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Thu, 8 Dec 2016 02:10:00 +0100
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Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:39:00 +0100
ESA and NASA are extending their collaboration in human space exploration following confirmation that Europe will supply a second Service Module to support the first crewed mission of the Orion spacecraft. The Service Module provides propulsion, electrical power, water and thermal control as well as maintaining the oxygen and nitrogen atmosphere for the crew. The mission is set for launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA, as early as 2021 and will include up to four astrona...
Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 6 Dec 2016 22:18:00 +0100
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Tue, 6 Dec 2016 20:00:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) newly upgraded Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) ground system received sign-off from the U.S. Air Force, enhancing the constellation's ability to deliver infrared data that is critical to early missile warning and defense. The new SBIRS ground system serves as the nerve center for the constellation, collecting large amounts of data from the satellite's powerful sensors and converting it into actionable reports for defense, intelligence and civil applications....
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:23:00 +0100
NASA has awarded the Restore-L Spacecraft Bus and Support Services contract to Space Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, California. Restore-L is a robotic spacecraft equipped with the tools, technologies and techniques needed to service satellites currently in orbit. The contract has a firm-fixed-price and includes a three-year core period and a two-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity portion. The total maximum value of the contract is $127 million. Space Systems/Loral will provide space...
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:07:00 +0100
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Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:00:00 +0100
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Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:21:00 +0100
The Russian space agency Roscosmos has confirmed a Progress cargo resupply spacecraft bound for the International Space Station has been lost. The spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Thursday on a Soyuz rocket, but experienced an anomaly around six and a half minutes into its flight. Six crew members living aboard the space station are safe and have been informed of the mission's status. Both the Russian and U.S. segments of the station continue to operate normally ...
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 19:53:00 +0100
A contract to build a laboratory at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, has been awarded to W.M. Jordan Co. in Newport News by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The $95.6-million agreement is for construction of the Measurement Systems Laboratory, which is scheduled for completion in late 2019. The contract is the largest awarded for NASA Langley in recent history. The 175,000-square-foot lab will be the biggest of the new facilities built so far as part of NASA L...
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:07:00 +0100
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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:29:00 +0100
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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:25:00 +0100
The eighth Vega lightweight launcher to be operated from the Spaceport in French Guiana has been fully assembled and “topped off” with the GÖKTÜRK-1 optical satellite payload, readying it for Arianespace’s mission to Sun-synchronous orbit on December 5. Designated Flight VV08 in Arianespace’s numbering system, this Vega launch is to deploy GÖKTÜRK-1 during a mission lasting just under two hours. With Vega now in full commercial operation, Fligh...
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:51:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:09-04-2005
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     Current job:Spacecraft Operations engineer
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     Keywordsspacecraft operations, ground operations, space engineering, flight control team, procedures definition, system validation tests, mission planning, user manual, control center AIV, ISS, columbus payloads
    CV
    EDUCATION
     
    March – June 2005   Specialist in Satellite Communications
    Postgraduate course composed of 5 modulesspace segment, ground segment, satellite link, user segment and orbital mechanics
    Universidad Politécnica de Madrid – E.U.I.T. Telecomunicación (Spain)
     
    1995 – 2001   Telecommunications Engineer – option: communications (antennas, radiocommunications, optical communications, microwaves, signal processing...)
                           Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación (E.T.S.I.T.)
                           Universidad Politécnica de Valencia   (Spain)
     
    February – July 2001    Final studying project: Execution of a simulator of city over flying
    ERASMUS scholarship, in the « Equipe de Traitement des Images et du Signal » of the « Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Electronique et ses Applications » - ENSEA (Cergy – France)
                                      
    1991 – 1995   High school diploma in Sciences (Bachillerato). I.B. “José de Ribera” in Xàtiva (Spain)
     
     
    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
     

    September 2015 – at present   PAZ Spacecraft Operations Engineer  at Hisdesat (Spain)
    • Preparation for PAZ commissioning and routine operations (Radar Earth Observation satellite):
      • All platform subsystems: AOCS, Power, Thermal, Propulsion, TTC, DH
      • Ground subsystems: MCS, FDS, MPS
     
    July 2013 - July2014   Operations Engineer  at Space Applications Services (The Netherlands)
    • B-USOC: support to SOLAR operations (shift work to ensure 24/7 payload monitoring)
    • Collaborated in the following projects:
      • Moonwalk(development and validation of concepts, operations and technology for future exploration missions in Earth analogue environments)
      • Yamcs software development for ERA Support Centre: support to the preparation of test procedures and user manual
     
    January 2013 - June 2013   ISS Payload Operations Engineer & Ground Controller  at Erasmus USOC/ESTEC (The Netherlands) - Space Applications Services 
    • Support to the operations preparation of the new payload Ham Video: operational products development and validation, review of operations documentation and payload requirements, participate in regular meetings with involved parties 
    • Trained in the Columbus Systems and Operations at ESA/EAC
    • Trained as a console operator and ground controller to support ISS payload operations under the responsibility of Erasmus USOC

     

    November 2009 - December 2012   ATV Ground Control Engineer at CNES (Toulouse) – VITROCISET   
    • Support to the preparation and operational maintenance of the ATV Control Center subsystems: acceptance testing, installation, configuration, follow-up of related AR/Rfc
    • Support to the Assembly, Integration, and Validation (AIV) of the ATV-CC: test procedures preparation, execution and reporting
    • Technical responsible of the Mission Data Base (MDB) related activities: reception, verification, adaptation to the ATV-CC needs, import into ATV-CC subsystems
    • Responsible of the Ground Control Procedures maintenance:  definition, update and validation
    • Ground Controller position handling during the Simulation Campaign and all the operational phases of the ATV mission: monitoring and operation of the ground subsystems, interface with International Partners (ISS GC and GSOC GC), technical support to the ATV-CC users

    June 2007 – May 2009  Herschel/Planck Operations Engineer at Thales Alenia Space (Cannes) - RHEA group

    • Preparation of the System FCPs (nominal flight procedures), System CRPs (contingency procedures) and Commissioning procedures.
    • Revision and updates of the Herschel/Planck Spacecraft User Manual
    • Support to the System Validation Tests preparation and execution at ESOC (SVT-1 & SVT-2)
    • Support to the LEOP and Commissioning activities preparation
     
    July 2005 – May 2007     Spacecraft Operations Engineer (Spanish Trainee Programme)   at ESA/ESOC (Germany)
     
     Herschel/Planck Flight Control Team (September 2006 – May 2007)
    • Preparation of the flight control procedures to operate the SREM instrument
    • Support to the Mission Control System testing (SCOS2000)

      SMART-1 Flight Control Team (July 2005 – September 2006)

    •        Ground operations automation: procedures definition, development and testing
    •        Medium and short term mission planning
    •        Routine spacecraft operations: upload of the Mission Timeline, download of telemetry stores and events, satellite performance checking
    •        Training in all the spacecraft subsystems (TTC, AOCS, Power, Thermal, Data handling)
    •        Participation in the lunar impact operations on the 3rd September 2006

       

    April 2003 – July 2004    ESA’s Young Graduate Trainee Programme. ESA - Redu Ground Station (Belgium)
     
          PROBA Operations & Control Team (Earth observation mission) - 11 months
    • Operations of the 2 main scientific instruments (CHRIS and HRC): user requests reception, planning consolidation and commands generation
    • Satellite pass monitoring (SCOS II system): transmission of telecommands, reception of telemetry and acquired images, satellite performance checking, manoeuvre checking, detection of anomalies
    • Data extraction, processing and archiving
    • Preparation of the weekly status report       
                In Orbit Testing Team - 4 months
    •        Programming of a routine to monitor the ARTEMIS LLM payload (HP VEE)
    •        Participation in the EUTELSAT e-Bird commissioning and acceptance phase        
     
    October 2001 – December 2002    Consulting Engineer. ALTIOR - ALTRAN group, Paris (France)
    • Training period in Nortel Networks (UMTS development and integration teams)

    • Mission in General Electric Medical Systems (Computer Software Applications department)
     
    LANGUAGES
     
    Spanish / Catalan : Bilingual
    French : Fluent
    English : Fluent
    German : Beginner
    Italian : Beginner
     
     
    INFORMATICS SKILLS
     
    Computer Languages : Pascal, Java, C/C++, HP VEE
    Operating Systems : Windows 95/98/2000, UNIX, LINUX
    Tools : Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Matlab
    Specific Space SW: SCOS II and SCOS 2000 control systems, MOIS (Manufacturing and Operations Information System), MUST (Mission Utility & Support Tools)
     
     
    OTHER INTERESTS
    • Co-author of the paper “SMART-1 Ground Operations Automation” (presented at Spaceops 2006)
    • Driving licence

     


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