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     Date Submitted:05-03-2016
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     Current job:Spacecraft Systems Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Satellite Operators
     Keywords15 years experience in space industry. Platform systems engineer. Operations. Telemetry trend analysis. Spacecraft simulation. FOP design, validation & execution Platform design reviews. AIT customer support. mission planning and analysis
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    CURRICULUM VITAE

     

    CAREER STATEMENT

    I am an enthusiastic and highly technically proficient spacecraft systems engineer offering excellent analytical skills while always looking for innovative solutions to complex engineering problems. I have outstanding communication skills, written and verbal, which are demonstrated daily in my current role. I am looking for a challenging position in which I can consolidate the invaluable knowledge gained throughout my professional vocation and further develop my skills to make an effective and valuable contribution.

     

    EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

     

    09/08-Present  Airbus Defence and Space, 1001 Skynet Drive, Hawthorn, Corsham, Wilts. SN13 9NP

    Spacecraft Systems Engineer, main responsibilities include: Monitoring all SKYNET 5 Platform subsystems, ADCS, EPS, DHS, TCS, TT&C & CPS. Providing & reviewing SKYNET 5 platform trend analysis data in order to maximise spacecraft life, providing technical support to on-station operations, liaison with spacecraft manufacturing team to optimise operations and report observations, provide technical representation at platform investigations, developing and utilising ground software including database management, supporting SKYNET 4 engineering and providing AOCS on-call support.Provide Space Engineering representation at departmental meetings. Support other projects as required and SKYNET 6 development work including nuclear hardening activitiesand any other future bids. Furthermore I have a consultative role in the optimisation of the spacecraft control centre processes including, scheduling and executing routine operations, reports and operational documentation generation and configuration control of the system.

    09/11 – 04/13: In addition to my normal duties I was an integral member of the SKYNET 5D Spacecraft Monitoring Team. Throughout the Assembly, Integration & Test and launch phases of the spacecraft procurement I was part of the customer team providing Product Assurance support ensuring the correct standards of build and tests were performed on the spacecraft. Furthermore, any anomaly that presented itself was tackled and workarounds put in place to mitigate the problems. This culminated in working on the launch campaign in French Guyana and successfully lifting SK5D on an Ariane 5 into geostationary transfer orbit.

     

    05/02-09/08     VEGA Group PLC, Welwyn Garden City, Herts.

    03/06-09/08     Spacecraft Operations Preparation Engineer, based at Paradigm Services, Hawthorn. My responsibilities included: Development, validation and test of flight operations procedures for all SKYNET spacecraft, involving developing, managing and configuration control of new software procedures as well as updating generic customer delivered procedures, ensuring that telemetry and telecommand sequences were correct, editing and validating procedures against the spacecraft simulators. Including extensive use and manipulation of the flight client platform and creating and running scenarios on the simulator before delivering the validated procedures for on-station use. Furthermore I managed the automation of SKYNET 4 & 5 Spacecraft operations, entailing the system level management of the ground segment to automate planning, scheduling and execution of flight procedures. I was also Technical Author of the operational procedure documentation and managed the formal amendment update system for all spacecraft operations.

    05/02-03/06     Spacecraft Analyst & Mission Support Engineer, based at SGS Oakhanger, formally RAF Oakhanger, working on the NATO IV / SKYNET 4 project. This role’s main responsibilities included: Daily sub-system analysis and operation of the SKYNET 4D Spacecraft, including; telemetry analysis, ranging retrieval, parameter out of limit events and taking appropriate actions upon observation of anomalous behaviour. All mission planning for SKYNET 4D and NATO IVB, generation of all EAOS outputs including: orbit and vector determinations, events predictions, east west station keeping manoeuvres including fuel strategy alterations and station keeping strategies, Steering Law updates, and tasking and scheduling of spacecraft events including TTU loads. Co-location calculations between S4C/Intelsat 707, S4D/HelasSat and S4D/S4A. Spacecraft repositioning manoeuvre calculations and associated configuration changes. Analysis and reporting of routine spacecraft events such as Battery Conditionings, Eclipse Seasons, NCL updates, heater switching and RIG Conditionings. Supporting Space Ops Sqn at external technical meetings.

     

    03/00-05/02     Lockheed Martin UK (formerly INSYS Limited), Reddings Wood, Ampthill, Bedfordshire.

    Systems Engineer, responsibilities included software modelling and data analysis for MoD projects. I was involved with calculating structural dynamics for the Rosetta space mission and IBDS system. My main responsibilities however were as part of the ‘special projects’ team, notably in design and production of a high-pressure gas supply system and supervision of qualification trials and co-ordination of the production of qualification reports. I was a project manager for the Engineering in Education scheme, where I managed a project for a group of year 13 students, which culminated in the production of a report and presentation.

     

    11/99-03/00     Fluids Management Group, HS Marston Aerospace Ltd, Wobaston Road Wolverhampton.

    Design Engineer, responsible for designing aircraft fuel and hydraulic components using Pro/ENGINEER CAD system. Major responsibilities were to ensure components could be successfully precision engineered from given specifications, to ensure that the parts conformed to international standards and to produce completed designs for strict deadlines.

     

    EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

     

    2001-2002           Thames Valley University

    Certificate in Management Studies

    Subjects included: HR Management, Financial Management, Management Environment, Project Management, Operations Management. Culminating in the submission of a business plan and presentation to the board.

     

    1998-1999           College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University

    MSc Astronautics and Space Engineering

    Subjects included: Aerospace Propulsion, Hypersonic Aerodynamics, Astrodynamics, Control Engineering, Control System Theory, Space System Engineering, Rigid Spacecraft Dynamics, Spacecraft Attitude Control, Impact Dynamics, Software Development and Documentation.

    Group Design Project: “Mission Design of a Flotilla of Commercially Viable Earth Observation Satellites”My specific responsibility as part of the Spacecraft Design Group was the electrical power subsystem.  This involved determination of the available payload duty cycle, assignment of power budgets and adjustment of these according to the needs of other subsystems. I was also involved in determining the initial mission baseline through studies into a variety of Earth Observation systems.

    Thesis: “SolarArray Power Simulator for Satellite System” The design of PC based software to compute solar array power produced in an arbitrary orbit around any planet incorporating 1 axis rotation of the solar arrays. This was a software development project to design and model algorithms in Visual Basic and produce a comprehensive spreadsheet displaying orbital power production.

     

    1995-1998           University of Salford

    BSc (Hons) Physics with Space technology 2ii

    Subjects included: Mathematics, Nuclear physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Quantum Mechanics, Solid State physics, Electronics, Electromagnetic theory, Communications in Space, Robotics, Vibrations and Waves, Thermodynamics, Thermal Physics, Spacecraft Launch Dynamics, Optics, Electricity, Magnetism.

    Project: “The Manufacturing of Fine STM tips and an Investigation into Single Ion Impacts on Gold Foil” Work involved designing a method to produce extremely sharp platinum/iridium STM tips, manufacturing them and then using them to initiate an investigation into ion impact craters.

     

    1993-1995           North Warwickshire College, Nuneaton

    ‘A’ levels: Mathematics (B), Chemistry (C), Physics (D)

     

    1990-1992           John Cleveland College, Hinckley

    GCSE’s: 8 subjects

     

    SKILLS / OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

    Computing:     Highly competent with standard MS Office packages including writing VBA code, experience with VB development, basic Java, SQL and UNIX knowledge. Flight Operating Procedure software development using the integrated development environment provided by the SCC, InControlNG flight client and SKYNET 5 flight simulator (DSSS) experience, SKYNET 4 simulator experience and the SKYNET 4 AOCS simulator. I have knowledge of Pro/ENGINEER and CATIA CAD systems. I have used many bespoke software packages previously, which has also involved making any necessary enhancements. Knowledge of the process for software development and documentation to ESA standards.

    Driving Licence:          Clean & Full

     

    ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS

    I am an active member of Bowood golf club. I also enjoy cycling and have completed a number of long distance events. Snowboarding is another passion. And I have been a full time dad following the birth of my daughter in August 2015.

     

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