CV: Space Flight Controller Eumetsat Polar System


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 Date Submitted:10-05-2015
 Last Modified:08-02-2018 (02:45)
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 Current job:Space Flight Controller Eumetsat Polar System
 Employment Term:Either
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:within 3months
 Industry:Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services
 KeywordsOperations Orbital Mechanics, Guidance, Orbit determination Software Test and Validation, Software development;


June 2016- Present

Spacecraft Controller for Telespazio Vega at Eumetsat


EUMETSAT, Flight Operations Division of the Eumetsat Polar System Program;

Eumetsat Allee 1, Darmstadt, Germany.


Riccardo is involved in monitoring and control of all operational progress for Eumetsat Polar System (EPS) relating procedures.

He does the preparation of database documentation, analysis of subsystems, applies the contingency/emergency procedures.

Preparation, monitoring and remote control of the both the Ground and Space segments. He deals with daily commanding o fthe Metop A and B spacecrafts, and Svalbard ground stations.

He does also monitoring of data, health check of the equipment, preparation and performance of operations following established procedure and verification of results;

Troubleshooting and preparation of reports.


Responsible of controlling and commanding the status, actions and maneuvers performed by the Spacecraft. He is also involved in Data product generation, commanding and control of the Ground Segment of the all Eumetsat Polar System Mission.

Knowledge Acquired

Mission Control System: Epoch.

A strong technical oriented and proficiency in complex computer systems concepts and usage;

Ability to work autonomously according to high level guidelines.

Work in international teams.



September 2015 – May 2016

Internship as Software Engineer


Telespazio S.p.a.(Head Quarter), Business Unit: Satellite Systems & Applications, Space Mission Planning Division.

Via Tiburtina, 965 00156 Roma.


Test and validation of the Mission Planning software for the Italian satellite constellation COSMO-SkyMed (2° Generation).

Identification of the suite of test tools and test data required to support V&V activities, and definition of development / procurement approach and associated planning.

Preparation of User Requirement Documents (URDs), Statements of Work (SoWs), etc., as needed as input for development and/or procurement activities.

Contribution to the in-house development and validation of test tools and their maintenance.

Support for procurements of test tools / test data.


Development of the tools for the test and validation of the image acquisition  Mission Planning software of the COSMO-SkyMed (2° Generation) mission under the W.P. Manager.

Knowledge Acquired

Software: Java, Visual Basic for Application, XML Spy, XML Mapforce, Nasa World Wind, Google Earth.

Space software standards: ECSS-E-ST-40C;

Modeling language: basics of UML;



September 2014 -

March 2015

Internship as Flight Dynamics Engineer


European Launch Vehicle (E.L.V. S.p.a.) Department of Flight Mechanics

Corso Garibaldi, 22 00034 Colleferro (Roma),


Development of a guidance algorithm, considering the earth oblateness perturbation (J2 effect). This algorithm has been developed for the last stage of the Vega Launcher and is oriented to perform Rendez-Vous maneuvers.

A solution method for the Lambert J2 perturbed problem has been developed and extended to the finite burn case.

The sw takes into account the technical requirements of the Vega Launcher and  has been developed in Fortran. The results have been represented using Matlab.

The real Vega mission’s data have been used to validate the sw results that reflect those produced by the official E.L.V. sw Trajectory Simulator (TRASIM).

Software testing and validation activity has been performed to ensure the satisfaction of the requirements imposed by E.L.V..


Autonomously managed the development of the software and the associated  timeline.

Results were discussed with University of Rome Department of Astronautic, Electric  and  Energetic  Engineering and  with E.L.V. tutors.

Knowledge Acquired

Capability to study independently complex and novel topics and to rapidly prototype s/w for study purposes and taking into account the imposed technical requirements.

Devising and realising mathematical algorithms to satisfy applications using Fortran and Matlab.

Achieved proficient level of programming using Fortran and Matlab.

Acquired competence in software testing and validation. 

Successfully managed the project timelines, completing development by the aimed deadline.






October 2012-May 2015

Master Degree in Space and Astronautics Engineering (101/110),

La Sapienza University, Rome


Orbital Mechanics, Attitude Control, Missions and Space Systems, Space Propulsion, Microwave Remote Sensing, Robotic Systems, Space Construction, Identification and optimal control.


Thesis Title: Development of a guidance algorithm for the last stage of the Vega Launcher for Rendez-Vous maneuvers.


September 2008 –October 2012

Degree in Aerospace Engineering (98/110),

 La Sapienza University, Rome


Advanced Calculus, Thermodynamics, Aerodynamics, Physics, Programming, Electromagnetic Fields, Aerospace Structures, Remote Sensing, Automatic Control.

Thesis Title: Multiband satellite images for the creation of thematic maps on a regional scale.





Mother tongue(s)


Other language(s)

English, German, French


Communication skills

Good communication skills acquired during both the seven years period experience of private university lessons and during the two years period of teaching computer to group of people of different ages. Good communication skills acquired in selling computers.


Organisational / managerial skills

Organization and management skills acquired during the development of the teaching courses.


Computer skills

Knowledge of Fortran (Microsoft Visual Studio) acquired in E.L.V. S.p.a;

Knowledge of Java (Eclipse), Visual Basic for Application acquired in Telespazio S.p.a.;

Good command of Matlab, C++, Adina, Envi (Remote sensing Software) acquired at University of Rome;

Office, Adobe Photoshop.


Other skills

Kung fu instructor, bass guitar player


Driving licence

Type: B


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