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     Date Submitted:25-04-2012
     Last Modified:17-06-2012 (06:55)
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     Current job:Software engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsSoftware development. Real-time. VxWorks. Technical leader for development of real time systems. Avionic test benches architect. Avionic validation


    Date of birth : August 12, 1971

    Nationality : French




    • Technical leader for development of real time systems

    • Ten years of experience in development of avionics test benches, for space.

    • Specific spatial avionics knowledge:

    • Data handling sub-system

    • Avionics equipment units (AOCS, Power, and Thermal equipment units).

    • Standards and protocols:

      • TM/TC and PUS ECSS&CCSDS Standards

      • 1553 bus protocols

    • Specific interfaces:

      • SpaceWire

      • LVDS links

    • Satellite Database

    • Basic knowledge of the flight software and of its functions





    09/2011 - present:

    Thales Alenia Space – Cannes (GMV)

    • Functional Chain Validation for Sentinel 3

    • In charge of:

      • Analyze and correction of the test specifications written by the Satellite Chain managers.

      • Writing and execution of the test procedures. Investigation on occurred anomalies.

      • Writing of the test report and presentation of the results in meeting with the client (ESA)


    06/2006 – 09/2011:

    Thales Alenia Space – Cannes (AUSY / GMV)

    • Avionic test benches development for Sentinel 3 (09/2008 – 09/2011) and GlobalStar 2 (06/2006 – 09/2008) satellite programs

    • Technical leader in charge of:

      • Definition of the architecture design,

      • Specification of the software sub-systems,

      • Presentation in reviews of the technical design,

      • Six persons team management,

      • Planning responsible,

      • Integration and validation responsible of the test bench with avionics units, on-board software and satellite database

      • Specification of the software configuration management,

    • Technical environment:

      • Real time system with VME bus, Motorola CPU boards under VxWorks operating system,

      • Configuration management with Clearcase


    12/2005 – 05/2006:

    Intertechnique – Plaisir/Paris (AUSY)

    • Development of the test bench for the OSCU unit, embedded in the Airbus A380 airliner

    On PC/Windows XP, development with Visual Studio6 of an application, which manages an AFDX interface with the OSCU (Oxygen System Control Unit), and an IHM. UML conception.

    In charge of the conception, development, and the validation of the test bench.


    11/2003 – 12/2005:

    Alcatel Alenia Space – Cannes (ISIS-MPP)

    • Maintenance of the avionics test benches for the satellite programs CALIPSO and COROT (04/2005 – 12/2005)


    • Avionics test bench for the satellite program GSTB V2 GALILEO (11/2004 – 04/2005)

    Development of the power and thermal management unit simulators, from PROTEUS environment (MOTOROLA – VxWorks) to the GSTB V2 environment (PC – OS LINUX). Specification, conception and development, of a GSTB V2 specific equipment unit simulator.

    Development done in interface with ASTRIUM OTTOBRUN.


    • Update of the PROTEUS avionic test benches for the satellite program COROT (11/2003 – 11/2004)

    In charge of the real-time conception expertise, drivers development, and of the integration/validation of the test bench with the new simulator models. Development in C/C++ on MOTOROLA/VxWorks environment.


    07/2003 – 11/2003:

    Hispano Suiza – Moissy Cramayel (ISIS-MPP)

    • Monitoring and downloading rack for the M88 engines calculators of the fighter RAFALE

    On PC/Windows NT, development in C++ with Visual Studio6. UML conception.

    The software manages an IHM, two serial lines RS422, and two I/O boards.

    In charge of the conception, the development and the integration of the first version of the software.

    The documentation was done, with the UML modelling tool Objecteering of the SOFTEAM company.


    03/2002 – 07/2003:

    Alcatel Alenia Space – Cannes (ISIS-MPP)

    • Maintenance of the avionic test benches for the satellite platform SPACEBUS4000 (03/2003 – 07/2003)


    • Update of the PROTEUS avionic test benches for the satellite program CALIPSO (06/2002– 03/2003)

    In charge of the conception, development, and integration of the STAR TRACKER functional model simulator.

    Development in C/C++ on MOTOROLA/VxWorks environment.


    • Test bench for the Gyroscope equipment unit MIMU (03/2002 – 06/2002)

    On PC/Windows 2000, development with Visual Studio6 of an application, which manages an RS422 serial line interface with the MIMU (gyroscope unit), and an IHM.

    In charge of the conception, development, and the validation of the test bench.



    Thales Close Air Defence – Paris (ISIS-MPP)

    • Calculator rack (Confidential defence)

    On PC/Visual Studio environment, development for the target microchip G8HC11.

    Development with strong planning constraints.


    07/2000 – 02/2002:

    Alcatel Alenia Space – Cannes (ISIS-MPP)

    • Development of the avionic test benches for the satellite platform SPACEBUS4000

    On SUN/OS environment, development of the ATL compilateur (Avionic Test Language), the end-user test language of the bench.

    On MOTOROLA/VxWorks environment, development of the applicatif scheduler of the bench.



    General skills

    Methodology : UML.

    Languages : C/C++, PYTHON, JAVA, Shell KSH / BASH, AWK.

    Development tools : TORNADO 1 - 2, Visual Studio, Qt.

    Configuration management : Clear Case, RCS.

    Calculator/O.S : SUN/UNIX , PowerPC/ VxWorks, PC/LINUX, PC/WINDOWS.

    Networks /communication : AFDX, UDP, TCP/IP.




    2007 : Project manager.

    2003 : Object conception with UML methodology

    1999 : Industrial computing engineering




    2012 : Master 2 in Computer Science (University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis)

    1995 - 1996 : Military service

    1993 - 1995 : Bachelor of Mathematics (June 1995) – Master of Mathematics

    1990 - 1993 : DEUG A Mathematics – Physical science – Computer science (June 1993)

    1990 : High school diploma in sciences




    French : Mother tongue

    English : Technical English, good level

    Russian : Basic knowledge.

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