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     Date Submitted:07-11-2012
     Last Modified:01-08-2013 (12:59)
    Job information
     Current job:Payload Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsTelecommunication Payloads, RF equipments, Future Satellite Systems, Remote Sensing Instruments (SARs, InSARs), Project Management

    1. Personal Information

    Sex Male| Date of birth15/10/1983  | City  Jesi| Country Italy 

    Nationality Italian

    Marital Status Single


    2.Main Professional Qualifications

    Position Held: Payload Engineer (Consultant) at ESA/ESTEC    Period:Nov. 2008-Present

    2.1 Telecom Payloads:

    • Five years’ experience as Technical Manager of European Space Agency (ESA) R&D Projects in the field of Telecommunication Satellite Payload Systems and Equipment involving all the major European Partners (Manufacturers, Satellite Operators, National Space Agencies and Universities);
    • ‘Technical Officer’ (acting) of ESA ‘Technology Research Programme’ (TRP) and ‘Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems’ (ARTES) activities, including, among the others:

    §  ARTES 5.1 activity: “Payload On-Board Self Calibration Techniques”. The goal is the definition of an efficient end-to-end self-calibration system for Ku and Ka-band telecom payloads;

    §  TRP activity: “On-Board Processor for Dual Polarization Mobile Payloads”. The aim is to assess the overall performance of an on-board processor for dual polarization mobile payloads;

    §  TRP activity: “Lossless Beam-Forming Networks (BFNs) for Overlapped Sub-Array Antennas”. The aim is to design, manufacture and test a BFN breadboard for future multibeam telecom satellites;

    §  TRP activity: “Optimised DSP building blocks for On-Board Processing” The objective is to analyse efficient algorithms, architectures and design/optimization techniques for Digital Signal Processing building blocks to be employed in next generation On-Board Processors.

    • ‘‘Technical Expert’ supporting directly the Technical Officer in driving, monitoring and controlling ESA ARTES activities, including, among the others:

    §  ARTES 1 activity: “Approaching the Terabit/s Satellite: A System Study”. The main objectives are to assess the introduction of disruptive technologies for the space segment within the 2020 time horizon to meet future user needs and derive a roadmap for the introduction of the proposed technology. Two parallel contracts have been placed with two European Consortia;

    §  ARTES 1 activity: “Next Generation Mobile Satellite Systems”. The activity focuses on the definition and preliminary design of an L-band MSS targeting the 2018 timeframe and a Ka-band MSS targeting the 2025 timeframe. Two parallel contracts have been placed with two European Consortia;

    §  ARTES 5.1 activity: “Integrated Receiver Front-End for Multi-Beam Ka-Band Missions”. The objective is the design, manufacture and test of a compact Ka-band receiver front-end EM.

    • Engineering support to ESA Telecommunication Satellite Programs developed in cooperation with major European satellite Manufacturers and Operators:

    §  Technical support provided to ESA SmallGEO Programme for assessing the impact of equipment measured behaviour on the overall payload.

    ·       Key Member of ESA Working Groups aiming at the analysis of satellite broadband services trends and evolution and identification of future satellite systems technological requirements. In particular:

    §  Member of Terabit/s Satellite Working Group. In charge of the definition of payload architectures and key technology needs for future telecom broadband satellites;

    §  Member of Future Mobile Satellite Systems Working Group. Involved in the identification of payload architectures and technology needs for future MSS;

    §  Member of Flexible Payload Working Group. Involved in the identification of payload architectures and equipment needs for future telecom satellites requiring flexible resources allocation;

    §  Member of ViaSat-2 Working Group. Responsible for all payload-related technical aspects.


    • Key Member (‘Expert’) of ESA Tender Evaluation Boards for evaluation of Technical and Management Proposals submitted by European Companies in response to ESA Invitation to Tender (ITT);
    • Co-Inventor of an innovative lossless beam-forming network architecture based on overlapped sub-arrays for Direct Radiating Arrays and Array-Fed Reflectors;
    • Co-Inventor of an innovative design technique for linear and planar omnidirectional arrays. Antennas characterized by wide scan areas are highly desirable in a broad range of applications including terrestrial broadcasting and spatial (or free-space) power combining;
    • Co-Inventor of a new class of Polyphase Sequences (PAT Codes) for telecom applications.


    2.2 Radio Frequency Remote Sensing Instruments for Earth Observation:

    ·       ‘Technical Officer’ (acting) of ESA ‘Technology Research Programme’ (TRP) activities, including:

    §  TRP activity: “Study of Multi-channel Ka-band SARs for moving target indication”. The objective is to design a satellite-based multi-channel Ka-band SAR optimized for moving target indication either for land or ocean applications. Ocean current measurement capability is also investigated.

    ·       ‘Technical Expert’ supporting directly the Technical Officer in driving, monitoring and controlling ESA TRP activities, Earth Observation Preparation Activities (EOPA) and Instrument Pre-Development (IPD) activities, including, among the others:

    §  EOPA activity: “Study for the Utilisation of Future Telecom Satellites for Earth Observation”. The aim is to prove feasibility and perform a preliminary design of a Geosynchronous SAR as a hosted payload of a commercial telecom satellite;

    §  EOPA activities related to the feasibility of a potential L-band bistatic SAR mission to be flown in tandem with SAOCOM satellites;

    §  EOPA/IPD/TRP activities related to definition of mission requirements, feasibility study and instrument design for an ocean current measurement mission. This concept may be a potential Earth Explorer 9 candidate;

    §  TRP activity: “Study into Ka-band SARs”. The objective is to design a satellite-based Ka-band SAR for civil security and environmental applications requiring high resolution topography estimation (high resolution Digital Elevation Models). Two parallel contracts placed with two European Consortia;

    §  TRP activity: “Study of Ocean Currents with Multi-channel C-band Digital Beamforming SAR”. The activity focuses on the assessment of ocean current measurement capability of Sentinel-1 successors;

    ·       Key Member of ESA Ka-band System/Payload Working Group: Full responsible for trade-off and performance assessment of instrument baseline calibration techniques for high resolution interferometric SARs;

    ·       Developer of a Performance Model for trade-off and performance assessment of future SAR instrument concepts for ocean current measurement applications.

    Position Held: RF and Antenna Engineer (Consultant) at Rheinmetall          Period:2007-2008

    ·       Design, Development and Test of high power ferrite switches;

    ·       Development of a Simulation Tool for the analysis of large slotted waveguide planar arrays.

    Position Held: Antenna research Engineer at Univ.P.M.                                          Period:2005-2005

    ·       Responsible for a R&D project on phase synthesis of active arrays for telecom satellites and radars.


    3. areas of specialisation and experience

    3.1 General Skills:

    • Relevant project management experience in all Project phases, from initial definition of Project requirements to the delivery of final products/results;
    • Full Responsibility for the quality and on-time, on-cost delivery of Project outcomes/products;
    • Contract negotiation (on both technical and management aspects);
    • Expertise on Interaction, Coordination and Cooperation with European satellite key players in the fields of Telecommunications and Earth Observation ((i.e., Manufacturers, Operators, Universities and Space Agencies;
    • Knowledge of ESA procedures and procurement processes.

    3.2 Telecom Satellite Systems and Payloads:

    • Analysis, modelling and performance assessment of advanced telecom payload architectures for broadband and broadcast fixed and mobile satellite services;
    • Identification of technology needs and definition of technical requirements for future payload sub-systems, equipment and products;
    • Identification of technology roadmaps for future payload sub-systems, equipment and techniques;
    • Management of payload sub-systems and equipment development activities towards technology flight maturity;
    • Relevant expertise on payload active and passive equipment (filters, LNAs, TWTAs, SSPAs, etc…);
    • Calibration/equalization sub-systems and techniques for broadband and broadcast telecom payloads;
    • Flexible payload equipment (flex-TWTAs, MPAs, reconfigurable filters, etc…) and techniques for enhancing resource allocation flexibility (in terms of power, bandwidth, routing, coverage, etc…) in broadband and broadcast satellite missions;
    • Modelling, analysis and design of innovative beam-forming network architectures for telecom satellites. This includes analogue/digital BFNs, on-board/on-ground beam-forming, etc…;
    • Analysis, design and measurement of microwave devices (filters, phase shifters, high power switches);
    • Knowledge of passive, active and semi-active antenna concepts for broadband and broadcast telecom satellites;
    • Phase and amplitude synthesis of active antenna arrays with emphasis on related payload complexity (mass/footprint/power consumption & dissipation/cost);
    • Knowledge of techniques for computing the mutual coupling existing among radiators in order to prevent coverage nulls in multi-beam telecommunication applications;
    • Knowledge of signal propagation impairments (e.g., depolarization, scintillation, attenuation, etc…) and methods for counteracting these effects (e.g., Fading Mitigation Techniques, Smart Gateway Diversity, etc…) with particular reference to their impact on payload complexity;
    • Knowledge of main signal processing techniques applied to telecom applications;
    • Knowledge of main features of air interface standards and techniques;
    • Participation to concurrent system design of next generation Fixed and Mobile Satellite Services (FSS and MSS);
    • Knowledge of basic features and technology trade-off of major satellite sub-systems (e.g., power generation sub-system, thermal control sub-system, propulsion sub-sytem, etc…);
    • Knowledge of main features of broadband satcom market in terms of service trends and evolution;
    • Understanding of satellite Operators key requirements and commercial needs.

    3.3 Radio Frequency Remote Sensing Instruments for Earth Observation:

    • Modelling, analysis, and performance assessment of SARs instrument concepts, including multi-channel SARs;
    • Modelling, analysis and performance assessment of Interferometric SARs (InSARs);
    • Analysis and performance assessment of calibration algorithms for InSARs;
    • Algorithms and techniques for space-borne moving target indication applications (DPCA, STAP, etc…);
    • Advanced processing techniques and concepts (e.g., MIMO) for next generation SARs;
    • Principles of SAR and InSAR raw data processing;
    • Understanding of key mission and instrument aspects and trade-offs for SAR/InSAR instruments;
    • Understanding of main scientific and civil security application requirements for SAR and InSAR instruments;
    • Basic principles of interaction between RF signals, the atmosphere and the ocean surface in Ku/Ka- bands.

    3.4 EM Simulation Tools and Techniques:

    • Excellent knowledge of antenna and microwave equipment modelling tools (HFSS, CST);
    • Good knowledge of EM Simulation Techniques (FDTD, MoM).

    3.5 Computer Science:

    • Excellent knowledge of commercial software tools (MATLAB, Mathcad, etc..) and programming languages.


    4. Employment history





    July 2010 (Current Position)

    Payload Engineer

    Consulting Engineer at the European Space Agency (ESA)

    Site: ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

    Payload Division - Payload Engineering Section  (TEC-ETP)

    Ajilon Technology Aerospace B.V.

    (formerly, Modis Nederland B.V.)

    Contractor at European Space Agency

    November 2008 – June 2010

    Payload Research Engineer

    Consultant at the European Space Agency (ESA)

    Site: ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

    Payload Division - Payload Engineering Section  (TEC-ETP)

    European Space Agency

    January 2008 - November 2008

    Antenna Engineer

    Consultant of Rheinmetall Italia Spa, Rome (Italy)

    Development of a Simulation Tool for the analysis of large slotted waveguide planar arrays

    Rheinmetall Italia Spa

    May 2007 - December 2007

    Microwave Engineer

    Consultant of Rheinmetall Italia Spa, Rome (Italy)

    Design of a High Power Reciprocal Ferrite Switches Using Latching Faraday Rotators

    Rheinmetall Italia Spa

    August 2005 - November 2005

    Antenna Research Engineer

    Member of Antenna and Microwave Research Group

    Universitá Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona (Italy)

    Department of Electromagnetics and Bioengineering (DEB)

    Universitá Politecnica delle Marche




    5. Education


    Name and Location





    or other Diploma







    Univ. Politecnica delle Marche Ancona (Italy)



    Telecom payloads, Beam-Forming Networks,

    Antennas, RF Equipment





    Univ. Politecnica delle Marche Ancona (Italy)



    Telecom, Antennas, Microwave  Circuits, Optics

    Telecom Engineering

    (Master’ s Degree)

    Final Mark: 110/110 with honours




    Univ. Politecnica delle Marche Ancona (Italy)



    Telecom, Antennas, Microwave Circuits, Optics

    Electronic Engineering

    (Bachelor’ s Degree)

    Final Mark: 110/110 with honours


    Secondary School

    Liceo Scientifico

    “E. Medi”

    Senigallia (Italy)



    Mathematics, Geometry, Physics, Chemistry

    Scientific Diploma

    Final Mark: 100/100 with honours




    6. list of theses, patents and other significant work






    Final Mark



    PhD Thesis



    Innovative BFN Architectures, Array analysis and Design Methods for Space and Terrestrial  Applications

    -  Prof. Antonio Morini (Univ. P. M.)

    -  Dr. Piero Angeletti (ESA)

    -  Dr.  Giovanni Toso (ESA)


    Universitá Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona (Italy)

    Best PhD Thesis in the Department of Biomedical, Electronics and Telecom Engineering at Univ. Pol. Marche


    Master’s Degree Thesis


    Design of an High Power Reciprocal Ferrite Switch Using Latching Faraday Rotators

    -  Prof. Tullio Rozzi (Univ. P. M.)

    -  Prof. Antonio Morini (Univ. P. M.)

    Universitá Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona (Italy)


    110/110 with honours

    Ranked among the top 16 Italian Theses in 2007

    Bachelor’s Degree Thesis:

    Phased Array Synthesis

    -  Prof. Antonio Morini (Univ. P. M.)


    Universitá Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona (Italy)


    110/110 with honours



    ·  D. Petrolati, P. Angeletti, G. Toso, A patent on Innovative Lossless BFN Architectures based on Overlapped Sub-Arrays for Telecom Multi-beam and Limited Field Of View Applications was filed in 2012.


    Main Publications and Conferences:

    ·  D. Petrolati, P. Angeletti, G. Toso, “New Piecewise Linear Polyphase Sequences Based on a Spectral Domain Synthesis,” Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on , vol.58, no.7, pp.4890-4898, July 2012;

    ·  P. Angeletti, D. Petrolati, G. Toso, “A New Family of Perfect Polyphase Codes with Good Aperiodic Autocorrelation Performances,” submitted to IEEE Transactions on Information Theory;

    ·  D. Petrolati, P. Angeletti, G. Toso, “A Lossless Beam-Forming Network for Linear Arrays Based on Overlapped Sub-Arrays,” submitted to IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation;

    ·  A. Morini, D. Petrolati, T. Rozzi et alii, “Useful Approximations for the Analysis of Large Slotted Waveguide Planar Arrays,” submitted to IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation;

    ·  D. Petrolati, P. Angeletti, G. Toso, “A Novel Phase Only Excitation Law for Omnidirectional Linear Arrays,” submitted to IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation;

    ·  D. Petrolati, P. Angeletti, A. Morini, G. Toso, “Skobelev Network Optimization by Sequential Quadratic Programming,” Electronics Letters, Vol. 46, Issue 8, April 2010;

    ·  A. Morini, M. Baldelli, G. Venanzoni, N. Sidiropoulos, A. Catalani, P. Angeletti, D. Petrolati, “Dual-Polarization Directional Couplers for Beamforming Applications,” 31st AIAA Int. Communication Satellite Systems Conference, Florence, Italy, 14-17 October 2013;

    ·  N. Fonseca, D. Petrolati, P. Angeletti, “Design of a Waveguide Dual-Mode Three-Way Power Divider for Dual-Polarization Beam Forming Networks at Ka-Band,” Int. Symp. On Antennas and Propagation, Orlando, USA, 7-13 July 2013;

    ·  M. Aloisio, P. Angeletti, F. Coromina, D. Mignolo, D. Petrolati, E. Re, "A system study to investigate the feasibility of Terabit/s satellites," Vacuum Electronics Conference (IVEC), 24-26 April 2012;

    ·  A. Lecointre, D. Rousset, A. Briand, D. Petrolati, S. D’Addio, “On-Board Self Calibration Techniques,” ESA Work. on Advanced Flex. Payloads, Noordwijk, NL, 17-19 April 2012;

    ·  M. Aloisio, P. Angeletti, F. Coromina, A. Ginesi, D. Mignolo, D. Petrolati, E. Re, “A System Feasibility Study of Terabit/s Satellites,” ESA Work. on Advanced Flex. Payloads, Noordwijk, NL, 17-19 April 2012;

    ·  S. Baumgartner, F. Lopez Dekker, J. G. Molina, F. Bordoni, C. Laux, T. Borner, M. Younis, C. Schafer, R. Klein, P. Marques, D. Petrolati, “Study of Multi-Channel Ka-Band SARs for Moving Target Indication,” 1st KEO Work., ESTEC, NL, 2012;

    ·  C. Buck, M. Aguirre, C. Donlon, D. Petrolati, S. D’Addio, “Steps towards a preparation of a Wavemill mission,” IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, pp. 3959-3962, 2011;

    ·  C. Buck, C. Donlon, D. Petrolati, S. D’Addio, “A roadmap for Wavemill,” ARSI, 13-15 September 2011;

    ·  V. T. di Crestvolant, F. De Paolis, D. Petrolati, “Ridge Waveguide Filter Design and Applications to Multi-Beam Satellite Payloads,” Ka and Comm., Nav. and Earth Obs. Conf., 3-5 October 2011;

    ·  D. Petrolati, P. Angeletti, G. Toso, “Linear Arrays with Maximally Flat Beams,” 4th Eur. Conf. on Ant. and Prop., Barcelona, Spain, 2010;

    ·  D. Petrolati, P. Angeletti, G. Toso, “A New Class of Equi-Amplitude Omnidirectional Linear Arrays,” IEEE Int. Symposium on Antennas and Propagation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 11-17 July 2010;

    ·  D. Petrolati, P. Angeletti, G. Toso, “PAT-Code Fed Omnidirectional Arrays,” 32nd ESA Antenna Work. on Antennas for Space Applications, Noordwijk, NL, 5-8 October 2010;

    ·  A. Morini, D. Petrolati, “Analysis of Arrays Made up of Slots Fed by Microstrips/Striplines,” 32nd ESA Antenna Work. on Antennas for Space Applications, Noordwijk, NL, 5-8 October 2010;

    ·  D. Petrolati, P. Angeletti, A. Morini, G. Toso, “Sidelobe Optimization of Skobelev Networks,” IEEE Int. Symp. on Phased Array Systems & Technology, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 12-15 October 2010;

    ·  D. Petrolati, P. Angeletti, A. Morini, T. Rozzi, G. Toso, “Frank Code-Fed Omnidirectional Arrays,” 5th ESA Work. on mm Wave Tech. And App. and 31st Antenna Work., Noordwijk, NL, 18-20 May 2009.


    Prizes and Achievements:

    • The PhD Thesis entitled “Innovative BFN Architectures, Array analysis and Design Methods for Space and Terrestrial Applcations” has been awarded the 2011 best PhD Thesis in the Department of Biomedical, Electronics and Telecom Engineering (DIBET) of Universita’ Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona (Italy);
    • The Master’s Degree Thesis entitled “High Power Reciprocal Ferrite Switches Using Latching Faraday Rotators” was ranked among the top 16 Italian Theses in Information and Communication Technology by a Confindustria – AICA Committee (year 2007).


    Professional Courses Attended:

    • Antennas for Space Applications, The European School of Antennas, ESTEC, Noordwijk (The Netherlands), 8-12 March 2010;
    • International Business Communication,MLS Int. College, Bournemouth, Dorset (UK), August 2008.


    Main Courses Attended at University and Final Exam Marks:


    30/30 with honors

    Antenna Design

    30/30 with honors

    Optical Circuits and Components

    30/30 with honors

    Opto-electronic Networks

    30/30 with honors

    Microwave Network Design

    30/30 with honors

    Electromagnetic Compatibility

    30/30 with honors

    Information Theory and Codes

    30/30 with honors


    30/30 with honors

    Communication Systems

    30/30 with honors

    Electronic Devices


    Communication Networks

    30/30 with honors

    Computer Networks




    Multimedia Application Algorithms


    Final Project

    30/30 with honors



    Microwave Circuits

    30/30 with honors


    30/30 with honors

    Mathematical Analysis I


    Mathematical Analysis II


    Mathematical Analysis III






    Automatics I






    Electronics I


    Analogical Electronics


    Digital Electronics


    Telecommunication Electronics


    Materials for Electronics


    Electronic Systems Design


    Electronic Measurements


    Automatic Controls


    TLC Services


    DSP Algorithms


    Final Project

    30/30 with honors


    7. Languages










    Mother Tongue

    Mother Tongue

    Mother Tongue


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    Registering is the only way of posting vacancies and obtaining contact details of candidates in our CV database.

    All it takes is a few minutes and a credit card (Visa or American Express). To sign-up to this service, simply click on the Register link and fill in the form. You will then have instant access to our system after on-line payment where you will be able to complete the transaction in either US Dollars, UK Pounds or Euros.

    All online credit/debit card transitions are handled through our secure third party payment processors at WorldPay. Worldpay are part of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, the 5th biggest banking group in the world, WorldPay payment solutions are trusted by thousands of businesses, big and small worldwide. 

    Pricing starts at €450 (approx £350 or US$500 - use the convert tool for an exact conversion) for one month unlimited job postings and unlimited CV database access (for one user), with package discounts available if you have more permanent recruiting needs. For example, a Gold subscription will give you unlimited jobs posting and unlimited CV database access for one year at just over €250 per month!


    2017 Pricing Structure (excluding VAT):

    1 month - Discovery 450 euros convert
    3 months - Bronze 1150 euros convert
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    12 months - Gold 3200 euros convert


    If online payment is not convenient, give us a call at +33(0)562211007 or send us an email at We will set up an account for you and invoice you. Note that you can also pay through PayPal.

    Please note that the posting of academic positions is free of charge. All you need to do is email us your job description and we will post it for you.



    Spacelinks is based in France so the following European Union regulations regarding electronic commerce apply:
    - if your business is located outside the EU, VAT does not apply to you
    - if your business is located in France, you will be charged a 20% VAT
    - if your business is located in the EU and you don't have a valid VAT registration number, you will be charged a 20% VAT
    - if your business is located in the EU and you do have a valid VAT registration number, you won't be charged VAT provided you give us your VAT number (mandatory for invoicing)



    For sales enquiries and general information, you can call us on +33(0)562211007.
    Support is available Mon-Fri on +33(0)562211007 or via email. Out-of-hours support is provided only via email.

    Please also note that we are located in France. Our normal office hours are 09:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday. France timezone is GMT+1.



    We are very serious about our job seekers privacy so only legitimate recruiters and employers are eligible for a recruiter account. All subscriptions requests will be manually approved and recruiter accounts constantly monitored. Users who enter inaccurate or incomplete information will not gain access to post jobs or search resumes. Sharing of login details with a third party will result in the suspension of the recruiter's account with no subscription refund.
    Recruitment agencies are only eligible for a Gold package and recruitment agencies recruiting for companies already using Space Careers will not be accepted.

    To ensure you are approved, please include the following on your application:
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    Individual exceptions can be made on a case by case basis by emailing Accounts found not to be in compliance will be deleted.

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