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     Date Submitted:09-04-2005
     Last Modified:11-11-2015 (11:15)
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     Current job:Spacecraft Operations engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within a month
     Keywordsspacecraft operations, ground operations, space engineering, flight control team, procedures definition, system validation tests, mission planning, user manual, control center AIV, ISS, columbus payloads
    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)

    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)
    Spanish / Catalan : Bilingual
    French : Fluent
    English : Fluent
    German : Beginner
    Italian : Beginner
    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)
    • Co-author of the paper “SMART-1 Ground Operations Automation” (presented at Spaceops 2006)
    • Driving licence


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