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     Date Submitted:24-04-2019
     Last Modified:24-04-2019 (08:32)
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     Current job:Lead Engineer - Bus Systems, Flight Operations and Launch, Technical Planning & Development Dept.
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     Keywords10+ years of experience in Satellite Systems, Flight Operations. Technical and Program Management expertise in Satellite Production, Testing and Launch

    A dedicated and results-driven Bus Systems and Operations Engineer with a well-rounded and practical knowledge of the entire spacecraft systems, integration phases, testing, launch and orbital life. Eager to apply skillsets to a new and challenging role within the Space industry.



    Over 10 years’ experience in Satellite Engineering and Flight Operations providing expertise in designing system requirements, validating conformance & performance by on-ground & in-orbit testing.

    Lead system’s engineering team as responsible and accountable for overall satellites’ health, performance evaluation and operational support during anomalies resolution.

    In depth knowledge of Satellite Systems like Attitude Control and Navigation, Electrical Power, Orbital Mechanics, Propulsion, and Failure Detection Isolation & Recovery Mechanisms.

    Oversaw and assisted with multiple satellite procurement programs, providing technical expertise on Bus systems and flight operations. Worked on a number of programs including:

    ARABSAT BADR7 | Airbus & Thales Alenia Space, France – Dec. 2012 - Dec. 2015

    Hellas Sat3 – Inmarsat S | Thales Alenia Space, France – Dec. 2013 – Jul. 2017

    ARABSAT 6A | Lockheed Martin, USA – Apr. 2015 – Current

    Hellas Sat4 – SaudiGeo1 | Lockheed Martin, USA – Apr. 2015 – Current

    Closely worked with several satellite manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin, Airbus D&S, Thales Alenia Space and Boeing.

    Payload (ARABSAT 6A) Mission Manager for first SpaceX Falcon Heavy operational launch.



    ARABSAT | Various Positions – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia   Jun. 2008 - Current

    Lead Engineer – Bus Systems, Operations & Launch, Tech Planning & Development Dept.      Apr. 2015 – Current

    Senior Spacecraft Control Engineer, Satellite Control & Engineering Dept.
    Jan. 2012 – Apr. 2015

    Spacecraft Control Engineer                                                                     
    Jun. 2008 – Dec. 2011

    Notable Responsibilities & Contributions

    Spacecraft Control

    Operated a number of satellites in orbit, executing real-time operations, monitoring and analyzing telemetry data, responding to any anomalies by performing contingency procedures.

    Performed orbit raising and in-orbit testing procedures, in coordination with manufacturer for newly launched satellites. Executed de-orbiting and de-commissioning of retired satellites into graveyard orbit.

    Performed Station Keeping Maneuver calculations, inclination and eccentricity control planning, colocation strategies and propellant book keeping & gauging.

    Spacecraft Engineering & Operational Support

    lead systems’ engineering team that has responsibility of fleet monitoring and anomaly resolution, working closely with support manufacturer to assist in contingency investigation and implementation of corrective actions.

    Performed extensive trend analysis of satellites in-orbit, including full systems diagnostic run, determining nominal functionality or rate of degradation over life.

    Designed and implemented intranet web portal for systems’ engineering management and tracking tool for activities or tasks such as upcoming preventive maintenance activities, open anomalies or alerts, procedural updates, technical recommendations, etc.

    Conducted flight procedures and operating protocols evaluation for a practise of continuous improvement in fleet control and ground segment management.

    Developed ready-on-the-shelf contingency procedures and processes including payload redundancy management and configurations, in case required any time.

    Defined and ran validation cycles of flight procedures and data bases for newly inducted satellite in the fleet.

    Developed process for controlled configuration management for satellite system documentations, limit files, procedures, etc.

    Published and presented a regular satellite health and trend report for internal management and external underwriter use.

    Automated Satellite Control Center

    Worked as part of a team that defined requirements, functionality & scope for procuring and transitioning to fully automatic satellite control center.

    Performed in-depth study of existing manual flight procedures and developed criterion to convert them to automated script run procedures.

    Technical Planning & Development

    Managed the full range of satellite RFPs for mechanical, electrical, thermal, propulsion, flight operations, and launch systems. Provided risk and SWOT analysis along with trade-off studies during RFP evaluations and contract awarding.

    Provided technical expertise in business feasibility studies such as LEO or MEO satellite constellation studies. Participated as team member in an acquisition bid for a competing satellite operator.

    Program Management

    Lead Bus and operations team across multiple departments in meeting program budgets and timelines throughout the design, production, testing, launch and in-orbit commissioning phases.

    Monitored and controlled technical scope, risks, and quality to ensure program was meeting contractual requirements accordingly.

    Lead systems and operations team in satellite preliminary, critical & final design reviews, and operations & FDIR workshops. Performed critique on design, system budgets and flight operations, along with drafting and providing input on final acceptance reports.

    Spacecraft Production & Testing

    Participated in satellite assembly, integration and testing (unit, subsystem and system level).

    Facilitated and resolved day-to-day technical issues related to non-compliance, test failures or contractual deviations.

    Drafted reports of regular progress for internal management and external partners.

    Launch & Mission Management

    Managed launch service contracts with SpaceX and Arianespace and participated in launch campaigns respectively.

    Defined spacecraft in-orbit testing, commissioning and mission operations requirements, and oversaw its execution during actual missions.

    Drafted spacecraft handover processes and checklists.

    Global Team Coordination

    Managed engineering field office at satellite manufacturer facilities and coordinated with teams across multiple countries in including Cyprus, Greece, France, and United States.

    Travelled regularly to the US to work closely with Lockheed Martin contractors within a field office, and to field offices in France working with Airbus and Thales, overseeing elements of satellite production, testing and In-orbit operations.



    MA Diplomatic Studies, Online | University of Leicester – United Kingdom     2011

    B. Sc, Engineering in Industrial & Manufacturing Processes | U of Engineering & Technology – Lahore, Pakistan   2007

    Intermediate | Pakistan International School – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia              2002

    Matriculation | Pakistan International School – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia             2000


    “Project Management Professional (PMP)”, Project Management Institute – USA          2017
    “Introduction to Project Management Principles & Practices”,
    University of California – Irvine, CA          2016

    Additional Training

    Euro Star 2000+ & 3000 Platform, AIRBUS D&S 2009 – 2011

    Space Bus 3000 A&B Platform, Thales Alenia Space 2009

    Flight Dynamics, Dr. Kaplan 2010

    Technical Report Writing Skills 2012

    Team Building & Management, 2013

    Project Management Professional Certification Prep, 2016


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