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Industry Experts

SATConsult relies upon 15 full-time employees and independent consultants working on an exclusive basis with us. These satellite industry experts with strong credentials, hands-on experience and expertise cover all technical, business and contractual fields of satellite-based telecommunications and remote sensing.
Moreover, SATConsult is conducting missions with over 30 additional high-profile satellite professionals with each of whom we have built robust working relationships over the years. This network enables SATConsult to access specialists of specific fields and to ensure both reactivity and flexibility to its customers.

Here is a selection of experts we have been working with on a regular basis over the past few years:

  • Vincent ASTIER, Senior Consultant, Satellite & Launcher Expert
    Vincent Astier is a Senior Consultant on satellite, platform and launch systems. Over 15 years working in the space industry and services, he handled vehicle design, manufacturing, test & operations, managed project, customer and subcontractors in the frame of production and qualification programs on both launcher and satellite.
    Since joining SATConsult in 2014, Vincent works as the Resident Program Manager monitoring for the Qatar Armed Forces the manufacturing & testing in Mitsubishi Electric (Kamakura, Japan) of the Es’hail-2 communication satellite, with a focus on the encrypted TCR design, the QAF Payload operations and particularly deeply involved in the analysis of the Falcon 9 launcher interface, Eshail-2 being the first DS2000 platform launched by Space X. In parallel, as Senior Consultant on satellite, platform and launch systems, he provided support to several bids, tender phase (platform and Satellite on Turksat 5 A/5B, lead of launch services procurement for Telkom 4 with Space X, Ariane 5, H2A and Atlas V), advanced studies and monitoring (back office support for design reviews on platform/crypto TCR on the ADD K-Milsat 1 in ADS), as well as performing technical training course. Internally, Vincent manages the generic contractual documentation used for Satcom RFP (tender and monitoring).
    Previously to joining SATConsult, Vincent worked for MDA Information System, as Satellite System Engineer and Head of the Representative Office in ISS Reshetnev. In the first part of his career, Vincent worked for the launcher industry (Airbus) and for the launch services (Starsem, Arianespace) where he managed the technical procurement and operation of the Soyuz-Fregat launch vehicle.
    Vincent has a Master of Electrical Engineering from the French Engineering school “Ecole Superieure d’Electricite - SupElec” with a major in Signal Processing, Information and Measurement Systems. He speaks fluently French, English and Russian.
  • Björn BUCKWALTER, Senior Consultant, Satellite & Operations Expert
    Björn Buckwalter is a Satellite Platform & Operations Expert at SATConsult. In his 8 years of consulting in both front and back office he has supported SATConsult’s customers in satellite procurement, program monitoring, and satellite operations activities.
    Since working with SATConsult in 2009, Björn has supported program monitoring in front offices at satellite manufacturers in France, Japan, and Russia, and from the back office. He has supported satellite RFP preparation, bid evaluations, and negotiations. He has supported and provided training and mentoring in satellite operations engineering and flight dynamics activities. Finally, he has performed custom software development in support of operations and analyses.
    Prior to working with SATConsult, Björn worked at Intelsat and the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC), where he was exposed to a wide spectrum of satellite designs and operations concepts.
    Björn has held leading roles in satellite operations, analysis, software development, training, and in the implementation of new satellite programs. Björn has a Master of Science degree in Space and Satellite Engineering.
  • Jerome COLINAS, Satcom and Earth Observation Expert
    Jerome Colinas is a Satcom and Earth Observation Expert with more than 17 years in the aerospace industry. Jerome is a lead Systems Engineer as well as a Project Manager with experience in design, manufacturing and testing of Earth Observation and communication payloads as well as TT&C bus subsystems and ground segments. Jerome’s field of expertise covers: airborne radar and its processor, Synthetic Aperture Radar, meteorological imager, bent-pipe and regenerative communication payloads, digital channelizer, antenna coverage for FSS and BSS services and high-throughput satellite systems, TT&C sub-systems, high-throughput downlink sub-systems, ground segments, ground stations, antenna designs, orbit and space radiation analysis and planetary communication protocols and encryption technology.
    Jerome has been working since 2001 at the Canadian Space Agency on the space and ground segment of the Canadian Radarsat Constellation Mission and the Canadian Enhanced Satellite Communication Polar Defence mission. Jerome spent a sabbatical year in 2007 and 2008 working at Eutelsat on the development of various communication satellites such as W2A, W3B, W3, Ka-sat.
    Jerome is the author of several scientific papers in electromagnetism and synthetic Aperture Radar technologies.
    Prior to joining the Canadian Space Agency, Jerome worked at Gemalto as a Software Engineer developing electronic payment applications using smartcards. Jerome also worked as a software Designer on the radar of an Air-Defense Anti-tank System, a short range dual purpose missile system, at Rheinmetal (formerly Oerlikon).
    Jerome holds an Engineering Degree in Engineering Physics and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal. Jerome has also followed the PMP certification training as well as the International Project Management training at the NASA APL institute.
  • Roland CUSWORTH, Systems Specialist, Ground Segment Expert
    Roland Cusworth is a Ground Segment Expert at SATConsult. He has over 24 years working in the satellite ground segment sector, he has advised on a wide range of clients including commercial and government actors on the procurement and installation of satellite ground segment.
    Since working with SATConsult in February 2017, he has been the Ground Segment Manager on the procurement of K-Milsat 1 satellite for Korea Agency for Defense Development (ADD). This job encompasses reviewing all ground satellite system related documentation for the K-Milsat 1 project, attending interface control document, preliminary design reviews, critical design review, site survey, factory acceptance tests and site acceptance tests meetings and ensuring ADD CONOPs are being met.
    Prior to working with SATConsult, Roland worked at Telesat for more than 20 years playing a leading role in the design, development and support of satellite control system of Telesat in-house and procurement of a commercial satellite fleet control system for Telesat. His expertise has been subsequently turned to the provision of consulting services. He has extensive and practical familiarity with satellite control systems, TT&C, IOT, CSM, application h/w, s/w and operations including their features and limitations, relative strengths and weaknesses. He led ground segment for a number of projects including, but not limited to, all Thor projects with Telenor, Measat 3, Yahsat 1A, Telkom 2, Telkom 3 and, most recently NBN Co. Yahsat 1A, Thor7, Mexsat 1-3 and NBN 1A (Skymuster) have HTS components. His extensive experience with Telesat’s in-house through his consulting work makes his knowledges of commercial satellite control systems, possibly unparalleled within the satellite consulting community.
    Roland has a Ph.D. and a Master of Applied Science in Aerospace Engineering from Toronto University in Toronto.
  • Jacques NERON, Senior Consultant, Satellite System Expert
    Jacques Neron is a Senior Technical Consultant on communication satellite system, payloads and platform. With thirty years of experience in space industry at satellite system level, he is specialized in engineering, proposal management, project management, product development.
    With SATConsult, he has worked as an Expert at all stages of communication satellite programmes. From the start of project at the phase of generating the performance requirements, based on customer objectives, applicable regulation and filing and mission targets, he contributes to the evaluation of proposals and negotiations and also monitor the design development construction and test up to the launch and in orbit acceptance of the spacecraft. Jacques is now part of SATConsult team, acting as resident supporting the construction monitoring of K-Milsat 1. He was also actively involved in the support to procurement mission (Turksat 5A and 5B), with a major focus on the multibeam mission which was developed for the programme.
    Previously, at Astrium/Airbus Defense and Space he participated during 20 years in the development of Eurostar platforms (2000+ and 3000), and as core team member to the Hot Bird Plus series of satellites for Eutelsat, as well as to the Yahsat 1A and 1B as satellite project manager. He also spent two years as an internal consultant, providing expertise in these fields and acquiring dedicated expertise in specific activities such as training, coaching and interim management.
    Jacques holds an Engineer degree from ISAE SUPAREO (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace) in Toulouse, France.
  • Kevin O’BRIEN, Ground Segment & Operations Expert
    Kevin O’Brien is a Ground Segment & Operations Expert providing programme management support to SATConsult primarily in the area of Satcom ground facilities. Kevin has over 30 years of experience in the satellite communications sector.
    Since working with SATConsult from 2011, Kevin has principally been involved in satellite communications ground procurement projects for a Middle East client. He has a wide range of expertise covering all aspects of Anchor stations and multiple users’s terminals, payload monitoring and network control centres.
    Kevin also provides Subject Matter Expert (SME) support to management audits of satellite operations. Kevin has also recently overseen the procurement and implementation of a radio monitoring system for a country regulator covering all satellite bands, consisting of multiple receive antennas, mobile antenna reception, interference location, and associated control centres.
    Previously to working with SATConsult, Kevin worked in Eutelsat’s Operations Department for 16 years in a variety of roles, including the Head of the Communications Systems Control centre, responsible for all Satcom services on Eutelsat satellites.
    Kevin has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Applied Physics and Electronics from the National University of Ireland in Galway.
  • Jean-Claude PHILIPPE, Senior Consultant, System Engineering Expert
    Jean-Claude Philippe, who retired in 2015, is a System Engineering Expert. He started in 2016 a part-time consultancy activity as a Senior Consultant assisting the customer for the procurement of a turn-key optical LEO remote sensing space system.
    Prior his retirement, Jean-Claude has worked for 35 years in the space domain mainly in technical and managerial positions in an international environment on remote sensing programmes with optical and microwave payloads, in both LEO and GEO environments. He acts both as customer of major European contractor and service providers, as partner of the European Space Agency and in a major European contractor as a supplier for another major European Contractor.
    Jean-Claude also acted as a part time teacher (for 2nd year students) in French Engineering schools in Analog/Digital electronics and control theory and Digital electronics and control theory.
    Previously, he worked for 20 years, in EUMETSAT (European International Organisation for Operation of Weather satellites), he had several responsibility on the Meteosat 2nd Generation Programme, procurement of the space segment (4 satellites and launch services), then in addition the space system engineering, integration and verification, then as a Deputy Programme Manager. He also supported the early phases of the design/procurement of the Meteosat 3rd generation. Jean-Claude also worked for 10 years in Airbus Defense & Space, he had several responsibility on the ESA remote sensing project, microwave Earth observation satellites: Platform AIT/AIV Manager, Satellite AIT Manager, Platform System Engineer, and Project Manager.
    Jean-Claude holds Engineering degrees from the Paris Polytechnique School and from the Toulouse ISAE (Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace).
  • Emmanuel SEIN, Optics and Optical Instrumentation Expert
    Emmanuel Sein is an Optic and Optical Instrumentation Expert. He is an independent Consultant since 2017. He has spent 37 years in the Space Optics Design and development for both scientific and remote sensing programs. His expertise is mainly focused on advanced development, design, development of flight opto-mechanical equipment. His expertise covers all the different types of space instruments either very large and stable scientific instrument or passive and active remote sensing instruments (including Lidar and space laser). He participates to the development of Space Optical Communication Systems.
    Prior his retirement, mid 2017, Emmanuel was Head of the Opto-mechanical Department in Space Instrumentation Division of Airbus Defence & Space (Toulouse). He was in charge of the design and the development of all the opto-mechanical equipments of the ADS programs for both scientific and remote sensing applications. In addition, he was responsible of performances tests of the space instruments prior launching. As Head of Opto-mechanical Department, he participated to the development of all the AIRBUS space instruments. He worked on remote sensing Airbus internal funded programs (PLEIADE NEO, Spot 6&7), ESA projects (SEVIRI, ALADIN, GAIA, HERSCHEL telescope, ATLID, SENTINEL 2, EUCLID), CNES Projects (SPOT 4&5, HRV instrument, HRS, IASI, Microcarb), remote sensing export projects (Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, Algeria, Chile, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Peru) and Space Optical Communication System SILEX for ESA/CNES and LOLA system for French MOD. He joined ADS team (formerly MATRA-ESPACE) as System Engineer of optical communication system called SILEX in 1987. He started his career as Optical Engineer in CNES in charge of advanced studies in remote sensing telescope and optical communications system (prior SILEX program).
    Emmanuel holds a Master degree in Optical Engineering from Ecole Supérieure d’Optique (Orsay-Palaiseau) and a PHD in Chemical Physics from Bordeaux University in France.
  • Jean-Louis SOULA, Program Management, Satellite System Expert
    Jean-Louis Soula capitalizes on 38 years of experience in the space industry. He is a highly qualified Expert in satellite system, antenna and repeater with a focus on payload design, assembly, integration and tests. He is today supporting coordination activities in the frame of satellite construction monitoring with SATConsult. His most recent assignments include the coordination of SATConsult monitoring team for TurkmenSat program and participation to Koreasat 5A & 7 satellite on site construction monitoring.
    Since working with SATConsult in 2010, Jean-Louis has conducted several consulting missions for different customers like QAF (Qatar Armed forces), Government of Turkmenistan, at monitoring management level and support to Koreasat customer team in satellite manufacturer premises. In addition Jean-Louis gave large support in RFP preparation and industrial response evaluation for several telecommunication satellite future operators and preparation of training courses for dedicated customer like QAF.
    Previously to working with SATConsult, Jean-Louis worked at Thales Alenia Space as Operation Director for payload assembly integration and tests and as a Program Director for several important satellite programs for customer like SES, EUTELSAT and ARABSAT.
    Jean-Louis is graduated from ISAE (Institut Superieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace), Aeronautics and Space High school in Toulouse, France.
  • Olivier THEPAUT, Earth Observation Expert & Project Manager
    Olivier Thepaut is a Senior Project Manager and an Earth Observation Expert in SATConsult. During the last 21 years, Olivier has acquired a large expertise in a wide range of remote sensing systems (optical and SAR imagers, radar altimeters). All through his background, Olivier has proven his large ability and flexibility to efficiently work within multinational teams, leveraging his excellent interpersonal skills.
    Since joining SATConsult in early 2017, Olivier is managing and is involved in several projects of Earth observation systems. His role is to accompany the client from the definition of his needs (phase-0) up to the exploitation of the mission (phase-E), leveraging his long experience with a variety of clients (military or civilian) as well as domain (Earth observation for natural event monitoring or intelligence).
    Previously to joining SATConsult, Olivier worked during 4 years for ESA as Coordinator of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 Expert support labs radiometry and geometry calibration/validation activities in the frame of the Sentinel-2 Mission Performance Centre and deputized the Service Manager.
    Olivier graduated in 1996 a Master of Science (MS2/DEA) in radar and radiocommunications from INSA in Rennes, France.
  • Jacques THUERY, Payload Expert
    Jacques Thuery is a Payload Expert Consultant for SATConsult company. His experience in satellites is in payloads with a good knowledge of platform interface management, having spent most of his career in long-term assignments with prime contractors.
    For SATConsult he has been working for the past two years as Consultant for Qatar Armed Forces on the Es’hail 2 satellite built by Mitsubishi Electric in Kamakura, Japan. This assignment has included several stays in Japan during the various critical phases of the program, particularly during equipment procurement, sectional and end-to-end tests and subsequent data analysis. The upcoming phases will be thermal-vacuum and compact-range testing.
    He is also the author of two books on the industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) applications of high-power microwaves.
    Before working with SATConsult, Jacques had 38 years of experience in the space industry with Thales Alenia Space and heritage companies, 4 years in industrial applications of microwaves, and 2 years in electromagnetics and antennas teaching. He has also been the initiator and Manager for 5 years of Thales Alenia Space’s cooperation with INVAP of Argentina in the design from scratch of the ARSAT satellites, entirely integrated and tested in Patagonia.
    Jacques graduated in 1974 from the “École Nationale Supérieure d’Électronique, Électrotechnique, Informatique et Hydraulique” in Toulouse.