Spacecraft Systems Expert with experience in manned and unmanned spacecraft, having worked with NASA, ESA, and DLR, looking for the opportunity to use my experience to develop future missions and put forward new proposals.
ITAR Technical Assistance Agreement (TAA) Available
* Proposal Development
* Future Studies
* Spacecraft Integration and Testing (AIT/AIV)
* Spacecraft Ground Testing
* Attitude and Orbit Control Subsystem
* Thermal Subsystem
* Training Development
* Spacecraft Flight Software Testing
* Electrical Power Subsystem
* Communications Subsystem
* Leadership and Supervision
* Spacecraft Operations
Proposal Preparation / GEORing
Future Studies Facilitated proposal through the following efforts:
* Wrote proposal to prime contractor to ESA for Operations and DB Support of an interplanetary mission with multiple planetary flybys to achieve orbit around target. Proposal included technical feasibilities, risk analysis, and financial projections.
* Wrote proposal “Techniques to improve spacecraft monitoring based on onboard visual systems” with intention of winning for GEO-Ring the contract with the European Space Agency.
RKM GmbH/Astrium GmbH/ESA
* Provided spacecraft platform expertise to ESA study on the feasibility of creating a Space Weather Constellation of instruments to be launched on planned missions from inside and outside ESA.
* Developed list of potential spacecraft from around the world based on instrument requirement analysis and the spacecraft technical specifications, contacted the relevant organization, and resolved technical issues between the spacecraft platform and the instrument. Matched instrument budgets to host spacecraft margins. Held technical discussions with S/C manufacturer, then provided trade-off study to ESA. Produced study technical documentation to ESA. Provided ESA with a standardized procedure for this process.
Supervisor / Hubble Space Telescope (HST) - Bendix Field Engineering/NASA
Team Management Team Leader responsible for all off-line products to be uplinked to HST.
* Produced daily reports for NASA. Trained and provided guidance to less experienced analysts.
* Reported on daily off-line operations to NASA management.
* Responsible for division of workload.
* Responsible for Performance Evaluations/Goal Setting
* Received Management Training
Team Instructor International Space Station (ISS) Columbus - DLR/CAM GmbH
Trained and certified all Flight Control Team members for operations on ISS/Columbus module.
* Kept up-to-date of latest hardware and procedures on Columbus
* Produced new training material and tests.
* Worked simulator training sessions with FOT for certification.
* Certified through Columbus User Level Training at European Astronaut Center, Köln.
Spacecraft Operations Galileo - Science Systems Deutschland GmbH
Engineer / Systems Responsible for all issues with on-orbit Galileo (Astrium) spacecraft concerning the Attitude and
Engineer Orbit Control, Electrical Power, and Thermal subsystems. Also, was responsible for subsystems during the pre-launch phase for the (OHB) spacecraft. Duties included, but were not limited to:
* Launch and early operations of L2 S/C, including manoeuvres.
* Procedure preparation
* Anomaly investigation and reporting to ESA
* On-call support to Flight Control Team
* Special operations, such as Safemode recovery, gyro calibration
* Simulations to verify proper procedure and S/C execution
* Ground-S/C tests with OHB S/C (AIT)
* Test Plan preparation for Ground-S/C Test
* Performance trending and analysis
GOES-15 - Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies/NASA/NOAA
Prepared for the launch of a geosynchronous environmental monitoring spacecraft. Supported Ground-Spacecraft Test (AIT). Worked as part of team that developed all of the products (command scripts, contingency procedures, etc.) required to support the launch, 6 month on-orbit check out period and subsequent operational handover to the customer. ITAR Certified. Principal Subsystem Engineer for:
* Electrical Power Subsystem
* Thermal Subsystem
* Communication Subsystem
* Telemetry and Command Subsystem
Earth Resource Satellites (ERS-1, ERS-2) - VEGA GmbH / ESA
Performed routine maintenance of all subsystems on spacecraft bus. Consulted ESA staff of new requirements. Advisor to ESA staff on failures in hardware or degradation of performance. Represented ESOC when meeting with spacecraft manufacturer and other agencies to discuss spacecraft performance, design, and contingencies. Updated and maintained ERS flight simulator with each flight software or hardware change.
* Worked with Flight Dynamics Department to predict ageing of on-board gyroscopes and hydrazine supply.
* Tested, corrected, and uplinked Mono-Gyro Attitude Control Software.
* Tested, corrected, and uplinked the first Gyroless Attitude Control Software ever to control a LEO 3-axis satellite.
* Presented the first Gyroless Maneuver Mode feasibility study to ESA/Astrium Engineering Review Board (ECSS Standards).
* Independently verified and validated safe procedure for uplink of Zero-Gyro Maneuver Mode.
* Considered team expert with AOCS, EPS, Thermal, DHSS, and Communication subsystems.
* Reviewed and accepted or rejected Design Change Notices (DCN) for all spacecraft bus subsystems during 0-Gyro Attitude Control Software acceptance testing.
* Through simulation and on orbit experience, determined tension load to be added to rotating Solar Array to minimize oscillation during Zero-Gyro Mode attitude control, thus reducing yaw deviation that it induced and allowing science data collection.
Landsat-7 - Allied Signal Technical Services/NASA/NOAA
Flight Operations Team Lead Engineer for the Attitude Control, Propulsion, Electrical Power (28V), and Thermal Subsystems.
* Performed flight software validation and verification with Lockheed-Martin during Integration and Test phase (AIT) of spacecraft development, as well as Sine Vibration and Thermal Vacuum testing.
* Worked with Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for L-7 ground system.
* Tested OBC for launch sequence through separation from Delta 2 and deployable functional verification with NASA and contractor personnel, verifying safety, reliability, and survivability of subsystems and payload during launch.
* Determined safest configuration and power-up timing of on-board components.
* Verified deployables such as HGA and the very large Solar Array would extend after launch stress by post sine vibration test cleanroom deployment.
* Identified key issues with software non-conformance for NASA management. Reviewed Interface Control Documents to assure accuracy.
* Reviewed Contingency Plans and wrote contingency procedures for launch and early orbit subsystem failures.
* Worked on console to support launch operations and early orbit calibration/check-out.
* Wrote software for ground system to safely operate the above subsystems and trained Spacecraft Controllers in operation of these subsystems.
* Reviewed, updated Operations Control Documentation (OCD).
* Participated in feasibility study of adding second instrument at late stage of L-7 development, its operations impact on Electric Power Subsystem, Ground Operations, and Planning.
* Evaluated attitude control subsystem equipment operational function, limitations, and possible failures and contingency operations, and established anomaly recovery procedures for post-launch operations.
* Helped develop requirements for, simulated function of electrical power and AOCS subsystems.
* Interfaced with parts suppliers when performance or safety concerns in these subsystems arose.
* Identified ground testing issues and recommended solutions.
* Developed software simulator with two other teammates to assure accurate subsystem modeling and failure mode transitions.
* Simulator modeled all bus engineering functions, including power generation and storage through day/night cycles, ground station contacts, attitude and orbit adjustments, appendage occultations, thermal cycles, failure and recovery modes.
* Identified risks to mission success based on second stage burn failure, reignition failure.
Lewis - Allied Signal Technical Services/NASA
* Volunteered to help Lewis Flight Ops Team attempt recovery of disabled spacecraft.
Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) - Allied Signal Technical Services/NASA/ESA
Flight Ops Team Lead Engineer for Electrical Power Subsystem, backup engineer for Attitude Control Subsystem.
* Supported Thermal Vacuum and Spacecraft-Ground testing (AIT)
* Worked with Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for SOHO ground system.
* Wrote and coded contingency procedure to add torque to Solar Arrays with S/C rotation and thruster burns in event of failed SA deployment.
* On console during launch, early orbit check-out, and operational phase.
* Wrote software for ground system to safely operate Electrical Power and Attitude Control subsystems.
* Interacted with ESA/NASA to perfect testing and operational procedures.
* Documented all anomalies and concerns with EPS and AOCS operations, developed workarounds.
Hubble Space Telescope (HST) - Bendix Field Engineering/NASA
Team Leader responsible for all off-line products to be uplinked to HST.
* Built command loads and mission schedule for all science and engineering automated commanding.
* Scheduled communications contacts with Telemetry Data Relay Satellite System and ground stations.
* Processed ephemeris loads, correlated on-board clock with UTC, and processed and archived telemetry.
* Calibrated gyros and fixed head star trackers and fine guidance sensors.
* Supported HST First Servicing Mission with Space Shuttle (mainly script testing and COSTAR Optical replacement).
* Wrote software to expedite and quality assure ephemeris loads, FHST and FGS performance analysis.
Payload/Instrument GOES-15 – Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies/NASA/NOAA
Engineer Principal Subsystem Engineer for Imager and Sounder, SXI, and SEM instruments during AIT, Launch, and Early Orbit Check-out.
ERS-2 - VEGA GmbH / ESA
* Responsible for routine and contingency operation and maintenance of all scientific instruments onboard the satellite.
Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) - Allied Signal Technical Services/NASA/ESA
Flight Ops Team Lead Engineer for CEPAC and SUMER instruments.
* Conceived contingency plan to bring SUMER instrument into operations during anomalous Launch and Early Orbit power-up.
* Wrote software for ground system to safely operate CEPAC and SUMER instrument.
* Interacted with ESA/NASA to perfect instrument testing and operational procedures.
* Documented all anomalies and concerns with CEPAC and SUMER operations, developed workarounds.
B.S., Physics / Computer Science
State University of New York at Albany
Hardware: VAX 8650/6220, IBM 3086BX, DECstation 5000/120, IBM PC, Macintosh, HP Workstations
Software: MS-DOS, AutoSketch, MathCad, ChiWriter, Wordstar, MS Word, GENSA (NASA), Altair, SCOS 1B (ESA), SCOS 2000 (ESA), MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MatLab, MOIS, MatLab
Languages: Fortran, Pascal, Turbo Pascal v3.01 and v5.5, Basic, Assembler for IBM PC and VAX 8650/6220, Oracle SQL for HP workstations, JOVIAL, C++, TSTOL (NASA Spacecraft Control Language), STOL (NASA Spacecraft Control Language)
Written Spoken Reading German Fluent Fluent Very Good French Out of Practice Fair Fair English Native Language Native Language Native Language
* Licensed Sport Pilot (German Luftfuehrerschein)
* Classic auto restoration
* Competitive sports
* Willing to relocate
* Permanent Arbeitserlaubnis for Germany
* Secret Clearance (EU)
* ITAR Certified. Commodity Jurisdiction or TAA available
* Working with “City Mission”, Kaiserslautern, to distribute aid to refugees in city shelters
* Carrie White - SOHO FOT Manager, carrie.white(at)honeywell-tsi.com
* Steve Scott - NASA GSFC Chief Engineer, steve.scott(at)gsfc.nasa.gov
* Liviu Stefanov – ESA Mission Manager, Galileo Project, (secretary), liviu.stefanov(at)esa.int
* Dirk Schulze -Varnholt - ISS Columbus Flight Director, Dirk.Schulze-Varnholt(at)astrium.eads.net
* Dr. Norbert Pailer - Earth Observation, Navigation & Science Division Science Missions & Systems (Dept. AED 41), Astrium GmbH, norbert.pailer(at)astrium.eads.net
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