Nationality : Irish
Date of Birth : 02/11/1979
Institute: European Space Operations Centre
Company : Telespazio Vega Duetchland
Years: December 2012 – Present
Member of the Flight Control Team for the X-Ray and Gamma Ray missions XMM-Newton and Integral. Repsonsible for the testing and validation of the terrestrial to spacecraft communication systems and general routine mission operations.
• Validation of new ground stations and re-validation of existing support stations after major upgrades
• Scheduling of external G/S during non-nominal support periods (e.g LEOPs, Doentime due to maintanenc activity, eclipse)
• Defining mission planning requirements for future support
• Periodic RF System performance checks
• Additional responsibility for periodic maintanece and operation of payload sub-systems
Institute: Spanish National Observatory, Guadalajara
Years: October 2007 – April 2012
Functional Title: Instrument Engineer/Project Engineer
Instrument Engineer Jul 2009- Present
Contracted as an Instrument Engineer within the Instrumentation Group to carry out diverse task within the operating environment of the Observatory and the operation of an anechoic chamber
Instrumentation Group Tasks
Anechoic Chamber Tasks
Project Engineer Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Oct 2007 – Jun 2009
Responsible for the management of the Spanish contribution of a 1m2 aperture array for the Square Kilometre Design Study (SKADS)
Institute: The Space Research Organisation of the Netherlands (SRON), Groningen
Years Active: Dec 2005- Dec 2006
Functional Title: Instrument Scientist
Invited in 2006 to assist, working within the Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) team as a full time instrument scientist, to space qualify and calibrate the Flight Model (FM) of the Heterodyne Instrument for the Far-Infrared (HIFI) which flew on ESAs Herschel Space Observatory in 2009
· Fully integrated in all operational aspects of the flight model verification including
o Characterization of the polarization interferometric modules
o Measurement and analysis of all the optical and feed subsystems of the of HIFI
· Collaboration in the HIFI calibration team with specific involvement in the definition of calibration pipeline procedures and software products for the instruments linearity and frequency response
· Incorporation in the instrument control software group with responsibility for developing and testing FM scripts for space craft operations via SCOS (Space Craft operating System
2002 – 2007 National University of Ireland, Maynooth
PhD (Experimental Physics)
“The Quasioptical Verification of the Heterodyne Instrument for the Far-Infrared for the Herschel Space Observatory and Standing Waves in Quasioptical Systems”
Final Grade: Awarded November 2007
· PhD undertaken in the THz Optics and Technology Groupunder the supervision of Dr Neil Trappe and Prof Anthony Murphy with specialization in the field of GHz/THz optical modeling techniques and verification.
· This research was of a very applied nature as the group was collaborating in a number of major projects. The main emphasis was on optical techniques for GHz/THz systems (also known as quasioptics (QO)).
These QO principles were applied to the Heterodyne Instrument for the Far-Infrared (HIFI) which flew on the Herschel Space Observatory in 2009. Key goals and objectives included
· Providing detailed, rigorous models of this complex off-axis spectrometer device
· Providing test engineer support to the Assembly, Integration and Verification team during a comprehensive measurement campaign in the Space Institute of the Netherlands full verification and qualification of HIFI could be obtained.
· Collaborative research with world class research institutes in Cambridge, Stanford and Cardiff Universities into GHz/THz systems and novel applications
· Development of novel optics technique based on Gaussian Beam Modes that allows modeling of standing wave behaviour and aberrations simultaneously in optical systems while including a wide range of optical components including antennae structure.
· Experimentally validating these models in receiver systems operated at 94 GHz in Maynooth.
· Participation in ESA project “Cosmic Vision: The Birth, Life and Death of Stars” in Albach, Austria. Project goal was to define possible future ESA space projects from fundamental science concept through feasibility study to technical specification of instrumentation and science goals.
1998 – 2002 National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Bachelor of Science (Double Honours)
Final Grade: 1st Class
The breakdown of subjects over the four years was as follows:
Year 3 & 4: Exp Physics, Chemistry
Year 2: Exp Physics, Chemistry, Maths
Year 1: Exp Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Maths
“The CDT Ultra Wide Band Anechoic Chamber”, Serna JM, Finn T et al, Proceedings EUCAAP 5th Conference, pp 670-674, Rome 2011
“Focussing System for a 300 GHz radar with two target distances”, Montero-de-Paz J, Garcia E, Finn T et al, Proceedings EUCAAP 4th Conference, pp 939-943, Rome 2011
“FIDA3 : A Novel Active Array Design for the Mid-Frequency Range of the Square Kilometre Array”, Garcia E, Finn T et al, Proceedings EUCAAP 4th Conference, pp 1-4, Barcelona 2010
“The Heterodyne Instrument for the Far-Infrared – An Instrument for the Herschel Space Observatory”, Proceedings 2nd MCCT-SKADS Training School for Radio Astronomy: Fundamental and New Instruments, Siguenza (Spain) 2008 (Invited Speaker)
“Gaussian-Beam Mode Analysis of Reflection and transmission in Multilayer Dielectrics”, Finn T et al, J Opt Soc Am A, Vol 25, pp 80-89 (2008)
“The Gaussian beam Mode Analysis of off-axis aberrations in long wavelength Systems”, Finn T et al, Infrared Physics and Technology, Vol 51, pp 351-359 (2007)
“Gaussian Beam Mode Analysis of Standing Waves in Optical Systems”, Finn T, Proceedings 28th ESA Antenna Workshop on Space Antennas Systems and Technologies
“Quasioptical verification of the focal plane optics of the Heterodyne Instrument for the Far Infrared”, Candotti M, Finn T et al, Proceedings of SPIE Conference on Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, Glasgow (2004)
Dr Jose Antonio Lopez Fernandez Dr Marcus Kirsch
Director of Observatorio de Yebes XMM-Newton Spacecraft Manager
Cerro de la Palera s/n Robertboschstrasse 5
19141Guadalajara (Yebes) Darmstadt 64293
Email: ja.lopez(at)oan.es Email: marcus.kirsch(at)esa.int
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