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     Date Submitted:12-01-2013
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     Current job:Engineer - Mission Operations
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Space Tourism
     KeywordsMission Planning/Operations, Spacecraft Development, Ground Systems Integration, Script Development, System Testing & Analysis, Documentation & Training
    CV

     

    Top Secret / Single Scope Background

    Investigation (TS/SSBI) Clearance.

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    TECHNICAL LEAD – SATELLITE MISSION OPERATIONS

    With specialized expertise in ground communications, systems engineering and mission operations

    Well-regarded mission operations engineer with proven record in developing and deploying satellites, planning, analyzing, and testing new applications while providing maintenance and support for ongoing ones. Detail-oriented analyst with a reputation for consistently producing the highest quality work. Valued resource entrusted with scripting responsibilities to address some of the most critical issues and problems. Flexible team player who is always willing to take on new challenges and quick to develop new areas of expertise.

    EXPERTISE

    Mission Planning/Operations | Spacecraft Development

    Ground Systems Integration | Script Development

    System Testing & Analysis | Documentation & Training

    CORE COMPETENCIES

    * Meticulously carrying out development projects, doing things right the first time to consistently produce exceptional results – on time and within established budgets.

    * Providing high-level operations support, delivering the best in problem-solving and service.

    * Writing/reviewing mission-critical scripts – often under extreme pressure, capitalizing on methodical, approach tenacious nature to ensure near glitch-free applications.

    * Bringing innovation to organizations, introducing solutions to automate – and remove human error from – administrative and operational processes, saving time and money.

    * Quickly gaining mastery of new applications and technologies to serve as resource for group.

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    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    ORBITAL SCIENCES CORPORATION, Dulles, VA

    2004 to present

    Senior Satellite Operator, Mission Operations Development

    (5/10 to present)

    Integration and Test Engineer

    (5/04 to 5/10)

    Provide high-level technical support related to spacecraft development and mission operations for commercial, military, and government satellite applications. Participate in launch and early orbit operations.

    Satellite Development and Operations Successes

    * Serving as ground systems lead for new commercial spacecraft, StarOne C3, for Brazilian satellite telecommunications company, managed vendor relationship while coordinating work activities to meet all major milestones, gaining very positive feedback from client.

    * Managing communications between customers and sub-contracts, tackled range of engineering roadblocks (encryption, command patterns, telemetry decommutation, etc.) to deliver new ground system customized to meet challenging integration and contractual needs.

    * Moving to operationalize satellite, conducted acceptance testing at customer’s site, overcoming script-based DSS validation challenges – that necessitated finding clever ways to properly fail the simulator and induce necessary test anomalies – to ensure scripts resulted in expected spacecraft recovery.

    * Tasked with scripting all 89 operational procedures to be used in customer’s operation environment, learned new language (Python) and rewrote all procedures to meet needs.

    Expertly delivering on first-of-its-kind request, worked from scratch to write scripts and design logic to implement them.

    * Developed and led real-life customer training, a 2-month program that used validation scenarios to induce anomalies that flight controllers and engineers had to respond to – an approach designed to give operators very clear, hands-on picture of what is occurring during failure and recovery.

    * Valued for flexibility innovative and problem-solving expertise, won several substantial spot bonus and red box awards in recognition of ability to manage and overcome significant design challenges.

    Innovative Problem-Solving & Overall Performance Excellence

    * Operations director during launch and early orbit activities. Coordinate real-time satellite command and control activities, interface with ground station providers to insure uplink of command and downlink of satellite data, identify and perform real-time anomaly resolution for space and ground system malfunctions, quickly returning mission-critical systems to service, Perform mission planninc activities.

    * Hand-picked by mission director to solve antenna deployment anomaly and impending threat of station-keeping thrusters firing into antenna on newly deployed satellite, quickly rewrote and validated script, successfully implementing changes that altered nominal thruster settings and saved spacecraft.

    Operations director during launch and early orbit activities.

    Coordinate real-time satellite command and control activities, interface with ground station providers to insure uplink of command and downlink of satellite data, identify and perform real-time anomaly resolution for space and ground system malfunctions, quickly returning mission-critical systems to service, Perform mission planninc activities.

    * Wrote application (payload antenna cuts script) that eliminated hundreds of hours of manual cut-and-paste input with automatic read of data from existing input file.

    In addition to saving time, change removed need for review board approval (only data is changed, not the script) and eliminated input errors.

    * Recommended and gained funding to build automated cable tester that simplified recertification of cables, streamlining what is typically a labor-intensive 2-week process. Tester not only saved time, but improved process by facilitating check of dielectric breakdown in addition to continuity and isolation of cables.

    * Developed remote validation system for operational procedures testing that allowed multiple users to conduct testing at the same time, removing substantial roadblock from development programs.

    * Support launch compaign system testing and final vehicle preperation at launch sites.

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    INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, Bakersfield, CA

    2001 to 2004

    Principle Software Developer/Systems Administrator

    Working for non-profit humanitarian organization, provided critical support for GeoHealth Systems program, developing health monitoring application in association with the CDC and World Health Organization. Also set-up and maintained company servers and systems.

    * Tasked with developing first working Electronic Tuberculosis Register (ETR) for use in rural areas with limited Internet connectivity, designed eDOTS application – implemented in Uganda and the Marshall Islands – that can store data in offline mode and easily synchronizes to servers when online.

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    BALZER INCORPORATED, Bakersfield, CA

    1998 to 2001

    Systems Specialist/Engineering Assistant

    Set up, maintained, and networked all systems and satellite communications for specialty products, including commercial and military telescoping masts and mobile internet IT centers. Developed structural, electrical, networking, and manufacturing drawings for company’s fabrication work using AutoCAD.

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    EDUCATION

    Actively pursuing bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. 87 credits complete, completing coursework at Regis University.

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    TECHNOLOGY SKILLS

    Operating Systems:

    Windows (all versions), UNIX/Linux

    Programming Languages:

    STOL (Satellite Test and Operating Language) Perl, Python, Java, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Ajax, Action Scripts, CFML, VB.net, SQL

    Satellite Systems:

    MAESTRO, hifly, autofly, EPOCH, Oasis

    Applications:

    Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook), MS Project, Lotus Notes, Adobe, AutoCAD, FileZilla, Visio, NX Client, Hummingbird Exceed

     


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