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     Date Submitted:06-05-2013
     Last Modified:08-06-2017 (05:29)
    Job information
     Current job:Project Manager, Mission Analyst for Earth Observation Missions
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsMission Analysis, Earth Observation, Technical and Project Management, LEO Orbit Selection and Design, Coverage Analysis, Ground Station Contact and Timeliness Analysis, System Analysis and Mission Simulator

    Desired employment / Occupational field

    Project manager/system engineer for Earth observation missions or a space related field



    Work experience





    February 2011 – to present

    Occupation or position held

    Senior Project Engineer and technical responsible in Aerospace Engineering of the System Engineering & Earth Observation Mission Analysis Division at Elecnor-Deimos

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Senior Project Engineer and Technical Responsible for Phases 0/A/B/C of Mission Analysis for Earth Observation Missions and Simulator Developments. Worked on more than 15 Earth Observation mission studies, mainly for ESA, for the European Commission or for the main European satellite manufacturing companies (Airbus D&S, Thales Alenia Space, OHB).  In the last year embracing also the role of sub-contractor project manager for small projects.

    Managerial Skills: Technical and Project Management of Mission Analysis Work Packages. Capable of planning activities, setting priorities, distributing tasks and monitoring their progress, working with margins, detecting risks and managing them, facing unexpected situations and foreseeing alternative solutions. Able to organise, manage and control teamwork. Responsible for junior staff and trainee training. Project planning and participation in reviews and project meetings. Support for marketing activities (preparation of proposals, presentations, papers).

    Technical Skills: Earth Observation Mission Analysis, Orbital Dynamics, LEO Orbit Selection and Design, Coverage Analysis, Duty Cycle, Ground Station Contact and Timeliness Analysis, Dataflow, Satellite Constellations & Formation Flying, Agile Satellites, System Analysis and Mission Simulator, Mission Timeline Generation, Low Thrust Transfers, Attitude Dynamics, Delta-V & Fuel Budget, Power Budget, Software Development and Maintenance for Mission Analysis Tools, Meteorological Data Formats (NetCdf4, HDF5, GRIB), Software Validation and Verification, Interface Integration, Documentation Production.

    Name and address of employer

    Elecnor-Deimos, Ronda de Poniente 19, 28760 Tres Cantos, Madrid,Spain

    Type of business or sector

    Space industry






    September 2009 – January 2011

    Occupation or position held

    Teaching assistant of the course Dynamics of Aerospace Systems

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Frontal lessons, exams

    Name and address of employer

    Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Aerospaziale, via La Masa 34, 20156 Milano, italy

    Type of business or sector





    September 2008 – January 2009

    Occupation or position held

    Matlab tutor for engineers at Politecnico di Milano

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Lessons with computers about the use of Matlab

    Name and address of employer

    Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Aerospaziale, via La Masa 34, 20156 Milano, italy

    Type of business or sector


    Education and training





    January 2008 – February 2011

    Title of qualification awarded

    Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    Distributed Control, Multi-Agent Systems, Graph Theory

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy






    October 2004 – July 2007

    Title of qualification awarded

    Master of Science Degree in Space Engineering

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    Orbital Mechanics, Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control, Thermal Analysis, Space propulsion and Power Systems

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

    Level in national or international classification

    110/100 summa cum laude




    September 2001 – October 2004

    Title of qualification awarded

    Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

    Level in national or international classification

    110/100 summa cum laude

    Personal skills and competences




    Mother tongue




    Other languages

    English, Spanish, German



    Social skills and competences

    Very good attitude towards team work.



    Organisational skills and competences

    Able to work independently with good organizational, analytical and communications skills. Very good capability to work in parallel projects with different technical contents, teams and interfaces, demonstrating quick and pro-active adaptation and high interest in learning. Flexible to learn and develop in new areas. Able to work in an environment where requirements change often and quickly. Able to assimilate new information rapidly and derive suitable courses of action.



    Technical skills and competences

    Strong attention to details in all aspects of the work. Good commitment towards quality of tasks performed and deliveries to the customers. High level autonomy, efficiency and effectiveness in technical task accomplishment.



    Computer skills and competences

    Matlab, C/C++, SVN, MS Visual Studio, NetCDF4, XML, MS Office, Simulink, Satellite Tool Kit, Microsoft Visio, Magic Draw UML











    S. Tonetti, S. Cornara, F. Pirondini, “Fully Automated Mission Planning and Capacity Analysis Tool for the DEIMOS-2 Agile Satellite”, SpaceOps 2014 Conference

    M. Weigelt, S. Iran-Pour, M. Murböck, S. Tonetti, P. Visser, I. Daras, J. de Teixeira da Encarnação, S. Cesare, C. Siemes, J. van den IJssel, S. Cornara, T. Gruber, T. van Dam, R. Pail, N. Sneeuw, R. Haagmans, “A methodology to choose the orbit for a double pair scenario future gravity satellite mission experiences from the ESA SC4MGV project”, GRACE Science Team Meeting 2014.

    E. Makhoul, Y. Zhan, F. Ceba, A. Broquetas, A. Beaton, F. Letterio, S. Tonetti, S. Barbarossa, P. Di Lorenzo, and M. Maffei. "Fast Simulation Performance Evaluation of Spaceborne SAR-GMTI Missions for Maritime Applications." In EUSAR 2014; 10th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar; Proceedings of, pp. 1-4. VDE, 2014.

    M. Renard, S. Tonetti, B. Altés-Arlandis, S. Cornara, F. Pirondini, “FULLY AUTOMATED MISSION PLANNING TOOL FOR THE DEIMOS-2 AGILE SATELLITE”, IAC 2013

    S. Cornara, B. Altés-Arlandis, M. Renard, S. Tonetti, F. Pirondini, R. Alacevich, A. Mazzoleni, “Mission Design and Analysis for the DEIMOS-2 Earth Observation Mission”, IAC 2012

    F. Letterio, F. Pirondini, S. Cornara, R. Alacevich, B. Altés Arlandis, M. Renard, S. Tonetti, “ANALYSIS APPLICABILITY OF SMAT – A SYSTEM AND MISSION ANALYSIS TOOL FOR EARTH OBSERVATION MISSIONS”, ICATT 2012

    Tonetti S. and Masarati P., Graph-Based Modeling of Non-Homogeneous One-Dimensional Multibody Systems with Arbitrary Topology, “Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics,”, Vol. 6, Iss. 3, July, 2011

    Tonetti, S. and Murray, R.M., Stability and Performance of Non-Homogeneous Systems on a Graph, IFAC World Congress, 2011

    Tonetti, S., Hehn, M., Lupashin, S. and D’Andrea, R., Distributed control of antenna array with formation of UAVs, IFAC World Congress, 2011

    Tonetti, S. and Murray, R.M., Limits on the Network Sensitivity Function for Multi-Agent Systems on a Graph, in “American Control Conference”, 2010, pages 3217-3222. IEEE 2010

    Tonetti, S., Optimization of flower constellations: applications in global navigation systems and space interferometry, paper AIAA of the 47th AIAA Aerospace Science Meeting, Orlando, FL, 2009

    Tonetti, S., Hyland, D. and Mortari, D., The flower formation flying. Part II: applications, paper AAS 08-186 of the 2008 AAS Space Flight Mechanics Meeting Conference, Galveston, TX, January 2008

    Mortari, D. and Tonetti, S. The flower formation flying. Part I: theory, paper AAS 08-186 of the 2008 AAS Space Flight Mechanics Meeting Conference, Galveston, TX, January 2008



    Academic Abroad Experiences

    March 2010 – June 2010

    Academic guest at Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control

    Professor Raffaello D’Andrea

    ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland


    March 2009 – July 2009

    Visiting researcher at CDS department

    Professor Richard M. Murray

    California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA


    September 2006 – April 2007

    Visiting student at Aerospace Engineering Department

    Professor Daniele Mortari

    Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA


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