CV: Project / System Engineer



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 Date Submitted:17-11-2010
 Last Modified:01-12-2017 (10:30)
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 Current job:Project / System Engineer
 Employment Term:Either
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:immediately
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
 KeywordsSatellite Avionics, Software development, Project Management sub-contractor following, procurement, Orbit, AOCS ADCS STK ODTK StarTracker OBSW Matlab FORTRAN ADA C++ Java

Summary of profile:

Educated to Master’s degree level in Electronic Systems, with Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, eighteen years of work experience in the European space industry. Direct involvement with space agencies and prime contractors such as EU, ESA, CNES, Astrium and Thales-Alenia Space mainly in France and Spain. Participation in the XMM, Proteus, ATV, Planck, EXOMARS and SSA missions. Recent positions held were EXOMARS rover validation engineer, project manager/system engineer and flight dynamics officer in the European Union. (EU secret cleared). Extensive knowledge of satellite attitude and orbit control sub-systems and associated avionics, sensors and software development. Satellite Tool Kit & Orbit Determination Tool Kit certified. Solid experience with project management, planning, contract following, action, non-conformance and anomaly tracking. Excellent communication and technical authoring skills.

Work experience:

EXOMARS Rover On-Board Software Validation

13/07/2016 - Present

Airbus Space & Defence UK (Consultant)
Full time consultant at the department of avionics and on-board software, Airbus Space & Defence,
Stevenage, United Kingdom. EXOMARS is an European Space Agency led mission to send a rover vehicle with extensive autonomy and scientific payload to Mars. Airbus, UK is a joint master contractor for the mission. Presently employed as an avionics on-board software validation engineer. Recent intensive involvement with the data handling (TM/TC), on-board scheduling, vision system co-processor and the autonomous on-board control procedures.

Independent Consultant
02/08/2014-01/07/2016.  Specialist technical and bid assistance to the European space sector.

Flight Dynamics Officer
European Union Satellite Centre
02/03/2011 – 01/08/2014
Space Technology Specialist for the European Union Satellite Centre assigned to Space Situational Awareness (SSA) projects. SSA refers to the real-time knowledge of position, orbit and function of satellites. SSA employs Radars, optical telescopes and orbit determination routines. This post involved offering technical consultancy to the centre and the team and working on deliverable documentation for the EU that will aid the policy making process. Defined and simulated prospective services such as space object “Re-Entry”, “Conjunction/Collision” and “Fragmentation” services. Developed initial orbit determination and precise orbit determination processing chains based on actual radar and telescope observations and the AGI Orbit Determination Tool Kit (ODTK) package. AGI Satellite Tool Kit Certified. EU secret cleared. The EUSC supports the decision-making of the European Union (EU) by providing analysis of satellite imagery and collateral data. The EUSC is an Agency of the EU and is a key institution for the EU’s Security and Defence policy.

Head of On-Board Software Group / Project Manager
TCPsi Sistemas e Ingeniería, Spain
01/08/2007 – 01/04/2010
At TCPsi, Sistemas e Ingeniería, within the aerospace systems division and as head of the on-board software group, I was responsible for space and aviation related flight software development projects. The group was active in UAV, satellite and space related projects. The group carried out the software “porting” of a candidate Mars Rover navigation software package (produced at CNES, French Space Agency in Toulouse) to be used by the ESA-EXOMARS rover vehicle. A comprehensive analysis of the computing resources has been estimated and recommendations for improvement of the navigation and vision system were made to the EXOMARS project team (ESA/Thales/ASU). 

M&C Operational Tool Development Manager
Centre National d´Etudes Spatiales, Toulouse, France (Consultant)
01/08/2006 – 01/08/2007
The Automated Transfer Vehicle of the International Space Station was controlled from the CNES ATV-CC at Toulouse. The first flight was in 2008. GMV (Spain) was under contract from CNES to develop the ground control flight dynamics system for the ATV-CC. For CNES and as a full time consultant, I was responsible for the software design specifications and supervising (the Spanish sub-Co) development of three elements of ground control software done by the (sub-co) GMV. The three elements being: T_ATT attitude monitoring using gyros and optical “startrackers”, T_VDA attitude monitoring using videometer instruments and T_VTG attitude and range monitoring using telegoniometers (Laser radars). In addition, participated in various pre-operational simulations and tests in the control center such for LEOP and Rendez-vous. 

SW Development and Star-Tracker instrument Procurement 
SENER, Tres Cantos Madrid, Spain.
01/11/2002 – 01/02/2006
Planck is a European Space Agency astronomy satellite with a mission to image the anisotropies of the Cosmic Background Radiation Field. SENER was responsible for the design and validation testing of the attitude and orbit control system (AOCS). I was responsible for the Planck AOCS on-board software design specifications and supervising development of the on-board software undertaken by the sub-contractor company. This was done through work-packages and formal reviews of PDR/CDR/QR etc. In addition, I monitored the technical aspects of the system integration, development and procurement of the autonomous Star-Tracker instruments. In the final phase of the AOCS development, assumed responsibility for assigning tasks to the Planck team in-order to resolve anomaly / problem reports and NCRs. Participated with the system engineer in operational and contingency flight procedures development.

Development Manager, Satellite AOCS sensors (Consultant)
EADS Launch Vehicles, Les Mureaux, France.
01/10/2001 – 01/10/2002
EADS-LV is the prime contractor for the Automated Transfer Vehicle of the International Space Station. Astrium has designed and manufactured the gyroscope and accelerometer detector assemblies (ACCA and GYRA) that are placed in the ATV avionics bay. At EADS-LV, Department of Navigation Systems, I was responsible for supervising the development of the GYRA and ACCA instruments that were taking place at the sub-contractor site of Astrium, Toulouse. The ACCA consists of six accelerometers and an electronics module, used during orbit manoeuvres. The GYRA consists of four gyroscopes and an electronics module, used in the ATV AOCS. The formal flight qualification involved detailed testing concerning performance, functional, vibration, thermal, shock & EMC. The TRB, CDR and AR/QR formally approved the design, test results and units suitability for spaceflight.

Attitude & Orbit Control System Engineer (Consultant)
02/05/1998 –01/06/2001
Alcatel Space Industries, Satellite Production Facilities, Cannes, France
In the Low Earth Orbit Department: Analysis and testing for the validation of the AOCS and control command chain of the PROTEUS/JASON1 generic platform satellite. (1.5 years): Unit to system level test report production for test review boards, TRRs & TRBs. (Validation/AIT) Customer of Thales (Alcatel) was CNES & NASA. In the Geostationary Telecom Satellite Department(duration 1.5 years): Impact of satellite co-location on Earth (IR) and optical sun sensors (ASTRA 1K), Orbital manoeuvre cross coupling calculations (ASTRA1K), Validation of operational procedures (e.g. LEOP) by comparison with a satellite simulator (ARABSAT 3A), Propellant budget study for orbit manoeuvres and lifetime estimate, involving use of ODS, CNES orbit estimation SW tool.(ARABSAT 2A & 2B).

Research Engineer
National Avionics, Dublin, Ireland
08/1997 – 04/1998
ARAMIS was a European Commission research project involving a consortium of European Aerospace companies such as National Avionics, NLR, Alenia and Softavia. Alcatel ISR (Massy) were project leaders with the assistance of EUROCONTROL. The aim of ARAMIS was to use advanced aircraft trajectory prediction models and Air Traffic Control software to increase aircraft landing rates and safety at airports. I was responsible for the software development of the 'Guidance' element of the ARAMIS system.

AOCS Software Analyst
CAPTEC, Dublin, Ireland
01/02/1996 –01/08/1997
Development of the software for the attitude and orbit control system of the European Space Agency astronomy satellite 'X-Ray Multi Mirror Mission' (XMM). I was involved in the verification testing of the Attitude and Orbit Control System ADA software . My main area of work for the XMM project has been the production of a simulation model of the AOCS using the 'MATLAB' numeric computation software package. I have represented CAPTEC at ESA, ESTEC and worked on site at Matra Marconi Space (Bristol) for a number of months.

Ground Segment, Research Engineer
Regional Technical College, Letterkenny, Ireland
01/1993 – 11/1995
Installation and operation of an experimental 20/30 Ghz VSAT earth station for use with the Olympus satellite and an earth station was procured and certified for operation on the EUTELSAT space segment. I was responsible for liaising with equipment suppliers, ESA staff at ESTEC, preparation of licensing documentation for Eutelsat, site surveys (Az-El pointing, Link eqn, G/T, S/N, BER Frequencies, sidelobes, spectrum analyser operation etc) and trouble-shooting software and hardware problems.


Master of Engineering in Electronic Systems. M.Eng.
Dublin City University, Ireland
1994 – 1995

Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering. B.Eng (hons).
Kingston University, England
1989 – 1992

Personal skills and competences:

Languages:  English (Mother tongue), fluent in French and Spanish.

Recent positions held were project manager, systems engineer and flight dynamics officer. Former Head of On-Board SW group for aerospace applications. Positions require a high degree of organisation skills, management and contract deliverable focused planning.

Technical Skills: Extensive knowledge of satellite attitude and orbit control sub-systems and associated avionics, optical instruments and software development. Solid experience with project management, planning, contract / WP following, action, non-conformance and anomaly tracking. Hobbies interests: travel, science, astronomy and experimental spectrometers.

Other relevant competences developed from nineteen years of work experience in the European space industry. Direct involvement with space agencies and prime contractors such as the EU, ESA, CNES, Astrium and Thales Space mainly in France and Spain. Participation with XMM, Proteus, ATV, Planck, EXOMARS & Space Surveillance missions. 

List of Publications:
“A Preliminary Navigation OBSW prototype for the ExoMars rover based on EDRES”. (ESA ASTRA 2008 Conference, ESTEC Netherlands).

“Planck ACMS: Autonomous & Precise Control for a Slow Spinning Satellite” (6th International ESA Conference on Guidance, Navigation & Control 2005, Greece)

“A technical contribution supporting the definition of the European Space Situational Awareness Governance and Data Policy” (European Space Surveillance Conference, 2011, Madrid, Spain).

“Support to Precursor Space Situational Awareness services, (SPA) project”.
(5th IAASS international space safety conference, 2011, Paris, France).

Keywords: Satellite Avionics software development Project Management sub-contractor following procurement Orbit AOCS ADCS OBDH OBSW SCOS STK ODTK CAT CRASS SSA SST StarTracker OBSW Matlab FORTRAN ADA C C++ Eclipse JAVA ClearCase CVS SVN  DOORS SCOS CCSDS ECSS .

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