CV: Ground Station Systems Engineer (NASA Deep Space Network)


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 Date Submitted:21-09-2012
 Last Modified:13-08-2015 (06:24)
Job information
 Current job:Ground Station Systems Engineer (NASA Deep Space Network)
 Employment Term:Permanent
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:immediately
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services
 KeywordsRF, Holography, DSP, FPGA, Design, Antennas, Ground Station, Deep Space, Telemetry, Tracking, Ranging, Astronomy, Data Processing. Software Engineering, simulation, python, TT&C, ECSS, CCSDS
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Personal information

 

 

Nationality

Spanish

 

 

 

 

Date of birth

06/06/86

 

 

 

 

Gender

Male

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work experience

 

 

 

 

 

Dates

Dec/26/2012- Present

 

Occupation or position held

Ground Station Systems Engineer 

 

Main activities and responsibilities

Antennas:

Monopulse calibration. Antenna Pointing Calibration.

Holography receiver design (FPGAs+DSP+Labview, Python  and C programming).

Systems validation.

Calibration: Telemetry, Navigation Systems (ranging and Doppler performance) of the different Deep Space Stations (Using the System Performance Test System).

Maintenance:

Troubleshooting of different TT&C systems in the NASA’s Deep Space Network.

CCSDS Standards, M&C operation and performance, Link Budget calculation.

RA:

Temporal Responsible for Radioastronomy at MDSCC.

 

 

Name and address of employer

  ISDEFE-NASA (Madrid NASA's DSNcomplex)

 

 

 

 

Type of business or sector

Aerospace sector.

 

Dates

Jul/01/2012- Oct/01/2012

 

Occupation or position held

Telecommunication engineer at CMF department

 

Main activities and responsibilities

Maintenance of RF electronics in the Ground Station.

Antennas video systems upgrade. Linux embedded systems. RF Filters design.

 

Name and address of employer

  INSA-NASA(Madrid NASA's DSNcomplex)

 

Type of business or sector

Aerospace sector.

 

 

 

 

Dates

Oct/01/2011 - Jun/30/2012

 

Occupation or position held

Telecommunication engineer at Radioastronomy and System Analysis department  (Intern)

 

Main activities and responsibilities

Holography system receiver design. (AWR, VHDL, FPGA's, Matlab, Antennas, RF electronics)

 

Name and address of employer

  INSA-NASA (Madrid NASA's DSN complex)

 

Type of business or sector

Aerospace sector.

 

 

 

 

Dates

04/01/2008 06/30/2008

 

Occupation or position held

Telecommunications Technician (Intern)

 

Main activities and responsibilities

Technical management for telecommunication projects

 

Name and address of employer

TRAGSA

 

Type of business or sector

Agrarian sector

 

 

 

 

Dates

04/01/2005 06/30/2005

 

Occupation or position held

Electronics Technician (Intern)

 

Main activities and responsibilities

Cellular phone repairs

 

Name and address of employer

 The Phone House

 

Type of business or sector

Cell phone business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education and training

 

 

 

 

 

Dates

 2014-2015 (Expected)

 

Title of qualification awarded

 Astronomy and Astrophysics Master

 

Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

Optical Astronomy, Radio Astronomy, Astrophysics (Cosmology, Astrobiology, Planetology, Exoplanets…) and Astronomy Data processing (Advanced Python programming and Machine Learning Applied to Astronomy).

 

 

Name and type of organization providing education and training

Valencian International University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dates

2008-2012 (It was finished at the same time that the NASA's Internship)

 

Title of qualification awarded

  Technician Telecommunication Engineer.

 

   -I finished my final degree project (about Microwave Holography) with honors.

 

   -Second prize in the best academic records and Final Degree Project as a Telecommunications Engineer. RF fieldnational contest "Liberalización de las  Telecomunicaciones".

 

-ROHDE & SCHWARZ Price to the best Final Degree Projects in Radio Frequency. 

 

Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

Electronics (Including RF electronics, antennas, DSP, etc), Telecommunications and Computing.

 

 

Name and type of organization providing education and training

Escuela Universitaria de Ingeniería Técnica de Telecomunicación (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)

 

 

 

 

Dates

 2006-2008

 

Title of qualification awarded

Telecommunication Technician high certificate. (“Técnico Superior en Sistemas de Telecomunicación e Informáticos”)

 

Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

Electronics, Telecommunications and Computing

 

Name and type of organization providing education and training

Colegio Salesianos de Atocha

 

Level in national or international classification

Advanced Professional Course. (“Grado Superior en Sistemas ”)

 

 

 

 

 

Dates

 2003-2005

 

Title of qualification awarded

Electronics Technician. (“Técnico en Equipos Electrónicos de Consumo”)

 

Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

Electronics

 

Name and type of organization providing education and training

Colegio Santa María de los Apóstoles

 

Level in national or international classification

ProfessionalCourse. (“Grado Medio Formación Profesional ”)

 

 

 

 

 

Personal skills and competences

 

 

 

 

 

Mother tongue(s)

Spanish

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other language(s)

Self-assessment

European level (*)       

 

English

 

 

 

 

Understanding

Speaking

Writing

Listening

Reading

Spoken interaction

Spoken production

 

C1

C1

C1

(*) Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

 

 

 

 

Social skills and competences

Motivation and creativity

Teamwork Experience

Personal interest on sciences, specially about Radioastronomy and RF

People Skills: I am a great team player

Critical Thinking: I do my best work under pressure, it comes natural to me

 

Technical skills and competences

RF electronics: Design of an entire small radiotelescope for educational purposes. Total Power Radiometer (TPR), Dicke, and Noise Adding Radiometers (NAR).

 

Holography receiver design: Coherent holography design for the NASA's Deep Space Network. Hardware and RF electronics parts tests for characterization and control. DSP receiver design and implementation (VHDL and C programming. Virtex 7 FPGA implementation)

 

Filters: Practical experience designing and implementing microstrip interdigital, parallel-coupled lines (RF) and lumped elements (LF) filters. RF filters.

 

Oscillators: Practical design and implementation of a VCO with a PLL system to create a complete frequency synthesizer.

 

Amplifiers: Practical design and implementation of RF amplifiers for maximum gain and LNA's.

 

Antennas design: Knowledge of the Dual-Shaped technique used in the DSN antennas. Design of a circular array of eight helical antennas (for the radiotelescope). GRASP and NEC programs.

 

Digital signal processing (DSP): Matlab and Octave use for filter design and implementation, FPGA's ( Xilinx Spartan 6, Virtex 5 and Virtex 7), Xilinx System Generator, USRP, GNU Radio tools. Python. Multirate (Polyphase Filters…).

 

Active Phase control:  SFODA.

 

RF Computer programs: Advance knowledge of the AWR Microwave Office suite, Orcad, Kicad, Matlab (and Octave). Basic knowledge of GRASP and NEC.

 

NASA Deep Space Network (DSN) Antennas: Holography technique. Antennas maintenance and calibration (DSN antennas). Knowledge about interferometry. JPL's SPICE ("Mice" version).

 

RADAR: Quality curves calculation using Matlab. Simulation of complete RADAR systems using AWR VSS. (Degree)

 

 

 

 

 

Computer skills and competences

   Programming languages: C/C++, Python, Matlab, Fortran, VHDL, Labview, Scripting languages, Java (Basic), XML, JSON, Latex . Web: HTML, CSS, JavaScript. Data Bases: MySQL, Version Control: Git (Basic).

Operating systems: Solaris, OSX, Ubuntu, Red Hat, SUSE, Microsoft Windows XP/95/08/NT, Microsoft  Windows 2003 server, etc.

  

Network: NAT, DHCP and DNS configuration, configuration and administration of CISCO Routers.

 

Linux network management: Users, Basic security, NX, SSH, SAMBA, NFS.

 

Windows server: Active Directory.

 

Python: I would like to remark my deep knowledge about this language. I use, on a daily basis, a wide range of tools made by me, based on a large number of libraries:Astropy, Skit-Learn, Scipy, Matplotlib and many others. Machine Learning Applications. I also programmed a WebServer for a particular application with a Data Base to store and analyze data to extract further details on pointing error modeling.

 

 

 

 

Driving license

  B Since 07/23/2004

 

 

 

 

Additional information

 I have a natural ability to learn quickly and an advanced understanding of RF Electronics, antennas and digital signal processing (DSP).

While working in NASA I gained deep knowledge of ground stations operations due to the fact that I worked with engineers from NASA´s Madrid Deep Space Communication Complex and JPL.

 I´m very eager to show my skills and learn in a challenging environment.

 I was interviewed about Ground Stations and Deep Space Telecommunications in The Spanish National Television.

(In Spanish: http://www.mdscc.nasa.gov/index.php?Section=Multimedia&Id=49 )

 

 

 

 

 



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