European Space Operations Centre
Young Graduate Trainee at ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany. August 2016 – present
My assignment is to perform a study analyzing the in-flight performance of the navigation star tracker and comparing the sky map against the final Hipparcos and initial Gaia catalogues. The task consists of training on spacecraft operations and the on-board Attitude and Orbital Control Systems (AOCS) subsystem, followed by extraction of the flight catalogue from binary dumps of the Star Tracker memory. Then, after necessary post processing of star catalogs, comes the definition of metrics and finally analysis leading to recommendations and if necessary the generation of correction patches for the star tracker itself.
European Space Technology Centre
Trainee at ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands. June – September 2015
Building on previous field astrobiology efforts by ESA/ESTEC and activities of the ExoGeoLab
project, I have designed a system to remotely operate a payload on a lunar lander. It is based
on a stationary lander structure with a suite of instruments, consisting of a camera, a webcam,
a spectrometer and a steerable telescope. Designed to be modular, the LabVIEW powered plug-
and-play architecture allows easy addition and swapping of instruments. All hardware is controlled
from a common, remote, user-friendly interface. This lander enables ESTEC and partner institutes
to validate the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of new instruments or train analog astronauts
and plan analog missions involving human-robot interaction. Final report here.