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     Date Submitted:14-08-2013
     Last Modified:14-08-2013 (07:28)
    Job information
     Current job:Columbus Operations Coordinator / Ground Support Personnel Instructor
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Launch Systems, Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsCAD, Monitoring, Commanding, Human space flight, Training, Instructor, Simulation
    CV

    PERSONAL INFORMATION

     

    Gender:

    Male

    Matrimonial status:

    Married

    Availability:

    To be confirmed

    Date of Birth:

    18 February 1974

    Nationality:

    French

    Willingness to relocate

    Yes

     

    EXPERTISE

     

    ·         

    Spacecraft and Manned Space Flight mission operations monitoring, coordination, planning and troubleshooting.

    ·         

    Member of Columbus Flight Control Team since 2008

    ·         

    Procedure creation and modification

    ·         

    Space mission simulation generation

     

    CAREER SUMMARY

     

    01/04 - current

    Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH, Germany

    01/08 - current

    ColumbusOperation Coordinator and Planner / Flight Control Team Instructor

     

    DLR, Oberpfaffenhoffen, Germany

    Duties & responsibilities:

    ·         

    Monitoring and command activities for each of the payload on-board Columbus in coordination with the other members of the Columbus Flight Control Team (Col FCT), the User Support and Operation Centres (USOC) and the FCT NASA counterparts.

    ·         

    Involved in the preparation of the near real time activities (up to 14 day prior to the activities) and in charge of the near real time planning (up to 7 days prior to the real time).

    ·         

    Interface and co-ordinate with the European Research Centres (USOC) to plan and execute the activities needed on-board the ISS.

    ·         

    Involved in the preparation of the simulation (timeline creation) to support the European and International simulations.

    ·         

    In charge of different payloads during each increment.

    ·         

    Supporting the daily real time activities and/or team meetings.

    ·         

    Supporting Anomaly Report meetings and the recovery troubleshooting activities.

    ·         

    Simulation timeline generation from 2008 until 2010.

    ·         

    Increment 19/20 OC Lead Back-Up.

    ·         

    Development of a detailed lesson development process document

    ·         

    Development and preparation of new GSP Ops Training according to the documented lesson development process.

    ·         

    Update and maintenance of GSP Ops Training according to the documented lesson development process.

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    Certification of GSP Ops Training lessons and instructors for it according to the documented lesson development process.

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    Periodic re-evaluation and improvement of training content based on trainee feedback and latest ops development.

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    Provision of GSP Ops Training lessons every 6 months (2 semesters) for an average of 24 trainees /year

    ·         

    Organization and logistics of the training execution (catering, room booking, schedule, printing of material, …)

    ·         

    Support during and testing of ISS self-study training

    ·         

    Performing candidate testing, feedback and qualification (including Columbus Operations Readiness Board (CORB) support)

    ·         

    Develop, organise and perform SME training

    ·         

    Support in the simulation definition, execution and evaluation processes

    ·         

    Support in the administrative coordination of externally provided training sessions

    ·         

    Support to Col-CC operational product development in terms of feed-back collected during training and preparation of training material

     

    11/04 - 12/07

    Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH, Germany

     

    Space Mission Controller

     

    EUMETSAT, Darmstadt, Germany

    Duties & responsibilities:

    ·         

    Monitoring and command activities for each of the 5 satellites (S/C overall checks, Real-time, time-tagged and scheduled commanding.

    ·         

    Earth scans monitoring, OOL monitoring and recovery actions.

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    Manoeuvre and eclipse monitoring and malfunction recovery actions.

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    Ground segment activities (Antenna swaps and configurations, TM/TC-, RI-, DCP- and Dissemination-chain swaps as well as configuration, Ranging, Network and tracking control, OOL monitoring and recovery actions, Malfunction recovery actions).

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    Involved in preparing the daily tasks and weekly schedule for the spacecraft and ground segment commands and procedures using the dedicated Mission Planning System.

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    Server and workstation switches.

    ·         

    Earth scan performance documentation.

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    Interface and co-ordinate with the Ground stations, Comms, image archiving facility and other departments.

     

    2004

    CUS Habitat, Strasbourg, France

     

    Vocational Training Executive

    Duties & responsibilities:

    ·         

    Studies of the training needs in the company and organization of the training sessions (internally or externally after contacting training companies )

    ·         

    Organisation of the travel for training purposes

     

    2003 - 2004

    SARL Symbol Seven, Strasbourg, France

     

    Logistical and Data Processing Engineer Manager

    Duties & responsibilities:

    ·         

    Stock management

    ·         

    Data processing and IT hardware/software management

    ·         

    Company manager deputy

     

    EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

     

    07/03 - 09/03

    International Space University Summer Program Certificate of completion, InternationalSpace University, Strasbourg, France

    09/00 - 10/01

    Space Technologies Applications Master’s degree, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France. Master thesis: see publication

    09/99 - 06/00

    Industrial Systems Engineering Master’s degree, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France. Master thesis: see publication. Titre d'Ingénieur Maitre.

     

    TRAINING COURSES

     

    Since 2008

    Columbus Operations Coordinator and Planner position, ESA – Columbus Control Centre

    ColumbusPayload Training, ESA - EAC

    ColumbusUser Level Training, EAS - EAC

    Instructor Training Course, ESA - EAC

    Human Behaviour Performance, ESA – Columbus Control Centre

    2007

    Project Management – Modul 1, Berlitz Business Seminare, Frankfurt

     

    LANGUAGE SKILLS

     

    French

    Mother tongue

    English

    Fluent (TOEIC: 825/990)

    Spanish

    intermediate

    German

    Beginner

     

    COMPUTER SKILLS

     

    Operating Systems & Tools

    DOS, Windows 98/2000/NT/XP, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, …).

    Programming languages

    C, XML, Pascal, Turbo Pascal.

    Software Applications

    MS Office, AutoCAD, FEM software (CASTEM 2000, Nastran, Abaqus, SDS98), CAD (DMT 2D & 3D, Autocad), CPS and OPDCS.

    Norms & Standards

    SADT, GANT

    Databases

    SQL, Access.

    Networkings

    TCP/IP

     

    PUBLICATIONS

     

    2003

    InternationalSpace University Alumni Conference, Strasbourg

    “Thermal Protection Systems for Reusable Launch Vehicles”

    2003

    InternationalSpace University Summer Session Team Project, Strasbourg

    “METZTLI, An International Space Station Approach to Lunar Exploration”

    2001

    Space Technologies Applications Master Degree, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg/ National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan, Tokyo

    “Establishment of a basic methodology dealing with non-linear stress-strain behaviour of NUSK-CMC”

    2001

    Space Technologies Applications Master Degree, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg

    “From Science-Fiction to reality, or how authors influence the space domain”

    2000

    Industrial Systems Engineering Master Degree, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg/ OSRAM, Molsheim

    “Studies and modifications of the procedure for supplier’s raw materials deficiency”



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