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     Date Submitted:12-11-2008
     Last Modified:14-06-2017 (05:35)
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     Current job:UMARF Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     Keywordsaerospace defence lifecycle systems design requirements traceability data structures modelling development test cases validation verification simulation fligth dynamics results analysis technical proposal article Matlab Simulink DOORS C C++ Fortran

    Sixteen years working in the aerospace business in four different countries, covering Flight Dyamics operations in ESOC, database exploitation in Eumetsat, and other engineering areas such as systems engineering and design, requirements analysis and traceability (DOORS), data structures (XML), modelling (Enterprise Architect-UML), development (C/C++ and Matlab-Simulink), test cases, validation and verification procedures, simulation, results analysis and exploitation.

    Experience in definition of tasks, coordination of teams and subcontractors (liaison with other companies) and documentation preparation: technical proposals for ESA, design documents, interface control documents, change requests, presentations for customers, technical notes, technical articles (Modelica-Dymola and Matlab-Simulink), etc.



    Data Center (UMARF) Engineer in Eumetsat

    LSE Space GmbH, Darmstadt (Germany)

    UMARF Operations Engineer (Eumetsat)

    - maintenance of software in Java and Python for converting data to netCDF

    - maintenance of the UMARF databases using SQL

    - maintenance of XML defining the structure of netCDF files

    - definition of tests in QFTests for both the validation and the operational clients​



    Flight Dynamics Engineer and SW Consultant in ESOC

    LSE Space GmbH, Darmstadt (Germany) from July 2016

    Terma GmbH, Darmstadt (Germany) until June 2016

    Flight Dynamics - Earth Observation (European Space Agency - ESA/ESOC)


    Responsibilities in AEOLUS (2016-2017):​

    - LEO mission

    - Implementation of SW requirements, based on requirements from FD and industry

    - Regular meetings for assessment of the ​status of the implementation

    - Identification of Flight Dynamics needs during the design phase, for implementation of the SW. Coordination between the attitude, monitoring, orbit and telecommand teams in Flight Dynamics to support such identification and implementation

    - Interfacing with Flight Control Team to support the implementation of the monitoring SW


    Responsibilities in Galileo (2009-2017):

    - Attitude, monitoring and telecommand operations during IOV1 and IOV2 in CNES (Toulouse, France), and all FOCs (from L3 to L8) alternatively in CNES and in ESOC

    - Definition of procedures for simulation campaigns and operations

    - SW development (Fortran) in coordination with CNES for LEOP. Fuel consumption and attitude prediction

    - XML preparation, creation of XSL/XSLT templates, EIFIS database

    - Support to orbit determination and navigation based on ranging data. Achievement of final position under very restrictive conditions. Generation of reports for visibility of ground stations, attitude determination, attitude and orbit propagation and prediction, fuel consumption based both on bookeeping and on-board parameters

    - Legacy SW tailored for TM processing according to CNES requirements, used during attitude and orbit manoeuvres preparation both in LEOP and Drift Stop Manoeuvres phases, for all Galileo satellites


    Responsibilities in MSG (METEOSAT) 3 and 4 (2011-2012 and 2014-2015):

    - Geostationary missions

    - Attitude, monitoring and telecommand operations for LEOPs of MSG3 (2012) and MSG4 (2015).

    - Definition of procedures for simulation campaigns and operations

    - SW development (Fortran). Legacy SW adaptation, including processing of TM (SODA server), attitude determination, manoeuvre computation, fuel consumption and mass properties, station coverage, etc

    - Generation of reports for visibility of ground stations, attitude determination, attitude and orbit propagation and prediction, fuel consumption based both on bookeeping and on-board parameters​

    - Support to orbit determination and navigation based on ranging data. Achievement of final geostationary position under very restrictive conditions

    - Computation of active nutation damping parameters, dog-leg manoeuvre parameters, sun angles, computation and estimation of mass properties before and after manoeuvres

    - Generation of mission reports after LEOP, describing successful results and lessons-learned, covering from after-launch separation to EUMETSAT transfer


    Responsibilities in Swarm and Sentinel-2 (2012-2015):

    - LEO missions

    - Definition and gathering of requirements

    - Support to orbit determination and navigation based on ranging data and GPS

    ​- Implementation of SW for Flight Dynamics, mostly related to attitude, monitoring and orbit, based on requirements from FD and industry: attitude determination, generation of reports for ground station coverage, fuel reports based on PVT and book keeping methods, GPS monitoring and comparison to propagated orbit, etc


    Responsibilities in CLUSTER (2010-2016):

    - Attitude, monitoring and telecommand routine operations

    - Attitude determination and prediction. Design of attitude and orbital manoeuvres. Preparation of commands for orbital manoeuvres, attitude manoeuvres and star mapper settings

    - Estimation of fuel consumption during manoeuvres. Estimation of actual fuel based on on-board parameters from sensors.

    - Attitude and orbital manoeuvres monitoring






    Systems Engineer in EADS Defense and Electronics in EADS Defense and Electronics

    Capital International, Friedrichshafen - Immenstaad (Germany)

    - Systems engineer in a classified project

    - Management support to strategic objectives in Systems Engineering department

    - Definition of tasks in engineering for development of software

    - Coordination of activities at software and design teams to ensure fulfillment of customer requirements

    - Activity plans and project estimations

    - Preparation of system design specifications in Rational DOORS

    - System architecture design and definition. Control requests management. Identification and definition of testing-verification-validation procedures. Requirements traceability up and down in Rational DOORS.



    Project Manager

    GMV S.A., Tres Cantos - Madrid (Spain)

    Project manager in ALDEBARAN, a software tool for analysis and simulation of launchers. Coordination of sub-contractors and internal departments in GMV, S.A.​​



    Systems Engineer in EADS Astrium

    GMV S.A., Portsmouth (United Kingdom)

    - Systems engineering for the design of the Ground Control Segment of Galileo, currently in operation in Oberpfaffenhofen (Germany)

    - ​Part of the team of engineers interfacing with the different companies. Each company was in charge of an element of the Ground Control System

    - Extensive working experience with system engineering concepts: System Functional Review (SFR)​​, Preliminary Design Review (PDR), Critical Design Review (CDR), Test Readiness Review, System Verification (SVR), delivery of datapacks including Interface Control Documents (ICDs),​ Review Item Discrepancies (RIDs), Risk Assesment Matrix (RAMs), definition of operations and operational procedures, technical notes​, etc

    - Ensuring compatibility between elements, interfaces, follow up fulfillment of requirement, generating documents, quality assurance procedures, etc, with the support of tools such as Enterprise Architect and Rational DOORS

    - Keeping track of changes (mostly using software tool Subversion) according to Galileo quality assurance standards and procedures, in coordination with relevant quality officers from Galileo Industries and ESTEC

    - Responsible for design of relations between GCS elements, functionalities, procedures and interfaces, under Enterprise Architect using UML and exporting data structures into XML, ensuring compliance to system requirements

    - Design of the data structures in XML for information interchange between Ground Control Segment elements

    - Requirements analysis and flow-down in Rational DOORS. System design and interfaces (ICDs, GCS internal and external, networks, protocols, etc). Functional analysis and operations. RAMS analysis

    - Coordination of sub-contractors to ensure interoperability of the different GCS sub-systems

    - Generation of technical documentation (technical notes, ICDs) according to Galileo and ECSS standards



    Software programmer in Mission Analysis

    GMV S.A., Tres Cantos - Madrid (Spain)

    - Responsible for development of software (Fortran, Matlab, C++), project support, testing, requirement management. Interface with other companies

    - Matlab expert (2003-2005): Liaison with providers and customers for Matlab issues. Support to Matlab, Simulink, Stateflow technical and management issues in Flight Engineering Business Unit projects, including, between others, proposals and feasibility testing in Mission Analysis projects. Support to Matlab implementation, according to internal GMV policy. Training of GMV staff in Matlab. Design and tutoring of Matlab courses. Development of GUIMAN, set of Matlab tools to create Graphical User Interfaces

    - Test cases definition and documentation for simulator tool in ATV. TCL/TK GUI development (2004-2005)

    - Prototype (GRASGPP) and final product (GRASPPF) for meteorological computation from ranging data (2003-2004). ECSS standard. SW development and algorithms for exploitation of data from sensors, using C++ and Matlab compiled routines. Test cases evaluation for GRASPPF

    - Mission Analysis tools (ORION and ORBIMAT) for simulation and orbital calculations (2003). Test cases evaluation and algorithms in C. Installation program in Visual C++

    - FFDEM (2001-2005): Formation Flying simulators for ESA/STEC (FAMOS and FAMOS2). Responsible for proposal for ESA. Internal article for GMV on Control and Mission Analysis. ECSS standard for small projects. ​Test Cases definition. Development of algorithms for simulation of Formation Flying missions, including orbital manoeuvres, fine LQG control and rendezvous. Matlab-Simulink-Stateflow with embedded Fortran and C code. Design of socket between STK (Satellite Tool Kit) and Matlab for graphical representation






    PhD in Automatics and Systems Engineering


    - Phd's thesis on Artificial Intelligence applied to several aerospace problems, between others, the Optimization of Interplanetary Trajectories.

    - This thesis was awarded by the Comite Espanol de Automatica with the Mathworks's Prize in 2013 for the Best Phd Thesis on Intelligent Control.​



    Master in Industrial Engineering


    Universidad Carlos III (Spain) + University of Colorado (USA)

    - Electronics and automatics specialization area

    - Multiple engineering areas were covered during these studies: computer science, physics, mathematics, control engineering, electronics, materials, power supply, thermal analysis, etc

    - Masters' thesis at University of Colorado (USA): modelling the vibration modes of a robotic beam in space environment​, and designing a controller for the position and velocity of the tip of the beam





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    Levels: A1 and A2: Basic user - B1 and B2: Independent user - C1 and C2: Proficient user

    Common European Framework of Reference for Languages 


    Organisational / managerial skills

    - Leadership, gained during my time in Portsmouth as Systems Engineer, coordinating customers and contractors from different companies during the design and implementation of the Ground Control Segment of Galileo

    - Good organization and time management skills. Good capabilities to work in different projects simultaneously ("multitasking"), particularly during my time in GMV S.A. (2001-2005), in EADS Astrium (2005-2008) and in Flight Dynamics in ESOC (2009-present)

    - Proven skills to work under pressure and time constraints to "deliver the promise"


    Job-related skills

    - Extensive working experience in orbit optimization, gained during the elaboration of my PhD thesis and awarded with the Mathworks' Prize 2013 for the best thesis in Intelligent Control

    - Extensive working experience in attitude, orbit, monitoring and commanding operations in ESOC Flight Dynamics (HSO-GFE) and CNES

    - SW analysis and development for FD operations

    - Familiarity with ESOC and CNES environments for Galileo. Familiarity with ESOC environment for other missions. ECSS standard

    - Coordination in large teams, like during my time in Porstmouth (2005-2008)

    - Preparation of technical notes, articles and project-related documentation​

    ​- Good learning skills. Interested in learning new things and to apply new knowledge to my work. Good abilities to learn fast and predisposition to get familiar to new systems and procedures


    Digital competence


    Information processing


    Content creation


    Problem solving


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    Independent user

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    Digital competences - Self-assessment grid 


    - Extensive working experience using Systems Engineering tools: IBM Rational DOORS (definition and traceability of requirements from higher to lower level, definition of system and unitary tests and traceability to requirements)​. Software engineering, design, requirement management and configuration control: Enterprise Architect, UML, Subversion

    - Expert of Matlab in GMV (2003-2005), elaborating proposals, technical notes and providing Matlab courses to colleagues. Extensive working experience in Matlab (+Simulink, + Stateflow) in GMV and during both my Master thesis and PhD thesis​

    - Fortran experience in ESOC (2009-today) and GMV (2001-2005)

    - Python experience in ESOC (2013-today)

    - C/C++ in GMV (2001-2005)​. Course in Sun Microsystems (2003). Course in ESOC (2016)

    - Unix/Linux scripting languages used in ESOC (2009-today) and GMV (2001-2005)​

    - Experience in Pascal during Master studies

    - XML, XSLT templates, HTML

    - Experience creating Visual Basic macros to interact between Excel and Internet Explorer

    - Experience using a wide range of office tools: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Project (scheduling projects, Gantt diagrams, etc)





    Articles and Publications

    - Sep. 2015 J.L. Merida, L. Tucci, R. Di Corato, F. Alonso. "CNESOC Flight Dynamics Monitoring and Command Operations during Galileo FOC1 LEOP and recovery". 25th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics, Munich (Germany).

    - June 2012 F. Alonso, M. Santos. "Results of Application of Evolutionary Techniques to Aerospace Problems". SCI 2012 VIII Simposio CEA de Control Inteligente. Baiona (Spain)

    - Feb . 2012 F. Alonso, M. Santos. "Particle swarm optimisation of an interplanetary trajectory from Earth to Jupiter and Saturn". Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence magazine

    - Feb. 2011 F. Alonso, M. Santos. "Modelling and Simulation of Satellites in Earth-Moon Lagrange Points". Revista Iberoamericana de Automatica e Informatica Industrial magazine, vol. 8.

    - Nov. 2010 F. Alonso, M. Santos. "Intelligent satellites control based on fuzzy logic in the Earth-Moon libration points". IEEE ISKE Int. Conference on Intelligent System and Knowledge Engineering. Hangzhou (China)

    - Aug. 2010 F. Alonso, M. Santos. "Optimisation of a Trajectory from Earth to Jupiter". the 9th International FLINS Conference on Foundations and Applications of Computational Intelligence. Chegneu/Ernei (China)

    - May 2010 F. Alonso, M. Santos. "Swarm Algorithm Applied to a Mission from the Earth to the Kuiper Belt", 4th International Conference on Astrodynamics Tools and Techniques, ESAC, Madrid (Spain)

    - July 2010 F. Alonso, M. Santos. "Delta-V Genetic Optimization of a Trajectory from Earth to Saturn with Fly-by in Mars". EEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI). IEEE CEC. Barcelona (Spain)

    - March 2010 F. Alonso, M. Santos. "Multi-criteria Genetic Algorithm Optimization of the Manoeuvres of a Two-Stage Launcher, for LEO and escape trajectories", Information Sciences magazine

    - Sep. 2008 F. Alonso, M. Santos. "Modelling and Simulation with Modelica and Dymola of Satellites in Earth-Moon Lagrange Points", XXIX Automatic Workshop. Tarragona (Spain)

    - Sep. 2008 F. Alonso, M. Santos. "Application of a Multi-Criteria Genetic Algorithm to the Optimization of the LEO Trajectory of a Two-Stages Launcher", the 8th International FLINS Conference on Computational Intelligence in Decision and Control. Madrid (Spain)

    - Sep. 2007 F. Alonso, M. Santos. "Optimization of a Two-stages Vertical Launch, Using a Multi-criteria Genetic Algorithm", XXVIII Automatic Workshop (Huelva, 2007)

    - Sep. 2004 G. Bengoa, F. Alonso, D. García, G. Ortega, M. Graziano, T. Beech. "FAMOS-V2: Formation Flying and Rendezvous and Docking Tool for Exploration Mission in Circular and Elliptical Orbits". Second International Symposium on Formation Flying Missions and Technologies at Washington D.C. (USA). Also, Second ESA Workshop on Astrodynamics Tools and Techniques (Netherlands)

    - Dec. 2002 F. Alonso. "Definition of a Formation Flying Demonstration Mission", research for GMV, S.A. (Spain)

    - Dec. 2011 F. Alonso. "Application of Intelligent Algorithms to Aerospace Problems". PhD thesis. UNED. Awarded by the Comite Espanol de Automatica in 2013 with the Mathworks's Prize for the Best Phd Thesis on Intelligent Control

    - April 2001 F. Alonso. "Modelling and Control of an Elastic Beam: Vibration Modes and Aerospace Applications", Master thesis. IECAT International Project at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs (USA)

    - June 1998 S. Palacios, J. Pérez. "Graphical Engineering: an Introduction to Industrial Design", acknowledged collaboration (Ed. Prentice Hall, Spain)


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