CV: Space Propulsion Engineer - Igniters & Propellants Engineer



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 Date Submitted:06-12-2011
 Last Modified:28-10-2019 (07:24)
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 Current job:Space Propulsion Engineer - Igniters & Propellants Engineer
 Employment Term:Permanent
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:within 2 months
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
 KeywordsSpace chemical propulsion systems, Hybrid rocket engines, Ballistic characterization, Heat transmission, Gas dynamics, Energetic materials, Thermochemical analyses, Engines experimentations, Tests and measurements, Energy conversion, Ignition systems, Liq

Personal information




Date of birth


28 Dec 1981


Work experience

Current Employment



• Dates (from – to)


May 2012 →

• Name and address of employer


Aerospace Propulsion Products b.v. – Klundert, The Netherlands

• Type of business or sector


Space industry and fire extinguishers / gas generators industry.

• Occupation or position held


Igniters and Propellants Engineer

• Main activities and responsibilities


Responsible for the propellant-related activities for the Vulcain 2 (Ariane 5) / Vulcain 2.1 (Ariane 6) engines igniters and starters.

Responsible for the propellant-related activities for the VEGA solid rocket engines igniters (P80, Z23/Z40, Z09).

Design of the solid propellant grain for Vulcain 2.1 TPS.

Performance of FMECA analyses for the processes related to propellant production.

Propellants ingredients and pyrotechnic devices obsolescence / REACh restrictions.

Development of a low-pressure torch ignition system for the Prometheus-ULCED methane-oxygen engine demonstrator.

Innovative ignition systems development and testing in the framework of various projects within the ESA Future Launchers Preparatory Programme (e.g. ETID demonstrator).

Preparation of tenders for chemical propulsion thrusters for cubeSAT and microSAT.

Investigation on innovative production methods for solid propellant (e.g. RAM mixing).

•Additional Responsibilities


Technical support for the development of gas generators, cool gas generators and fire extinguishers for aerospace and commercial activities (e.g. EXXFIRE, AF-X Fireblocker).

Preparation and participation in reviews and audits (e.g. for ISO and KIWA certification).

Member of internal ESD safety work group.

Trained on 6 Sigma principles and methodologies.


Relevant Past Employment



• Dates (from – to)


October 2011 → April 2012

• Name and address of employer


SPLab (Space Propulsion Laboratory) – Politecnico di Milano - Milan, Italy

• Type of business or sector


Space propulsion and energetic materials research

• Occupation or position held


Post-graduation collaborator

• Main activities and responsibilities


Research on innovative hybrid rocket fuels, ballistic characterization and evaluation of radiative heat transfer effects.


Education and training

• Title of qualification awarded


M.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering – Aerospace Propulsion

• Organisation


Politecnico di Milano

• Principal subjects covered


Aeronautical Propulsion, Advanced Space Propulsion Systems, Gas Dynamics, Heat Transmission, Thermodynamics, Combustions, Turbo-machinery, Engines Experimentation


Master thesis (with external reviewer): Effetti dello Scambio Termico Radiativo in un Micro-Combustore Ibrido – Supervisor: Prof. Luigi T. De Luca

Supported by: ORPHEE (Operational Research Program on Hybrid Engine in Europe), financed by FP7programme (European Commission); CNES.

Keywords: hybrid fuels, nano-aluminium, ballistics, ignition transient, radiative heat transfer, energetic materials




• Title of qualification awarded


B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering

• Organisation


Politecnico di Milano







L. Fanton, C. Paravan, L.T. De Luca – Testing and Modelling Fuel Regression Rate in a Miniature Hybrid Burner, International Journal of Aerospace Engineering (IJAE), Special Issue on Chemical Propulsion, August 2012.



L.T. De Luca (et al.) – Characterization of HTPB-Based Solid Fuel Formulations: Performances, Mechanical Properties and Pollution – Acta Astronautica #AA-D-12-00210.



A. Sossi (et al.) – Solid Fuel Studies for Hybrid Propulsion at SPLab – Politecnico di Milano – 6th PERSEUS seminary, January 26-29, 2011.



L. Fanton, C. Paravan, L.T. De Luca – Radiation Effects on Solid Fuel Regression in a Hybrid Micro Burner – 8th PEGASUS-AIAA Conference, Poitiers, April 11-13, 2012.




Honours and Awards


2nd prize at the 8th PEGASUS-AIAA Conference (Poitiers, April 11-13, 2012)



Space Systems Engineering (AE4-S12, 3 ECTS) - TU Delft, 2014-15



Licensed Industrial Engineer – Milan Register of Professional Engineers (April 2012)


Personal skills

and competences

Mother tongue




Other Languages





Reading: Full proficiency, Speaking: Full proficiency, Writing: Full proficiency



Reading: Upper intermediate, Speaking: Upper intermediate, Writing: Intermediate



Reading: Upper intermediate, Speaking: Intermediate, Writing: Basic


Technical skills

and competences


Research and analysis in the field of hybrid and solid propellants and compounds for gas generation and fire extinction.

Feasibility studies and development of rocket engines ignition systems (solid / liquid).

Preliminary design of liquid / gaseous propellants feed systems.

Industrialization and production processes of solid rocket propellant grains.

Design, laboratory-scale manufacturing and testing of innovative hybrid rocket fuels.

Safety and reliability evaluation of solid rocket propellant grains and related processes.

Strong experience in preparing specifications, work instructions, test plans and reports within the ESA and ECSS standards framework.


Computer skills


Operating systems: Windows, Unix (Ubuntu)

Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, Visio)

Professional text processing: LaTex

Engineering and programming software: Matlab, Python, CEA (Chemical Equilibrium with Applications), ICT Thermochemical Code, R statistics, PTC Creo (basic knowledge)

Enterprise Resource Planning: daily use of ISAH ERP suite.


Other competences and interests


Competitive sports: ice hockey

Personal interests: playing guitar, cycling, winter sports, photography, reading, cinema

Driving licence(s)


A (Motorbike), B (car)


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