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     Date Submitted:31-01-2013
     Last Modified:04-04-2016 (11:50)
    Job information
     Current job:Solar Impulse Strategy and Flight Forecast Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Operators
     KeywordsOperations Engineer


    03/2016–on going Solar Impulse Strategy and Flight Forecast Engineer

    ALTRAN Italy for Solar Impulse, Montecarlo (Monaco)

    Find the optimal flight strategy for the Solar Impulse Round The World Trip, taking into account of:

    weather conditions: cloudiness, rain, temperature, wind; ATC (Air Traffic Control) restrictions: min/max or mandatory altitude, forced waypoints; altitude of the terrain below the Aircraft; battery state of charge: initial value, min value during the flight, max value at the end of the flight; comfort of the pilot: in terms of the use of the oxygen, related to the flight altitude; duration of the flight, to avoid tiredness for the pilot and to decrease the consumption of the battery.

    Tools: Matlab


    12/2015–02/2016 Mission Operations Engineer

    ALTRAN Italy for Telespazio SpA,  Fucino (Italy)

    GALILEO Mission Operations in the Ops Team, at GCC-I:

    Galileo Mission Segment (GMS) unclassified operations. Mission relevant parameters on(-off) line monitoring and analysis;Short Term Planning, including Uplink Schedule validation and distribution;Anomalies raising and discussing. Mission Operations Data (segment/element level procedures, documentation,…) development; Analysis and review of the Galileo Documentation. Special operations execution in the frame of: System Integration and Validation Test, System Functional Test, System  Compatibility Test Campaign. 

    Tools: Mission Uplink Control Facility  (MUCF): GALILEO Mission On-Line Supervisor (GMOS), GALILEO Mission Planning /Scheduling (GMPS)


    04/2015–11/2015 Spacecraft Controller

    ALTRAN Italy for DlR-GfR, Oberpfaffenhofen (Germany)

    GALILEO operations in the Shift Team, at GCC-D (Munich):

    handling routine telecommands, telemetry monitoring and secure activities operations. Pre-pass, pass and post-pass activities following authorized procedures. Following planned sequence of events along with the recommendations issued by the flight team. Flight Contingencies and anomaly handling, taking corrective actions, recovery of nominal status. Logging/reporting activities and events using operations support tools. Special operations support for non routine activities: IOT, Payload and Platform Commissioning, orbital manoeuvres.

    Tools: Satellite Control and Operation System (SCOS).


    07/2013–03/2015 Spacecraft Operations Engineer (SOE)

    ALTRAN Italy for CNES, Toulouse (France)

    ATV-5 Vehicle Engineering Team (VET) at ATV-CC:

    preparation of satellite operations for nominal and contingency cases (flight procedures); training management and ATAC (ATV Training Academy) point of contact; preparation and execution of operational test: VSAT, SVT, AIRT, JIS, test ATAC; participation in Test Readiness Review (TRR), Post Test Review (PTR) and ops meeting; execution of nominal and contingency flight operations (Communication and Data-Handling); support to Propulsion, Power and Thermal subsystems; management of Post Flight Report (PFR).
    Tools: Monitoring & Control Workstation (MCW), Operation Support Workstation (OSW).


    08/2011–10/2012 Spacecraft Operations Engineer (SOE) and Database Analyst

    Telespazio SpA, Fucino (Italy)

    GALILEO Full Operational Capability (FOC) flight operation preparation (OHB satellites):
    preparation of spacecraft operation for nominal and contingency cases (including contribution to the operational products: Flight Operations Plan (Communication) and Database); preparation for, and participation in SVT and SCTC test; identification, record and investigation of spacecraft anomalies; updating procedures and review of Satellite User Manual (SUM); management of Satellite Reference Database (SRDB) and customization of Operational Database (ODB); participation in Change Request Board (CRB) and implementation of Database Change Request (DCR).

    Tools: Satellite Control and Operation System (SCOS), Manufacturing and Operation Information System (MOIS).


    1993–2013 Rugby player
    Avezzano Rugby, Avezzano (Italy)
    italian second division



    01/2011–02/2012 Master of Science in Advanced Communication and Navigation Satellite Systems
    University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Rome (Italy)
    Communication and navigation satellite systems, services and applications, projects and space systems management.

    Thesis: GALILEO; processes for flight operations management

    10/2006–04/2010 M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering
    University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome (Italy)
    Gasdynamics, materials for aeronautical use, rocket chemical fuel, propulsion, flight dynamics, aerospace structures.
    Thesis: Study of ablative materials for Solid Rocket Nozzle

    10/2000–04/2006 B.S. in Aerospace Engineering
    University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome (Italy)
    Aeronautic engines, aerodynamics, structures and materials.
    Thesis: aircraft engine performance analysis.


    Mother tongue(s) Italian
    Other language(s) English, French

    Communication skills

    Communication skills acquired through works and projects carried out with mixed group by nationality and thought. Team spirit, collaboration skills, listening and organization of team work.

    Organisational / managerial skills

    Excellent leadership experience, strong organizational skills and decision-making acquired in 10 years as captain of my rugby team, and working in a highly specialized, technological and multicultural environment.

    Computer skills

    Microsoft Office, Windows, Linux, Unix, Fortran, Matlab, Simulink, LabVIEW.

    Driving licence B

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