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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:05:00 +0100
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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:55:00 +0100
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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:32:00 +0100
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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 9 Oct 2017 16:30:00 +0100
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Mon, 9 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:03:00 +0100
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Thu, 5 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 4 Oct 2017 14:30:00 +0100
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     Keywordssatellite antenna design engineer. Reflector antenna engineer satellite payload engineer ground station engineer Radio spectrum management satellite in orbit test-launch
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    OBJECTIVE: Satellite Antenna Design Engineer. Satellite Payload Engineering and Operations. Ground Stations.
    Radio Spectrum Management. Satellite Launch. In Orbit Test (IOT). Satellite Link Budgets.
    Reflector Antenna Design. Satellite Customer Technical Support.

    SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
    · Satellite technology professional with expertise in satellite antenna design, satellite payload Engineering and operations.
    · Expertise in reflector antenna design. Parabolic and others.
    · Demonstrated experience in satellite payload. Satellite payload control and operations.
    · Respected for ability to learn new technologies quickly and to work effectively as a team player, and multi-tasking.
    · Excellent customer technical support (recommendations upon request).
    · Work well independently to achieve technical objectives.
    · Comfortable with tight schedules and travels.

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    LOCKHEED MARTIN-Denver-Colorado-USA           2015
    RF Antenna Engineer
    · RF Antenna design for Proposals and RFI’s
    · Sub-System Component RF and Mechanical Spec.


    INTELSAT, Washington DC-USA                  2010-2015
    Payload and Antenna Engineer:
    · Satellite Payload. Payload command procedures analysis and design. Contingency and nominal procedures. On-call for the whole fleet.
    · Satellite Operations. Attended ground customer’s issues. Satellite payload management.
    · Maintain health of the Fleet/Metrics. Anomalies. Anomaly Report.
    · Spacecraft and antenna re-point to find other satellite markets. Antenna re-point design using GRASP9-TICRA software programs. Scattering analysis.
    · Spacecraft inclination analysis. New solutions.
    · IOT. Spacecraft in orbit test.
    · Spacecraft Launch. TCR command system.
    · Satellite Inclination analysis and research, new proposed solutions.
    · Payload Engineer and operations for World Space Satellites-L-band payload with on board processing. Command procedures. Satellite inclination analysis. Customer support.
    · Last years of life of a geo satellite. Component performance predictions. Inclination analysis: proposed new solutions for non-shaped reflectors. Component failure recovery techniques.


    ORBITAL SCIENCES CORP, Dulles, VA-USA             2005-2010
    Senior RF antenna Engineer
    Satellite antenna design. Offset antenna, Unfurl able, Gregorian.  Helix antenna analysis. Antenna design for Ku, Ka, C, L band frequencies Antenna performance, shaping, cross-polarization analysis and optimization,
    Gain slope, Dual Gridded reflector performance (DGR) and design, and solid reflector performance and design.
    Ku and C band DGR design and performance.
    Expertise in copol suppression.
    Feed analysis, pyramidal horn, conical horn, corrugated horn, potter horn. Gaussian.
    Satellite antenna design to work continuously in an arc slot (multi-slot antenna design-SES AMC Series)
    Multi-beam antenna analysis. (Spot beams).
    Scattering Analysis for various satellites structures.
    Feed array antenna design.
    Elliptic orbit satellite antenna analysis.
    Thermal distortion analysis.
    Excellent technical support to marketing and management departments.
    Worked in antenna design for RFI and proposals to support marketing and management departments to get new contracts, and in satellites at program construction stage.  Uncountable RFI’s.
    Technical trainer and technical support in antenna design and shaping to new hires.
    Program level antenna work in the following satellites: AMC-5R, IS-18, IS-16, IS-23, Star One, Azersat.

    •    Awarded innovation concept plan that has been selected for a further development titled:
                    “Solid reflector antenna for Star One+ Bus” Orbital Sciences Corp. Warp 10 annual contest for new Ideas. Orbital Sciences Corp. July 2007
                     (so far, the new antenna was implemented in the following satellites: New Dawn, IS-18, IS-23 and Star One and many more).


    SPACE SYSTEMS LORAL, Palo Alto, CA               2001-2002
    RF Satellite Antenna Engineer
    Satellite antenna analysis. Microwave Measurements.
    Satellite antenna near field calculations for several satellites.       
    Satellite antenna far field calculations for several satellites.
    Satellite antenna scattering analysis for several satellites.

                  
    PAGE INDUSTRIES, Redwood City, CA               2000-2001
    Electrical Engineer
    Electromechanical design of DC power distribution control panels for use in HP test equipment.
    Mechanical design of DC power distribution brackets for communications.
    Final test of aircraft (commercial) ground support equipment and DC power distribution equipment for communications.
    Design and test of timing circuits and digital meters for aircraft ground support equipment.


    PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS
    Performed a key contribution (antenna design and performance) by which Orbital Sciences Corp. was  awarded with the following contracts (proposal stage):
             NSS9 Sat-One satellite-2006                (antenna design)
             SES Americon Sat-two satellites-2007 (AMC-5R’s spacecraft’s configurations and antenna designs)
             AMC_21 Sat -one satellite-2006          (antenna design)
             Indosat-one satellite-2007                    (antenna design)
             AMC_5R Sat-one satellite-2007           (spacecraft configuration and antenna design)
             Koreasat 6- 2008                                (antenna design)
             Star One (2009-2010)                         (spacecraft configuration and antenna design).

    Awarded innovation concept plan that has been selected for a further development titled:
      “Solid reflector antenna for Star One+ Bus” Orbital Sciences Corp. Warp 10 annual contest for new ideas.              July 2007.


    PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
    Ticra Software Programs (new versions), Space Systems Loral.            2001
    Export Control, Space Systems Loral.                    2001
    Several Spacecraft Payload trainings given by many satellite manufacturers like Boeing, SSL Loral, Orbital Sciences Corp., Astrium, and Thales Alenia. 2011
    EPOCH 1.4 training course.

     

    EDUCATION
    • BSEE (1997) in Telecomunicaciones, National University of Plata,Argentina.           1991-1997
    • Graduate Coursework in Microwave and Antennas at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara-California-USA.                     2004-2005
    •  MSEE Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering with concentration in Electromagnetics and Microwaves- Arizona State University-Arizona-USA           2014

            

    SATELLITE ENGINEERING COURSES
    · Satellite Ground System Design and Operations. Applied Technology Institute-Maryland. Virginia. USA .May 2014
    · Satellite Link Budget using SatMaster Program. Applied Technology Institute-Maryland. Virginia. USA.  April 2014
    · Satellite Communications Systems. CEI-France. Barcelona. Spain  October 2015 
    · Radio Spectrum Management. CEI-France. Barcelona. Spain November 2016


    FOREIGN LANGUAGES
    Spanish (native).
    English (fluent).
    German (in progress).


    LINKEDIN WEB PAGE.
    Account under the name of: Jose Banda-Schulz.
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    US Citizenship.
    Argentinean Citizenship.
    Peruvian Citizenship.


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