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     Date Submitted:14-09-2017
     Last Modified:14-09-2017 (05:58)
    Job information
     Current job:Spacecraft controller
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within 2 months

    Personal Details

    Date of Birth:​10/04/1978


    Current Position:​Spacecraft Controller (XMM/Integral/Gaia)

    Qualifications: ​1999​ BSc Physics and Astrophysics, University of Kent at Canterbury

    ​2010 QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) Graduate Teacher Program Canterbury Christ Church University

    ​2018​ (Post Graduate Diploma Astronomy), University of York {on-goingworking towards MSc.}

    Certifications:​2011​MLTA Mountain Leader (Summer)

    ​2016 Gravity. From the Big Bang to Black holes online course.


    Relevant Experience

    Alex Dale has had over 6 years experience working at ESOC in both spacecraft operations and ground station operations. He has a deep appreciation for the procedure driven operations environment and the need for high accuracy and focus in ‘on console’ operations. He has also had experience working with engineers configuring and designing satellite communication solutions in industry. Alex has a passion for Astronomy and space related scientific projects and a determination to learn about the various projects he is currently working on as well as others around ESOC. As part of his continued professional development Alex is working towards a MSc in Astrophysics. And has begun projects including learning to use various programming languages to map the radiation environment around Earth using spacecraft data. In his spare time Alex also likes to work with mini computing systems to do some basic electronic engineering and programming.


    Career History

    12/2015 – Present​Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany

    Spacecraft Controller XMM / Integral / Gaia (in training)

    • Preparation, monitoring and remote control of the Spacecraft and/or Network:

    • Monitoring of data, health check of the equipment, preparation and performance of operations following established procedures and verification of results;

    • Trouble-shooting (with help of procedures) and preparation of reports

    09/2013 – 11/2015​Combe Bank School, Sevenoaks, UK.

    Teacher of Physics, Alex was responsible for teaching Physics up to A-Level and General Science from Year 4 (8yrs old). He held additionalpastoral responsibility as tutor (counsellor) and the transition of students from feeder schools when joining.

    09/2011 – 08/2013​POWIIS school, Penang, Malaysia.

    Head of Physics, Alex was responsible for A level, GCSE and KS3 Physics as well as ICT for years 8 and 7. I wrote schemes of work for KS3 Physics preparing them for GCSE..

    01/2009 – 08/2011​Homewood School, Tenterden, UK.

    Teacher of Physics, Alex taught KS3 science, GCSE Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and A-Level Physics. I took on a role on the KS3 team helping re-organise the curriculum and design project work for the new, year 7 students.

    07/2007 – 12/2008​Sematron UK Ltd, Basingstoke, UK.

    Alex was responsible for selling satellite communications solutions into the television, military and meteorological industries. Hisknowledge from working at ESOC was invaluable to him when dealing with satellite or ground segment engineers. He was responsible for the company’s turnover in the South West of England and South of Wales he had an annual sales target of £2.5m.

    10/2002 – 06/2007​ESOC ESTRAK Controller, Darmstadt, DE.

    The job encompassed commanding and monitoring the ESTRACK ground stations as well as the network of communication systems between the control centre and the satellites. The role involved following pre-set procedures to ensure the timely receipt and sending of spacecraft data. Alex also found his physics background useful in quickly trouble shooting issues in real time.


    Computing Skills

    Operating Systems

    Windows, UBUNTU (Linux), Apple iOS, 

    Programming Languages

    Minimal experience in Fortran77, Python and VBasic

    Software Applications

    SCOS 2000 and SCOS B, NCTRS, Solaris, MS Office, Python, Gnuplot.

    Engineering and Management Skills



    Certified to deliver 7 Habits of Highly Effective People from Franklin Covey Inc.

    Introduction to Linux (via online)



    Native speaker





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