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     Date Submitted:09-04-2015
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     Current job:Spacecraft antenna AIT expert - RF and Microwave low and high power testing
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsAntenna , AIT , RF , Microwave , Passive Intermodulation , PIM , Multipaction , Antenna RF radiation test , AIT , assembly , integration , testing , verification , qualification management , instrumentation , vibration test , thermal vacuum test
    CV

    OVERVIEW

    I started working in a telecommunication company in 1989, my responsibility was to follow the manufacturing and testing process of radio communication equipment for military use and critical communications.

    Then I advanced my career in a space division of a telecommunication holding, the main responsibility was to oversee the manufacturing process and testing phases of spacecraft communication antennas and subsystems.

     

    KEY ACHIEVEMENTS 

    Motivational in team working style, I achieved the following objectives over the 25 years of work experience:

     

    Expertise gained over the years on spacecraft's flight hardware manufacturing and testing

    Knowledge of spacecraft, related subsystem and testing equipment

    ·         High power Radio Frequency testing capability for space application and related issues

    ·         Solutions of high power issues in many spacecraft antennas and applications

    ·         Antenna Radio Frequency pattern measurement in Near Field range

    ·         Knowledge of radio subsystem for military applications

     

     

    EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

    Name of Company  and                                                  Dates of employment

    Thales Alenia Space Italia S.p.A.                                     April 2012 to present

     

    Actual position main responsibility is the AIT/AIV management (Assembly Integration and Testing/Assembly Integration and Verification) of spacecraft antennas subsystems.

    The responsibility also includes problem solving during the manufacturing and testing processes identifying the alternative solutions to the issues if any.

    Programs managed during the period:

    ·         SICRAL 2 Italian - French military spacecraft -UHF SATCOM Transmit and Receive antennas and passive payload section (high power RF transmit filters) subsystem for tactical communications, parts procurement, manufacturing and overall mechanical and electrical low and high power testing  processes management and verification.

    ·         BIOMASS P-Band European Space Agency remote sensing satellite –manufacturing and overall mechanical and electrical low and high power testing processes management and verification of Feed Array for Large UHF Antenna Syntetic Aperture Radar

     

    MTG Meteosat Third Generation European Space Agency weather forecast satellite 

    manufacturing and overall mechanical and electrical testing processes management and verification of D&G GEOSAR Payload Antenna assembly working at UHF and L band. Organization and Management of antenna RF test campaign at ESA-ESTEC Hertz facility (on going)

     

    Name of Company and

    Dates of employment

    Sofiter System Engineering S.p.A.                                   February 2005 to April 2012

     

    Main responsibility was the AIT/AIV management (Assembly Integration and Testing/Assembly Integration and Verification) of spacecraft antennas subsystems, for Thales Alenia Space Italia.

    The responsibility also included problem solving during the manufacturing and testing processes  and alternative backup solution to the issues if any.

    I also acquired expertise on High Power RF test equipment for Multipaction testing at UHF SATCOM, L, and Ku frequency bands.

    Programs managed during the period:

    ·         COSMO SKYMED Italian remote sensing satellite constellation -  2 High Power Active Syntetic Aperture Radar Antenna for earth imagery, Radio Frequency testing

    ·         AMOS 3 Israeli satellite –Ku band Receive and Transmit antenna for TV broadcasting, testing processes management and verification

    ·         AMOS 3 Israeli satellite –1 Ka band fixed and 1 steerable Receive and Transmit antennas for high speed data communication, manufacturing and testing processes management and verification

    ·         AMOS 4 Israeli satellite –Ku band Receive and Transmit antenna for TV broadcasting, RF testing processes verification

    ·         BEPI COLOMBO European Space Agency deep space satellite for mission to Mercury –High Gain Antenna prototype RF testing and design performances verification

    ·         P-Band European Space Agency study for BIOMASS remote sensing satellite –manufacturing and overall testing processes management and verification of Feed Array prototype for Large UHF Antenna Syntetic Aperture Radar

    ·         GALILEO satellites European global navigation system for European Space Agency –investigation on high power RF issues and Passive Intermodulation on a prototype navigation mission antenna and  technology samples testing

    ·         A.R.T.U. Italian Ministry of Defence study -  High performances Receive/Transmit single antenna and high power RF filter at UHF SATCOM band for tactical communications parts procurement, prototype manufacturing and overall testing processes management and performances verification

    ·         SICRAL 1B Italian military spacecraft -UHF SATCOM Transmit and Receive antennas subsystem for tactical communications, parts procurement, manufacturing and overall mechanical and electrical low and high power testing processes management and verification.

     

    Name of Company and

    Dates of employment

    Alenia Spazio S.p.A.                                                           June 1995 to February 2005

     

    Main responsibility was the AIT/AIV management (Assembly Integration and Testing/Assembly Integration and Verification) of spacecraft antennas subsystems.

    The responsibility also included problem solving during the manufacturing and testing processes  and alternative backup solution to the issues if any.

    I also acquired expertise on High Power RF test equipment for Passive Intermodulation, I implemented test equipment for testing at UHF SATCOM, L, C, X and Ku frequency bands

    Programs managed during the period:

    ·         YAMAL 200-1 and 2 satellites for Russian Gazprom Space formerly Gascom -  4 C band and 2 Ku band Receive and Transmit antenna for TV broadcasting, manufacturing and overall testing processes management and verification

    ·         RADARSAT 2 remote sensing satellite for Canadian Space Agency – X Band data handling Transmit antenna, first prototype testing and validation campaign

    ·         ASTRA 1K satellite for Société Européenne des Satellites –4 Ku band Receive and Transmit antennas for TV broadcasting manufacturing and overall testing processes management and verification

    ·         EUTELSAT W Series (W1, W2 and W3) satellites – 6Ku band Receive and Transmit antennas for TV broadcasting and 3 Ku band telemetry antennas manufacturing and overall testing processes management and verification

    ·         EUTELSAT Hot Bird 3 and 4 satellites –2 Ku band Receive and Transmit steerable spot beam antennas for TV broadcasting, RF testing processes management and verification

    ·         INTELSAT 10 satellite series –4 Ku band Receive and Transmit steerable spot beam antennas for TV broadcasting, RF testing and verification

    ·         MSG Meteosat Second Generation wheater satellites for EUMETSAT organization – UHF Search&Rescue Antenna, L band raw data Antenna and S band telecommand and ranging antenna first prototype testing and validation campaign

    ·         GLOBALSTAR 1st generation small satellite constellation –4 L band Receive antenna and 4 S band Transmit antenna RF testing and validation campaign

    ·         SICRAL Italian military spacecraft -UHF SATCOM Transmit and Receive antennas subsystem for tactical communications, parts procurement, manufacturing and overall  electrical low and high power testing processes management and verification.

     

     

    Name of Company  and

    Dates of employment

    Selex ES S.p.A. (formerly Elmer S.p.A.)                           April 1989 to May 1995

     

     

    Main responsibility was the manufacturing, testing process and customer service of radio communication equipment for military use, critical and tactical communications.

    The responsibility also included problem solving during the all the processes  and alternative backup solution to the issues if any.

    Activities carried out over the period:

    ·         UHF SATCOM System radio for Italian Air Force on ground installation -  RT619 UHF SATCOM radio system manufacturing and final acceptance customer tests processes, ground station for GAG (Ground Air Ground) communications, technical service-support at several radar site and on mountaint top repeater site.

    ·         UHF SATCOM System radio for Italian Navy on ship installation -  RT619 UHF SATCOM radio system manufacturing and final acceptance customer tests processes, Italian Navy Submarine C.F. Di Cossato installation and testing

    ·         UHF SATCOM System radio for Italian Navy on ship installation -  RT619 UHF SATCOM radio system manufacturing and final acceptance customer tests processes, Italian Navy aircraft carrier Garibaldi installation and testing

    ·         VHF and UHF dual band SATCOM radio system for Italian Air Force –AN-ARC 150 radio system on board installation on Tornado aircraft,  final acceptance customer tests and technical service-support

    ·         HF radio system for Italian Air Force –ST 1075 HF high power radio system for Italian Air Force base station, final acceptance customer tests processes and on site technical service-support

    ·         HF radio system for Italian Finance Guard Police -ST 1075 HF high power radio system final acceptance customer tests processes and on site technical service-support

     

    EDUCATION, TRAINING and COURSES

     

    Diploma Perito Tecnico in Telecomunicazioni

    Istituto Tecnico Industriale G. Galilei (High School) – Rome Italy

    Year 1988 – Grade 45/60

     

     

    A.M.T.A. 2000 Philadelphia USA

    Antenna Measurement Technique Association

    Short Course on High Power microwave testing

     

     

    Near Field and Microwave Holography Course

    Georgia Tech. Continuing Education

    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Held at NIST in 2002 Boulder, CO (USA)

     

     

    Nearfield Antenna Measurement Course

    Rome 2006

    Held by NSI – Nearfield System Inc. Torrance, CA (USA)

     

     

    MULCOPIM 2011

    Multipaction – Corona – PIM

    High Power Testing international workshop and conference

    Universidad Politecnica de Valencia

    Valencia (Spain) September 2011

     

    LANGUAGES

     

    I'm Italian mother tongue

     

    Language

    Spoken

    Read

    Written

    English

    Good

    Good

    Good

    Spanish

    Basic

    Good

    Basic

    French

    Good

    Good

    Good

     

     

    SOFTWARE SKILLS

     

    Knowledge of software applications on Windows operating system:

    MS Word

    MS Excel

    MS Power Point

    MS Outlook

    Acrobat Reader

    JASC Paint Shop Pro , all issues

    NSI 2000 Near Field antenna measurement software

    Knowledge of Sony ACID Pro and Sound Forge as well

     

    ADDITIONAL SKILLS

    Driving license : issued in France, Category B

     

    INTERESTS

    I have interest on electronics, amateur radio, home made equipment, computers, FM broadcast equipment installation and service.

    I also have interest in music, DJ'ing and music post-production, I like to produce mixed podcast for personal listening and public entertainment.


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