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     Date Submitted:13-05-2016
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     Current job:Head of Space Programs & Strategies
     Employment Term:Permanent
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     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, ,
     KeywordsBusiness application strategies and Space Programs definition
    CV

    Summary

    Space program technical direction and company business strategies for Space BU.

    Italian and international project management, team leading for industrial research and development of ICT systems (ASI and Italian Governmental departments, ESA, European Commission and B2B customers).

    Recent Space programs with personal contributions: PLATiNO (ASI/ESA, first European Small Satellite programme), uHETsat (ESA, first all-electric small satellite in Europe), ESEO (ESA), Solar Orbiter (ASI-ESA), COSMO-SkyMed (ASI), PRISMA (ASI), Mars Express (ASI-ESOC), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (ASI-NASA), SHIRA (IT), NearMap (AUS).

    Background experience in mission and system simulation for SAR payloads (ENVISAT and Cosmo-SkyMed missions), hyperspectral thermal sensor in the context of mission feasibility analysis.

    Space mission design, analysis and development of sub-systems in Earth Observation field and interplanetary program for Space and Ground Segment. High performance computing system development for data processing. Background and experience in mission and system simulation for SAR payloads as ENVISAT and Cosmo-SkyMed. Actually for Hyperspectral thermal sensor.

    Excellent knowledge of spacecraft systems engineering (ECSS, CCSDS) and EO payloads

    Performance assessment and validation for SAR missions.

    Data elaboration and simulation for synthetic aperture radar, standard and interferometry (PS) products. Mission design and GS processing chain elaboration for multi/hyper-spectral payloads (VNIR, SWIR, TIR). High performance computing & data delivery via WEB and OGC services.

    Very long experience in programming languages, computer simulation and design tools.

    Long experience in the administration and financial managing for SME firms.

    Skilled at learning new concepts quickly, working well under pressure, and communicating ideas clearly and effectively.

    Extensive computer training, including knowledge of multiple networking environments and business software packages.

    Enthusiastic and experienced in overseas works and travels.

    Current Position

    Head of Space Programs & Strategies
    (formally vice Space BU Manager)

    at SITAEL SpA, via San Sabino n. 21, I-70042 Mola di Bari – Italy

    www.sitael.com

    since
    March 2016

    Brief Career History:

     

    SITAEL SpA - IT                                        Satellite Systems & Innovation Manager

    Planetek Italia Srl – IT                                Technical Manager of Space Systems SBU

    Planetek Hellas – GR                                  Technical Manager

    ERMapper Ltd - AUS                                 Technical Manager

    (formerly NearMap Ltd – AUS)

    Planetek Italia Srl – IT                                Project Manager & Team Leader

    Polytechnic of Bari – IT                             University degree, Electronic Engineering
                                                                             Space specialization in SAR technologies

    G.B.Petasuglia Matera – IT                       High school degree, ITC

    Edil Tragni Srl – IT                                    Chief Financial Officer

    2014

    2012

    2006

    2006
     

    2002

    2002

    1994
     

    1993

    Date of Birth & Language

    18th of March 1975, Italian nationality

    Italian (mother tongue)

    English (fluent)

     

    Education

    Satellite On board Software Development

    OHB Course organization

    2013

     

    CPD Course on fundamentals of space mission Analysis and Design, University of Strathclyde Glasgow

    2012

     

    ESAW - European Ground System Architecture Workshop

    ESA-ESOC, Darmstadt Germany

    2011

     

    Advanced Project Management Course

    SPEGEA, Bari - Italy

    2008

     

    Stage experiences and training on Image Web Server (IWS)

    at Earth Resourcing Mapping Ltd in Perth - Australia

    2006

     

    JAR course and pilot license for civil applications

    at AeCI aeroclub, Bari airport - Italy

    2006

     

    Second Level Degree Scuba Diving for professional and civil rescue

    at CMAS-FIPSAS international school (deep of 45 meters license for civil protection)

    2004

     

    Master on “Developer Skill Builder for Microsoft .NET”

    at Studio Delta, Bari – Italy

    2003

     

    Electronic Engineering degree (final mark 110/110)

    at Polytechnic of Bari – Italy

    Graduation thesis in Signal Numeric Elaboration, relator prof. Ciro Cafforio on “Image-Mode elaboration of the Envisat SAR data” in the context of Estec 14143/00/NLGD contract by European Space Agency for the satellite missions in the period August-December 2002.

    2002

     

    Computer Science and Electronic Advanced Diploma (final mark 60/60)

    at I.T.I.S. G.B.Pentasuglia Matera – Italy

    1995

    Career History & Accomplishments

     

    Space Programs & Strategies, SITAEL S.p.A. – vice Space BU Manager

    Space Applications (ad interim) , SITAEL S.p.A. – head of Division

    Leading the business strategies and technical coordination in support to the company BU manager & CEO

    Leading of Small Satellites company initiatives and programmes

     

    The main project for that he is responsible follows:

    PLATiNO Programme (ASI/ESA) – (now M.Tragni is the Programme Manager)

    It is the latest ASI fully funded (100 M€) programme aimed to develop the new Italian Space small multipurpose platform (around 200 kg of wet mass). The programme funds the full qualification of the platform by development and final launchoperations of 2 satellitesmission.. The programme is approaching the KO in 2-3 weeks with a time plan of next 5 years to accomplish the launch of 2 satellites. SITAEL is the proposed prime contractor of consortium of other 3 large Italian companies.

    March 2016

     

    Satellite Systems & Innovation Manager, SITAEL S.p.A. – head of Space Division

    Leading the business, mission and design analysis of company Small Satellite programmes.

    Analysing satellite applications and mission designing in the field of EO services, low-bit-rate TLC, security and surveillance.

    Defining and developing many study mission by analysis, design and trade-off evaluation for the A/B phases; follow-up, analysis and verification of usersystem requirements for the C/D phases. Satellite operations and G/S services definition, design and integration for single and multi-mission programs.

     

    The main projects for those he was responsible follow:

    Telecomm mega-constellation (company funded)

    Application, mission and business analysis of mega-constellation company initiatives to exploit the low Hall Effect thruster (low-HET) sub-system as company product.

    Take-Off & EOSS projects (Apulia Government)

    The two projects aims to research and develop the innovative Space products and solutions in the EO field with focus on TIR sensor exploitation and data integration with other sensors. The objective is to design and prototype a small satellite, sub-system, unit and GS infrastructure to demonstrate user services. The final qualification includes the exploitation of result directly on the market. Take-Off projects is focused on airport infrastructures while EOSS on urban, rural and coastal areas.

    2014-2016

     

     

    Technical Manager, Planetek Italia s.r.l, - associated head of Space Systems BU

    Providing technical direction on business issues and in the execution of Space field projects.

    Managing technical risks and opportunities making key software design and software implementation decisions with the development teams; scheduling of tasks including tracking dependencies.

    Managing change requests, and guaranteeing quality of deliveries; and educating the team on technical best practices.

    The main projects for that he was responsible follow:

    SolarOrbiter-DPU (ASI-MSSL-ESA)

    This project is part of ESA Solar Orbiter mission (in the framework of the Cosmic Vision). The projects aims to provide the Data Processing Unit (DPU) for the SWA (Solar Wind Analyzer) instrument suite. This suite is intended to the study of plasma composing solar wind. Company’s activities will be specifically focused on:

    implementing on board scientific SW (intended to evaluation of the distribution of instruments collected particles and to scientific data compression)

    implementing the EGSE (Electrical Ground Support Equipment) SW layer.

    SpacePDP (ASI)

    It is an co-funded project aimed to Research and Development of Hardware components and Software modules for an open and modular Payload Data Processing  system  Prototyping of an advanced on board processing system to use on satellite platforms or on rovers for planets exploration. The system includes HW components based on RISC standard technology and SW components (SDK) for the fast prototyping/development of processing specific applications. Planetek Italia is the prime contractor and it is responsible of planning and implementation of SW architecture and SW modules.

    SHIRA (Apulia Government)

    It is an phase 0/A/B1 Mission study aimed to: define the technical and economical mission feasibility and sustainability study of a Thermal Infrared HR Satellite, define its Mission elements (orbit and space segment, launch segment, GS, communication and control, etc). Study and simulation of the thermal infrared sensor for medium and high resolution, assess the Mission Control Segment and analyses the User Segment (Ground Segment), design a Data Fusion Centre (DFC), analysis of user services needs to define economical and technical sustainable solutions, design, trade-off analysis and development of prototypal algorithms for data fusion (looking for strong synergy with: Universities and Research Centres), prototypal product and service validation with support of public and private operators in the Environmental and Civil Protection sectors. Planetek has the responsibility of the Mission Planning Centre, of the TIR sensor calibration methodologies and of the whole Data Fusion Centre. It is responsible of new application fields by using multi-mission and multi-sensor data from space borne, airborne and in-situ instruments.

    PRISMA (ASI-OHB)

    Space mission that put in orbit a new satellite for EO with a hyperspectral sensor payload. In this project the company is involved in the development of processor in GS with main task of data reformatting and orthorettification of hyper cube data.

     

    2012-2014

     

     

    Project Manager & Team Leader, Planetek Italia s.r.l

    Providing project management and technical direction in the execution of projects.

    Coordinating a group of 10 persons on different projects to assess the goals and results from technical point of view

    The main projects for that he was responsible follow:

    NEARMAP (Nearmap Ltd - Australia)

    International project to develop an high performance system to acquire photo (vertical and oblique) by airborne cameras on main cities of the world. The company is involved in the design and develop the high computing cluster for the ground processing and distribution of the data.

    PROC Web Portal (ASI-ESA-NASA)

    The Planetary Radar Operation Center (PROC) unifies the access to the three Thales Alenia Space Italia Radar operational centers SHOC (Sharad-MRO), MOC (Marsis-MarsExpress) and C-PAD (Cassini). Planetek Italia s.r.l. implements the web portal for the divulgation of such data and the Data Manager for the processing, archiving and cataloguing od such data. By the web portal and the application SpaceGIS the web users could view on-line and interactively all the cartographic and radar data of Mars and Titan (a moon of Saturn)

    CosMosaic (ASI-Telespazio)

    The objective of the project, which is a part of the Cosmo-SkyMed Program, is to develop a processor generating “Higher-level Mosaic Products” by the assembling of SAR images or DEM into a common grid, in order to generate a large scale map. The main task is to compose different images with some regions of overlap. In fact the information along the borders, where there is the switch single/multi image, must be preserved, while in the overlapping regions the information coming from the single images must be combined in a weighted manner.

    COSMO-PE (ASI-Telespazio)

    Definition and implementation of the PE (Performance Estimator) component, for the planning of the satellite acquisitions inside the CosmoSKY-MED framework. By this component all the satellite settings (PRF, Chirp duration, swath width, sample windows start time, etc.) to be performed on the satellite, are evaluated according to the performance parameters (range resolution, sample window length, data rate, receiver duty cycle, etc.) needed for each single acquisition. It is composed by an automatic setting tool and a manual setting tool (provided of its MMI component) technological solution able to provide high spatial resolution SAR data.

    MiniSAR (Technapoli-CIRA)

    The MiniSAR project - "Three-dimensional observation systems in any weather condition for risk management and territory defence" financed by MURST to the Technapoli and CORISTA consortiums, it has the aim to adopt advanced technological solution able to provide high spatial resolution SAR data.

     

    2003-2012

     

    Financial and Administrative Director, Edil Tragni srl

    Managing finance and administrative tasks towards accouters, banks  and major customers

    Managing the relations and business finances with partners and main providers

    1993-2013

    Technical Background

     

    IDE and Tools:

    Satellite Development Kit (SDK), GMAT

    Enterprise Architect, Rational Rose, Visio, CCCC

    Microsoft Visual Studio, Eclipse, DevPartner Studio Suite, Emacs, Matlab, Octave

    CVS, Track, BugZilla, FlySpray, GIT, JIRA, Confluence

    Doxigen

     

    Programming Language and Design:

    ANSI C++C, JAVA, JSP, SQL, ASP, Visual Basic, VB Script, Pascal, Fortran, UML, MS Project

    Protocols and Formats:

    CAN Bus, SpaceWire, TCP/IP, UDP,

    HTML, XML,

    HDF5, ECW/ECWP, TIFF/GeoTIFF, JPEGE/JPEG2000, Shape (ESRI), DBF

    Operative Systems:

    UNIX, MSDOS, MS Windows, Linux, RTEMS (Leon2 embedded system)  e FreeBSD for PC, SUN Solaris

    GIS and image elaboration Software:

    ERDAS ER Mapper, Image Web Server, ArcMap (ESRI), ArcSDE, SAR-Toolbox, Descw, Eoli ESA

    Conference Proceedings & Papers

     

    Automatic Registration of Multispectral Images through Maximization of Mutual Information

    P.Guccione, L.Mascolo, G.Cifarelli, C.Abbattista and MarioTragni

    Image and Signal Processing for Remote Sensing XX, Volume: 9244; 10/2014

    Subsurface planetary data streamed on the web by 2D and 3D visualizations

    Mario Tragni, R. Seu, C. Abbattista, C. Catallo

    European Planetary Science Congress 2013, UCL London; 09/2013

    On-board Payload Data Processing from Earth to Space Segment

    Mario Tragni, C. Abbattista, L. Amoruso, L. Cinquepalmi, F. Bgongiari, W. Errico

    European Planetary Science Congress 2013, UCL London; 09/2013

    Planetary subsurface investigation by 3D visualization model

    R Seu, C Catallo, M Tragni, C Abbattista, L Cinquepalmi

    XI National conference on planetary science, Bormio - Italy; 02/2013

    On the use of C- and X-band SAR data for studying the ground deformations induced by the April 6th, 2009 Earthquake in Abruzzo

    D. O. Nitti, F. Bovenga, F.Rana, R. Nutricato, M.Tragni, M. T. Chiaradia, G. Ober, L. Candela

    Proceedings of the Workshop Fringe 2009 - Advances in the Science and Applications of SAR Interferometry; 11/2009

    Analisi del sisma del 6 Aprile 2009 in Abruzzo con tecniche di Interferometria SAR differenziale.

    D.O.Nitti, F.Rana, F.Bovenga, R.Nutricato, Mario Tragni, M.T.Chiaradia, G.Ober, L.Candela

    Atti 13a Conferenza Nazionale ASITA; 12/2009

    Interests & Passions

     

    Family and children growing by international culture

    (now I have 2 children from my wife, we married in the 1996 after 24 years of relationship)

    Flight in the Space since when I was child. My nice to have is to land on the Moon.

    Sports with high level of socialization or with strict contact with environment

    (piloting, mountain trekking, regatta sailing and diving on top)

    Passions for friends & acquaintance lifetime relationships in multicultural environment

    (handcrafts, sailors, fishers, farmers & scientistsinventors on top)

    Science & Technological challenges in many areas

    (any type of engineering, mathematics and physics on top) 

    Interest for painting, sculptures and music

    (Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, E.Morricone are my references)

    International cooking and farmer products

    (Italian and Japanese on top)

     

    The complete list is too long to report here.

    My best personal summary is that I am interested and I love any type of authentic opportunities to growing-up by studies and experiences as much as possible in international context.


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