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San Dimas, California, United States
August 17, 2018

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Steven P. Benites

San Dimas, CA 323-***-****

Highly skilled and experienced Network Operations Project Engineer/Analyst with expertise in all facets of spacecraft to ground communications and operational support throughout the life cycle of Spacecraft/Satellite Projects. Demonstrated knowledge of Flight Project infrastructure, interfaces, ground support equipment, operations, operations/flight concepts, process, procedures, and scheduling. Proven collaborations as a technical expert/advisor and professional interactions with senior Flight Project Customers to ensure mission success. Instrumental in preparing mission-specific Support Plans as well as mission/project documentation. Proficient with electronic ground support test equipment, electronic test equipment, and Satellite System test system software. Proficient with flight hardware (Black Boxes, Cable Harnesses, Appendages, Antennas) mechanical installation, testing and validation.


Flight-Hardware Integration

Spacecraft In-Flight Advisory Support

Software Implementation & Testing

Spacecraft System Level Testing

RF Telecommunication Link Analysis

Eastern Launch Site Operations

Launch & Initial Acquisition Strategies

Spacecraft Launch Operations

Problem/Anomaly Resolution

Real-Time OPS Console Support

Spacecraft Mechanical Assembly

Spacecraft Fueling Operations

Flight Black Box/Harness Installation

ISO 9000 Work Instructions

DSN Scheduling/Planning

Flight GSE Equipment Operation

Technical Concept Studies

Acoustics / Vibration / TV Testing


Harris Corporation - Deep Space Network Operations, Monrovia, CA 2002 – 2017 Network Operations Project Engineer/Analyst

Planned and executed Network Operations support for NASA JPL and non-JPL Satellite missions that included Deep Space Network (DSN) Ground Systems and Network preparations, coordination of operations support for critical activities and personnel, conducting appropriate Ground Data Systems (GDS) Testing, coordinated and implemented training to ensure Network operational readiness.

Directed DSN Level 1 pre-launch, launch, and initial acquisition support for NASA Missions: Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 13 (GOES-13), Dawn, Juno, Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission

(MAVEN), and Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) 1-4, Tracking Data & Relay Satellite J (TDRS-10) and the Spitzer Space Telescope (formerly the Space Infrared Telescope Facility).

Functioned as Technical Consultant, conduct technical studies, provide recommendations; address Flight/Ground Operations issues and anomalies.

Managed Network Operations and telecommunications technical support as Technical Expert on RF telecommunication link analysis; performed specialized analysis resulting in recommendations for optimizing Uplink and Downlink telecommunication links for four non-launch missions: Dawn Vesta Encounter, Dawn Ceres Encounter, Juno Earth Fly-By, and New Horizons Spacecraft Pluto Encounter.

Responsible for researching and providing general technical information on the DSN facilities, characteristics, capabilities, and interfaces with the flight projects, communications, and DSN support personnel.

Led the Mission Set Team and oversaw all planning, preparation, coordination, and support for activities critical to mission success providing necessary leadership to successfully lead troubleshooting and operations efforts in a technical team environment.

Conducted RF telecommunication link analysis utilizing the CEP (Critical Event Plan) analysis software resulting in Uplink and Downlink telecommunication optimization.

Determined NASA Mission requirements and negotiated all necessary interface agreements.

Identified and resolved complex problems involving technical issues across multi-disciplines.

Apply advanced theories, principles, and concepts; demonstrates creativity and ingenuity, contributes to the development of new principles and concepts.

Steven P. Benites

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Bachelor of Science, Information Technology (Cyber Security), Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ, In Progress Associate of Science, Electronics Engineering Technology, East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, CA Green Belt Certification, Value Based Lean Six Sigma, ITT Corporation, Monrovia, CA, 2009 AWARDS

Achievement – DSN Operations New Horizons Pluto Encounter Team, NASA, 2016 Exceptional achievement in planning and executing DSN spacecraft communications Achievement – Juno Deep Space Maneuver Operations Team, NASA, 2013 Outstanding achievement leading to successful design, development, and execution of the Juno Deep Space Maneuver (DSM) President’s Award, ITT Corporation, 2007

Special recognition for Steven Benites for the Level 1 Launch Support Team – Deep Space Network (DSN)

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