Research & Technology Interests:

I am an engineer and enthusiastic about space missions:"challenging games", space instrumentation:"expensive toys", and space sciences:"fascinating discoveries". I have more than 10 years of experience in system engineering, Assembly, Integration, Verification, and Test (AIV/T), and management focusing on scientific space instrumentation projects. I have been involved in several space missions and I have a good overview of space projects' lifecycle. Furthermore, I worked in different project phases including the feasibility study, development phase, and the challenging delivery phase of the qualified flight hardware. Most recently, my main focus is on management of the activities for the ground segment and operation of the Submillimetre Wave Instrument (SWI) onboard the ESA JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) mission.


Since 2022: Project Manager, including Ground segment and Operations Management of the Submillimetre Wave Instrument (SWI) onboard the ESA JUICE mission. MPS, Göttingen
2020 – 2022: AIV/T Manager (Phase D) of the Submillimetre Wave Instrument (SWI) onboard the ESA JUICE mission. Launch: Apr 14, 2023. MPS, Göttingen
2012 – 2020: System engineer and AIV/T Manager (Phase C/D) of the Electron Proton Telescope (EPT), High Energy Telescope (HET), and Supra-Thermal Electrons & Protons (STEP) onboard the ESA Solar Orbiter mission, Launch: Feb 10, 2020. Univ. Kiel, Germany
2019 – 2020: Conceptual design support and risk assessment (Phase 0/A) of the ESA Daedalus mission and Technical support for the High Energy Instrument (HEI). Univ. Kiel, Germany
2017 – 2020: System engineer (Phase 0/A), Project Manager (Jul 2019-Feb 2020), and Cost Manager (Phase B2CD) of the Medium Energy Particle Spectrometer (MEPS) onboard the ESA Lagrange mission. Univ. Kiel, Germany
2016 – 2017: Thermal and structural engineer and AIV/T support of the Lunar Lander Neutron and Dosimetry (LND) onboard the Chinese Chang’e-4 Moon Lander mission. Launch: Dec 7, 2018. Univ. Kiel, Germany
2008 – 2012: System and structural design engineer (Phase 0/A/B) of the UPMSat-2 university microsatellite project. Launch: Sep 3, 2020. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (IDR/UPM), Spain


2019: Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate, Project Management Institute (PMI)
2014: Dr.Eng., Aerospace Engineering, Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) application to satellite design, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)
2010: M.Eng., Aerospace Engineering, Space Structures, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)
2008: M.Sc., Aerospace Engineering, Flight Dynamics and Control, Amirkabir University of Technology
2005: B.Sc., Aerospace Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology

Selected Publications:

(1) Ó. Gutiérrez, M. Prieto, A. Perales-Eceiza, A. Ravanbakhsh, et al., Toward the Use of Electronic Commercial Off-the-Shelf Devices in Space: Assessment of the True Radiation Environment in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Electronics 12 (19), 4058 (2023)

(2) J. Treuttel, L. Gatilova, S. Caroopen, A. Feret,... , A. Ravanbakhsh, et al., 1200 GHz High Spectral Resolution Receiver Front-end of Submillimeter Wave Instrument for Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer: Part I-RF Performance Optimization for Cryogenic Operation, IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology (2023)

(3) Ó. Gutiérrez, M. Prieto, A. Sanchez-Reyes,..., A. Ravanbakhsh, et al., Electronic components TID radiation qualification for space applications using LINACs. Comparative analysis with 60Co standard procedure, Advances in Space Research 69 (12), 4376-4390 (2022)

(4) M. Prieto, A. Ravanbakhsh, Ó. Gutiérrez, A. Montalvo, et al., In-flight verification of the engineering design data for the Energetic Particle Detector on board the ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter, Acta Astronautica 187, 12-23 (2021)

(5) J. Rodríguez-Pacheco, RF. Wimmer-Schweingruber, GM. Mason, GC. Ho,..., A. Ravanbakhsh, et al., The energetic particle detector-energetic particle instrument suite for the solar orbiter mission, Astronomy & Astrophysics 642, A7 (2020)

(6) RF. Wimmer-Schweingruber, J. Yu, SI. Böttcher, S. Zhang,..., A. Ravanbakhsh, et al., The lunar lander neutron and dosimetry (LND) experiment on Chang’E 4,Space Science Reviews 216, 1-40 (2020)

(7) A. García-Pérez, A. Ravanbakhsh, F. Sorribes-Palmer, G Alonso, Structural shock verification by numerical analysis of the EPD payload units on board Solar Orbiter spacecraft, Acta Astronautica 168, 282-292 (2020)

(8) A. García-Pérez, F. Sorribes-Palmer, G. Alonso, A. Ravanbakhsh, FEM simulation of space instruments subjected to shock tests by mechanical impact, International Journal of Impact Engineering 126, 11-26 (2019)

(9) A. García-Pérez, F. Sorribes-Palmer, G. Alonso, A. Ravanbakhsh, Overview and application of FEM methods for shock analysis in space instruments, Aerospace Science and Technology 80, 572-586 (2018)

(10) A. Ravanbakhsh, S. Franchini, Multiobjective optimization applied to structural sizing of low cost university-class microsatellite projects, Acta Astronautica 79, 212-220 (2012)


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