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     Date Submitted:07-03-2012
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     Current job:Spacecraft Operations Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators
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    CURRENT POSITION
    2010 – onwards                               EUMETSAT                            Darmstadt, Germany
    Spacecraft Operations Engineer for Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) satellites providing specialist spacecraft engineering covering all aspects of operations support to maintain its current fleet of EO/imaging spacecraft. Day-to-day responsibilities include:
    - Lead engineer for SEVIRI (Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infra-Red Imager), backupf engineer for MCP (Mission Communication Payload) and TT&C (Telemetry Tracking and Commanding) subsystem – for two (2) MSG (TAS-F, Thalesaleniaspace France) Earth Observation / imaging spacecraft.
    - Daily monitoring of spacecraft, checking spacecraft logs, out-of-limits & alarm limit checking, automated schedule and procedure generation (from/against flight dynamics predicts, etc) for all routine spacecraft operations, seasonal and long-term trending and report generation.
    - Participating (a week at a time) in On-call Spacecraft Engineer rotation, providing specialist advice to support out-of-hours routine operations and resolve contingencies in response to spacecraft anomalies or reconfigurations/mode changes.
    - Involvement in external technical meetings and support groups with satellite manufacturer, Thales Alenia Space (progress meetings, anomaly meetings, etc) to review operational issues and on-going anomaly work-arounds.
    - Support to imaging and ground segment operations (satellite control system, ground station engineering, image processing / product dissemination, etc), as necessary.
    - Commissioning operations: SVT preparation for the MSG3 S/C launching in June 2012. Support to ESA/ESOC during LEOP phase.
    - Direct interface with the IMPF (Imaging team) for nominal and special operations. 
     
    WORK EXPERIENCE
    2008 – 2009                             Deimos Imaging                               Valladolid, Spain
    Flight segment engineer at the ground station of Boecillo (Spain).
    - Author of the FOP (Flight Operation Procedures) for the Deimos-1 SC built by SSTL (Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd). The operational procedures allow the operator to control the SC during nominal conditions as well as emergency.   The whole FOP was realised analysing subsystems and mission drivers together with the interface SW for commanding.
    - Responsible for the Flight Segment, involving all satellite subsystems (AOCS, power, thermal, OBDH, payload). Telemetry monitoring, contingencies analysis and solution, data handling and trend analysis, during commissioning as well as during nominal. 
    - Mission planning. Analyzing the capture capability of the Deimos-1 in accordance to contract requirements. Modifying the Fortran FDS (Fight Dynamics System) program to merge it with another program Savoir (Swath Acquisition Viewer) to be able to test the satellite capability to acquire different areas on Earth respecting the mandatory constrain of weekly Spain scansion.
    - AOCS. Applying Y-Thompson technique to 3-axis stabilize the satellite on its nominal orbit handling sensors and actuators.   
    - Ground segment. Actively operating with the ground segment team during nominal operations to merge knowledge and to be ready to supporting each other in case of emergency.
    - Participation to the FRR (Flight Readiness Review) stating the Deimos-1 SC readiness to fly.
    - Participation to the Deimos-1 launch campaign in Baikonur (Kazakhstan), assisting to the launch site check-out tests of the SC’ subsystems up to the integration of the Deimos-1 inside the SHM (Space Head Module).
    - Actively participated as launch team member from the ground station of Boecillo and supported LEOP flight operations together with the SSTL project team. 
    February – August 2007                           ESA/ESOC                      Darmstadt, Germany
    Trainee at the OPS-GSS (Ground Segment Operations and Signal Processing) division.
    - Working on the ΔDOR (Delta-Differential One-way Ranging) technique to determine the angular position of the Rosetta SC during its fly-by to Mars. The same ΔDOR data were used for tests leading to the optimisation of the technique itself. 
    - Scripting. Scripts running on the Correlator machine were modified to optimise the data processing by means of integration intervals. SW maintenance.
    - The tool DOSP (Delta-DOR Optimum Sequence Planner) was written in MatLab to provide the optimum interval for the SC acquisition by the ground station respect to the SC elevation and to the quasar correlated flux. 
    - ESA TT&C Conference 2007 at ESOC, Darmstadt. Poster of the Conference: M. Mercolino, P. Racioppa, C. Tranquilli, “The Test of the ESA DeltaDOR Correlator”
     
    EDUCATION
    2005 - 2007 Scuola di Ingegneria Aerospaziale                Rome, Italy
    Master Degree in Astronautic Engineering
    - Design and operation of space missions, mission analysis, orbital and attitude dynamics, space telecommunication and tracking systems. Thesis title: “The Use of the ΔDOR Observables in the Orbit Determination of the Space Probes Rosetta and Mars Express”.
    2001 - 2005 Università degli Studi “Sapienza”                Rome, Italy
    Bachelor Degree in Aerospace Engineering
    - Aerospace structures, dynamics of space structures, smart materials applications, aerodynamics, propulsion systems, flight mechanics. Thesis title: “Dynamic Analysis of a Space Structure”.
     
    LANGUAGE SKILLS
    Mother tongue: Italian 
    Other languages:             English          French          Spanish        German 
    Understanding                      C1                   B2                    C1                 B1
    Speaking                                C1                   A2                    C1                 B1
    Writing                                     C1                  A2                     C1                 B1
    Listening                                C1                   B2                     C1                 B1
    Reading                                  C1                  B2                      C1                B1
    Spoken interaction               C1                   A2                     C1                 B1
    Spoken production               C1                   A2                     C1                 B1
    (European level: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
     
    SOCIAL SKILLS AND COMPETENCES
    - Good ability to adapt to foreign and multicultural environment.
    - Strong willingness to learn working in team, sharing knowledge to reach the goal efficiently enjoying the team play.
     
    INFORMATIC SKILLS
    - Programming: MatLab, Fortran 90, Fortran 77
    - Operating systems: Windows, LINUX
    - Office applications: MS-Office, LX-OpenOffice, LaTeX
    - Design applications: Adobe PhotoShop
    - Ground Segment applications: Savoir, FDS, MSPE
    - UNIX and Linux training course at Sholl AG
     
    PERSONAL INTERESTS
    - Strong interest in arts and literature, especially in photography and painting.
    - Enjoying tennis, jogging and swimming, love for sailing.

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