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     Date Submitted:03-06-2013
     Last Modified:03-06-2013 (03:07)
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     Current job:Manager / Satellite System Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsPayload, supply chain, program monitor, RF

    Recognized Communications and Broadcasting Satellite expert in system, analysis, procurement and monitoring, TT&C/Ground stations.   Experience with INTELSAT, Sirius XM, NASA, and Military spacecraft.



    Satellite System Engineer with over 30 years of hands-on “Nuts & Bolts” experience with INTELSAT, Sirius Satellite Radio and Government Programs. Worked as a customer resident manager for INTELSAT and Sirius Satellite Radio at SS/Loral, Lockheed Martin, Northrop, Alenia and Alcatel facilities.  Proven organizational and problem solving skills with cost and schedule responsibilities.  Excellent written and verbal communications and Product assurance skills. ITAR, CMMI, EVM and Six Sigma trained.  Raga is a dedicated 24/7 manager with strong work ethics and the ability to build trust with his team members and management. Pro-active, thorough and pay attention to all issues including Supply Chain Management and subcontract monitoring.


    3/2006 – Present Consulting Engineer: Los Angeles, CA

    Completed a feasibility study and developed the system architecture for a Satellite for Border Security program. Developed the configuration of a Payload system mounted on an aerostat platform to provide telecom services for small area coverage in Africa. Designed three contiguous channels system, selected off the shelf components such as Solid State HPA, Upconverters, LNB, Demodulator, Decoder etc. Identified all contractual system requirements and assisted in the system designs and reviews.

    Currently working as a Senior Advisor to InnovativeTek, CA-– a subcontractor to Raytheon building Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES and MILES 2000). I am the Main Point of Contact for the prime customer and Army evaluators.


    7/2005 – 2/2006 United Technologies, CA.

    Program Manager for a NASA program named Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) instrument. Successfully completed CDR, two months ahead of the original schedule. Organized and managed the design and development team for maximum productivity. Built the communication payload system with electro-optical and RF sensors to monitor emission of carbon dioxide and earth pollutants. Appointed Manager of General Management and developed guidelines for Process Integration and Product Improvements for achieving level 3 certification for CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration). Implemented Earned Value Management (EVM) system to accurately monitor cost and schedule performance.


    4/2003 – 7/2005 Program Monitor: Lockheed Martin/Northrop CA.

    Resident Program Monitor for Lockheed Martin at Northrop Grumman Space Technology. Monitored the development of Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Military satellite program. This included all hardware development and programmatic activities. Successfully completed all PDRs and CDRs.

    Worked with Northrop Grumman IPT’s to design and build all in-house and subcontracted payload items such as miscellaneous sensors, receivers, transmitters, TWTA, ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits), Configurable Onboard Routers, Cross link phased array subsystem, Demodulators, Switches, Antennas and FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays).

    Actively participated in all progress meetings and reviews with the military customers and subcontractor’s teams. Efficiently reported the program status to the Senior Management at Lockheed Martin.

    Completed FFA (Functional Failure Analysis) and SPF (Single Point Failure) analysis and developed mitigation plans. Member of the Payload Engineering Review Board (PLERB) ensuring satisfactory technical compliances, specification changes and hardware performances. Assisted in resolving Parts, Material & Process issues including radiation hardening.

    Coordinated activities with US Air force, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) and various Multi-Disciplinary subcontractor teams. Co-developed and implemented Six Sigma processes for AEHF program.


    5/1998 – 3/2003  Sirius XM  Satellite Radio (Digital Audio Radio Satellites)

    Progressed from Payload Manager to Director of Space Segment and Program Management.

    Managed the development of four satellites at Space System/Loral. Developed telematics and modified receiver chipsets at Lucent Microelectronics for linking satellites with automobile radios.

    Monitored the development of Payload hardware and Subsystem Integration at Alenia (Italy), reviewed test procedures, test data, eliminated test discrepancies and resolved performance non-compliances. Ensured that program execution satisfied or exceeded both internal and external commitments by being proactive to avoid negative issues. Determined and implemented corrective actions. Cost effectively set up field offices and simultaneously managed program activities at Alenia (Italy), ComDev (Canada) Hughes (CA) and supported Launch campaigns at Baikonur (Kazakhstan).

    Developed a novel concept to configure three satellite links with mobile and stationary ground objects thru terrestrial towers, VSAT dishes and direct line of sites.  Achieved better than 99.999 percent system reliability.  Personally validated the broadcasting performance.


    5/1990 – 4/1998 Spacecraft Communication Manager: INTELSAT

    Progressed from Payload Engineer to Communication Manager.

    Monitored the development of all hardware and software subsystems including all RF components such as TWT amplifiers, receivers, switches, filters, antennas, reflectors etc.

    Helped in developing the satellite system concepts influencing the system architectures and designs.  Filed applications and Interfaced with FCC and ITU authorities to discuss the system configuration to ensure conformances with international broadcasting regulations.

    Conducted cost trade studies for requirement allocation including link budget and gain-loss analysis.

    Monitored the payload hardware development, spacecraft integration and testing (SEIT) for INTELSAT VII/VIIA at Space System/Loral, Palo Alto, CA and INTELSAT VIII/VIIIA at Lockheed Martin, Princeton, NJ. Responsible for staffing, administration, training and mentoring of Payload group. Supported many launch campaigns.



    MS (Engineering) UCLA, California,

    US Citizen. Past holder of DOD Top Security Clearance.

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