Sport Pilot (German Luftfahrerschein)
    • Classic auto restoration
    • Competitive sports



    US citizen.

    Willing to relocate.

    Permanent Arbeitserlaubnis for Germany



    Carrie White-SOHO FOT Manager,

    Steve Scott - NASA GSFC Chief Engineer, (301)286-2529,

    Liviu Stefanov - Vega GmbH Spacecraft Engineer Consultant,

    Dirk Schulze-Varnholt - ISS Columbus Flight Director


       Additional references from any mission are available upon request.


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