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     Date Submitted:15-02-2012
     Last Modified:16-05-2018 (07:59)
    Job information
     Current job:Spacecraft Operation Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Satellite Operators

    From March 2015 till now


    ESA/European Space Operation Centre


    Cryosat2 Deputy spacecraft operation Manager

    From July 2009 till February 2015

    Telespazio Vega Deutschland GmbH



    at ESA/European Space Operation Centre


    Spacecraft Operation Engineer in the Flight Control Team of the missions SWARM and CRYOSAT2 (since 2013):


    DMS/OBSM engineering



    From April 2006 till June 2009

    Telespazio Vega Deutschland GmbH


    at ESA/European Space Operation Centre

    Spacecraft Operation Engineer in the Flight Control Team of the mission Mars Express:


    Mission Planning engineering

    Software development

    DMS/OBSM engineering



    From April 2004 till Mars 2006



    at ESA/European Space Operation Centre

    Spacecraft Operation Engineer in the Flight Control Team of the mission Venus Express:


    Payload engineering

    Mission Planning engineering



    Deputy Spacecraft Operation Manager

    Responsible of day-to-day routine operations

    Mission: Cryosat2

    Prepare/verify/supervise/report on routine operations for the Cryosat2 Mission.

    Prepare/implement recovery to anomaly on the ground and space segment.

    Perform the analysis and reporting on spacecraft and ground segment (long-term analysis and behaviour performance).


    Team Management

    Mission: Cryosat2

    Assist the Spacecraft Operation Manager (SOM) in the management of 7 engineers.

    Lead the team in the absence to the SOM.



    Mission: Cryosat2

    Take part or lead in the absence of the SOM the meetings/conferences/working groups with all the ESA internal and external entities involved in the Cryosat2 mission, be it as part as the routine mission or required as a reaction to an anomaly or special activities.

    Assist the SOM in the evolution and validation of the Flight Operations Segment, including internal and external interfaces.


    Spacecraft Operation Engineer

    Responsible of platform and payload subsystems:

    Missions: Croysat2, Swarm, MarsExpress, VenusExpress

    Monitoring of the subsystem and re-action to any anomaly.

    Development of the Flight Operations Plan containing the Flight Control Procedures and the Contingency Recovery Procedures. Validation of the procedures using simulator and System Validation Tests on spacecraft.

    Development and validation of On Board Control Procedures.

    Validation and uplink of On board Software patches.

    Writing of the monitoring reports explaining the status of the subsystem.

    Development and validation of new Failure Detection Isolation and Recovery (Service 12, Service 19).

    Handling of special activities like re-mapping the Mass Memory to enlarge the size of science packet stores.

    Preparation and execution of System Validation Tests on spacecraft.

    Interface between Flight Control Team and Principal Investigator for a payload.


    Responsible for Ground Segment Element Acceptance Testing

    Missions: Cryosat2, Swarm, MarsExpress, VenusExpress

    Validation of all functionalities related to Mission Planning and OBSM on SCOS 2000 (including SCOS 2000 v5 multi domain).

    Validation of simulator (Simsat based, including a constellation version).

    Handling of Software Problem Reports from the writing till the resolution and validation.

    Preparation and execution of end-to-end tests with the Mission Planning System: definition of the test cases, writing of the test plan and test report.

    Participation to the Ground Segment Readiness Reviews.


    Responsible for Mission Planning

    Missions: Cryosat2, Swarm, MarsExpress, VenusExpress

    Execution of routine planning operations (long, medium and short term resource and feasibility checks, creation of command files to be up-linked…).

    Interface with all parties involved in the planning processes: scientists, ground stations (ESTRACK network and NASA Deep Space Network), flight dynamics, flight control team, spacecraft controllers, and software support.

    Attendance and sometimes chairing of the technical teleconferences the scientists planning group at ESAC.

    Support the NASA Phoenix mission during its Descent and Landing phase: implementation and validation new interfaces between the two missions, incorporation of the Phoenix support into the Mars Express routine activities.

    Training of the Flight Control Team members to perform very short term activities.


    Software development

    Missions: Swarm, MarsExpress, VenusExpress

    Development, validation and operationalization of software developed in java. Writing of Software Requirements documents, Software Acceptance Test Plan, Software Validation Plan. Among others:

    MarsExpress Integrated Station Scheduler which creates the files to automatically run the ESTRACK and DSN stations.

    MDAFSplitter which allows to safely split the command files to be sent to the spacecraft.

    TransferFile which transfers several types of files to the appropriate entities (command files to the control system, station files to the ground stations, planning files to the scientists...).

    Swarm OBSMToolkit which allows the conversion of OBSM images into several formats, the shifting of addresses of an image, the merging of images.


    Simulation, launch and orbit insertion campaigns

    Missions: Swarm, VenusExpress

    Participation to the VenusExpress simulation, launch and orbit insertion campaigns as a Mission Planner engineer.

    Participation to the Swarm simulation and launch campaigns as prime OBSM/DMS engineer.



    Missions: Croysat2, Swarm, MarsExpress

    Participation to the weekly rotation of on-call engineers: responsible for the monitoring of the spacecraft (out of limits and events tracking, recovery of anomalies, monitoring reporting).

    Checking of command stacks to be sent to the spacecraft and schedule their uplink.

    Recovery of data gaps.



    January to March 2018: Mindfulness training programme, ESA/ESOC

    November 2017: Building your resilience, ESA/ESTEC

    June 2017: Battery Technology for space application, ESA/ESTEC

    June 2014: Programming in Ada, AdaCore University

    1 March 2013: Time Management training, Telespazio Vega Deutschland GmbH

    February-March 2012: The Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations, ESA/ESOC

    23-27 March 2009: Programmation intensive avec Java, Valtech training

    11-12 March 2008: Programming in Perl Training, Schöll AG

    2-6 July 2007: Space Systems Engineering Course, Aeronautics & Astronautics School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton, UK



    12-16 April 2008 SpaceOps 2008: wrote and presented a paper on the Mars Express Integrated Station Scheduler (AIAA Paper Number: 3311)



    ESA-European Space Research and Technology Centre - April/September 2003

    Noordwijk, The Netherlands, in the Analysis & Verification section of the Thermal & Structure Div.

    Test suite: developed a test suite for two thermal analysis tools (ESARAD and ESATAN)

    Automation: automated the test suite to allow all the tests (more than 200) to be run in one go. A general report of the run is created with the conclusion of each test (passed or failed).

    Generation of Software Problem Report: created required SPR when a problem occurred.

    Test report: wrote test reports for all the tests.

    Test suite user manual: created a user manual detailing installation instructions, explaining the structure and use of the test suite, describing the tests and the response to possible problems.


    Grand Accélérateur National d’Ions Lourds (GANIL) – Summer 2000

    Caen, France, on the multifragmentation.

    Studied results of a series of collisions between Sn and Xe atoms.

    Studied the effect of several parameters (energy, impact parameter...) in obtaining the multifragmentation.


    Summer/Student Jobs

    As activity leader

    Prepared and conducted scientific experiments for children between 6 and 12.

                            Relais d’sciences, Caen (F)    summer 2001 and 2002

    Organised the Night of the Stars event and managed all activities related to observations.

                            Relais d’sciences, Caen (F)    summer 2002

    Hosted an exposition about the total solar eclipse.

                            AsNorA, Caen (F)                   spring 1999


    As school Tutor

    Supported children between 6 and 18 years old having problems that reflected in their learning capabilities.

                            ACADOMIA in Caen and Marseille (F) 2002-2003-2004


    Academic background

    2002/2003: Mechanics Institute (UNIMECA), Aerospace division, Marseille, France - DESS Techniques de l’Air et de l’Espace (Master of Sciences in Aerospace Technologies), with honours

    2001/2002: Laval University of Quebec, Canada - Maîtrise de physique, with honours

    2000/2001: University of Caen, France - Licence de Physique, with honours

    1998/2000: University of Caen, France – DEUG, with honours

    1997: Caen, France - Baccalauréat S-SVT, with honours


    Foreign languages

    French: Mother tongue                                   English: Fluent                                    German: Good


    Computer skills

    Familiar with the following tools: SCOS 2000, MOIS 5, Origin, GAMBIT, FLUENT, SAMCEF, ESARAD, ESATAN, Microsoft Office tools.

    Programming languages: Pascal, Delphi, C/C++, java, perl, Ada.



    Member of an astronomy club while studying in Caen, made lot of astronomical photography.

    Conducting genealogic research.

    Interest in travelling: England, Germany, Canada, the United States, Norway, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Egypt, Scotland, Spain.

    Interest in constructing models of rockets, space stations, boats and buildings.

    Music: Singing in a choir and playing guitar and accordion.

    Practising canine education and water rescue training with a Newfoundland and a Saint-Bernard.

    Driving licence.


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