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     Date Submitted:18-10-2013
     Last Modified:11-10-2015 (02:19)
    Job information
     Current job:AOCS Designer, Technical Specialist
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsAOCS Designer, attitude orbit determination control, Ms. Degree, PhD Student at Thesis Phase, Eight years experienced in Space Military Industry, Foregin Languages: English and French.

    Personal Details

    Date of Birth:                      04 02, 1980

    Nationality:                          Turkish Republic

    Marital Status:                      Married, No Child

    Years in Profession:             10 years

    Current Position:                  Technical Specialist- Satellite System Engineering

    Qualifications:        2008-Present, PhD. in Aerospace Engineering (Qualification Exam is passed, currently in Thesis Study Phase.), Thesis Title: “Optimal Orbit Design And Optimal Formation Keeping Maneuvers Generation For Formation Flying LEO Spacecrafts”, 3.44/4.0, Middle East Technical University

    2008       MSc in Aerospace Engineering, Thesis Title: “Design of Kalman Filter Based Attitude Determination Algorithms For a Leo Satellite and For a Satellite Attitude Control Test Setup”, 3.21/4.0, Middle East Technical University

    2005       BSc in Astronautical Engineering, Thesis Title, “Attitude Control System Design for a LEO Satellite”, 3.14/4.0, Istanbul Technical University

    2005       BSc in Aeronautical Engineering (Double Major), Thesis Title, “Development of Aircraft Performance Software”, 3.08/4.0, Istanbul Technical University

    1999       Lycée Saint-Benoît (French College), 1992-1999, Istanbul/TURKEY


    Summary of Expertise

    Aykut has been working on Satellite System Department since 2005. Within this time period, he has been continuing to educational life, he got MSc in 2008 and he continues PhD, in order to develop himself in AOCS area. In the years 2005-2011, he has worked especially on attitude determination and control tasks. In the years 2011-2014, he has worked as satellite system engineer. He has performed computations and analyses (determining satellite technical budgets, mission performance analysis, orbital flight dynamics, etc.), has prepared the schedule and cost budget of the related projects. In these multidisciplinary tasks, He is trying to control and to manage the design cycle by preparing specific tools for the analysis some of the satellite mission related tasks and by evaluating the design outputs. In the projects that he has been assigned, He has performed research and design tasks, prepared some codes using Matlab and he has performed required analyses and SIL-HIL tests. He is able to use specific SWs such as STK and some In-House SWs. He rapidly adapted to new SWs and he performed required analyses. In his academicals life, his BSc Thesis study was on satellite attitude control (LQR control). In his MSc thesis he worked on sensor fusionning algorithms (Kalman Filtering), and attitude determination algorithms are prepared for both LEO satellite and Attitude Control Test Setup. In this MSc thesis an orbit propagator was also prepared in order to simulate the orbital navigation. In PhD thesis, spacecraft formation flying subject is being studied. During MSc and PhD education period, the courses related to the control theory, stochastic theory, applied mathematics, orbital dynamics, flight control were chosen. For some cases, he also uses C language (Microsoft Visual Studio) for code developing. He also used Fortran (F90) for his BSc thesis in aeronautical engineering, and in the year 2004-2005 for the tasks performed for aircraft performance analyses. Aykut particularly wants to improve his career on satellite flight dynamics, AOCS & GNC areas. Briefly, he wishes to use, practice and especially improve his technical knowledge and foreign languages on a job that will be performed within international projects having real goals.

    Career History

    07/2004 – Present                 Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc (TAI), Ankara/TURKEY

    Aykut is working as Technical Specialist in Satellite System Engineering Department of the Satellite Systems Management of the TAI. Within this time period, Aykut have worked on research, design and analysis activities related to the AODCS and Satellite System Engineering such as determining satellite technical budgets, mission performance analysis, orbital flight dynamics, etc. by creating unique tools (using Matlab & Simulink environment and/or using STK).

    2012 - Present         System Engineering for several potential indigenous Satellite Projects

    At the present time Aykut is working on satellite segment level design and analysis tasks in order to determine the mission performance and mission capabilities of the satellite segment according to the outputs obtained from the other disciplines (power, obdh, thermal, payload, etc). Basically, Aykut is trying to control and to manage the design cycle by preparing specific tools for the analysis some of the satellite mission related tasks and by evaluating the design outputs. These system engineering activities (such as managing the conceptual design and determining the specifications and main mission and performance characteristics of the satellite) are mainly related to the LEO satellite. One the project is the LEO Electro-Optical satellite, the other one is an AIS microsatellite. Besides, the schedule and man-months preparation activities are also carried out during this pre-contractual and pre-conceptual design phases.

    2010 - 2012              GÖKTÜRK-1 Project

    Aykut was working at the project executed at France, in the scope of the work Packages performed at the Main Contractor Facility. Aykut has worked on Satellite Segment and AODCS related duties such as Requirement analysis, orbit analysis, mission performance analysis (image acquisition, attitude control analysis, disturbance analysis etc). In the context of this work, the specific algorithms are prepared by using MATLAB in order to compute the external and internal disturbances acting to the satellite. Robustness analyses for attitude control system have been performed by using in house program developed by Thales. In order to see the mission performance, especially image acquisition performance, a special tool is prepared by using MATLAB to see the successive spot and strip image acquisition time-charts and performances by considering the orbital position, attitude of the satellite, payload specifications, etc.

    2007 - 2010              DÖNENCE Project

    Aykut has worked on the Design and Development project which is a satellite actuator development project (Control Moment Gyroscope Development Project). In this project, Aykut has worked on the SIL and HIL tests (performed on attitude control test setup), in the content of design attitude determination and control system, preparing the algorithms and implement them in real-time environment and verifying them, acquiring the performance results, etc using Matlab/Simulink. 

    2005 - 2007              Pre-contractual phases for the potential project

    During this period Aykut worked on the Design and analysis duties in order to provide some design infrastructure that will be used for pre-contractual studies of the potential projects (DÖNENCE and GÖKTÜRK-2 projects were potential projects in these years). Especially the studies related to the Attitude Determination and Control subsystem has been performed. For thrusters subsystem, delta_V budget computations also has been done by preparing some tools using Matlab in this period of work.

    2004 - 2005              Indigenous Training Aircraft Project

    During this period Aykut worked on the Performance analyses of the aircraft. In this job, performance analyzing code is prepared by using FORTRAN. All the take-off, landing, cruise and maneuvers performance computations and analyses were done by the special in house code and algorithms prepared by Aykut in Fortran (F90), and the visualization part is done with a simple GUI by using Visual Basic.

    Education History


    2008-Present,              PhD. in Aerospace Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara/TURKEY:

                                          Qualification Exam is passed, currently he is in Thesis Study Phase, Thesis Title: “Optimal Orbit Design And Optimal Formation Keeping Maneuvers Generation For Formation Flying LEO Spacecrafts”.


    05/2014– Present        Development of an Attitude Control Test Setup, Istanbul Technical University:

                                          This study is performing in the frame of a university project managed by Astronautical Department of the   Istanbul Technical University. Aykut is working as scholarship in this project (This project is funded by TUBİTAK and since Aykut is PhD student in the Middle Technical University, He has the opportunity to be a scholarship for this project even if the universities are different). Aykut is responsible for the development of the new generation attitude control test setup. This is a kind of updating study of the existing test setup. Mechanical design was finished. The conceptual designed was finished, so sensor and actuator selection was made according to the conceptual design results. Product Breakdown tree is fixed. For the time being, the procurement phase is on. In the same time Aykut is studying on the detailed design on this setup (updating the CAM model, updating the maneuver control computations [closed loop algorithm including sensor fusionning algorithms (sensors: rate-gyros, accelerometers, magnetometers) and attitude control algorithms (actuators: Motors like Reaction Wheels)]). In the beginning of the January 2015 the procurement will be finished and in one or two months all the system will be updated. It is planned that the tests will take 2 weeks after the terminating the integration of all mechanical and electronic equipments.


    09/2009– 06/2010         Navigation Estimation Algorithms Development and Implementation on Flight for a Model Aircraft (kinds of UAV):

                                          This study was done in the frame of a university project managed by Aerospace Department of the   Middle East Technical University. Extended Kalman Filter Algorithms are prepared for the navigation and attitude estimation of the aircraft. GPS, Barometer, Rate-Gyros and accelerometers were the sensor used. Calibration algorithms and estimation codes are prepares in Matlab Real-time environment and than by using xPC target tools these algorithms and control algorithms prepared by other project membership were embedded to the flight computer. Flight test results were analyzed and related tunings were done according to the flight test results.


    2005-2008                    MSc in Aerospace Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara/TURKEY:

                                          Thesis Title: “Design of Kalman Filter Based Attitude Determination Algorithms for a LEO Satellite and for a Satellite Attitude Control Test Setup”.


    2000-2005                     BSc in Astronautical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University

                                          Thesis Title, “Attitude Control System Design for a LEO Satellite”.


    2000-2005                     BSc in Aeronautical Engineering (Double Major), Istanbul Technical University

                                          Thesis Title, “Development of Aircraft Performance Software”.


    05/2014– Present        Scholarship for the project of the Istanbul Technical University.

                                          The scope of the role is the development of the attitude control test setup. The project name is development of the integrated attitude determination and orbit determination algorithms, failure tolerated guidance algorithms for the small satellites.

    Computing Skills



    Programming Languages


    • C++/C# (Intermediate)


    Software Applications


    • MATLAB & SIMULINK (Advance)
    • STK (Intermediate)
    • UG (for simple CAD modeling)

    Engineering and Management Skills



    ·       Figure out a solution for a technical problem encountered;

    §  by taking account the things that are already maintained (given, inputs, parameters, etc)

    §  by modeling the problem using principles of mathematics and physics (math, geometry, algebra, equations of motion, etc)

    §  by trying to simulate and to analyze. So preparing required algorithms and coding them,

    §  visualize the results in order to see what is happening,

    §  by trying to determine the relations between parameters in order to define the behavior of the system, to understand to reason of the problem and to clearly define the solution method that is figured out.

    ·       Adaptability to the system and/or some unique, special system or SWs that are already used for some specific analysis, etc.

    §   Learning in a short time how to use some unique SW that is used for some special issues (Example: in a very short time, after orientation training, Aykut has performed some of the study by using in house SW used in France for AOCS Robustness analyses)

    ·       Optimization: be aware that the design or method used has not to cause a over or weak results (not over design, not weak design)

    ·       Reporting: Preparing technical notes, document solutions founded to create some kind of database and prepare them for reuse and training for possible future works.




    ·       Communication: Try to establish good relationship with colleagues. When a technical and/or personal problem occurred, try to solve it by talking directly. Writing the situation is a good method but before writing, it is sometimes more effective to talk on problems in order to well understand the real situation. The main issue is to respect.

    ·       Soft skill: trying to understand the concerns and needs of the team membership, try to motivate the team.

    ·       Analyze the situations considering all possible events that could be realized,

    ·       share the technical duties according to the team member’s skills,

    ·       holding periodically progress meeting in order to follow the project more effective.

    ·       Documentation of the progress, executive and technical issues.

    ·       Establishing input/output matrix between the functions for a multidisciplinary projects in order to check if every job has a responsibility and every required inputs are created, every outputs are used as required.








    Native speaker


    Conference papers:

    §   A.Kutlu, O.Tekinalp, “Development of A Simulation Tool for The Design of Spacecraft Formation Flight”, 8th Ankara International Aerospace Conference, September 10-12,2015, Ankara, TURKEY

    §   A.Kutlu, O.Tekinalp, “Kalman Filter Based Multimode Attitude Determination Algorithms for A LEO Satellite”, 19th Spaceflight Mechanics Conference, AAS09-205, February 2009, GA Savannah - USA.

    §   A.Kutlu, Ch. Haciyev, O.Tekinalp, “Attitude Determination and Rotational Motion Parameters Identification of a LEO Satellite through Magnetometer and Sun Sensor Data”, Third International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies – RAST, June 2007, Istanbul TURKEY.

    §   A.Kutlu, Ch. Haciyev, “Attitude Control of Leo Satellite via LQR and Linear Stochastic Estimator”, Ankara International Aerospace Conference, August – 2005, Ankara TURKEY.

    §   During the First AstroNet ESR workshop a study on “Estimation Methods” is presented, April 2009, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul TURKEY.

    Professional Memberships

    §   Chamber of Mechanical Engineers

    Training Courses

    §   September 2010, Advanced Training on Satellite Attitude Determination Control Subsystem, Thales Alenia Space, FRANCE.

    §   November 2010, Advanced Training on Satellite Budgets and Analysis, Thales Alenia Space, FRANCE.

    §   November 2010, Advanced Training on Space Program Organization, Thales Alenia Space, Cannes, FRANCE.

    §   August 2010, Introduction Courses on space Technologies, Thales Alenia Space, FRANCE.

    §   September 2008, First Astronet Training School (Low Energy Transfers, Orbital Mechanics, Dynamical Systems for Astrodynamics, Numerical Integration Methods Applied to Astrodynamics and Astronomy, Mission Planning at ESOC), Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, SPAIN.

    §   June 2007, GPS/INS Multisensor Kalman Filter Navigation (Instructed by Dr. Sam C. Bose), FRANCE.

    §   February 2007 & March 2007, Earth Observation Systems Training Program, Alcatel Alenia Space, Ankara, TURKEY


    §   In the year 200-2004, Aykut was working as a volunteer at Istanbul Science Center where is attached to the Istanbul Science Center Foundation. During this period, he organized courses (Science Experiments, Model aircraft courses).

    §   Between years 1993-2000, he was playing Basketball in the amateur league (young team, second team).

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