Current position: since January 2014
Company: ALTEC S.p.A.
Position: Ground Operations Engineer
Ground Operations Engineer for the EXOMARS 2018 program:
Definition and preparation of the EXOMARS 2018 Ground Operations within the ROCC, the Rover Operations Control Center to be hosted at ALTEC premises. Preliminary assessment on the operations cycle feasibility, in order to match the constraints imposed by the available communication scenario. Definition of roles and responsibilities, teams cooperation, management and shift scheduling.
Analysis of the Mars/Earth communication scenario used during Rover surface operations. Computation of the visibility windows between Rover and Orbiter and Orbiter and Ground Stations. The associated latencies have been also evaluated. The assessment has been carried out by using STK (Satellite Tool Kit) environment and Matlab for data post-processing.
Support the ROCC AIT/AIV process, in particular during SVTs preparation and execution. Preparation of ROCC Ground procedures and responsible for ROCC Operational Validation.
Ground Operations Engineer for the UNISONO project:
Participation to the UNISONO (uninterrupted handover between Ground Stations during immersive telerobotic operations) project, with VTT as Prime Contractor. The goal of the ESA ITT was to identify mechanisms to introduce a seamless uplink handover between ground stations in a METERON-like environment.
Inputs provided to assess the ESTRACK and ISS capabilities to meet UNISONO requirements. Support given to the testbed preparation and final demonstration held within the GSRF (Ground Segment Reference Facility in ESOC, Darmstadt), in particular for Cortex CRT-XL configurations and settings. Cortexes were used to mimic the behaviour of the two ground stations and the ISS transponder.
Ground Segment Operations Engineer for the IXV program:
Support to IXV Ground Segment definition, development and validation for the telemetry data reception coming from the IXV Spacecraft. The IXV Ground Segment design involved Ground Stations, Communication Network and MCC.
Ground operations definition and validation. Input provided to Ground Stations procedures and configuration documentation, as well as, Ground Segment specifications, Interface control documents (ICDs), verification control documents (VCDs) and test procedures/reports. Preparation of the IXV Ground Segment Operations Validation Plan.
Experience of several review boards with ESA representatives. Support the System Engineer in the Subcontractors management (Telematic Solutions and Telespazio).
Participation to IXV mission from the CNES managed Libreville Ground Station in Gabon. One month experience on site to support the Mission Readiness Tests, operational validation and team training during routine and contingency scenario.
ASI/Altec Liaison officer at NASA - Johnson Space Center, Houston – USA:
Two months’ experience (June and July 2011) at JSC (Johnson Space Center - NASA) as ISA (Italian Space Agency) representative. The liaison officer deals with other Space Agencies (NASA, ESA, JAXA, CSA) and owns a specific position in the MER (Mission Evaluation Room), one of the NASA centers for engineering support to the International Space Station. This console, known as ALMER (ALTEC in MER) has an important role during the shuttle missions concerning the italian MPLM module. NASA certification to operate in MER has been achieved. Real time support during STS-135 final shuttle mission.
Operations Engineer for the STEPS program
Support for the STEPS program (acronym of ”Advanced systems and technologies for space exploration”) partially funded by Regione Piemonte. A DEM (Digital elevation Model) has been obtained with the help of a laser scanner, used on top of a Mars/Moon Terrain Demonstrator (MMTD), a surface with all the characteristics of a martian terrain. The DEM has been used as starting point to implement algorithms able to recognize obstacles (rocks, craters) that could be harmful for a Rover moving on Mars.
Operations Engineer for the MPLM/PMM program
Engineering support for MPLM program(Multi Purpose Logistic Module. Real time support from Altec’s Mission Control Center in Torino during STS-131 and STS-133 Shuttle missions. Sustaining Engineering of the PMM (Permanent Multipurpose Module), permanently berthed to the International Space Station. Telemetry data monitoring, writing and revision of flight procedures. Engineering analysis on the received data.
(previous) Position from February 2007 to July 2007
Company : CNR-IEIIT (http://www.ieiit.cnr.it/)
Position: University Internship
CNR-IEIIT is the Institute of Electronics, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering, a research structure of CNR, the National Research Council of Italy.
The aim of the internship was the development (through simulation of the propagation of the electromagnetic field) and writing of a radio-electric report for the installation of a wireless network (standard Hiperlan – 5GHz) in a small area in the north east of Italy, affected by digital divide.
Master of Science in Communication Engineering (2009)
Score: 110/110 summa cum laude awarded by Politecnico di Torino.
Master Thesis title: “Experimental Analysis of P2P-TV systems’ traffic”. The thesis’ aim was the understanding of the behaviour and the reactions of some popular P2P-TV applications in normal conditions and in presence of artificially inserted adverse network conditions.
Bachelor of Science in Communication Engineering (2007)
Score: 107/110 awarded by Politecnico di Torino.
Thesis title: “Last mile over a wireless network at 5GHz in free band – Coverage of the southern part of the Friuli region ”.
High school diploma (2004)
Score: 110/110 awarded by Liceo Scientifico “G. Galilei” - Nizza Monferrato.
Mother tongue: Italian
Good knowledge of the English language (written and spoken), improved especially during the Master of Science in Communication Engineering, whose courses and exams were held in English. I’ve taken the PET - Preliminary English Test (held in June 2004 - Grade “Pass with Merit”) and FCE - First Certificate in English (held in June 2005 - Grade A). Both certification have been awarded by the Cambridge University.
Basic knowledge of the French language, mainly due to extracurricular courses held during the High School period
Good computer programming skills in C and Java languages. Excellent knowledge of the Matlab environment. Basic skills of HTML language.
Good skills on Windows based/Linux based systems.
Good knowledge of the typographic language LaTeX.
Sound knowledge of the MS Office software (Word, excel), Internet and e-mail.
GROUND AND FLIGHT SEGMENT SKILLS:
Usage of STK (Satellite Tool Kit) and NASA GMAT for link budget, antenna visibility and basic mission analysis.
Knowledge of the main Ground Station equipment (Cortex in particular)
Basic utilization as console operator of the SCOS2000 environment
Good knowledge of the main elements composing the Mission Control Center
Knowledge of the main CCSDS standards (SLE protocol, Proximity Link protocol, TM and TC packet and frames structure)
Knowledge of the main ECSS standards (mainly Ground System and Operations, Verification, Telemetry and Telecommand Packet Utilization, Testing, System Engineering)
STK (Satellite Tool Kit) Training course held on April 2012 (Comprehensive Week).
Space Mission Design and Operations (MOOC, Online Course from EdX) held on April 2016
Space Mission Operations Course (SMOC) held on June 2016 at Goonhilly Earth Station, Cornwall, UK
IBM-Rational DOORS Training Course held on March 2017
SOCIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS:
I am an enthusiastic bilingual professional seeking work in a challenging business environment. I am capable of working on my own initiative, and with excellent organisational abilities. Good skills to deal with people, especially in a multicultural environment, as I experienced during the Master of Science period in which, due to the attendance of the English courses, I met different people coming also from extra EU countries. Volunteering experiences and animator experiences with children and young boys in the local parish helped me to get on well with people at all levels, making good working relationship easily.
I am a flexible person and I can learn quickly new skills as proved by my versatile working experiences.
I have worked in various types of groups where the cooperation and negotiation skills among different kind of people was strongly necessary, as I experienced during my work experience in Altec where I had to deal with several subcontractors/customers everyday, coordinate their jobs and meet deadlines.
PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS:
"ESA IXV Mission: Ground Segment Operations Report", G. Martucci, A. Bellomo, I. Musso, D. Bussi, M. Rabaioli, G. Santoro, G. Billig, J. Gallego. Oral Presentation at ESAW 2015, 16-17 June 2015, ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany.
"The IXV Ground Segment Design, Implementation and Operations", G. Martucci, A. Bellomo, I. Musso, D. Bussi, M. Rabaioli, G. Santoro, G. Billig, J. Gallego. Paper presented at EUCASS 2015, 1-3 July 2015, Krakow, Poland. Published in ACTA Astronautica, Volume 124, July–August 2016, Pages 102–117.
"The IXV Ground Segment as an initial approach to the support of commercial suborbital missions", F. Santoro, G. Billig, A. Bellomo, G. Martucci, D. Bussi, M. Rabaioli. Paper
prepared for IAC 2015, 12-16 October 2015, Jerusalem, Israel.
"The Ground Segment and Operations of ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle", J. Gallego, G. Billig, A. Bellomo, G. Martucci, D. Bussi, M. Rabaioli. Paper prepared for SpaceOps 2016, 16-20 May 2016, Daejeon, Korea.
"Remote Rover Operations: Testing the ExoMars Egress Case", M. Azkarate, K. Kapellos, R. Hewitt, E. Boukas, L. Joudrier, P. Poulakis, G. Visentin, E. Ferrentino, D. Bussi. Paper prepared for i-SAIRAS 2016, 19-22 June 2016, Beijing, China.
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