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     Date Submitted:04-06-2019
     Last Modified:06-08-2019 (12:42)
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     Current job:Spacecraft Operation Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Operators
     Keywords18 Years working in the space industry as a spacecraft operations engineer and controller


    An experienced, conscientious individual consistently demonstrating the ability to effectively react to all situations whilst remaining calm and collected at all times, showing total commitment to providing an outstanding level of professional service to all internal and external customers. Communicates well at all levels and makes a significant contribution to the efficiency of any company.  Highly motivated professional who is both ambitious and confident and works well within a team and/or individually.  Reliable and punctual individual adapting quickly to change and works effectively under pressure.  Determined to develop professional skills further.



    Yahsat PrJSC

    Spacecraft Operations Engineer. September 2015- April 2019

    To ensure the effective implementation of satellite operations and to assure efficient deployment and continuous 24x7 operations of the Satellite Control Centre (SCC) and ground TT&C subsystem. Supervising the Spacecraft Controller (SC) or Senior Spacecraft Controller (SSC) as appropriate.

    Lead the commanding team for nominal platform/payload operations and contingency operations, providing direction to and supervising the actions of the Spacecraft Controller or Senior Spacecraft Controller.

    Ensure that all scheduled routine spacecraft and ground segment operations are carried out as per the approved schedule and timeline.

    On the job training of the Emerati graduates and Spacecraft Controllers.

    Check all manufacturer supplied procedures prior to execution, in accordance with approved processes and memos.

    Perform initial assessment and escalation of non-nominal situations as defined in Yahsat approved policies and processes. Carry out any FDIR that is required.

    Raise and track Observation Reports (ORs) to ensure that the operational documentation, files, databases, TT&C hardware are maintained in a safe and effective state.

    Maintain close liaision with the on-duty/on-call Ground Engineering team and Software Support Team as required to ensure that the integrity and configuration of the ground segment and SCC hardware/software is maintained

    Maintain close liaision with the Network Operations Centres for both military and commercial (MNOC and CNOC) as required, and maintain coordination with the payload operations to ensure operational configuration of TT&C assets are maintained.

    Maintain close liaison with the Senior Spacecraft Operations Engineer (SSOE), ensuring accurate and precise information is provided at all times, especially during anomalous situations.


    Airbus Defence & Space (Skynet 5) Serco Contractor.

    Senior Spacecraft Controller August 2007-August 2015

    This role requires strong leadership with the responsibility of looking after the largest constellation of military satellites in Europe.  Reacting quickly to any anomalous condition, often leading to prioritisation of tasks to maintain the health and safety of the spacecraft at all times.  The constellation comprises of three ageing geo-synchronous Skynet 4 satellites, one NATO satellite and four geo-stationary Skynet 5 (E3000) satellites.  I was part of the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) Team for the Skynet 5D Launch in December 2012.

    Activities include:

    ·         Monitoring, controlling and maintaining the health and safety of the spacecraft and ground segment at all times.

    ·         Ensuring all scheduled routine spacecraft and ground segment operations are carried out in a timely, accurate and effective manner.

    ·         Engineering diagnostics and the instigation of solutions during anomalous situations, a designated spacecraft engineering SOE role in most control centres. Carry out any FDIR that is needed on the E3000 Spacecraft.

    ·         Liaising with the Network Manager with regards to the Skynet 4 payload, Skynet 5 payload, NATO SHF payload and TT&C ground segment asset configuration.

    ·         Collecting spacecraft ranging and tracking data for use during orbit determinations.

    ·         Ensuring preparation and checking of all command sequences in accordance with the relevant operating procedures/task sheets/(EAOS) Enhanced Attitude Orbit Software print-outs and associated PPF/SAT files.

    ·         Making sure the configuration and integrity of the control rooms, telecommand and telemetry paths are maintained.

    ·         Ensuring the operational documentation, databases and software are maintained in a safe and effective state.

    ·         Automating the Skynet 4 spacecraft software procedures.  Producing the associated AND’s, Mimics and Plots to be used on the I4S Storm/JADE user interface.

    ·         Training Co-ordinator for the shift running Simulations to make sure all Personnel are kept Current with their Spacecraft Operations.


    European Space Agency (ESA).  Based at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC)

    Contractor for Alcatel Space GmbH

    Spacecraft Controller October 2001- June 2007

    Monitored and remotely controlled the Cluster II’s Spacecraft.  Prepared reports, analysed data and performed health checks of the equipment.  Prepared and performed operations in accordance with established procedures and verified results.  Periodically training (mandatory) of emergency cases with the simulator was carried out.

    Each spacecraft carried an identical set of eleven instruments to measure the electric and magnetic fields and electron and ion distributions

    Activities included:

    ·         Accessing telemetry, confirming nominal spacecraft configuration as required by scheduled operations. Taking necessary actions in case of telecommand failure and out of limit parameter detection, in accordance with approved procedures.

    ·         Performing satellite and control activities under strict procedural guidelines as written down in the Flight Control Procedures and Critical Recovery Procedures.

    ·         Interfacing with relevant operators using pre-defined voice procedures (ground segment operators, computer operators and ground station operators).

    ·         Performing all monitoring, routine and special operations as required by the engineers and analysts. Informing the on‑call engineer in case of spacecraft anomaly.

    ·         Applying approved procedures and taking corrective action(s) in case of anomalies and requesting additional ground station support if necessary.


    Eclipse ITR

    IT Recruitment Agent / Technical Manager February 2000-September 2001

    On joining Eclipse ITR my main role was to source and contact candidates in order to assess their application dependant on the job specification that was being worked.  Once the client had receipt of the particular candidates, the client would be contacted in order to discuss the candidates and their suitability for the role.


    Business Post Derby: Warehouse Operative/Data-input clerk working during University September 1999 - January 2000



    Orbital ATK Al Yah 3 flight operations course.

    Full knowledge of the MS Office suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

    ESA SCOS 2000 Training.

    Ops Exe Training for Skynet 5D LEOP.

    Member of Paradigm Space Team awarded Royal Aeronautical Society Award.

    Skynet 5B, 5C & 5D award for Launch, Early Operational Phase and Payload In Orbit Test phases.

    Military Applications Of Space Symposium Award (MASS).

    Government Security Clearance (SC).



    University of Derby - September 1997 – July 1999

    European Business Management:  The course enabled me to work towards the achievement of my business qualification, specialising in areas such as marketing, human resource management, financial management and operations management. The course includes a European language and an exchange programme, which I did in Ludwigshafen, Germany.


    Modules taken:

    ·         Managing Finance and Information

    ·         Marketing Relations

    ·         Operating Environment

    ·         European Business

    ·         French Intermediate

    ·         Personnel Management

    ·         Marketing Management

    ·         Managing People

    ·         German Intermediate

    ·         Human Resource Management

    ·         European Law

    ·         Marketing Communications


    Fachhochschule Ludwigshafen am Rhein (Exchange) - September 1998 - January 1999


    Nottingham Trent University - September 1996 - July 1997

    Maths Statistics and Operational Research (MSOR) foundation course

    Abbotsholme Boarding School - September 1989 – July 1996



    ·         Maths

    ·         English

    ·         English Literature

    ·         Business Studies

    ·         Information Technology

    ·         Design & Technology

    ·         Geography

    ·         French

    ·         Combined Science


    ‘A’ Levels

    ·         Design and Technology

    ·         Geography



    ·         English: Mother Tongue

    ·         German: Good

    ·         French: Good



    Keen Formula One supporter.  I enjoy going skiing and have done so from the age of 11, karting, jet skiing, football, swimming and travelling.  Bronze/Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards.  School tennis team captain. 



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