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     Date Submitted:20-11-2013
     Last Modified:23-02-2015 (08:39)
    Job information
     Current job:Project Manager/ Space System Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     Keywordssystem engineer, experience in ESA projects, Project manager PMP, Space technology Master, space communications, ECSS, H2020, antennas, RF

    Work Experience





    May 2011- onwards

    Occupation or Position held

    Project Manager (PMP certificate No. 1527380) & Space System Engineer

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Project SARAS: Fast Satellite Acquisition System. ESA contract GSTP-A (General Support Technological Programme) Program for Market-Oriented Activities AO/1-5720/08/NL/CB. Project with two applications based on array of antennas: first one includes the design and development of an innovative S-band acquisition aid system for large TTC (Tracking, Telemetry and Command) antennas for LEOP support and critical manoeuvres for satellites and launchers. The second one, an application to develop a Geodesic dome array-based antenna for multi-mission support.

    • Main management activities carried out are: Contract and Sub-contracts management, internal management of teamwork (3-5 people), schedule, risk management, financial budgets, quality procedures, progress report, project supervision, commercial feasibility analysis and market studies, contact with potential clients and customers.

    • Main technical activities performed: System Engineering, Requirements Analysis, Interface Control Documents and System Design: High-level ground station design (RF, M&C, Digital Processor, Frequency and Time networks), link and station budgets, functional and subsystem decomposition, antenna geometries, architectural dimensioning, site survey, installation, AIV and as built documents, test plan, procedures and test campaigns in ESA-ESAC with satellite passes, technical documentation according to ESA, ECSS standards.

    In addition:

    • 2009-Feb 2013. Activity Leader in one part of the National Project SINTONIA, CDTICENIT related to Techniques for enhance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle communications, led by Boeing España

    • Drafting of technical, management and financial (ESA PSS cost forms) proposals for national and European programmes such as ESA ITTs.

    Name and address of employer

    Team: TT&C Antenna Arrays in the Communications and Ground Segment Department, Aerospace Engineering Directorate

    Before December 2012: INSA, Ingeniería y Servicios Aeroespaciales S.A.

    From December 2012: ISDEFE, Ingeniería y Servicios para la Defensa de España.

    Type of business or sector

    Aerospace, Defence




    February 2008 – April 2011

    Occupation or position held

    Space System Engineer

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Project Contributor in “TT&C Antenna Arrays for Deep Space Communications and LEO satellites”:

    National Projects: GRAPES. 2006-07 CDTI Space National Program; GEODA 2007 y GRUA 2008 CAM; BOAST-BROADBAND 2008, CDTI. Main functions:


    • Research, Architectural Design and Implementation of Beamforming, Correlator architectures and Signal Processing for TT&C ground segments: Software and Hardware implementation in real time by the development of 4-channels narrowband digital beamformer by the interconnection between FPGAs and DSPs

    • Test procedures, Integration and RF Measurements in laboratory


    Main activities and responsibilities

    European Projects FAST 2009-2011. Study of deep space ground segment future architecture to cater for new communication needs, under ESA General Studies Programme:

    • Research and feasibility studies of remote sensing communications and future ESA deep space architectures for enhanced mission support including optical based stations and arrays solutions architectures, systems based on FPGAs for wideband digital algorithms processing

    Main activities and responsibilities

    • Link budgets calculation, propagation, Matlab tool for Deep Space Missions Simulator, design of the array digital signal processing subsystem in X/K/Ka band.

    • Simulation of RF and digital chains in Simulink/Matlab, station budgets, digital filters.... 

    In addition:

    • Technical documentation of all these projects, poster, presentations and drafting of technical and management’s proposals for national and European (ESA) programmes

    Name and address of employer

    R&D Department, area TT&C Antenna Arrays for Deep Space Communications and LEO satellites INSA, Ingeniería y Servicios Aeroespaciales S.A

    Type of business or sector

    Aerospace, Defence




    September 2006- December 2007

    Occupation or position held


    Main activities and responsibilities

    Final Career Project: Magna cum Laude (10/10). “Study, Design and Implementation of a Software Radio Receiver for receiving signals from satellites with Smart Antennas”

    • Design and Implementation of a Digital Receiver for LRPT and HRPT from Metop-A Satellite and APT from NOAA using System generator and FPGAs: Multi rate Filters, Carrier Recovery and Time Synchronization modules. Transmitter. Beamforming algorithm and host data transfers. Integration with VHF antennas and RF/IF stage.

    Name and address of employer

    Radiation Group: Signals, Systems and Radio communication Department. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

    Type of business or sector

    University, Satellite Communications and Antennas.



    Education and training






    October 2012-Now

    Title of qualification awarded

    BSc. Business Administration

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    Degree to gain a systematic understanding of management-related problems, develop an understanding of the discipline of management shaping modern business.

    engage with case material in a stimulating learning environment

    gain the skills and competencies necessary for the development of your creative and decision-making capabilities.


    Carrera para formar profesionales capaces de desempeñar labores de gestión, asesoramiento y evaluación en las organizaciones productivas.


    Name and type of organisation

    Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (U.N.E.D)

    Level in national or international classification

    ISCED 6




    July 2012

    Title of qualification awarded

    PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) ®

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    The PMP recognizes demonstrated competence in leading and directing project teams, covering all the project management areas: Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resources, Communications, Risk and Procurement.

    Name and type of organisation

    PMI- Project Management Institute

    Level in national or international classification

    PMP certification number: 1527380




    January 2010 - December 2010

    Title of qualification awarded

    MSc. in Space Technology

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    This MSc trains space system engineers in the following areas (60 ECTS):

    • Aeronautics and Telecommunication Modules oriented to space

    • Analysis and design of space missions,

    • Systems Engineering of a space project, including both ground and space segment,

    • Mission Analysis, Development of space applications, operations

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    • Management of space projects.

    • Space Project: GEO (Geostationary Orbit) Satellite Mission,

    • Master Thesis: Deep Space Communications and Tracking Systems for Multiple Mission Support

    Name and type of organisation

    Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación y de Ingenieros Aeronáuticos, supported by the European Space Agency. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

    Level in national or international classification

    ISCED 7





    Title of qualification awarded

    MSc. in Telecommunication Engineer

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    Intensification Area: Communications.

    Specialization Area: Mobile Communications and Radar Systems.

    Name and type of organisation

    Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

    Level in national or international classification

    ISCED 7. ETSIT-UPM which has full recognition to Masters Level accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)



    Personal skills and competences




    Mother tongue(s)




    Other languages (s)




    Technical skills and competences

    • Space Technology & System Engineering, Ground Station Technology

    • Space Communications, ESA Project Management

    • Digital Signal Processing, Arrays Theory


    Relevant Training Courses:

    • Rational DOORSIBM, Gestión de Requisitos, seminario con demostración, ISDEFE, Diciembre de 2014.


      ▪  H2020, HORIZONTE2020:Cómo diseñar y gestionar un proyecto ganador, Cámra de Comercio Madrid, Octubre y Noviembre 2015 (42 horas)

    • Financial and Economical Project Assessment, On-line Course,48 PDUs October 2013

    • TTC 2013 6th International Workshop on Tracking, Telemetry and Command Systems, ESA-ESOC, Darmstadt, 10-13 September 2013

    • Project Management- Managing People in Projects, Madrid, November 2012 24h

    • IAC 2012, 63RD International Astronautical Congress, Naples Italy, 1-5 October, 2012

    • X-AM Project Management: 9 April- 9 July 2012, Preparation for PMP certificated

    • Project Management: Course oriented to PMI certificated’, COIT, 12th 9- 6th 11 2011,

    • Management of ESA Projects, INSTAE, Instituto de Formación Aeroespacial 2011

    • Digital Design with FPGAs’, (24 h) 23-30 May, Repesa Sistemas, Madrid

    Technical skills and competences

    • 2010 CASPER Workshop (Center for Astronomy Signal Processing and Electronics Research)’ Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts 2010

    • Non-Ionizing Radiations, Cebreros, Spain. November, 2009

    • Negotiation Techniques, (12h.) at INSA, Madrid, Spain

    • Technical Course: DSP for FPGAs. Steepest Ascent. October, 14-17th. Munich, Germany.

    • Phased-Array Antennas for Communications and Radar. CEI Europe, 2008, Cop. Denmark

    • Several seminars, conferences about Propagation, Communications, Space…



    Organisational skills and competences

    • Planning and organizational skills; currently responsible for a four people team in project SARAS, experience in project management and in leading team works on Master in Space Technology.



    Social skills and competences

    • Team work, intercultural skills, adaptability to several environments. Motivation for personal and professional achievement and to meet new challenges. Interpersonal relationship skills.



    Computer skills and competences

    • Competence with Microsoft OfficeTM (Word, Excel; PowerPoint, Visio, MS Project).

    • Knowledge of Mission Analysis Tool STK (Satellite Tool Kit).

    • Knowledge of RF measurement lab equipments.

    • Competence with Signal Processing Tools: MATLAB, Maple, Simulink.

    • Basic Knowledge of RF design tools: Genesys, SystemVue.

    • Knowledge of hardware communication: PCI buses, Xilinx Virtex4, Nallatech BenADC-V4, Nallatech, BenADDA, DSP de Texas Instrument, Sundance

    • Competence with DSP design in FPGAs: Xilinx ISE Project Navigator. Modelsim 6.2g, Fuse Nallatech (for Matlab & C++). System Generator, VHDL

    • Knowledge of DSP tools: Code Composer Studio 3.3. Diamond 3L

    • Basic knowledge of Programming Languages: Java, C, Borland Builder C++ 6.0….



    Artistic skills and competences

    • Travelling, Cinema, Internet.

    • Photography, Sports.



    Additional skills and competences

    • Qualification awarded Bachelor. Best student of promotion in Technology and Science, 1999

    • External Collaboration with CASPER group; “Centre of Astronomy Signal Processing and Electronic Research” leader by Berkeley University

    • Member of COIT- Official School of Telecommunication Engineers (Spain)

    • Member of PMI Project Management Institute PMI ID number: 2347133



    Driving License

    • Class B, Own Vehicle.

    Additional Competence

    • Available to travel


    Additional Information

    National and International Workshop Contribution:

    ▪   65th IAC, International Astronautical Congress Toronto, Canada. October 2014 (including oral presentation)

    ▪  SSE101: NASA and’s Survey of System Engineering-Part-1, Space System Engineering at NASA, On-line Course April 2014

    • DESEID 2013, SARAS: Arrays de antenas distribuidas como soporte a la adquisición y seguimiento de satélites desde estaciones terrenas de TT&C, García-Rojo López, Isabel , Antón Sánchez, Alberto, Girón Vara, Alejandro, Morales Serrano Eva, Benito Brea Luis Alberto, Sierra Pérez Manuel, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Cátedra Isdefe 6-7 Noviembre 2013

    • DESEID 2013 GEODA: Una antena inteligente en array conformado para comunicaciones simultáneas con varios satélites LEO y MEO. Sierra Pérez, Manuel, García-Rojo López, Isabel; Fernández González, Jose Manuel; Girón, Alejandro; Inclán Alonso, Jose Manuel; Anton, Alberto; Martínez Osorio, Ramón; Morales, E; García-Gasco, Javier

    • COST IC1102 (VISTA) – IC1004 Joint Workshop Ghent, Belgium, September 25, 2013, GEODA: An S-band Active Electronically Scanned Array For multiple TT&C Satellite Communications, M. Sierra-Perez, J. M. Hernández, R. Martínez-Osorio, M. Inclán , J García-Gasco, I. García-Rojo, A. Antón, A. Girón, E. Morales

    Additional Information

    • TTC2013, SARAS, Distributed arraying techniques as a fast and robust acquisition and tracking aid of TT&C ground station dishes, I. García-Rojo, A. Antón, A. Girón, E. Morales, L.A. Brea, ESA-ESOC Darmstadt 2013

    • TTC2013, GEODA: An S-band Active Electronically Scanned Array with hemispheric coverage for transmission and reception of multiple TTC signals from LEO and MEO satellites, I. García-Rojo, A. Antón, A. Girón, E. Morales, J. Garcia M. Sierra, J.M. Fernández, R. Martínez, J.M. Inclán, J García-Gasco, A. Noval, ESA-ESOC Darmstadt 2013

    • IEEE2010 International Symposium on Phased Array Systems & Technology, Boston MA. SAGE and Maximum Entropy Algorithmic Comparison for Adaptive Antenna Array Calibration. (A. Antón, R. Martínez, A. Torre. I. García-Rojo)

    • IEEE2010 International Symposium on Phased Array Systems & Tech., Boston. High Resolution Techniques for Fast Acquisition of Satellite Signals (A. Antón, A.Torre, I. García-Rojo )




    • 2010 5th ESA International Workshop on TT&C Systems for Space Applications, ESA/ESTEC, Performance and Cost Simulation Tool for evaluating Future ESA Deep Space Ground Segment.(A. Torre, I. García-Rojo, R. Hernández… )

    • 2010 5th ESA International Workshop on Tracking, Telemetry and Command Systems for Space Applications, ESA/ESTEC, All digital Geodesic Dome Array Antenna (A. Torre, I. García-Rojo)

    • 2008 30th ESA International Workshop on Antenna for Space Applications: GEODA: Geodesic Dome Array Antenna, ESA/ESTEC (A. Torre, I. García-Rojo, M. Sierra, I. Montesinos)

    • 2008 59th International Astronautical Congress, Scotland: Adaptive Antenna Array Test-Bed for Tracking LEO Satellites based on SD Radio (R. Martínez, M. Salas, I. García-Rojo)

    • 2007 XXII Symposium of the International Scientific Union of Radio, Tenerife: Design of digital receiver for Satellite MetOp-A HRPT channel, (I. García-Rojo, R. Martínez, MA. Salas)

    • Telecom I+D 2007 Valencia: Test-bed of a beamforming system for tracking LEO satellites in VHF (R. Martínez, M. Sierra, M. A. Salas, I.García-Rojo, L. de Haro...)

    • European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, Edinburgh 2007: Design of an adaptive antenna array test-bed based on Software radio for tracking LEO satellites (M. A. Salas, R. Martínez, I. García-Rojo López)

    • 4th ESA International Workshop on TT&C Systems for Space Applications, ESA/ESOC, 2007: VHF Ground Station with Increased Angular Coverage for Reception of Meteo Satellites with Electronic Beamforming (R: Martínez, A. Bravo, M. A. Salas, I. García-Rojo).

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