CV: Spacecraft Controller



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 Date Submitted:26-10-2011
 Last Modified:09-10-2015 (11:58)
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 Current job:Spacecraft Controller
 Employment Term:Permanent
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:immediately
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
 KeywordsFast learner, Hard-working, High team motivation, excellent interpersonal skills

Work experience


Nov 2014 / Present         Spacecraft Controller in European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) for the European Space Agency (ESA) on behalf of Telespazio VEGA Gmbh.


·           Member of the Flight Control Team of GMES/Copernicus Program being involved in Commisioning and Routine Phase tasks for Sentinel-1A, LEOP and Commisioning for Sentinel-2A and LEOP preparation for Sentinel-3A.


·           Responsible for the day to day monitoring of the Spacecraft health and manoeuvre preparation.


·           Real time and playback TM monitoring and analysis of the status of the Spacecraft.


·           Anomaly detection and recovery actions execution in accordance to the Flight Operation Procedures.


·           Maintenance through ground-released TCs, front-line contingency analysis and Mission planning implementation.


Feb 2014 / Present         Aerospace Engineer involved in the Laboratory for Space and Microgravity Research (LEEM).


·           Collaboration and leadership of space projects such as Cansat, Sounding Rockets and Ballooning.

·           Development of astrodynamics tools and subsystems modelling for future developments.


Feb 2014 / Nov 2014       Stress Engineer, Fatigue and Damage Tolerance Specialist in SAFRAN Engineering Services.


·           F&DT analyses of primary structure for continued airworthiness activities involved in the A330-MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport).

·           Developmentof algorithms for randomly spectra generation and load combination.

·           Softwaredevelopment of a tool to compare spectra severities for different aircraft missions.

April 2012 / Feb 2014      Stress Engineer, Fatigue and Damage Tolerance Specialist in Atos Spain.


·           Fatigue and Damage Tolerance analysis of metallic frames and components of the

Section 19 of the A350-XWB through FEM (ISAMI, NASTRAN-PATRAN).

A350-900, S19: F&DT analysis of Metallic Frames, Cut-Out, Corner Fittings, Y-Bolt and joints.

A350-1000, S19: Sizing of Metallic Frames and other components of the primary structure.


·           Tools development for task automation and parametric structural modelling using Visual Basic and/or Python.

·           Software development of a tool to keep the track of all modifications of any user that may affects calculations and automatically update the results.


Sept 2012 / Sept 2013     Volunteer Astrodynamics Researcher in collaboration with UPM & UC3M


·         Performing simulations to solve flight dynamics problems and mathematical approach to find optimal trajectories.

·         Application to Cubesats mission analysis and feasibility studies.

·         Code implementation for ESA Advanced Concepts Team of developed models for spacecraft trajectory simulation.


Nov 2011 / April 2012     Loads and Aeroelastics Trainee in EADS/Airbus, Directorate of Flight Physics Research and Technology.


  • Developmentof a software based in MATLAB modifying and optimizing existing Finite Elements Model based on NASTRAN.
  • Creationof a Stand-alone application for Airbus transnational teams.
  • Collaborationin the management of the tests requested to a subcontractor company to develop the new model.


Jun 2011 / Nov 2011       Trajectory Engineer Trainee at ESA-ESTEC (European Space Research and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency).


  • Developmentof a Module for the “Satellite Trajectory Analysis” (STA) to simulate the 3-Body-Problem and being able to compute Halo orbits and optimize them using C/C++.
  • Stageon ESA-ESTEC TEC-ECM (Dynamics and Mathematical Analysis Unit, Control Systems Division) developing the software “Atmospheric Re-entry Propagator” using C/C++ and GUI implementation via Qt


Sept 2008 / Jun 2009      Spacecraft Thermal Control Systems Intern in the Propulsion and Thermo-Fluiddynamics Department of the Aeronautics Faculty at Technical University of Madrid (UPM).


  • Performthermal analysis through analytical approach and Finite Elements Model using ESATAN - Themal Modelling Suite
  • Results comparisonbetween expected results and test performed at the laboratory.
  • Algorithms development to estimate maximum divergences comparing standard models with new analytical approach.


2011/2012           Master in Professional Development at the University of Alcalá (UAH) supported by EADS/Airbus

·         Focus in Business Sectors and Management, Legal Aspects of Business and Competence Development in Companies. Grades: 10/10 (Top of the class)


2005/2011           MSc + BSc in Aerospace Engineering , intensification in “Space Vehicles”, at “Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Aeronáuticos” (ETSIA) at Technical University of Madrid (UPM).

·         Graduated with an average 7.3/10 (Top 20% of the class).

·         “PEGASUS Certificate” for the excellence in Aerospace Engineering education.

·         “Special PEGASUS Award” for the achievement through working abroad for Academic Research and Industrial Development projects.


2009/2010           Master in Aerospace Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

·         Involved in a Lifelong Learning Program.


2003-2005            University Entrance Course (Spanish equivalent to A-levels).

Double Intensification in Technical Sciences and Natural Sciences.

Grades: Highest Honors.


Spanish                                Mother tongue.

English                  Fluent. Studied eleven courses.

Italian                    Fluent. One year living in Italy.

French                  Medium level. Studied five courses at high school.

Computer Skills

Operating Systems:                        Windows 7, Unix-Linux, MS-DOS

Programming:                                   Python, C/C++, Visual Basic, FORTRAN, MATLAB

Office automation:                          Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OpenOffice.

CAE/FEM:                                            NASTRAN-PATRAN, ISAMI, ESATAN TMS, Airbus Legacy Tools.

CAD/CAM:                                          CATIA v5, Solid Edge

PDM:                                                     VPM PDM Link, dATOS, Windchill PDM Link.

Others:                                                Qtfor C/C++ programming, Telelogic DOORS, STK (Satellite Tool Kit), STA (Space Trajectory Analysis)


Atos Spain

Visual Basic Programming Course

Introduction to ISAMI Analyst

ISAMI Analyst: F&DT Modules

ISAMI Analyst: GFEM Linked analysis

Catia v5 for Structural Engineers

Introduction to the 3D design of machined and sheet metal parts

Introduction to VPM & PDM-Link

E-learning courses

Astrophysics and Natural Sciences

Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe (Australian National University, EdX)

Relativity and Astrophysics (Cornell University, EdX)

Aerospace Engineering

Startup Engineering (Standford University, Coursera)

Introduction to Aerodynamics (Massachusetts Institute of Tecnology, EdX)

Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics (Massachusetts Institute of Tecnology, EdX)

Hypersonics - from shock waves to scramjets (The University of Queensland, EdX)

Elements of Structures (Massachusetts Institute of Tecnology, EdX)

Programming and Computer Sciences

Introduction to Computer Science and Programming (MIT, EdX)

Linear and Integer Programming (University of Colorado, Coursera)

An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (Rice University, Coursera)

Web Intelligence and Big Data (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Coursera)

Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems (University Maryland, Coursera)

Control and Robotics

Robot Mechanics and Control, Part I (Seoul National University, EdX)

Autonomous Navigation for Flying Robots (Technische Universität München, EdX)

Embedded Systems - Shape the World (The University of Texas at Austin, EdX)

European Space Agency

Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Rendezvous and Docking malfunction training.

One week SPICE Workshop learning to use simulation tools developed between JPL and NASA.

Technical University of Madrid (UPM)

Modelling the Space Environment” Course.

“Learn to fly an Spacecraft” Seminar supported by Vega Space.

Other Engineering Projects

Feb 2011 / Jun 2011         LEO Satellite for topography evaluation.

·         Preliminary designof a Low Earth Orbit mission, and the subsystems needed in the satellite, to evaluate the evolution of the amount of ice and the topography of the North Pole.


Sept 2010 / Jun 2011       ETSIA-UPM Solid Propellant Sounding Rocket

·         Design and study of performances of a solid propellant sounding rocket to launch a scientific meteorological instrument into a 350km altitude.


Oct 2009 / May 2010       Thales Alenia Space-Politecnico di Torino – Turin, Italy

·         Design of the avionic subsystems of a multi-role aircraft that can carry out different type of missions such as offensive, air counter attack, point intercept or reconnaissance.

Other Interests

2010/2011                 MENTAER Management Program at the Technical University of Madrid.

2010                             Participant of ESOF 2010 (EuroScience Open Forum).

2008/2010                 Dean in the Hall of Residence Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.

2006                             Driver´s license.

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