CV: Satellite Mechanical and Thermal Architecture Engineer


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 Date Submitted:28-09-2012
 Last Modified:28-09-2012 (03:24)
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 Current job:Satellite Mechanical and Thermal Architecture Engineer
 Employment Term:Permanent
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:immediately
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
 KeywordsSpace System Engineer, Project Management, Team Leader, Mechanical and Thermal Architecture, Testing, System Engineering, Requirement Management, Space Mission and Operation Analysis and Design, Concurrent Design CDF, End-to-End System Performance Evaluat


Aerospace Engineer

Space Missions & Systems Analysis and Design


Skills area

*      Aerospace Engineering

*      System Engineering

*      Complex Space Project Requirements Analysis and Management

*      Space Systems and Sub-systems Design and Modeling (Concurrent Design and Multidisciplinary Optimization)

*      Mechanical and Thermal Architecture

*      Space System Performances Evaluation and Simulation

*      Space Mission and Operations Analysis and Design

*      Launch Systems Trade-off

*      Space Structure Mechanical Testing and Verification

*      AIT/AIV

*      Quality

*      Project Management

*      Providers Management

*      Commercial Development

*      Technical and Commercial Requirements Analysis for new Company’s Business




*      Space System Engineer: Mechanical and Thermal Architect

*      Space System Engineer: Design and Technical Management

*      Space System Engineer: Missions, Operations and Systems Analysis and Design

*      Test Engineer

*      Aerospace Technical and Commercial Development Engineer

*      Aerospace Quality Engineer

Technical domains

*      Mechanical and Thermal Architecture

*      Space System and Sub-system Analysis and Design

*      Space Missions and Operations Analysis and Design

*      System Engineering

*      AIT/AIV

*      Structural Verification: Stress Corrosion Cracking Test, Metallographic Analysis, Tensile Test, Fractography


*      CAD/CAO: SolidWorks, Rinocheros, CATIA V5, 3DVIA, Google SketchUp

*      Mechanical Analysis: Nastran/Patran

*      Numerical Computing, Modeling and Simulation: Matlab/Simulink, Scilab, Octave, Derive


*      Operating Systems : windows, Mac OS, Linux

*      Office: MS-Office (Word, Excel, Power Point), Open Office

*      Project Management: Open Project, Open Workbench, Redmine, DeliveriZ

*      Requirement Management : IBM DOORS, 3SL CRADLE


*      Programming Language : C, C++, UML

*      Configuration Management : ModeFRONTIER (MDO), MS Visio


*      Space Software Tools : AGI STK, ESA STA, NASA GMAT, JAQAR Astrodynamics, ESA CDF/OCDS-IDM tool, CNES CDF-IDM tool



Thales Alenia Space (Cannes, France)

External Consultant (CEST, Design Office Altran, Cannes, France)

<6 months (current mission)>

Position:                          Satellite Mechanical and Thermal Architecture Engineer

Main Activities:              1. SWOT Program (Ph. A): Mechanical and Thermal Architecture Design 

                                           2. CERES Program: Support to Mechanical and Thermal Architect

                                           3. ExoMars Program: BOP/Drogue Interface Test Management

#         Objectives:


1.   SWOT Program (Oceanographic Satellite – Phase A)

-    System Level Mechanical and Thermal Trade-off

-    Satellite Platform Vs Payload Feasibility Study

-    CAD/CAO General Satellite Configuration and Equipment Internal/External Accommodation Analysis

-    Satellite Platform Structural Design according to System, AIT and Launcher Specifications 

-    CAD/CAO Activities Coordination and Management

-    Mechanical Analysis Coordination and Management

-    Satellite Mass Budget and MCI (Masse, Centering, Inertia) Study

-    Platform/Payload Interface Design

-    Support to Development Plan definition 


2.   CERES Program (French Defense Satellite)

-    Support to Satellite Configuration Trade-off

-    Satellite Mass Budget and MCI (Masse, Centering, Inertia) Study

-    Support to General Satellite Configuration Definition and Equipment Internal/External Accommodation

-    Description Document


3.   ExoMars Program (Mars Exploration Mission)

-    Implementation and Coordination of the Structural Strength Verification Activities of the BOP/Drogue Parachute Interfaces




#         Achievements:


1.   SWOT Program

-    Mechanical and Thermal Trade-off among the prospected existing Satellite Platforms (PF GokTurk/MK-2, PF Prima/S1, PF S3, SpaceBus based PF)

-    External Thermal Flow Calculation on Satellite

-    Evaluation and Comparison of the Thermal Dissipation Capabilities of the prospected Platforms

-    Coordination of the Thermal Analysis

-    Impact Analysis of the various Solar Arrays Configurations on Satellite Mass Budget and MCI

-    Optimum Internal and External Accommodation of the Satellite Equipment for some Satellite Configurations (Flight and Launch Configuration)

-    Instruments, sensors and antennas Field of View (FoV) analysis

-    Definition of Payload and Platform Allowed Volumes

-    CAD/CAO Preliminary Modeling

-    Coordination of the detailed CAD/CAO Modeling

-    Detailed Structural Design of the Dedicated SWOT Satellite Platform based on a CFRP Central Tube issued by the SpaceBus heritage

-    Detailed Structural Masse Budget definition

-    Detailed MCI definition for some Satellite Configurations

-    Detailed Payload/Platform Mechanical Interface Design

-    Detailed Platform/Launcher Mechanical Interface Design  

-    Detailed Propulsion System Support Design  

-    Coordination of the Mechanical Analysis

-    Analysis and interpretation of the Mechanical Analysis Results (Modal Analysis, Dynamic Analysis, Quasi-static Analysis of the Global Satellite, the Solar Arrays and the Payload)

-    Participation at the Thales Alenia Space CDF (Concurrent Design Facilities) sessions as Mechanical and Thermal Architecture Engineer

-    Project Management of the externalized activities performed at Altran Design Office (CEST) in the frame of the SWOT project and Coordination of the Engineering Team (CAD/CAO, Mechanical and Thermal Activities) 

-    Technical Notes and Presentation (English) production

-    Structure Development Plan Definition

-    Structure Description Document


2.   CERES Program

-    CAD/CAO Modeling Activities Coordination and

-    Support to Internal and External Equipment Accommodation

-    Support to general Configuration Design

-    Support to the definition of the Fairing Accommodation

-    Mass Budget and MCI Definition for the prospected Satellite Configurations

-    Description Document production


3.   ExoMars Program (Mars Exploration Mission)

-    Implementation and Coordination of the Structural Strength Verification Activities of the BOP/Drogue Parachute Interfaces

-    Specimen Design

-    Tool Test Interface Design

-    Activities Planning

-    Coordination of the Specimens and Tool Interface CAD/CAO Design

-    Coordination of the external Providers (Specimens and Tool Interface Part manufacturing)

-    Test Documentation Production

#         Technical background:

-    Mechanical and Thermal Architecture

-    CDF (Concurrent Design Facilities)

-    Testing

-    Project Management


-    Software tools: Catia V5, 3DVIA, Google SketchUp, DeliveriZ, Open Workbench, MS Office (Excel, Word, Power Point), CDF-IDM CNES


Elecnor-Deimos Satellite Systems (Madrid, Spain)

Position:                          Space System Engineer

Main Activities:              Deimos-2 Project (Earth Observation Satellite, LEO): System Design, Providers activity Coordination, System and Sub-Systems Performances Analysis and Simulation, Flight and Ground Segment Mission and Operations Analysis and Design

#         Objectives:

-    Support to Deimos-2 Project Technical Management

-    Providers Activities Piloting and Verification (for Flight and Ground Segment)

-    Requirement Definition and Validation

-    Requirement Management

-    System Engineering

-    End-to-End Flight and Ground Segment Performances Analysis

-    Sub-systems Performances Analysis

-    Definition and Analysis of t-he Flight and Ground Segment Operations 

-    Implementation of an Optical Satellite Design Method (at System Level) 

-    Support to Performances Simulation Implementation (End-to-End)

-    Support to Elecnor-Deimos Satellite System Company Development

#         Achievements:

-    Definition of the high and low level requirements (Mission and System Requirements, Sub-System Specifications) and of the associated validation methods

-    Requirements Management

-    Impact Analysis of each Satellite Sub-systems Performances on the Flight and Ground Segments Design and overall Performances (Impact of the AOCS, TC/TM, Mass Memory Performances on the S/C and GS Operations)

-    Military Specifications System Impact Analysis

-    Analysis of the Impact on the Satellite Design and Performances due to an Auxiliary Payload

-    Performed Analysis: Link Budget, Data Flow Analysis, Earth Observation Payload Performances Evaluation, deltaV Budget, AOCS Performances Vs Payload MTF, Satellite Components Duty Cycle Analysis, Power Budget and Profile Analysis.

-    System Level Definition and Analysis of the Flight and Ground Segment Operations (LEOP, CAL/VAL, Mission Planning, Single and Multi-pointing Image Acquisition, TC/TM, Payload Data Downloading, Payload Data Processing, Orbit Correction and Maintenance Maneuvering, Collision Avoidance Maneuvering, End-to-end Operations)

-    Support to Payload Image Data On-board Recording and Recovery Procedures

-    Image Data Lost Estimation according to Operations and TC/TM and C&DH Performances       

-    Support to detailed TC/TM Operations Design

-    Support to AIT/AIV Planning

-    Implementation of a Observation Satellite Concurrent Design Methodology

-    End-to-End Providers Activities Coordination  and Verification (Partner Providers Identification, Offer Evaluation, Trade-off, Negotiation and Purchasing)

-    Analysis and Validation of the Results issued by the Flight Segment Providers Activities (Mechanical Analysis, Thermal Analysis and Thermal Testing)

-    Piloting of the Flight Segment Providers Mechanical Analysis and Testing Activities 

-    Verification and Validation of the Satellite Design at System Level

-    Verification and Validation of the FDIR/FMECA Analysis

-    Identification of the Tool and the Methodology needed to perform the Thermal Analysis (ESATAN/ESARAD Environment)   

-    Participation at the System Design Review (SDR) and at the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of the Flight and Ground Segments

-    Participation at the Deimos-1 Operation Planning, Satellite Control and Image Data Processing Workshop: Performing of TC/TM Upload/Download Operations, Mission Planning and Image Computing (Deimos-1 Ground Station, Valladolid, Spain)  

-    Responsible for the activities of Software Survey and Evaluation needed to support the Company Development

#         Technical background:

-    System Engineering

-    Requirement and Test Management

-    Systems and Sub-Systems Analysis and Design

-    Space Mission and Operations Analysis and Design

-    Mechanical and Thermal Architecture

-    Commercial Negotiation and Purchasing


-    Software tools: Matlab, Scilab, STK-6/9, Savoir, ESA CDF-IDM tool, 3SL-CRADLE (»DOORS), MS Office (Excel, Word, Power Point), Redmine


ARES S.r.l. - Safety, Management, Design (Casale Monferrato, Italy)

< January 2011 – Mars 2011 (3 months)>

Position:                          Aerospace Engineer

Main Activities:              Support to Technical and Commercial Management to Develop the Aerospace Business of the Company

#         Objectives:

-    Support to Aerospace Project Management

-    Contribution to Commercial Development in the Aerospace Business

-    Support to Quality Management of the Company’s Clients

-    Educational Support Production

#         Achievements:

-    Implementation of Training Project concerning the Aerospace Rules and Standards  in collaboration with Lufthansa Lufthansa Technik (Scope Statement Document, Technical and Economical Offer, Project Development Plan, Project Planning, GANTT)

-    First Contact and Commercial Call to potential Clients

-    Support to Quality Management and Certification

-    Quality Auditing

-    Support to Aeronautical Certification for Flight School and Maintenance Company

#         Technical background:

-    Aeronautical Quality and Certification

-    Quality Management

-    ISO 9001, 9100

-    EASA Parts 21, M, 145, 66,147

-    Commercial Development

-    Project Management

-    Education


-    Software tools: MS Office (Excel, Word, Power Point), Open Project



Bertin Technologies (Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France)

Position:                          Space System Engineer (Internship + Engineer)

Main Activities:              Space Mission and System Analysis and Design

#         Objectives:

-    Mission Analysis and Systems Design of a Hybrid Propelled Upper Stage Launcher Technological Demonstrator (ORPHEUS) in the frame of the CNES’s PERSEUS Project

-    Space Mission and System Analysis and Preliminary Design

-    Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) 

-    Student Activities Management

#         Achievements:


1.   Project PERSEUS (Macro-projet ORPHEUS and HADES)

-    Mission and System Requirement Definition of the ORPHEUS (Hybrid Propelled OTV Technological Demonstrator) Project

-    Comparative Analysis and Preliminary Design (Trade-off) among different Earth Observation/Scientific  Missions (SSO, LEO, MEO) and Interplanetary Missions (Lunar Mission) in the frame of the definition of the ORPHEUS Demonstration Mission

-    Feasibility Analysis

-    Development of Mission Analysis Tools (Scilab and Excel Environments) validated through STK, GMAT and other Space Trajectory Commercial Tools

-    Lunar Mission Analysis and Design (Optimal Trajectory, deltaV Budget, Optimal Lunar Transfer and Injection Maneuvers)

-    Analysis and Design of a Scientific Mission in the Van Allen Belt (Optimal Trajectory, deltaV Budget, Optimal Transfer Maneuvers)

-    S/C to G/S Contact Windows Analysis

-    Preliminary Operations Design

-    Spacecraft Configuration Trade-off

-    Preliminary Design (Phase 0) of the ORPHEUS Technological Demonstrator (Sizing and Design of all the Spacecraft Subsystems: Structure & Mechanisms, Thermal Control System, Hybrid Propulsion System, Power System, AOCS, TC/TM, C&DH)

-    Development of Software Tools for the Spacecraft’s Sub-Systems Design and Sizing (Scilab and Excel Environments) 

-    Hybrid Propulsion System Detailed Sizing and Design (Nozzle Design, Tank Design, etc.)

-    Detailed Performance Evaluation of the Hybrid Propulsion System (Available deltaV, Thrust Profile, Oxydant/Fuel Ratio, Isp)

-    TC/TM Subsystem Performance Evaluations (Download/Upload Data Capabilities, Link Budget)

-    ORPHEUS Mechanical and Thermal Architecture

-    Spacecraft Shielding Design

-    Van Allen Belt Radiation Estimation and Spacecraft Sub-Systems Impact Analysis

-    Mass Budget and MCI Definition

-    ORPHEUS Preliminary CAD/CAO Modeling

-    Perseus Launcher Preliminary Configuration CAD/CAO Modeling

-    Launcher System Trade-off for ORPHEUS (Piggy-back Payload)

-    Implementation of a Multi-Disciplinary Optimization Process to design a Sounding Rocket in the frame of the Spacecraft Design Multi-Software Platform HADES.

-    Coordination of the Activities of some Students involved in the PERSEUS Project

-    Intervention to PERSEUS Seminar (Paris, France): Presentation of the ORPHEUS Mission and Design

-    Participation at the CNES Sounding Rockets Launch Campaign (La Courtine, France) 

-    Scope Statement Document, Requirement Documents, Technical Notes and Presentation (French and English) Production

-    Article writing « ORPHEUS – ORbital demonstrator Project with Hybrid rocket Engine for Upper Stage nanosat launcher – Mission Analysis & Preliminary Design », Presented at the Symposium PERSEUS (2009) and at the « 7th PEGASUS-AIAA Student Conference (Polytechnic University of Turin, Italia) » (Avril 2011)

-    University Final Project Production based on ORPHEUS Mission and System Analysis and Design


2.   Project ALDEBARAN (Launcher System)

-    Support to the Launcher System Design

-    Launcher Parachute System Sizing

-    Preliminary CAD/CAO Modeling of the Launcher

-    Writing of ppt Presentations (English)


3.   Project ExoMars

-    Mission Requirements Analysis of the Rover

-    Writing of the Technical Offer for ESA

#         Technical background:

-    Space Mission and System Analysis and Design

-    Launcher System Design

-    Hybrid Propulsion System Design

-    Mechanical and Thermal Architecture

-    Multi-disciplinary Optimization

-    CAD/CAO


-    Software tools: Scilab, Rinocheros (CAO), modeFRONTIER, MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point), C, AGI STK-8, ESA STA, NASA GMAT, JAQAR Astrodynamics

YES-3 Project – ESA & Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

Position:                          Polytechnic University of Turin YES-3 Student Team Leader

Main Activities:              ESA YES-3 (Young Engineer’s Satellite Project)

#         Objectives:

-    YES-3 Satellite Mission and System Preliminary Design

#         Achievements:

-    Solar Sail Feasibility Study and Preliminary Mission and System Design

-    Inflatable Re-entry Capsule Feasibility Study and Preliminary Mission and System Design

-    Intervention at the « Workshop ESA – Young Engineer’s Satellite Project (YES 3) – 1st Hellenic European Student Space Science and Technology Symposium » in Patras, Greece (October 2006)

#         Technical background:

-    Space Mission and System Analysis and Design

-    Student Activities

-    Team Work

-    ESA Standard ECSS


-    Software tools: MS Office (Excel, Word, Power Point)


European Space Agency, ESA-ESTEC (Noordwijk, Hollande)

< Internship Mars 2005 – August 2005 (5 months)>

Position:                          Aerospace Structural Test Engineer (Internship)

Main Activities:              Stress-Corrosion Cracking (SCC) testing on riveted joints for space application (ISS-Columbus)

#         Objectives:

-    Evaluation of the Effects of the Stress-Corrosion Cracking (SCC) on the Riveted Aluminum Joints used for the ISS-Columbus Module Structural Assembly

#         Achievements:

-    Implementation and Performing of the SCC Test

-    Specimens Instrumentation

-    Tensile Test

-    Metallographic Analysis

-    Fractography Analysis using the Electronic Microscope (SEM)

-    Reporting Activities (ESA format)

-    University Final Project Report 

#         Technical background:

-    Laboratory Activities (Chemistry and Mechanics)

-    Mechanical Testing

-    Quality

-    ESA Standard ECSS


-    Software Tools: MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point)

-    Laboratory Tools: Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Optical Microscope, SCC Testing Machine, Tensile Test Machine




*      October 2010   Master Degree of Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy)


*      A.A 2007/08      ERASMUS Project: 3rd Year at the French Engineering School ISAE-ENSICA (Toulouse, France) – Specialization: Space Systems


*      July 2006          Bachelor Degree of Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy) – Specialization: Aircraft Maintenance EASA Part 66


*      July 2002        High School Leaving Certification in Air Navigation, Aeronautic Technical Institute I.T.A. «F. Baracca » (Novara, Italy)


*      2001               Private Pilot License (PPL), Aero-club « N.S.I. Palli » (Casale Monferrato, Italy)  




*      Italian              Mother Tongue


*      English            Fluent         


*      French               Fluent


*      Spanish             Advanced

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