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     Date Submitted:18-07-2016
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     Current job:Senior Flight Dynamics Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsSpacecraft engineer, flight dynamics, operations, systems engineer, software, technical lead, team management, project management, control & monitoring systems
    CV

    CAREER SUMMARY

    A senior aerospace engineer with a background in spacecraft operations and flight dynamics, and ground-platform control & monitoring systems.

    Highly proficient in technical lead, team and subcontractor management roles, as well as developing, testing and maintaining complex software platforms.

    Experienced in maintaining operational stability through periods of organisational and technological change.

     


    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

     

    Avanti Communications  (Goonhilly Earth Station)                  June 2015 – Present

    Senior Flight Dynamics Engineer

    Instrumental in bringing Avanti's Flight Dynamics operations in-house. Planning and evaluating station-keeping manoeuvres for Avanti’s HYLAS satellites. Performing design reviews and acceptance testing of the Flight Dynamics System.

    Developing software tools to support Flight Dynamics operations – including long-term manoeuvre planning and command message verification (using Python).

    Writing Flight Dynamics procedures for: station-keeping strategies; mission processes; manoeuvre planning and evaluation; GEO relocation activities; training.

    Providing training and support to new FD team members.

    Providing technical support and expertise during non-nominal spacecraft situations to maintain continuity of mission operations.

    Analysing spacecraft performance & propellant consumption to identify anomalies and produce lifetime estimates.

     


    SKY  (Southampton)                                                                May 2012 – June 2015         

    Broadcast Control & Monitoring Team Leader

    Drove the recruitment, development and performance of a high calibre software and systems engineering team.

    Managed a broadcast control & monitoring platform covering 4 sites, 20000 devices, and 500000 data points. Technologies used included .NET, MS SQL, Proficy iFIX, and Opsview.

    Directed deliveries of software solutions used to maintain business critical services at greater than 99.999% availability – including the London 2012 Olympics.

    Advised senior management, relevant strategic groups, and project teams on expert matters relating to control & monitoring systems and associated hardware interfaces.

    Managed key internal and external business relationships.

     


    BSKYB  (Southampton)                                                              Jan 2011 - May 2012

    Monitoring & Control BAU Team Leader

    Took responsibility for the Business-As-Usual management of the M&C team while the group manager led the deployment of the Sky Studios project.

    Continued to act as M&C technical lead, delivering flagship Sky services such as Atlantic and Living.

    Drove technology refresh initiatives to reduce on-air incidents by delivering service-oriented user interfaces, and replacing old hard-wired switching with run-time configurable software control.

     


    BSKYB  (Southampton)                                                              Jan 2008 - Jan 2011

    Monitoring & Control Technical Lead

    Provided technical direction to the M&C team, including business justifications, requirements capture, cost estimations, subcontractor management, design and source code reviews, systems integration, and acceptance testing.

    Delivered on time and to budget the M&C component of many projects, including the Sky Movies suite, Sky 3D, HD platform expansion, and Third Party Pass-throughs.

    Supported the Platform Operations teams (end-users) with hand-over training, documentation delivery, and warranty services provision.

     


    EADS Astrium Satellites  (Portsmouth)                                    Jan 2007 - Dec 2007

    Flight Dynamics Facility Responsible Engineer

    Acted as Responsible Engineer for the Flight Dynamics Facility (FDF) element of the Ground Control Segment (GCS) of the Galileo global navigation satellite system, providing customer liaison with the European Space Agency.

    Drove the FDF Critical Design Review, managing and supporting the key supplier, reviewing the system design and verification documentation, and coordinating the review process across the GCS team.

    Managed and resolved software interface issues between the FDF and other project elements.

     


    BSKYB  (Southampton)                                                              Apr 2003 - Dec 2006

    Systems Engineer

    Designed, developed, and supported monitoring & control software and systems for BSkyB’s broadcast platform, including its local and remote uplink sites and service encryption validation (primarily using the Proficy HMI/SCADA - iFIX automation engine).

    Redesigned the platform architecture to make it scalable and configurable across a large, geographically-distributed estate of servers and clients (still in use today).

    Implemented user-interface functionality (using VBA), driver configuration, and process database construction.

    Developed process database dynamos and device drivers (using C and C++).

    Performed testing and debugging of the systems down to the driver/hardware interface level (comms protocols: RS* serial and SNMP).

     


    BSKYB  (Southampton)                                                              Feb 1998 - Apr 2003

    Spacecraft Mission Operations / Flight Dynamics Engineer

    Performed geostationary station-keeping and attitude control strategies – including co-location, re-location and de-orbit manoeuvres – for the Thor I, Thor II, and Sirius W satellites.

    Carried out spacecraft performance analysis; produced studies of proposed future operations, propellant consumption, and lifetime extension strategies.

    Implemented a manoeuvre correction model to cope with a faulty thruster.

    Developed software used for mission operations and administrative tasks (using C/C++ and Fortran).

    Performed configuration management of satellite and ground station software.

    Provided transfer orbit support services as part of a network of Telemetry, Tracking & Command ground stations.

     


    MATRA MARCONI SPACE  (Bristol)                                          Sep 1996 - Feb 1998

    Attitude and Orbital Control System Engineer

    Designed and tested 2 AOCS control modes for ESA’s X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM). This involved development of MATLAB models for frequency response analysis, mathematical modeling of AOCS hardware and Attitude Control Computer software, and dynamic stability testing.

    Contributed to the development of the spacecraft simulation software (XMMSIM). This included translating the MATLAB models into Fortran code, emulating the performance of sensors and actuators, and ensuring that the software interfaced correctly with the AOCS units for hardware-in-the-loop testing.

     


    EDUCATION

     

    MEng [Merit] Aeronautics & Astronautics                                                         1992-1996

    University of Southampton

     


    TECHNICAL SKILLS

     

    Programming:

    Python

    C and C++

    Visual Basic for Applications

    Fortran

    HTML / CSS

     

    Software:

    FocusGEO – Flight Dynamics platform for geostationary spacecraft

    Proficy HMI/SCADA - iFIX Control & Automation Engine

    Opsview

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 & 2008

    Microsoft Windows (from NT to Server 2008 R2)

     

    Technologies:

    SNMP

    Serial Comms

     


    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

     

    ILM - Sky HD Manager programme                                                                        2014

    ILM - Sky Leadership Essentials programme                                                          2012

    Team Sky award nomination                                                                                 2008

    Team Sky award nomination                                                                                 2006

    Undergraduate Apprentice Scheme - BAe Space Systems/Matra Marconi Space      1991-1995

     


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