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     Date Submitted:15-02-2012
     Last Modified:02-03-2014 (03:00)
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     Current job:Spacecraft Operation Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Satellite Operators

    From April 2013 till now

    Telespazio Vega Deutschland GmbH


    at ESA/European Space Operation Centre

    Spacecraft Operation Engineer in the Flight Control Team of the missions SWARM and Croysat2:


    DMS/OBSM engineering



    From July 2009 till April 2013

    Telespazio Vega Deutschland GmbH


    at ESA/European Space Operation Centre

    Spacecraft Operation Engineer in the Flight Control Team of the mission SWARM:


    DMS/OBSM engineering

    Mission Planning 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


    Spacecraft Operation Engineer

    in the Flight Control Team of the mission Croysat2


    • Routine operations:

      • Responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of the OBSM sub-syste

    • Perform all routine operations to support the routine mission


    • Takes part of the weekly on-call rotation to monitor the 3 spacecraft and react to any ground and spacecraft anomalies


    • Spacecraft:

      • Responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of the OBSM sub-system


    Spacecraft Operation Engineer

    in the Flight Control Team of the mission SWARM


    • Routine operations:

      • Perform all routine operations to support the routine mission

    • Takes part of the weekly on-call rotation to monitor the 3 spacecraft and react to any ground and spacecraft anomalies


    • Simulation and Launch campaign:

      • Took part of the simulation and launch campaign in the A-team as prime OBSM engineer


    • Prepared and executed the in flight commissioning


    • Spacecraft:

      • Responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of the OBSM sub-system


    • Developped the Flight Operation Plan for the OBSM sub-system


    • Prepared and executed all the System Validation Tests for the OBSM Sub-systems


    • Ground segment:

    • Software Acceptance Test Plan:

    Wrote the Mission Control System (SCOS2000) Acceptance Test Plan for the functionalities linked to the OBSM and Mission Planning System


    • Software developpment:

    Developped a software (Swarm OBSM Toolkit) in Java to manipulate OBSW memory images.

    Wrote the software requirements document and the test and validation plans for the Swarm OBSM Toolkit.


    • Ground Segment Element Acceptance Testing:

    Mission Control System (SCOS 5, multi domains):

    Validates all functionalities linked to OBSM and Mission Planning System

    Simulator (Simsat based, constellation):

    Validates the simulator and writes software problem reports when required


    • Trainings

    • 1st March 2013: Time Management Training

    • February-March 2012: The Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations



    Spacecraft Operation Engineer

    in the Flight Control Team of the mission Mars Express


    • Mission Planning

    • Performed all the required routine operations for the planning (long, medium and short term resource and feasibility checks, creation of command files to be up-linked…)

    • Interfaced 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. Took part and sometimes chaired the technical teleconferences the scientists planning group at ESAC.

    • Supported the NASA Phoenix mission during its Descent and Landing phase: implemented and validated new interfaces between the two missions, incorporated the Phoenix support into the Mars Express routine activities

    • Trained FCT members to perform very short term activities

    • Took part to the week end on-call duty rotation


    • Software Development

    • Responsible for the development, the maintenance and the documentation of (among other smaller tools):

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

      • DAFSplitter which allows to safely split the command files to be sent to the spacecraft
      • ransferFile 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...)
      • PSVersionTracking which is a configuration control system to keep track of all the files created during the planning sessions


    • DMS/OBSM

    • Developed/validated Service 12 monitorings

    • Re-map the SSMM to give more space to science packet stores

    • Validated On Board Control Procedures and patches to the On Board software

    • Re-defined the Mission TimeLine constraints

    • Wrote bi-annual monitoring reports


    • Spacecraft Operation Coordinator

    • Took part of the weekly rotation of responsibility for the monitoring of the spacecraft (out of limits and events tracking, recovery of anomalies, monitoring reporting)

    • Checked the command files to the spacecraft and scheduled their uplink

    • Recovered data gaps

    • Took part to the weekly on-call duty rotation



    • Trainings:

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

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

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


    • Conference:

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


    Spacecraft Operation Engineer

    in the Flight Control Team of the mission Venus Express

    as a Young Graduate Trainee


    • Mission calendar development

      • Created a high-level mission calendar of the Near Earth Commissioning, Interplanetary Cruise, Venus Payload Commissioning and Routine phases. It included spacecraft and payloads requirements for each phase and a detailed timeline of events (trajectory correction manoeuvres, wheel off loading, check outs, antenna switches, capture, conjunctions, eclipses…)


    • Operational Constraints

    • Responsible for the collection of all the constraints in a centralized database.

    • Reviewed the operational constraints with the Flight Control Team.

    • Allocated operational constraints checking to ground segment elements (personally in charge of the Mission Planning System) according to the FCT inputs.


    • Flight Operations Plan development

    • Wrote AOCS&DMS procedures for System Validation Tests

    • Wrote payload Flight Control Procedures (nominal and contingency). Validated them on simulator and during in-flight commissioning


    • Ground Segment Elements Acceptance Testing

    • Tested/validated Mission Control System and simulator as end user. Reported problems to developers

    • Validated the payload models in the simulator

    • Performed end-to-end tests with the Mission Planning System: wrote test plans and test reports, developed test cases, run the tests and updated Operational Rules and Constraints Document (document defining the checks performed at MPS level)

    • Took part to the Ground Segment Readiness Reviews (mainly on MPS side)


    • Payload engineer

    • Interfaced between FCT and Principal Investigator for the payload SPICAV (spectrometer)

    • Involved in all activities regarding the payload: developed and validated the procedures, run the System Validation Tests with the payload on-board the spacecraft


    • Simulation and launch campaigns:

    • Participated to the Venus Express simulation and launch campaigns.

    • Participated to the Venus Express simulation and orbit insertion campaigns.




    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.





    • 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, Poland.

    • 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.

    • Driving licence.

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