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     Date Submitted:05-01-2010
     Last Modified:09-01-2019 (06:52)
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     Current job:Project Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Launch Systems, Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsProject Management Interface Engineering Missions Management Requirements Management Procurement & Contracts Management System Engineering Mechanical Engineering Test & Flight Data Exploitation MATLAB programming DOORS Database Management


    Sex Male | Date of birth 19/03/1980 | Nationality Italian




    Feb 2017 – Present

    Project Manager


    APCO Technologies SA, Space Division, Aigle, VD, Switzerland


    Design, Development, qualification technical and programmatic management for:

    Telecommunications satellites: ESAIL and recurrent platforms (Triton X) for LuxSpace, OHB group; H2Sat (defence dual mission) and ELECTRA (ESA mission) recurrent platforms for OHB System

    Earth Observation subsystems & payloads: Sentinel 3 SLSTR instrument for Leonardo Company, Italy; Biomass Structure development for OHB Italy; Sentinel 2 MSI production for ADS-France

    Science mechanisms and Instruments : Solar Orbiter SPICE and EUI innovative systems for ESA and Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium center; EUCLID VIS Read Shutter Unit innovative mechanism for ESA/ Prodex Office and University of Geneva

    Space MGSE: MPMS Satellites MoI and CoG measurement automatic system: concept, refurbishment and re-qualification for extra EU customers and TAS-I; system definition compliance towards extra EU standards (e.g GOST)

    Research & Development: new technologies projects as flexible reflective structures module development and  low cost light deployable solar array in coherence with  European Space Technology Master Plan

    Industrialization for serial production: definition of mega constellation satellite platform manufacturing line and implementation strategy based on lean manufacturing and six sigma principles

    Project Management, responsible of end-to-end:

    Technical management:

    Coordination of studies, manufacturing, procurements and tests performance

    Identification, monitoring, verification of projects requirements and interfaces consistency

    Verification and approval of project documentation (plans, specifications, reports, etc.) and HW/SW deliverables; management and execution of project reviews.

    Quality (PA/QA) and risks management: risk plan and register management; assessment and approval of NCR, RFW, RFD, NCR items; internal/external audits organisation and participation.

    Organisation management:

    WBS, WP production; Project Management and DDQ Plan realisation, validation and approval;

    Changes management: aggregates and configuration impacts assessment and monitoring.

    Master schedule issuing and optimisation, roadmaps identification, issues and conflicts resolution.

    Resources management of internal and external assigned teams

    Management of suppliers and subcontractors sub-projects

    Communication and relationship management towards the customers and stakeholders

    Financial management:

    Contract and contractual issues negotiation; CCNs preparation and negotiation; budget and financial status monitoring and reporting to executive board; contracts closure.

    Offers and bidding management

    Offers preparation and coordination with sales division: participation to business strategy definition; customer requirements and planning analysis, interfaces identification; innovative, cutting-edge technologies and design-to-cost strategies identification

    Mar 2016 – Feb 2017

    LEO Launcher Interface Engineer


    HE Space Operations for EUMETSAT, LEO Division, Darmstadt, Germany


    Responsible for Metop-SG launch service procurement:

    Identification, definition, management and drafting of Metop-SG high level and interface requirements, Service SoW; liaison with high level management for procurement and industrial policy implementation

    Interaction with launch service candidates (AE Soyuz, SpaceX Falcon 9) for mission feasibility analyses and design; impacts on space segment due to launch service market evolutions (Ariane 6, F9, Vostochny launch base, etc.)

    Metop-SG launch service and launcher interface requirements definition and management

    Metop-SG system studies and interface studies: i.e. instruments cleanliness and purging; communication links architecture, mechanical environment consolidation (Kourou, Baikonur, VAFB).

    Responsible for Metop-C recurrent mission implementation

    Arianespace ICD, PMAR, FMAR, Satellite and Combined Operation Plans (POS, POI & POC) documents assessment and acceptance; launch reviews preparation

    Launch service related technical activities at Metop C system level (mission analysis, environment assessments, RFW, etc.), both technically and programmatically

    Launch campaign preparation; safety submission process implementation, launch campaign security plan definition; responsible for CSG/CNES regulation compliance during campaign operations.

    Follow up of specific mission hardware and services: i.e. instruments purging operations identification (coordination with ADS F); communication links architecture; LEOP and Commissioning/operational phases

    Liaison between launch service providers (Arianespace, SpaceX) and satellite teams for the management of interfaces, mission analyses, feasibility studies, etc.

    Responsible for launch service quality management

    Metop-C and Metop-SG missions, coordinating with EUM QA: RFW/RFD and NCR treatment, QA audits organisation and participation, etc.


    May 2006 – Feb 2016

    Launcher System Engineer for VEGA and VEGA-C Programmes

    Kelly Services for European Space Agency, VEGA IPT, Launchers Directorate, ESRIN, Frascati, Italy

    System Engineering

    VEGA Launch Vehicle Environment Responsible: interface specification (SI 1/3) approval; technical authority for the environment definitions and evolutions studies

    Chairman of the VEGA Finite Element Models Working Group: definition of activities; leadership and coordination of group technical activities.

    VEGA Launcher system requirement management (e.g. VEGA ST-01, VEGA-C SRD-01)

    Liaison with VEGA Launch service provider in User’s Manual definition and implementation VEGA Launcher phases analysis: assessment of launch sequence and mission timeline consistency; coordination and organisation of review group activities. Secretariat of working groups and reviews.

    VEGA flights data exploitation (Real time, level 0 and 1 reviews) on structures dynamics, system environment and mission transients (e,g lift off, separations).

    Assessment of RFW/RFD, NCR specific for each mission and dealing with payload and payload IF; operational specifications. Quality audits (thermal CLA) and failures investigation boards (e.g. PL Fairing flight failure, etc.) participation

    LV System team support to the procurement of VEGA-C contract for phases 0/A – B

    Mission Analysis & Preparation, Satellite/Launcher Interfaces

    Interface management for VEGA and VERTA 1 - 5 missions preparations (PROBA V, IXV, Sentinel 2, AEOLUS, LISA PF missions); part of ESA qualification authority for VEGA maiden flight and VERTA missions;

    Missionisation Working Group Member, as missionisation expert and technical advisor

    Assessment and approval proposal of missionisation technical documentation: mission specifications, e.g. SAMF, ICD, Combined Operation Plan for each satellite(s)

    SSMS (Small Spacecraft Mission Service) feasibility studies: identification of system requirements; contribution to SSMS statement of work issuing; assessment of mission analyses and satellite aggregates environment specifications; launcher to satellite interfaces and services allocation

    VEGA Small Spacecraft Interface System (SSIS): technology development cost effective strategies and system requirements identification; qualification, tests and integration preparation phases management; EQSR assessments for COTS; monitoring of ITAR products releases.

    Multi payloads aggregate configurations (LARES, Almasat and Cubesats), (PROBA V, VNRedsat-1, EstCube) Analysis and Optimisation with Launcher prime (ELV),

    VEGA mission specific system studies: e.g. instrument purging during operations, verification of envelope margins inside fairing, etc. verification of technical coherence between Satellite, LV and GS

    Upper Composite interfaces management during launch campaigns preparation and execution (e.g. IXV): for combined and integrated operations, integration plan and SMOs approval and implementation at the French Guyana Space Port.

    PMA and FMA follow up; coordination with ELV and Arianespace for launch reviews organisation; mission PMAR, FMAR, FRR, LRR, CRAL and post flight level 0/1 participation.



    July 2016


    Project Management PMP® Certification


    Cert.: Project Management Institute Inc., Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, United States

    Sep 1999 – Dec 2005

    Laurea in Aerospace Engineering


    Faculty of Engineering, University of Rome “ La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy





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    Communication skills

    Strong and proficient communication, consensus building and negotiation skills developed in different International environments, entities and towards diverse audiences; concerning technical and programmatic matters, the skills were developed within council, management boards, launch reviews, contracts negotiations, executive reporting, etc. contexts.


    Organisational / managerial skills

    Demonstrated transversal and analytical mind set, proven orientation to success, confirmed timely tasks completion attitude, confirmed stress resistant attitude and sense of initiative

    Attention to Detail, autonomous, ability to prioritize work flow in tight schedules and critical activities.


    Other skills

    Proven ability to quickly adapt to new environment and entities. Strong ability to perform in multi-cultural, diverse contexts. Recognized attitude to establish solid and trustworthy relationships with peers, superiors and external professionals.


    Computer skills

    Microsoft Office Package: MS PROJECT, MS WORD, MS POWERPOINT, MS EXCEL, MS VISIO: advanced knowledge

    DOORS Package: proficient knowledge

    ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning): proficient knowledge

    Eclipse suite applications: DCCM, eRID, AIM: advanced use

    Lotus Notes applicative and environment tools (PLATO, SMOS, VCDB)

    MATLAB: advanced knowledge for dedicated tools realisation

    FEMAP/ TMG/ NASTRAN: 24 months experience.

    SAMCEF/ MECANO: experience 12 months

    CATIA V.5 R.12: 12 months experience.




    Honours and awards

    ESA Corporate Achievement Award 2012, January 2013: VEGA Maiden Flight success




    The Euclid Vis Read-Out Shutter Unit: A Low Disturbance Mechanism At Cryogenic Temperature, 20th- 22nd September 2017, 17th European Space Mechanism and Tribology Symposium, ESMATS, Hatfield, United Kingdom

    “VEGA Launch Vehicle Dynamic Loads due to Solid Propulsion Ignition Transient & Pressure Oscillations”, July 25th, 2016, 52nd AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, AIAA, Salt Lake City, United States

    “VEGA Dynamic Model Updated Correlation Status after Flight Experience”, 29th June – 2nd July 2015, 6th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences (EUCASS), Krakow, Poland

    “Filament Wound Solid Rocket Motors Experimental Analyses and Their Impact on Payload Environment”. 1st-5th October 2012, International Astronautical Congress, IAF, Naples, Italy

    “Cross Correlation Analysis on Experimental Data for Detection of Physical Phenomena Coupling”, 8th-11th July 2007,  Joint Propulsion Conference, AIAA, Cincinnati, United States

     “A new Approach for Aerobraking at Mars: Return to Earth”, 19th-23rd June 2006,  SpaceOps 2006, AIAA, Rome, Italy


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