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     Date Submitted:25-12-2017
     Last Modified:19-01-2018 (08:53)
    Job information
     Current job:Satellite System Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, ,
     Keywordssystems engineering, satellite communications


    As someone with substantial experience in the space industry, I am very interested in pursuing a career that would allow me to practice my knowledge and experience in a challenging and a bright environment. I am looking for a chance to put at the disposal of my next employer this valuable knowledge and experience.

    Work History

    Employer: Egyptian Space Program, Cairo, Egypt

    Position: Senior Engineer


    Satellite Systems Engineer

    Satellite communication systems engineer and designer

    Recently assigned as the educational track manager

    Period: Feb. 2002 – Today

    Professional Achievements

    I participated in the following projects

    EgyptSat-1 Satellite

    EgyptSat-1 was the first remote sensing satellite that was developed in Ukraine under technology transfer contract to train Egyptian engineers to be qualified as space engineers in their specialties. I participated in this project as communication systems engineer since the start of the project. This project started in 2002, and the satellite launched in 2007 and stopped operating in 2010.

    I was responsible for communications system design including:

    Telemetry, Tracking and Control subsystem

    Image Transmission subsystem

    On-board GPS receiver

    Points of Specialty:

    System engineering of Satellite Communication Systems

    Satellite tracking algorithms (frequency and time): working with transceiver programmed on chip (FPGA and µ-processor)

    Satellite link design (budget calculations and signal structure)

    RF active/passive circuit design

    Participated in satellite engineering model tests

    Participated in Satellite-GCS compatibility tests

    Participated in GCS assembly, integration and test

    DSP unit for satellite S-band transceiver

    This project aimed at reverse engineering of the used DSP unit in the S-band subsystem used in EgyptSat-1 satellite, and redevelop it using more-recent FPGA/DSP components. The project started in 2007 and finished in 2009.

    My role in this project was:

    Designing, implementation and testing of the DSP unit of the satellite communication subsystem

    Developing, implementation and testing of the acquisition and tracking algorithms of the satellite signals including carrier and spreading codes

    Algorithms are FPGA based

    DSP unit for satellite imager

    This project aimed at developing the DSP unit of a satellite payload subsystem, and to qualify this unit to work in space. The project started in 2015 and finished in 2016.

    My role in this project was:

    Designing, implementation and testing of a satellite image processing algorithms including compression, error detection & correction, and selection control

    Algorithms are FPGA based and passed tests against space radiation in a nuclear reactor in Japan

    Upgrading satellite data reception station in Aswan

    Aswan data reception station was built to receive satellite payload image data from satellites such as EgyptSat-1, Spot-5, LandSat-7. Recently, there is a need to upgrade the station to receive from more satellites with higher specs. This project started in 2015 and finished in 2016.

    My role in this project was:

    To check for the current station status, and develop the station upgrading requirements to meet the specs for desired satellites

    To study different solutions for upgrading, and implement the best one solution for upgrading

    To test and validate the station performance after upgrading

    Professional Achievements

    Projects in progress

    NExSat-1 satellite

    NARSS EXperimental SATellite-1 is a nano-satellite, in which the Egyptian specialists are exploiting their experience to develop the system design, testing equipment, adapting existing GCS, and flight software, and to assembly, integrate and test of the satellite. Space qualification of the satellite will be held in Egypt as well. This project started in 2015 and the satellite will be launched in 2018.

    My role in this project is:

    Participation in system engineering of satellite system

    Responsible for satellite payload communication subsystem working at X-band, including system engineering and design

    Responsible for modification of existing ground data reception station to receive the images data of NExSat-1

    Responsible for design and implementation of the check equipment for the X-band transmitter on-board equipment

    Development of High Data Rate X-Band Transmitter System (DTS) for LEO Remote Sensing Satellites

    This project aims at developing satellite payload transmitter with high data rate working in X-band suitable for nano or bigger satellites, and can be adapted to be used in CubeSats. This project started in 2016 and the will be completed in mid-2018.

    My role in this project is:

    Co-Project Manager

    System Engineer and designer

    Responsible for managing project personnel and system design to develop the X-band transmitter locally

    Egy-Univer-Sat-1 (EUS-1) satellite

    Egy-Univer-Sat-1 (EUS-1) is a 2U CubeSat where its modules are being developed in Egyptian universities as students’ graduation projects. This project started in 2016, and the satellite will be launched in 2019. The satellite mission is to qualify the locally developed satellite modules to work in space.

    My role in this project is:

    System engineer for one year and then project manager

    Put project schedule and monitor tasks execution

    Provide project resources need

    Analyze the top-level system requirements and develop subsystem specifications

    Design the satellite system to have valid interfacing, budgets, configuration, and integration

    Prepare for verification plans, methods, and procedures, and to prepare for qualification measures

    Misrsat-2 Satellite

    MistSat-2 is a mini-satellite weighs about 330 Kg and has payload of high-resolution cameras. MisrSat-2 is a complete satellite system and is jointly being developed between Egypt and China. The system is composed of the satellite, ground control station combined with data reception station for satellite payload, mission control center, and satellite image processing center. This project stated in 2017 and the system should be ready in 2020

    My role in this project is:

    Member of the system engineering team

    Responsible for developing of ground segment (ground control station and data reception station), and payload-data transmitter on-board subsystem

    Graduation project supervision

    I supervised many graduation projects for engineering students. During these projects, I act as the project manager and system engineer for that project. Putting project schedule, monitoring tasks execution, putting the design and evaluating the performed tasks are all done by me.

    Design and Prototype development of the TT&C module of a CubeSat satellite, 2015

    Implementation & Testing of the RF Section of High Data Rate X-Band Transmitter, 2012 & 2013. This project was awarded the first-place project in Fayoum University third place in Egypt in 2012.

    Development of High Data Rate X-Band Transmitter DSP, 2011

    Development of GPS NAVSTAR Constellation Simulator, 2010

    Development of Satellite S-band RF Front-end, 2009

    Training Courses

    Satellite Systems Engineering, Yuzhnoye State Design Office, Ukraine

    Satellite - Ground Control Station Compatibility Testing, Yuzhnoye State Design Office, Ukraine

    Satellite Communication Systems & GPS Receiver Design, Yuzhnoye State Design Office, Ukraine

    NI LabView, National Instrument Company, Egypt

    Project Management, Leadership and Management Development Center, Egypt


    Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Ain Shams University, in Progress

    Major: Communication Engineering

    Thesis Subject: Using Chaotic Signals in Satellite Communications

    M.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering, Ain Shams University, 2012

    Major: Communication Engineering

    Thesis Subject: Satellite Ranging and Data Extraction Using Pseudo-Random Sequences

    B.Sc. In Electrical Engineering. Ain Shams University, 1999

    Major: Communication Engineering

    Grade: Very Good with Honor


    Engineering Technical Programs such as Xilinx ISE, ModelSim, Microwave Office, CST, Altium, Matlab, MathCad, NI LabView

    Familiar with all versions of the MS Windows operating systems

    MS Office including Excel, Word, Power point, Project, Visio

    Surfing skills through the internet

    Technical report writing

    English Speaking and writing fluently (TOEIC score 820, equivalent to IELTS score 7.75)


    ·Hany Bekhit Ottafy, “NAVSTAR simulator for Space-borne receivers” US (NASA) – Egypt Workshop on Space Technology and Geo-information for sustainable development, June 2010, Cairo, Egypt.

    ·H. Bekhit, E. El-Diwany, S. H. El-Ramly, “Design of Ranging Codes for Low-Earth Orbit Satellites” IEEE Recent Advances in Space Technologies 2011, June 2011, Istanbul, Turkey

    ·Hesham A. Mohamed, Hany B. O. Bekhit, Doaa Mahmoud, “RF Section Prototyping of X-band Transmitter for Remote Sensing Satellites” IEEE-ACCS-017/PEIT’017, Nov. 2017, Alexandria, Egypt

    Personal Information

    Date of Birth: 1-Oct.-1976.                 Military Service: Accomplished

    Marital Status: Married

    Own car: yes.             Driving license: yes

    Social activities & Personality

    ·Ready to travel locally or internationally according to work needs

    ·Ready to relocate internationally according to work requirements

    ·Ability to work under pressure, and ability to work on many projects simultaneously with excellent efficiency

    ·Good team worker

    ·Listen to subtle communications & convert them into active resolutions

    ·Provide spirit of trust & enthusiasm so that business transaction can occur harmoniously

    ·Member of Katameya Gardens Club


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