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     Date Submitted:10-05-2015
     Last Modified:11-06-2018 (09:02)
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     Current job:Mission Planning Engineer Eumetsat Polar System and Copernicus
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsOperations Orbital Mechanics, Guidance, Orbit determination Software Test and Validation, Software development; Mission Planning


    May 2018 –  Present    LEO and GEO Mission Planning and Control Systems Engineer at EUMETSAT,  GMV consultant
    Location    EUMETSAT, Flight Operations Division of the EUMETSAT;
    Eumetsat Allee 1, Darmstadt, Germany.
    Activity    Provision of S/W Engineering support to the LEO and GEO Eumetsat programmes: EPS, Sentinel 3 and Meteosat Second Generation Mission Planning Facilities.
    This including follow-up and investigation of anomalies; formal problem reporting; maintenance of test/verification procedures and frameworks; deployment and formal testing/acceptance of new releases.
    Interface to International Community for Inter-Organisational MPF-related operations.
    Responsibilities    Mission Planification and scheduling of all the commands, for both the space and ground segments, within all the Eumetsat operational missions:
    Eumetsat Polar System, Sentinel 3 (A and B) and Meteosat second generation.
    Knowledge Acquired    Linux, Mission Planning facilities software, Java coding.

    November 2016 - Present    Flight Dynamics engineer at EUMETSAT, volunteer researcher.
    Location    EUMETSAT, Flight Operations Division of the EUMETSAT Polar System Program;
    Eumetsat Allee 1, Darmstadt, Germany.
    Activity    Research about optimal Metop A End of Life deorbiting strategies in order to minimize the risk of debris generation oriented to change the European policies of satellite reentry.
    Research developed together with the Head of Eumetsat Flight Dynamics (Leader of the research).
    Software developed in Matlab and Excel. 
    Orbit propagation performed with the CNES tool “STELA”.
    Responsibilities    Develop the codes and the tools in order to perform the risk analysis and calculation.
    In charge of writing the scientific article related to the research.
    Knowledge Acquired    Debris Risk calculation and extensive automation of complex calculation in order to obtain concrete results.
    June 2016 - 
    April 2018    Space and Ground Segment Controller at EUMETSAT, Telespazio Vega Deutschland consultant
    Location    EUMETSAT, Flight Operations Division of the EUMETSAT Polar System Program;
    Eumetsat Allee 1, Darmstadt, Germany.
    Activity    He deals with daily commanding of the two satellites of the constellation (Metop A and B). In particular he executes routine and special commanding activities like orbital maneuvers and satellite failures recovery.
    He also executes the operational activities regarding the all ground segment running the mission. In particular he commands and controls the North pole antennas, the mission control system and all the product processing and distributing facilities.
    He prepares the database documentation, analysis of subsystems, applies the contingency/emergency procedures.
    He performs data monitoring, health check of the equipment, preparation and performance of operations following established procedure and verification of results;
    Troubleshooting and preparation of reports.
    Responsibilities    Responsible of controlling and commanding the status, actions and maneuvers performed by the Spacecraft. He is also involved in Data product generation, commanding and control of the Ground Segment of the all Eumetsat Polar System Mission.
    Knowledge Acquired    Ability to work in mission critical environment under high time pressure and stress conditions.
    A strong technical oriented and proficiency in complex computer systems concepts and usage;
    Ability to work autonomously according to high level guidelines.
    Work in international teams. 
    Mission Control System: Epoch.

    September 2015 - May 2016    Internship as Software Engineer
    Location    Telespazio S.p.a.(Head Quarter), Business Unit: Satellite Systems & Applications, Space Mission Planning Division. Via Tiburtina, 965 00156 Roma. 
    Activity    Test and validation of the Mission Planning software for the Italian satellite constellation COSMO-SkyMed (2° Generation).
    Identification of the suite of test tools and test data required to support V&V activities, and definition of development / procurement approach and associated planning.
    Preparation of User Requirement Documents (URDs), Statements of Work (SoWs), etc., as needed as input for development and/or procurement activities.
    Contribution to the in-house development and validation of test tools and their maintenance.
    Support for procurements of test tools / test data.
    Responsibilities    Development of the tools for the test and validation of the image acquisition  Mission Planning software of the COSMO-SkyMed (2° Generation) mission under the W.P. Manager.
    Knowledge Acquired    Software: Java, Visual Basic for Application, XML Spy, XML Mapforce, Nasa World Wind, Google Earth.
    Space software standards: ECSS-E-ST-40C;
    Modeling language: basics of UML;

    September 2014 - 
    March 2015    Internship as Flight Dynamics Engineer
    Location    European Launch Vehicle (E.L.V. S.p.a.) Department of Flight Mechanics
    Corso Garibaldi, 22 00034 Colleferro (Roma), 
    Activity    Development of a guidance algorithm, considering the earth oblateness perturbation (J2 effect). This algorithm has been developed for the last stage of the Vega Launcher and is oriented to perform Rendez-Vous maneuvers. 
    A solution method for the Lambert J2 perturbed problem has been developed and extended to the finite burn case.
    The sw takes into account the technical requirements of the Vega Launcher and has been developed in Fortran. The results have been represented using Matlab. 
    The real Vega mission’s data have been used to validate the sw results that reflect those produced by the official E.L.V. sw Trajectory Simulator (TRASIM).
    Software testing and validation activity has been performed to ensure the satisfaction of the requirements imposed by E.L.V..
    Responsibilities    Autonomously managed the development of the software and the associated timeline.
    Results were discussed with University of Rome Department of Astronautic, Electric and Energetic Engineering and with E.L.V. tutors.
    Knowledge Acquired    Capability to study independently complex and novel topics and to rapidly prototype s/w for study purposes and taking into account the imposed technical requirements. 
    Devising and realising mathematical algorithms to satisfy applications using Fortran and Matlab.
    Achieved proficient level of programming using Fortran and Matlab. 
    Acquired competence in software testing and validation.  
    Successfully managed the project timelines, completing development by the aimed deadline. 


    October 2012 - 
    May 2015     Master Degree in Space and Astronautics Engineering (101/110),
    La Sapienza University, Rome
    EDUCATION AND TRAINING    Orbital Mechanics, Attitude Control, Missions and Space Systems, Space Propulsion, Microwave Remote Sensing, Robotic Systems, Space Construction, Identification and optimal control.
    Thesis Title: Development of a guidance algorithm for the last stage of the Vega Launcher for Rendez-Vous maneuvers.

    September 2008 -October 2012    Degree in Aerospace Engineering (98/110),
     La Sapienza University, Rome
    EDUCATION AND TRAINING    Advanced Calculus, Thermodynamics, Aerodynamics, Physics, Programming, Electromagnetic Fields, Aerospace Structures, Remote Sensing, Automatic Control. 
    Thesis Title: Multiband satellite images for the creation of thematic maps on a regional scale.


    Mother tongue(s)    Italian
    Other language(s)    UNDERSTANDING     SPEAKING     WRITING 
        Listening     Reading     Spoken interaction     Spoken production     
    English    C1    C1    C1    C1    C1
    French    A2    A2    A2    A2    A2
    German    A2    A2    A2    A2    A2
        Levels: A1/2: Basic user - B1/2: Independent user - C1/2 Proficient user
    Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

    Communication skills    Good communication skills acquired during my experiences in the space industries.

    Organisational / managerial skills    Organization and management skills acquired during the development of the teaching courses.

    Computer skills    Knowledge of Fortran (Microsoft Visual Studio) acquired in E.L.V. S.p.a;
    Knowledge of Java (Eclipse), Visual Basic for Application acquired in Telespazio S.p.a.;
    Matlab, C++, Adina, Envi (Remote sensing Software) acquired at University of Rome;
    Office, Adobe Photoshop.

    Other skills    Kung fu instructor, bass guitar player

    Driving licence    Type: B
    Annexes    Telespazio Vega Reference Letter as Spacecraft Controller;
    ELV Reference Letter as Flight Dynamics Engineer; 
    Telespazio Reference Letter as Software Engineer;

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